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12 arrested in Radd-ul-Fasaad raids in Balochistan By  Our Correspondent Published: July 30, 2017 File photo of FC Quetta troops. PHOTO: AFP QUETTA :  Police and security forces arrested 12 suspects following raids carried out as part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in different parts of Balochistan on Sunday. Eleven of them were arrested during a joint operation conducted by Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan and local police in the Killi Deba area of Quetta, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. According to the military’s media wing, the joint police-FC ‘sanitisation’ operation was launched in parts of Quetta late Friday night in view of the recent spate of target killings and bombings in the provincial capital. “More than 3,000 security personnel and 208 teams – also comprising 208 women personnel – are participating in the operation,” Quetta FC Commander Brigadier Khalid Baig told the media on Satur

BNC strongly condemn the Pakistan’s Supreme Court for its hypocritical verdict to disqualify PM Nawaz Sharif. Washington D.C  --  Balochistan National Congress (BNC) strongly condemn the Pakistan’s supreme court for its hypocritical verdict against PM Nawaz Sharif to disqualify him.  PM Nawaz sharif was declared disqualified to hold or run for the office of Premiership by the Pakistan Supreme Court for hiding his salary in his last application, years ago when he ran for the Office. “It is very sad and pity that the Supreme Court didn’t charged him for the Panama scandal, mega corruptions and money laundering but used a silly, totally irrelevant and pity excuse to disqualify him”, said Dr. Baloch, the President of BNC.  He said Baloch people have no sympathy for PM Nawaz sharif being gone but the question is why this Supreme court doesn’t act or move when Baloch citizens are made disappeared in thousands, their houses are being burned to ashes on daily bases by the Pashtun FC making them

How did we get here? So what happens when you lose friends, alienate people, and surround yourself with the fog of war? Analysis Published on July 29, 2017  🔗 by    Waqas Ahmed The principle of causality says that all effects have causes. Pakistanis try to simplify the cause and effect equation. They do not like more than one or two variables. “X happened because of Y and Y only,” they like to think. But that is never true because there are infinite causes and the world is chaotic. In this chaos a ruler protects himself by creating a semblance of order around him. Internally he has institutions that are politically aligned with him, and externally he has foreign powers that help him in times of need. Information Minister Parvaiz Rasheed was fired amid Dawn Leaks FiascoPakistani polity is complex. Judiciary, Bureaucracy, Military are pillars every ruler must balance upon, in addition to managing the political, business, and the feudal cla

UN panel recommends ‘drastic steps’ to improve Pakistan’s HR record

Hassan Belal Zaidi July 28, 2017 23 0 ISLAMABAD: The UN Human Rights Committee on Thursday called on Pakistan to repeal or amend all blasphemy laws, abolish the death penalty, and criminalise enforced disappearances to end the practice of secret detention. The recommendations came after the conclusion of the review of Pakistan’s commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which was held in Geneva earlier this month. In a 51-point report, the UN panel observed that Pakistan “should adopt all... measures necessary to ensure that the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) is able to carry out its mandate fully and in an effective and independent manner”. It also called for strengthening the commission to ensure that it was able to investigate all allegations of rights violations committed by any official entity. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Geneva-based review seeks end to blasphemy law, death penalty and enforced disappearances The

Doklam’s Big Picture: Neither Asia nor the World is China-Centric Doklam’s Big Picture: Neither Asia nor the World is China-Centric Shyam Saran Updated: 29 July, 2017 12:15 PM IST 1.2k Engagement 0        India is in a prolonged standoff with Chinese forces on the Doklam plateau. China may have been caught off guard after Indian armed forces confronted a Chinese road-building team in the Bhutanese territory. Peaceful resolution requires awareness of the context for the unfolding events. China has engaged in incremental nibbling advances in this area with Bhutanese protests followed by solemn commitments not to disturb the status quo. The intrusions continued. This time, the Chinese signalled intention to establish a permanent presence, expecting the Bhutanese to acquiesce while underestimating India’s response. Managing the China challenge requires understanding the history of Chinese civilisation and the worldview of its people formed over 5,000 years of tum

Sri Lanka signs $1.1 billion China port deal amid local, foreign concerns Ranga Sirilal  and  Shihar Aneez FILE PHOTO - A group of Sri Lankan visitors at the deep water shipping port watch Chinese dredging ships work in Hambantota, 240km (149 miles) southeast of Colombo, March 24, 2010.Andrew Caballero-Reynolds COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka signed a long delayed $1.1 billion deal on Saturday to lease its southern Hambantota port to China ignoring an appeal by opposition parties to debate the pact in parliament. The deal was signed between the two state firms -- Sri LankaPorts Authority (SLPA) and China Merchants Port Holdings( 0144.HK ) to handle the commercial operations of the Chinese-built port on a 99-year lease. Chinese firm will hold 70 stake in a joint venture with SLPA to run the port, part of a plan to convert loans worth $6 billion that Sri Lanka owes China into equity. ADVERTISEMENT "We thank China for arranging this investor to save us from the debt trap,&quo

