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Picture of the day: Mazdak Dilshad Baloch

One can't even expect civilized enmity from Pak: Baloch activist
ANI | New Delhi [India] Apr 12, 2017 06:57 PM ISTCondemning the death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav, Baloch activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch on Wednesday said the entire story of the alleged Indian spy's trial is being fabricated by Islamabad, adding that India should raise this issue on international forums."The issue should be raised internationally because even on humanitarian grounds Jadhav was not given any right. Even if General Bajwa or Nawaz Sharif will be held and tortured in ISI military cell, then they will also accept that they are RAW agents. The entire story of Jadhav's trial is fake and fabricated by the Pakistan military court," Dilshad told ANI.Dilshad said that as alleged by the Pakistani military court, Jadhav was never seen spying for India in Balochistan and added that the entire story is made up by Islamabad …

Decision of Hanging Kulbhushan is Barbarism

Decision of hanging an innocent person shows barbarism & dictatorship going on in Pak: Mazdak Dilshad Baloch,Baloch leader #KulbhushanJadhav

American Baluch council chairman met US Foreign Relations Committee , Chairman

Dr. M. Hosseinbor, Chairman of American-Baluch Council, met with the honorable Ed Royce, the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the US House of Representatives, in his office to brief him on the grave human rights violations perpetrated by the Iranian and Pakistani governments against the Baluch.
Dr. Hosseinbor  thanked the Chairman for his championship of human rights and  and for the opportunity to bring to Chairman's  attention the Baluch concerns. Underlining  the geo-strategic importance of Baluchistan,  Dr. Bor asked for Chairman Royce support for daily broadcasts in Baluchi language through Voice of America  and for the US government support for Baluch right to self-determination.  Dr. Hosseinbor presented his recommendations to the Chairman for the US support on a range of issues of great importance to Baluch in both Iran and Pakistan. The text of recommendations presented by Dr.Hosseinbor to the Honorable Chairman Ed Royce:

"I have the honor to present t…

The Chinese dream of the Belt and Road initiative

By Toumert Al Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/12 19:23:393Illustration: Peter C. Espina/GT

When Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the One Belt and One Road (B&R) initiative in 2013, as a researcher I was very keen to understand the concept, decipher its objectives and comprehend its implications in China and globally.The B&R initiative has two components: land and maritime routes.The primary objective behind the B&R initiative is to create connectivity, a structured logistic chain linking China and its core interest areas, by reviving ancient Silk Road routes through Eurasia, the South China Sea, the Middle East and East Africa.Then again, the Belt and Road initiative is not a mere repetition of history. This is a vision of China under Xi's leadership and a mature system of governance. A vision that places China where its destiny has always been: a great nation with real impact on the progress of human civilizati…

Ancient silk road stretches into new era

Updated: 2017-04-12 15:56:02XI'AN — Indian businessman Rana Karta opened a restaurant in the historical city of Xi'an in Northwest China's Shaanxi province four years ago. He has never looked back.His restaurant is on the former site of a bazaar that was once one of the busiest hubs for international trade in China's ancient capital of Chang'an; the start of the silk road.Shaanxi is currently rolling out policies to reignite cultural and economic relations with countries along the silk road. One of these projects is Shaanxi free trade zone (FTZ), which was launched on April 1.FTZs are areas that enjoy preferential policies, easier customs clearance, more favorable taxes, and simpler business applications. They are also often experimental zone where measures are tested before being implemented nationwide.Shaanxi FTZ will cover a total of 119.95 square kilometers.Another project initiated by the pr…

Chinese Shopping giants seek control of ‘Silk Road’

Workers use a mechanical hoist to perform maintenance on a ship in dry dock as Chinese shipping companies spend billions in ports worldwide.COSTAS PARISThe Wall Street Journal12:00AM April 10, 2017

Chinese state-run shipping companies are investing billions of dollars in ports worldwide to ease the movement of Chinese goods, as the ocean-freight industry emerges from a slump and Beijing becomes a vocal promoter of globalisation.The moves are paying off financially for the likes of Cosco Group and China Merchant Holdings International, but the overriding objective, Chinese officials say, is to control one of the world’s busiest trade loops. Ports on the route, running from Asia through the Suez Canal to Europe, would give priority to Chinese vessels.The so-called Maritime Silk Road, the brainchild of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is part of On…

