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India Claims 500 Pakistanis (Protecting ISIS) Killed In "Treasonous" US Bombing In Afghanistan

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-15/india-claims-500-pakistanis-protecting-isis-killed-treasonous-us-bombing-afghanistan by  Tyler Durden Apr 15, 2017 9:25 PM While US officials have upped their  death count from the Afghan MOAB drop to 94 , Indian authorities are claiming that at least  500 Pakistani nationals (who had been protecting the ISIS operatives in this area) were killed  in the US bombing in Nangarhar province. One India reports  that the  area that was targetted was controlled by the Islamic State and protected by the Pakistan army , sources say. The operation that was jointly coordinated by the 201 Selab Corps of the Afghanistan army targeted the caves and tunnels that were used as hiding places by the IS.  It is now clear that the Pakistan army was backing these IS operatives in Afghanistan, official sources also confirmed.   Indian agencies who are coordinating withe counterparts in Afghanistan have learnt that there are  no civilians living in the area. 

Quote of the day: Mehar Usman

http://balochhouse.blogspot.in/2017/04/the-business-of-violence-and-human.html?m=1 The Pakistani military wants to keep carrying on its business and of course, it wants its monopoly over violence to continue without checks and balances. The feudal lords want to set up shop right opposite. Each sees the other, from their subjective position as an illness for the region of Balochistan. While the objective pathology of the disease lies in their cooperative contention, culminating in the suffering of the average citizen of Balochistan. The business of violence has been nationalised by the Pakistani state but the business of human rights is open to all; the masqueraders and the swindlers are capitalising at the expense of your average Baloch. Only time will tell if the real solution lies in a ‘free’ Baluchistan, or in the ‘development’  and ‘opportunities’ brought by the CPEC. But in the meanwhile the Pakistani nationalists need to be highly critical of what is really going on in Baluchi

The business of violence and human rights

The business of violence and human rights The case of Balochistan — when human life and reason are both collateral damage March 25, 2017, 4:28 pm While only states — both authoritarian and democratic— hold the monopoly over ‘legitimate’ violence, the business of human rights works according to the principles of the market. Of course, it is not as simple as that. There are mechanisms and processes — especially in democratic states — that ensure strict regulation and accountability to keep the state’s monopoly over violence under check. There too are human rights organisations that do not treat the business of human rights as a for-profit enterprise — they work towards bringing real and substantial freedoms and rights to the people in need. This article however, is about the imposters in this business — the ones that have little understanding of human rights — for whom the term is just a tool that veils their true convictions, the convictions that are the very antithesis of unive

Policy imperatives for CPEC

https://www.dawn.com/news/1325958 ISHRAT HUSAIN PUBLISHED APR 10, 2017 03:01A The writer is former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. MOST of the discussion about CPEC has so far focused on financing and future indebtedness but the success of this initiative lies in successful interaction between investment, institutions and policy. What policies are needed to maximise benefits and minimise costs to the country? There are several, but at least six areas need careful design and execution. Energy policy: The addition of 10,000MW of electricity to the national grid by 2018 would overcome energy shortages. However, it may create unintended adverse consequences for public finances and the liquidity of companies involved in the energy supply chain if other components of the energy policy are not put right. The circular debt would get worse if the gap between the purchase price of power paid by the distribution companies (DISCOs) and the sale revenues collected by them is not bridg

Don’t deceive the nation on CPEC, Shehbaz Sharif tells Zardari

https://www.geo.tv/latest/138229-Dont-deceive-the-nation-on-CPEC-Shehbaz-Sharif-tells-Zardari GNGEO NEWS April 15, 2017      Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif briefed on a development project in Faisalabad on Saturday. Photo: courtesy APP FAISALABAD : Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday took a jab at Pakistan People’s Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on his comment about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying he should stop ‘deceiving the nation.” Earlier in April, the PPP leader said: “Let them dance and take credit for CPEC, history will write that it was a project initiated by us. Let alone CPEC, they even tried to take ownership of the nuclear programme.” CM Punjab —while speaking to Municipal convention in Faisalabad’s Iqbal Auditorium— said that he read in the newspapers that Zardari remarked that development projects in Gwadar and CPEC were started in his tenure. Zardari further claimed that Sharif brothers are using these projects to highlight the ac

360 degree: Baluchistan - Pakistan’s Kashmir

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/opinion/op-ed/160417/360-degree-baluchistan-pakistans-kashmir.html Published Apr 16, 2017, 4:05 am IST Updated Apr 16, 2017, 4:14 am IST Jadhav could not have fallen into Pakistan’s clutches at a more opportune time.  The outrage in India over the death sentence pronounced on the alleged spy and former Indian Navy officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, by a kangaroo court held by the Pakistan army is entirely understandable. The outrage in India over the death sentence pronounced on the alleged spy and former Indian Navy officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, by a kangaroo court held by the Pakistan army is entirely understandable. But it is also quite counterproductive because it creates a commitment trap which could weaken India's bargaining position vis-à-vis Pakistan. While dealing with Pakistan, instead of being hot headed, India should be cold-blooded and ruthless. Diplomatic niceties, protocols, procedures and mechanisms that normally guide the functioning of

