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China not at Indias expense: Sri Lanka PM

https://www.wionews.com/south-asia/wion-global-leadership-series-ties-with-china-not-at-indias-expense-says-sri-lanka-pm-ranil-wickremesinghe-14074

World Is One showcases some of the best political minds from all over the world. This week on the World is One Global Leadership Series, we meet Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (WION)By: Padma Rao Sundarji | Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka | Apr 2, 2017, 05.49 PM (IST)
As part of the World Is One Global Leadership series, WION’s senior international correspondent Padma Rao Sundarji speaks to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Read the full transcript below.PRS: Mr Prime Minister, thank you for talking to WION for our new World is One Global Leaders series.Sri Lanka's current coalition government came to power in 2015 promising to improve relations with closest neighbour India. They had plunged into a deep freeze under the previous government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. There have been a series of high…

WEST WAKING UP TO THE PRESENT BALOCH REALITY

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 | Sandhya Jain | in Edit
Pakistan, via the CPEC, has embedded itself in an emerging Chinese Bloc and changed the geo-political chessboard dramatically. Now, the West has decided to sit up and speak up. We live in interesting timesIn a move that would have stunned imperial hegemons such as Winston Churchill and Olaf Caroe, Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman, on March 23, 2017, tabled an Early day motion 1107 condemning Pakistan’s annexation of Gilgit-Baltistan as its Fifth Frontier. On March 25, 2017, the British Parliament passed a motion condemning Islamabad’s action, insisting that the region is a legal and constitutional part of India’s Jammu & Kashmir that Pakistan has illegally occupied since 1947.The motion reads, “That this House condemns the arbitrary announcement by Pakistan declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its Fifth Frontier, implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area; notes that Gilgit-Baltistan is…

Balochistan: Return of the Great Game

Sandhya Jain4 April 2017In a move that would have stunned imperial hegemons such as Winston Churchill and Olaf Caroe, Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman, on 23 March 2017 tabled Early day motion 1107 condemning Pakistan’s annexation of Gilgit-Baltistan as its Fifth Frontier. On 25 March 2017, the British Parliament passed a motion condemning Islamabad’s action, insisting that the region is a legal and constitutional part of India’s Jammu and Kashmir that Pakistan has illegally occupied since 1947.The motion reads, “That this House condemns the arbitrary announcement by Pakistan declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its Fifth Frontier, implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area; notes that Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression; further notes the attempts to change the demogr…

CPEC: Boon or Bane for Kashmir?

http://kashmirreader.com/2017/04/04/cpec-boon-or-bane-for-kashmir/



By reader on April 4, 2017
Ashiq Hussain BhatFor some years now, the talk of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been ringing the air in South Asia, in general, and Kashmir,  in particular. Kashmiris are happy that Pakistan and Pakistan administered parts of Kashmir State would achieve economic prosperity with the help of China that is funding the project.
Since the geo-politically ambitious trade Corridor passes through Kashmir State territory of Gilgit-Baltistan(GB) before entering mainland Pakistan; and since Azad Jammu Kashmir(AJK; called PoK, Pakistan occupied Kashmir, on Indian side), is also going to be linked with it, the people of the rest of the State, especially the people of Kashmir Valley have already expressed their desires to be connected with it. CPEC enthusiasts have set up “think tanks” for highlighting its advantages, and its potential for final resolution of long-pending Kashmir Dispute. These…

MAN WITH 54 CHILDREN IN BALOCHISTAN REGISTERED IN THE POPULATION CENSUS

http://www.siasat.com/news/man-54-children-balochistan-registered-population-census-1166138/



April 3, 2017 Pakistan, Pakistan:  A 70-year-old Haji Abdul Majeed Mengal’s family has been registered in the population census, making it one of the largest families in the Noshki district of Balochistan.The population team discovered Majeed’s family which consist of 42 children. He had 54 children from six wives, 12 of whom have died. Two of his wives have also died, leaving four of them with him.Out of 42 children, twenty-two is sons while 20 are the daughters. This also includes a newborn baby boy. Majeed, who is also a grandfather, works as a driver. He married twice again after two of his first four wives passed away.Similarly, another family of Jan Muhammad is also waiting for the census staff to register his big family. Muhammad resident of Quetta works as a medical practitioner and a part-time businessman is a father of 36 children, from his three wives. His eldest child is 17-year-old