China's Silk Road Push in Pakistan Edges Out U.S. Investments

by Ismail DilawarApril 13, 2017, 2:30 AM GMT+5:30China FDI totalled $1.82b versus U.S’s $505m since July 2013Pakistan, U.S. relations have long been strained politicallyA construction site of Xi Jinping's One Belt, One Road project on the outskirts of Gwadar, Balochistan, Pakistan, on Aug. 3, 2016. Photographer: Asim Hafeez/BloombergChina is overtaking the U.S. as the largest direct foreign investor to Pakistan, with the South Asian nation increasingly favoring its neighbor’s “One Belt, One Road” trade route that’s funneling in billions of dollars and revamping decrepit infrastructure.With relations frayed between the U.S. and Pakistan, China has been strengthening its ties to the nation of about 200 million people after it pledged two years ago to loan and finance about $55 billion in a so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. U.S. direct investment in Pakistan stood …

DOHA; Pakistan official highlights the importance of CPEC

Wednesday، 12 April 2017 11:17 PMPakistan National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said there is a great potential for developed economies to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative. 
Addressing a gathering of Pakistani community members in Doha recently, he said that in the past, the country missed several chances of development but now there is a golden opportunity of development in the form of CPEC which would emerge as a linchpin in facilitating connectivity between the south, central and western Asian regions respectively.
Sadiq said parliamentary diplomacy certainly plays an important role in bringing the countries closer and efforts are made to benefit from other’s experiences in legislation as well as regional integration. 
He added that consistent parliamentary engagements are highly imperative for facilitating diversification of trade and economic relations. 
He re…

CM approves special security force for CPEC

From 13, 2017PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Wednesday approved the special security force for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other foreign investors in the province.He accorded the approval at a meeting to finalise arrangements for the establishment of a separate force for the security cover to CPEC and non-CPEC projects, security of industrial zones and foreign investors in the province, said a handout.The special security force would comprise of 4,200 personnel, he said, and directed setting up cells in the home and police departments. He tasked secretary home and IGP with finalising prerequisite for establishment of the force.The chief minister directed that the new force should be organised at the pattern of Rapid Response Force and should have a rapid response strategy. The new force would have a linkage with the regular police force and there should be a clear vision…

CPEC projects face severe shortage of human resource and expertise.
AnsarAbbasiApril 13, 2017
CPEC sectt without project director, key specialistsISLAMABAD: Secretariat of the all-important China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is considered a game changer for Pakistan and also otherwise tops the list of government’s priorities, is facing severe shortage of human resource and expertise.Not only that there is no project director for CPEC for the last several months but it is also short of experts and specialists needed to provide required secretariat support. Presently, the CPEC project wing in the Planning Commission comprises hardly a few officers.Maj Gen ® Dr Zahir Shah, who was the first project director of CPEC, was allowed to leave upon the completion of his two years’ contract in the second half of last year. However, since then this vital project is without a regular project director.Planning Commission officials confirmed that a replacement of Dr…

Balochistan students to get scholarships for LLB, LLM

National5 HOURS AGO BY STAFF REPORTForeign scholarships to be awarded to excellent studentsNUML to set up campus in Gwadar to teach Chinese languagePresident Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday announced special scholarships for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) students of Balochistan province.Every year, scholarships would be given to 20 students from the province under the auspices of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), he said while talking to a delegation of young lawyers from Balochistan, who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.The president said that the foreign scholarships would also be awarded to Balochi students, who demonstrated excellent academic performance. He said that the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) would soon establish a campus in Gwadar to teach Chinese language to the youth of Balochistan, noting that the Aiwan-e-Sadr had also donated…

Interior minister searched IG of FC

The slave and master relationship: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the impotent interior minister of #Balochistan who needs permission to meet the IGFC (Inspecter General Frontier Corps) and has to be thoroughly searched (humiliated) before he meets the IG. Despite public humiliation, this man claims to be a patriot Pakistan and he claims to restore peace in #Balochistan

