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Developments in Pakistan, geopolitical implications

Pakistan's federal government has given peace award to the noted sectarian figure Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi son of late Haq Nawaz Jhangvi who had founded the Sipah-e-Sahba Pakistan (SSP). Masroor Jhangvi had recently been elected to the Punjab provincial assembly from Jhang. He had defeated PML-N candidate in a by-election. What does this development indicate? Either the Pakistani government is trying to mainstream the noted militants or the state has conceded its inability to deal with such forces and surrendered to extremist forces. For details, see: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1278548/controversial-cleric-masroor-jhangvi-presented-peace-award/Imtiaz Gul in his column "Geo-politics and Afghanistan" published in The Express Tribune analysed the recent trilateral meeting in Moscow that was focused to find out a regional solution to the Afghan problem. The column raises a pertinent question--whether a new geo-political game was going to begin in which India, Afghanistan and t…

Brahumdagh Bugti is wobbling

Brahumdagh Bugti is wobbling , that's what Baloch groups are airing their anger in private. A look at the new year greetings to Pakistanis is self explanatory. In the backdrop of recent interview to BBC where he expressed willingness to talk to Pakistani millitary if they brief him what they want from him, this recent Twitter post shows that he is ensnaring Pakistani Millitary for possible return for a right deal.

Seven projects for KP included in CPEC: Khattak

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/175882-Seven-projects-for-KP-included-in-CPEC-Khattak

January 01, 2017NOWSHERA: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that seven projects for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been included in the multi-billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Talking to reporters upon his return from his visit to China here, the chief minister said that projects including ➡lying a railway track from Karachi to Peshawar, ➡construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam, ➡construction of a road and railway line and fiber-optic from Gilgit to Havelian, ➡establishment of industrial estate, construction of a road, ➡highway and railway line from Peshawar to Dera Ismail Khan ➡and construction of a road from Kohat to Jhand, which would be linked with the route of the CPEC, are part of the CPEC.➡Similarly, he said that an alternative alignment for the CPEC would also be constructed from Gilgit to Chitral as well.The chief minister said that these projects were of high value to the prov…

Corridor Of Uncertainty

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/cpec-pakistan-china-economic-corridor-4452364/Trade utopia of CPEC will remain incomplete if India is kept outWRITTEN BY KHALEDAHMED |Updated: December 31, 2016 4:36 Am
The only big thing going for an isolated Pakistan is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Unable to tackle its internal security problems — for which it now wrongly blames India — it prefers focusing on the good times the world thinks the Chinese investment of $46 billion will bring. However, speaking at an awards ceremony at the Balochistan Frontier Constabulary Headquarters in Quetta on December 20, Commander Southern Command Lt General Amir Riaz thought he should send a clear message to arch-enemy India: “Join CPEC and share the fruits of future development by shelving your anti-Pakistan activities and subversion.”There was a time, not long ago, when Patrade utopia of CPEC will remain incomplete if India is kept outkistan blamed America for acts of terrorism in…

Balochistan: Pakistani forces suffered heavy loss in fierce gun battle against Baloch fighters

http://balochwarna.com/2016/12/31/balochistan-pakistani-forces-suffered-heavy-loss-in-fierce-gun-battle-against-baloch-fighters/QUETTA:  Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) and their local collaborators (death squads) ambushed three Baloch freedom fighters in Nemargh area of Kalat on Thursday afternoon as result a Baloch fighter was killed and Pakistani forces also suffered heavy losses.According to details, three fighters of the Baloch Liberation Army were on a routine patrol when the Pakistani military death squad and FC jointly ambushed them.The gun battle continued for two hours. The Baloch fighters succeeded in breaking the death squad and FC’s siege, even though one of BLA fighter was wounded.In a brief statement to media a Jiand Baloch the spokesperson of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) confirmed the gun battle and said that their wounded friend later succumbed to his injuries due to intensive bleeding.He said the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) fighters also came to the aid of B…