Balochistan: Six Baloch youth abducted from Pasni

http://balochwarna.com/2017/04/04/balochistan-six-baloch-youth-abducted-from-pasni/




QUETTA: Pakistan forces have abducted at least six Baloch youth from Pasni region of district Gwadar Balochistan on Sunday.Pakistan officials and news sources confirmed the arrest of eight men and alleged that they had links with banned outfits.However, Baloch activists and local sources reported that Pakistan forces attacked Ward #6 of Pasni and abducted at least 7 Baloch youth.The abducted men have been named as Asif son of Khalid, Arif son of Khalid, Faisal son of Sawali, Ahmad son of Sawali, Majid son of Fakir, Saleem, and of the abducted men could not be immediately identified.Pakistani forces shifted the men to an undisclosed location after abducting them.Their whereabouts remained unknown until the filing of this report

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China’s infrastructure push worries India

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THE ASIAN AGE. | SRIDHAR KUMARASWAMIPublished : Apr 3, 2017, 3:38 am ISTUpdated : Apr 3, 2017, 4:28 am ISTThe Pakistani government and Army have assured Beijing that they will do everything possible to ensure the CPEC is completed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. (Photo: AP)Beijing: With China planning to invest billions of yuan in constructing railways, waterways and highways as part of its giant One Belt One Road, or OBOR, global initiative, New Delhi is evaluating whether it should join a conference planned in Beijing next month on the Chinese project.India is “yet to take a view on this”, given its reservations on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor running through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, said a person in the government with direct knowledge of the matter. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is believed to be a part of or linked to the OBOR concept…

India and the 21st century Silk Road

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170330/jsp/opinion/story_143373.jsp#.WOJLS6DhXqAAlone by the wayside- India and the 21st century Silk RoadKrishnan SrinivasanThe Silk Road, so named by the German geographer, Ferdinand von Richthofen, in the 19th century, was never a single road but a network of trade routes within and across Asia to Europe that developed in fits and starts over the past 2,000 years. Many products apart from silk travelled on this route and were traded, including art objects, manuscripts and ideas, religious and scientific, the most celebrated and long-lasting being the Buddhist faith that originated in India. At one end of this 'road' was China; at the other end were India, Persia, Arabia and Europe, unified in an early manifestation of globalization by the Mongols in the 13th century. The Silk Road enduringly excites the imagination and possesses a unique brand identity.On separate occasions in 2013, China's president, Xi Jinping, announced a new 'Silk…

Why China’s bid to sell high-speed rail technology overseas is losing steam

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Construction of high-speed railways abroad is part of Beijing’s massive “One Belt, One Road” initiative to increase trade and infrastructure links with countries from Asia to Africa, but most of the current rail projects have stalledKristin HuangUPDATED : Sunday, 2 Apr 2017, 11:29PM 17China’s ambitious strategy to export its high-speed railway technology is facing various obstacles, making its aim of boosting connectivity with nations across continents difficult to achieve, industry insiders said.Construction of high-speed railways abroad is part of Beijing’s massive “One Belt, One Road” initiative to increase trade and infrastructure links with countries from Asia to Africa, but most of the current rail projects have stalled.“There is no case of China exporting high-speed rail that can be described as very successful. The situation is very undesirable,” said Dou Xin, …

China, Russia, Iran: Ports and Power Along the Belt and Road

http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/china-russia-iran-ports-and-power-along-the-belt-and-road/

If the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor doesn’t live up to the hype, Russia may stand to benefit.By Nicholas Trickett and Oliver ThomasMarch 23, 2017China’s planners have studied the art of using economic pacts to pursue strategic objectives. The “One Belt, One Road” initiative (OBOR) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank  (AIIB) are prime examples. China has pinned its hopes of gaining strategic preeminence in the South and Central Asian regions thanks to its deep pockets. Infrastructure investment confers power to influence regional affairs. But South and Central Asia are not lacking of powers seeking influence — Russia and Iran have their own regional investments, plans and partners.The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is particularly important for China. With access to Pakistani ports, China will be able to expand its market reach and bring in foreign direct investment to ease th…