Violence spreads in Balochistan, security concerns over proposed China Pakistan Economic Corridor By ANI  |   Published: 29th July 2017 10:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2017 10:54 AM  |   Pakistan's deep-water port Gwadar connects China to the Arabian Sea in the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (File photo) ISLAMABAD: Recent violence in Balochistan has again fuelled deep concerns about security for projects of the USD 57-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) according to a report in the New York Times. Earlier this month, four Shias were murdered while travelling from Quetta to Karachi. Armed men riding on two motorcycles attacked their car on a highway close to Quetta in what police suspect was a sectarian attack. Though no group has yet claimed responsibility for the murders this has once again raised question marks about the future of the landmark transport and energy link that is being planned between western China to Pakistan's southern deep-water port of Gwadar. This latest killing would be fourth suc

Pakistan Defiant as US Ponders South Asia Strategy Last Updated: July 28, 2017 7:09 PM Natalie Liu FILE - Municipality workers walk past a billboard showing pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, with Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain, left, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on display during a two-day visit by the Chinese president to launch an ambitious economic corridor linking Pakistan's port city of Gwadar with western China, in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 20, 2015. Share See comments Days after the Pentagon announced it is withholding $50 million intended for Pakistan as part of its Coalition Support Fund, the South Asian country's ambassador hinted at potential retaliation, possibly coaxing Washington to negotiate access to the country's air corridors, which Islamabad suggests have been taken for granted. Pakistan is ready to cooperate with the United States, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said, though Washi

Four killed in blast in Balochistan’s Panjgur district By Salman Ashraf   Saturday Jul 29, 2017   QUETTA: At least four people were killed and five injured when an explosion occurred in Panjgur, said levies sources. According to levies officials, the administration has summoned a technical team to determine the nature of the blast.   The explosion took place in Chedgi, an area situated at a distance of 70 kilometres from Panjgur. Chedgi is a sensitive area, situated near the Pakistan-Iran border.  A few days back, an attack took place near the border on Balochistan Health Minister Rahmat Saleh Baloch. According to him, 10 to 12 rockets were fired at his convoy

CPEC: the Baloch Perspective

By Dr. Naseer Dashti CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) is one segment of the proposed ‘One Belt One Road’ program of the Chinese government aimed at expanding Chinese economic and strategic influence in Asia. It involves a road and rail link from the Baloch town of Gwadar to Western Chinese city of Kashgar. Several special economic zones will be established along the entire length of the Corridor. The Baloch have been expressing their reservations on this project. The majority of them consider this as a corridor of death and destruction for the Baloch as they believe that it will cause drastic socio-cultural, economic and political changes in Balochistan leading to a crisis of existence for the Baloch. CPEC in context The development of Gwadar as a deep sea port was originally envisaged in 1990s. In order to counter the emerging Sindhi nationalist movement, the state establishment in 1980s manufactured a militant political organization, the MQM. This party drew its support f

ndia May Stymie Tibet's Participation in China's 'New Silk Road' BUSINESS 03:14 29.07.201 A number of provinces and cities are eager to be involved in the "Belt and Road"(B&R) initiative, including Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The opening-up of Tibet is in line with the general trend, but due to some historical and geopolitical factors, it has had to face some special challenges involving international strategy and security in the process of its development. First, India's attitude toward the B&R is not conducive to Tibet's involvement in the initiative. Among countries and regions along the route of the B&R, India is the only large economy that has yet to express public support for the initiative. Given this situation, India is unlikely to consider building a railway linking it to the autonomous region.  © AP PHOTO/ NG HAN GUAN Old World Must Engage China's 'Belt and Road' Initiative or Ris

These Days, All Roads Lead To Beijing The success of the new Silk Roads depends on delivering win-win scenarios. 07/28/2017 01:54 pm ET ZHANG PENG VIA GETTY IMAGES Tourists ride camels in the Mingsha Shan desert, part of the ancient Silk Roads, during the Silk Road International Cultural Expo in Dunhuang City. Sept. 20, 2016. When Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, at the beginning of September 2013, few thought it was anything but another ordinary visit. Xi’s predecessor, Hu Jintao, had been to the Kazakh capital several times and usually talked about how he welcomed good relations with one of China’s neighbors to the west. But when Xi began his speech , it was obvious that something new was afoot. The Chinese president was offering more than the usual banal platitudes. He was talking about the future, and he was talking about a plan. For more than 2,000 years, he said, the peoples who live in the heart of Asia had be