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Kalat and the Radio

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Rizwan ZebTFT Issue: 19 Aug 2016Rizwan Zeb explores the relationship between the Khanate of Kalat and India in the aftermath of Partition
Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India

Gul Khan Naseer in his magnum opus Tahreekh-e-Balochistan (History of Balochistan) wrote that on the 27th of March, 1948, All India Radio reported the press conference of Mr. V. P. Menon in which he claimed that two months earlier, the Khanate of Kalat approached New Delhi with a request for accession but New Delhi rejected the offer. According to Gul Khan Naseer, who was quoting Ahmed Yar Khan, this was a white lie aimed at creating bad blood between Pakistan and Kalat. Another purpose of this false report was to agitate the Pakistani leadership so that they act rashly, giving India an opportunity to move ahead against Hyderabad Deccan. This is not the first time that Kalat and India were mentioned together. Throughout the negotiation between the Kha…

Balochistan's Roots of resentment

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Rizwan ZebTFT Issue: 29 Jul 2016Rizwan Zeb offers an account of chaotic conditions in 1947 and the relationship of Kalat to a nascent Pakistan



Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with the Khan of Kalat

On 10 September 1933, Ahmed Yar Khan was appointed the new Khan of Kalat. The British authorities closely followed Ahmed’s upbringing and played a role in training him for his future duties. He once served as an intelligence officer in the Levy forces. His loyalty to the British was unquestionable, yet a number of British officers considered him unfit for the job. Sir Edward Wakefield, who was the Chief Minister of Kalat at the time of Ahmed Yar’s appointment, described him as fickle and vacillating. Wakefield opined that Ahmed Yar Khan could be easily dominated and swiftly changed his opinion. His loyalty to the British was the only constant factor. The Agent to the Governor-General claimed “… he is of a somewhat vacillating character an…

Internationalization of the renminbi

Announced in 2013, the ‘Belt and Road’ remains broadly defined as a reference framework to develop more specific ad hoc policy initiatives. It supports investment into a wide variety of infrastructure, including road, rail, port, energy and air traffic projects, and channels financial and non-financial resources into the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, the ancient Silk Road that linked China to Europe and into the ‘21st Century Maritime Silk Road’, a network of maritime trade routes that connect South and Southeast Asia to Africa and Europe*.On should examine the evolving framework of the ‘Belt and Road’ including political and strategic considerations for its future, *what it means for countries in its intended sphere, and the role of governments, international institutions, developers and investors in realizing its potential.The ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative and the London Market – the *Next Steps in Renminbi Internationalization* - See more at: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/belt…

ISIS looking to seize Pakistani youth 'online'

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ANI | Washington D.C. [USA] May 07, 2017 03:34 PM IST
While increasing internet accessibility has been regarded as a boon, there comes an alarming issue with regards to accountability of what is shared on the platform. As there is a flipside to every coin, recent reports have mapped the increasing presence of the Islamic State in Pakistan, merely through online recruitment.Young Pakistanis, both men and women, educated or otherwise have fallen prey to being lured by extremism and commitment to jihad.One such example can be sited through the life of 20-year old Noreen Leghari, a medical student who joined the 'daesh' at the brim of her education.For over a year, Noreen was in touch with extremists online. While her parents thought she was abducted, she reached out to them via Facebook, informing them of her whereabouts and admitting to be in 'Syria for jihad'…

China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor fuels fears of social upheaval

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By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, ET Bureau | Updated: May 08, 2017, 07.32 AM IST

Pakistan’s benefit from CPEC is not yet clear except the fact that the country’s economy will further burdened with high-interest loans.NEW DELHI: The much-hyped China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor or CPEC not only challenges India’s sovereignty as it passes through PoK but has all the potential to trigger socio-economic collapse of Pakistan giving rise to instability impacting India and other neighbours. CPEC that is being touted as the flagship project under Beijing’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) could make Pakistan politically and economically subservient to China, warn scholars within Pakistan. “The result of CPEC would be Pakistan turning into a country like Greece and taking unprecedented loans in the name of CPEC. Our voice will not be heard until an…

China-Pakistan corridor draws $46b

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Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/7 22:48:39
Flagship project offers benefits for both sidesA loaded Chinese ship is ready for departure during a ceremony at Gwadar port, Pakistan, on November 13, 2016. Photo: IC

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), first proposed by Chinese Premier LiKeqiang during a visit to Pakistan in May 2013, has attracted $46 billion in investment so far and become one of the flagship projects in the China-proposed "One Belt, One Road" initiative, data from the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Pakistan showed.Chinese analysts and officials are keen on the prospects of the economic corridor, a 3,000-kilometer network of roads, railways, pipelines and infrastructure projects that starts from Kashar, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and ends at Gwadar Port, Pakistan. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted in a report by the Xinhua News Agency on Apri…

Over 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and more than 100 injured

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AMAN: Over 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and more than 100 injured when Pakistan retaliated to unprovoked firing and shelling by Afghan forces at Chaman border, Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector General Major General Nadeem Ahmed said on Sunday. "We are not pleased to announce this but the Afghan commanders are responsible for this," he said while briefing the media on the Chaman border firing issue. "We had informed them about our census activity."The census was carried out in the areas that are situated within the Pakistani border, he further said.While talking about the Afghan forces' attack, the IG said the census was carried out in Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir for four days until April 29 when they started to hinder the process. "But we restrained so that peace is not disrupted."The next day a meeting between border forces was held where the Afghan…

Indonesia, China set to build stronger ties as both benefit from Belt and Road plan

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By Xiao Xin Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/4 21:48:39
China and Indonesia are likely to develop closer ties as the "One Belt and One Road" initiative is gradually implemented. The initiative will be of great benefit to Indonesia as it tries to break through infrastructure bottlenecks, and will lead to closer ties with China. This could have even deeper implications for China, as more intimate cooperation with Indonesia - which has the world's largest Muslim population - would supposedly enhance Chinese businesses' experience of investing in Muslim-majority countries, many of which sit along the Belt and Road route.Indonesia is delighted that the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, first proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 during his visit to Indonesia, has turned out to be a significant component of the Belt and Road initiative, China News Service said in an article in late April, citing Soegeng Rahardjo,…

Pakistan, China to jointly oversee CPEC projects

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By News DeskPublished: May 7, 2017

Karakoram Highway. PHOTO: AFPAn agreement signed between the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and China would see both Islamabad and Beijing jointly oversee projects and ensure transparency.This was stated by NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, a statement released by the anti-corruption watchdog on Saturday. Terming corruption as the greatest evil being faced in the country, Chaudhry said that its eradication was the bureau’s top priority.Baloch delegation highlights opportunities under CPECADVERTISEMENTHe added that in this regard, NAB had devised a Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to rationalise workload and timelines – set at a maximum of 10 months – which have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the accountability court.Moreover, he sai…

Baloch welcome Republic TV