Feature: Port co-built with China fuels Pakistan's economic engine

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/03/c_136180263.htmSource: Xinhua| 2017-04-03 17:05:20|Editor: ying
Photo taken on March 22, 2017 shows a China-donated primary school in Gwadar, Pakistan. Gwadar, an poorly-known port town previously in Pakistan has been becoming a new economic engine for the country with the construction of a free zone co-built with China. (Xinhua/Liu Tian)by Liu TianISLAMABAD, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Gwadar, an poorly-known port town previously in Pakistan has been becoming a new economic engine for the country with the construction of a free zone co-built with China."We have finished 60 percent of the first-phase construction for the port's free zone, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year, one year earlier than we planned," Hu Yaozong, deputy general manager of the Gwadar Free Zone Company, told Xinhua in a recent interview.Chinese engineers and their Pakistani counterparts are working around clock in the construction site with …

Pakistan army aggression in Balochistan Dasht

*Pakistan army aggression in Balochistan Dasht; women and children tortured and severely beaten for refusing to take part in census**Kech:* According to local sources, a contingent of Pakistan army broke into Jan Muhammad Bazar in Dasht in the early hours of today's morning to carry out census forcefully at gunpoint but the villagers resisted and refused to participate, terming it an evil design by the occupier to turn the Baloch nation into a minority on their homeland. Pakistani army personnel responded by torturing and severely beating the villagers including women and children. As a result of that, a woman fell unconscious and several other sustained critical injuries. It should be noticed that four villagers were abducted by Pakistan army from the village during a raid conducted yesterday.

University of Balochistan students reject security forces presence

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1372532/university-balochistan-students-reject-security-forces-presence/



By Our CorrespondentPublished: April 3, 2017

QUETTAUniversity of Balochistan’s student organisations lambasted the presence of security forces in higher educational institutions and alleged that the educational institutions have been handed over to the security forces.Another 14 Baloch militants renounce violenceThe students were addressing a news conference at Quetta Press Club

‘Conspiracy against CPEC will not succeed’

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/196160-Conspiracy-against-CPEC-will-not-succeed
🔴 BalochHouse :Will conspiracy against Baloch succeed?

Shahbaz says zero tolerance policy adopted against corruption; World Bank’s ex-senior vice president praises Punjab CMLAHORE: International economic expert from China’s Peking University and former World Bank senior vice president Prof Justin Yifu Lin called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday and exchanged words on Pak-China relations, strengthening of Pakistan’s economy, establishment of industrial parks, and economic stability of the country.While talking on the occasion Prof Justin Yifu Lin said the chief minister played a leading role in Pakistan’s progress particularly Punjab and his services for the progress and development of people of Punjab were commendable.Shahbaz Sharif was a true leader who had taken very important initiatives to strengthen the economy of the province, he added. The examples of Punjab’s progress under the leadershi…

Hope Chechen will not repeat in Balochistan

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In 1991 the USSR collapsed. The Chechens were quick to declare independence and their new capital was Grozny.In 1994, Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the invasion of Chechnya realizing its strategic importance. This was the First Chechen WarIn 1996, the Russians were defeated and they withdrew with a peace treaty. *But as soon as they won, the Chechens began fighting each other and even their core leader and President Aslam Mashkadov, could not control it. Their economy had collapsed, there was organised crime and Islamic warlords were taking over. *
In 1999, 2 of these warlords- Shamil Bashayev and Ibn Al Khatab declared an invasion of neighboring Dagestan. This was a vioation of the peace treaty and Russians under Putin, declared war on Chechnya. They surrounded the capital Grozny and flattened it block by block- using Scuds, artillery and air strikes. This was the second Chechen war.🔴 Moral of the story is Baloch may attain Independence but with third rated, putr…