How to deal with Baloch

British policy rules about different races. Let me share a few over here.1. Give food to Bengalis, fear to Sindhis, land to Punjabis, money to Pathans, respect to Balochis, job to Gurkhas, palaces to Rajputs & education to Hindus.2. Give titles to Pathan Nawabs, horse lands to Punjabi Nawabs, gun salutes to Baloch Nawabs, jaagirs to Sikh Nawabs and patronage to Hindu Nawabs.3. Keep a Bengali, hungry; a Sindhi, illiterate; a Pathan, near; a Balochi, away, a Punjabi, busy; a Sikh, pompous and a Hindu, loyal.4. Never employ a Bengali; Never trust a Pathan, Never empower a Punjabi, Never confront a Balochi, Never educate a Sindhi, Never squabble a Hindu, Never belittle a Rajput, Never trade a Memon.British, ruled every body, Punjabis, Balochis, Sikhs, Pathans, Sindhis, Hindus, Gujaratis, Bengalis, Gurkhas, Southerners, Northerners etc. For the British, it was all about;1. DIVIDE & RULE2. PREJUDICE AMONG PEOPLE3. SEGREGATION OF EVERY RACE4. A DIFFERENT RULE FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE

“Honour the Baluch"

Baluchistan is both blessed and plagued by its geographic and demographic situation within the federation of Pakistan.By:   Akbar Ahmed


"A Baluch woman dressed in her wedding finery and wearing all her jewellery could walk alone from one end of Baluchistan to the other end without ever being molested." Baluch elders said this in response to a query on Baloch character while sitting with the-then Balochistan's Chief Minister, Jam Mir Qadir Khan of Las Bela. The image struck me as a metaphor; a literal sociological reflection on contemporary Pakistan. It has stayed with me ever since.Three decades later, I asked Prince Ahmed Ali, Jam Sahib's grandson, to describe Baluch character. He noted, "Baluch identity revolves around hospitality, respect and honour, truthfulness, and the behaviour of a cultured man or woman."  The definition of being Baluch, thus, remained unaltered through time.In my …

CPEC: Three injured in Gwadar motorcycle blast

Pakistanby Dawood Rehman | Published on April 12, 2017 🔗GWADAR – At least three people were injured after a bomb explosion took place on Gwadar’s Airport Road on Wednesday, police officials said.Seven shops in the area were also damaged as the bomb placed on a motorcycle ripped off on Wednesday noon.The injured were taken to nearby hospital for medical treatment. Police and local administration cordoned off the area while further investigations were underway.Since the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was announced in 2014, the security status in Balochistan has improved, with the government setting up a new army division to ensure protection, while hundreds of rebels surrendered arms.Last month, a bomb explosion took place under a bridge on the main Sur Bandar road in Gwadar. While there was no loss of life reported, the bridge was partially damaged in the incident. Officials said it was a remote…

CPEC investment pushed from $55b to $62b

By Salman SiddiquiPublished: April 12, 2017
KARACHIChina has approved additional financing for infrastructure projects in Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), taking the investment volume to $62 billion from $55 billion, announced Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair on Wednesday.“New investment has been approved for projects in various sectors including [establishment of] industrial zones,” said Zubair while speaking at a conference on “Infrastructure demand and financing” organised by credit rating agencies Pacra (Pakistan) and Dagong (China).Chinese Fortune 500 company among bidders for Railways upgrade“We are also in talks to place the Karachi Circular Railway under the CPEC banner,” he said.China has been increasing investment in Pakistan’s infrastructure and power projects since it unveiled CPEC programme worth $46 billion in 2015.The volume of investment was pushed to $55 billion when Federal …

Balochistan: ISI dispatches official to Harvard to mislead Americans

Blogs/ReportsPublished on April 12th, 2017 | by Ahmar Khan

Pakistan’s infamous Inter-Services Intelligence has shipped one of its handpicked men to the US to speak at the Harvard Pakistan Forum to mislead Americans about the situation in Balochistan.The man, Anwaar ul Haq Kakar, spokesperson for  the military’s puppet government in Quetta,  backed the stance of army spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor against diplomat-scholar Husain Haqqani. The general had recently tweeted, “Views of Hussain Haqqani pub in a mainstream US newspaper esp his account on issue of visas vindicate stance of Pak’s state institutions.” The Deep State in Pakistan accuses Haqqani of helping the US track down Osama bin Laden by supplying visas to CIA agents. Pakistan has to date not apologized to the US for sheltering bin Laden, who was living close to Pakistan’s West Point, when he was killed by SEALs.Kakar is re…