Chinese patrol ships keep presence around Malaysian reefs

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/05/chinese-patrol-ships-keep-presence-around-malaysian-reefs Exclusive:  Ship-tracking data shows Chinese coastguard vessels at Luconia Shoals, 1,000 miles from mainland Oliver Holmes  South-east Asia correspondent Wednesday 5 April 2017 17.36 BSTLast modified on Sunday 9 April 2017 03.21 BST Chinese coastguard vessels maintain a near-constant presence around reefs claimed by Malaysia in the  South China Sea , ship-tracking data shared with the Guardian has revealed. The findings show the extent of Beijing’s military ambitions far south of its borders, antagonising south-east Asian countries and deepening a potentially explosive foreign policy crisis with the US president, Donald Trump. During the first two months of 2017,  three Chinese ships patrolled  the Luconia Shoals, an area of islets and reefs that are more than 1,000 miles (1,600km) from mainland China and only about 90 miles (145 km) north of Malaysian Borneo. The ships were t

China delivers third maritime patrol ship to Pakistan:consolidation of close relations between China-Pakistan.

http://scrolltoday.com/china-delivers-third-maritime-patrol-ship-pakistanconsolidation-close-relations-china-pakistan/ By   Ramesh Kolanthara  - April 16, 2017 image courtesy:Naval Today On April 11, China officially handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Among other things, the ship will be used to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests. The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Previous two ships have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges, joint drills, maritime rescue and other missions in Pakistan, state-run People’s Daily reported. Pakistan’s maritime safety authority expressed great appreciation for the quality of the ships and for sound cooperation with Chinese ship manufactures, who have promised to provide af

China appreciates Estonia's participation in Belt and Road initiative, pledging to enhance economic ties

http://m.chinadaily.com.cn/en/2017-04/15/content_28942120.htm (Xinhua) Updated: 2017-04-15 15:17:41 TALLINN — Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli has expressed appreciation for Estonia's support and participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, calling on both sides to fully tap the potentials to step up economic and trade cooperation. Zhang made the remarks while meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Thursday evening in Tallinn, capital of the Baltic country. Estonia is an important country by the Baltic Sea and an important partner of China in the Central and Eastern Europe, Zhang told Kaljulaid. "China hopes the two countries can integrate each other's development strategies so as to add new impetus into the bilateral cooperation," Zhang said. He called on both sides to fully explore cooperation potentials in the areas of infrastructure construction, production capacity, equipment manufacturing, agriculture and information technology in order to

CPEC: China delivers third maritime patrol ship to Pakistan

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/198774-CPEC-China-delivers-third-maritime-patrol-ship-to-Pakistan GUANGZHOU : On April 11, China officially handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan's maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, People’s Daily reported. Among other things, the ship will be used to safeguard Pakistan's maritime interests, the newspaper said. The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Its two predecessors have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges, joint drills, maritime rescue and other missions in Pakistan. Pakistan's maritime safety authority expressed great appreciation for the quality of the ships and for sound cooperation with Chinese ship manufactures, who have promised to provide after-sale services. The ships are key to consolidatin

Strategic importance of Balochistan

http://pakobserver.net/strategic-importance-balochistan/ Articles April 16, 2017      Sadia Sohail THE case study of Balochistan reveals many important horizons need to be discovered. The general phenomenon upholding till date by our old and current generation is the issue of separatist movement going on in Balochistan. However, unfortunately nothing had ever been taken into account by the researchers/analysts to explore and disclose the causes of this sustained agony. If we meet common folks belonging to Punjab, Sindh or KPK, they would be complaining about Baloch’s inadequate and superfluous behaviour towards Pakistan’s government. This needs to be investigated before giving a hard or harsh narrative. From Pakistan’s inception till date, this province hasn’t been given equal rights. Lack of infrastructure and development led tribal lords to play their cards well. People of Balochistan while remained ignorant of their due rights, have now become puppets in the hands of tribal lo

Kulbhushan​ Jadhav: Baloch Foundation of Hind condemn Pakistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Baloch Foundation of Hind I , Mansoor Baloch on behalf of Baloch Foundation of Hind, consisting of 5000 Balochi members living across India, condemn Pakistan ' s cunning move to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav and we strongly protest this dirty tactic. We have been living in India for many years and have always been treated warmly. Therefore Pakistan resorting to such lows is indeed shameful. During such a time, even as the Indian government is trying it's level best via diplomatic channels  to get back the brave Jadhav to India, we stand whole heartedly with the Government of India. In case Pakistan continues its atrocities against Indians, we will not just support but also join the Government of India in it's fight against Pakistan 's dirty moves. We await for the safe return of Kulbhushan Jadhav to India and until then express our solidarity with the Government of India. Mansoor Baluch, Founder Member Baloch  Foundation of  Hind 21/A, Daulat Ho