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BNC strongly condemn the killings of innocent Sindhi labors killed by BLA terrorists in Gwadar

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Washington D.C -- Balochistan National Congress (BNC) strongly condemn the killing of innocent Sindhi labors in Gwadar, killed by BLA terrorists. 
"We strongly condemn the killing of innocent Sindhi labors in Gwadar and those who are behind these senseless killings MUST be brought to justice. There is no justification of killing innocent people, PERIOD. Those who think by killing innocent people they will liberate Balochistan, they are seriously delusional, misguided and living in fools paradise", said Dr. Baloch, President of BNC.
He said, "BNC believes that fighting for freedom is a Just cause but terrorism and violence is not. And, what the Baloch militants are doing in Balochistan is terrorism. Their actions have proved again and again to be counterproductive and detrimental to the Baloch cause. In fact, their actions have strengthened the FC's grip and control over Balochistan and its resources in every town and villages and have made the or…

Will Nawaz wilt under pressure?

Updated: May 17, 2017 21:20 IST | G PARTHASARATHY
India must fine-tune its diplomatic strategies if it is to deal with power shifts and strategic challenges in its neighbourhoodThe past eighteen months have seen a bitter power struggle in Pakistan between the elected government led by Nawaz Sharif, and his former army chief, the egotistical and overbearing Gen Raheel Sharif, who was desperately seeking an extension. In the event, Raheel Sharif’s ambitions were sidestepped and his ego assuaged by getting him appointed head of a Saudi-led military alliance of 41 Sunni Islamic countries. With the Panama Leaks exposing his vast foreign assets, including properties and industries, Sharif remains under pressure from a less than sympathetic supreme court, which has appointed a committee of civilian and military officials to further investigate and examine the charges against Sharif and his family.…

Pakistani commandos for Yemen

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Islamabad appears to have finally caved in. According to our sources, a contingent of Pakistani special forces is expected to deploy in the south of Saudi Arabia. Officially, they will be there to protect the border, alongside the Saudi Arabian ...and more »

MPakistani leader’s Saudi ties make it hard to say ‘no’ on Yemen By Tom Hussein - McClatchy Foreign Staff LINKEDINGOOGLE+PINTEREST

India hell-bent on sabotaging CPEC: Zehri

May 18, 2017QUETTA - Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri on Wednesday claimed his province was the only unit that inked three imperative accords related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC) during the recent visit of Premier Nawaz Sharif and others to Beijing.He went on to say India’s nonappearance at Belt and Road Forum confirmed New Delhi could not see CPEC flourish and was making every attempt to sabotage it.The three new projects were new international airport at Gwadar, East-Bay Expressway and Gwadar Port City Master Plan, he said, addressing a press conference here along with Education Minister Abdur Rahim Ziaratwal, Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch, Home and Tribal Affairs Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, S&GAD Minister Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani and several MPAs.The chief minister condemned the terror attack on the Senate deputy chairman in Mastung and killing of 10 la…

The west is mired in 'soft' development. China is trying the 'hard' stuff

BrankoMilanovicThe massive One Belt One Road project harkens back to a pre-Washington-consensus when rich countries built bridges rather than soft powerView more sharing options
Wednesday 17 May 2017 12.01 BSTLast modified on Wednesday 17 May 2017 12.07 BSTViews are sharply divided on the viability and usefulness of the Chinese-led One Belt One Road (Obor) project, which plans to reconstruct the ancient Silk Road trade routes while also building new trading routes out into the oceans.Some in the development world think it will be a colossal waste of money with no practical gains — akin to the expeditions that the Chinese Admiral Zheng He led along the coasts of south-east Asia and east Africa in the 15th century, before the whole idea of exploration was abruptly shut down by his emperor. But others believe that it can jum…

Western banks eclipsed by China's 'Belt and Road' initiative

Reuters | Updated: May 17, 2017, 09.58PM IST

Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Reuters File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Belt and Road initiative - into which China's policy banks have already pumped $200bn - encompasses Asia, the Middle East and Africa.Higher funding costs and compliance worries are holding global banks back.China's "Belt and Road" initiative is aimed at bolstering Beijing's global ambitions.BEIJING: For global banks, China's new "Silk Road" is a tantalising concept: billions of dollars in deals, loans and advisory fees, and a cosier relationship with Beijing for those who step up.Dozens of senior international bankers turned up at the weekend for a Beijing summit to promote China's "Belt and Road" initiative, an ambiti…

CPEC is property of all provinces, regions, says Shahbaz

Those spreading rumours proved wrong; inaugurates computer lab at Pakistan Embassy College in BeijingLAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework was a property of the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir and it was equally beneficial to the 200 million people across the country.Shahbaz inaugurated a computer lab at Pakistan Embassy College in Beijing, with all the computers donated by the Punjab government.Addressing the students and faculty members, he said those spreading rumours about CPEC had been proved wrong. “CPEC is a project of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. CPEC is a project of 200 million people of Pakistan,” he noted.He said that the chief ministers of the four provinces had given a collective message by attending the Belt and Road Forum in B…

CPEC and American Interests

Dr Shabir Choudhry
Americans have this ability to smell danger to their national interests in advance; and take appropriate measures to ensure that the danger is kept far away from their borders. They also know how to protect their defence, strategic and economic interests around the world. This is why some people claim, ‘America is a neighbour of every country’.
Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean have great significance for America. If they want to save their interests, and interests of the European countries in this region, then they have to formulate appropriate strategies to protect their rights. It is believed that the balance of power may change in the region if all the CPEC related projects are completed, as there are hidden strategic and military aspect to the CPEC.
Many analysts believe that it is not a simply economic corridor, because the CPEC is a ‘tool for geo – strategic control which will destabilise regional and global sec…

CPEC—A mutually beneficial business model

SituationerM. ZiauddinReports of Chinese companies negotiating buying more businesses and land, both agricultural and real estate in Pakistan have been widely welcomed by many in this country but some who keep a closer watch on such developments have also been advising extreme caution.
A couple of Chinese entrepreneurs have already snapped up two major deals— the Karachi Electricity Supply Corporation and 40 per cent of Pakistan Stock Exchange. Quoting some executives of Pakistan’s biggest firms a foreign news-agency has reported that Chinese companies were looking mainly at the cement, steel, energy and textile sectors, the four which make up the backbone of Pakistan’s $270b economy.
For agriculture, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)outlines an engagement that runs from one end of the supply chain all the way to the other. From provision of seeds and other inputs, like fertilizer, credit and pesticides, Chinese …

Is China colonising Pakistan? CPEC ‘master plan’ suggests bad news for India

By Northlines -May 18, 2017CPEC - A potential threat to turn Gilgit-Baltistan a battlegroundIs China colonising Pakistan? CPEC ‘master plan’ suggests bad news for IndiaAngshukanta ChakrabortyBig catchwords are being thrown around with wild abandon, with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seen walking hand-in-hand with Chinese President Xi Jinping in too many carefully orchestrated photo-ops. But behind the hoopla around One Belt, One Road summit, and the brouhaha over the much talked about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are the not-so-noble intentions of the Beijing elite to turn Pakistan into some kind of a proto Chinese colony.Or, in the words of national security expert Brahma Chellaney, “at least a vassal state”.In a massive exposéon what exactly is going into the CPEC, respected English news daily from Pakistan, Dawn has revealed Beijing’s “master plan”.In other words, that’s so…

'China willing to give Sri Lanka $ 24 billion more as part of OBOR'

By PTI | Updated: May 17, 2017, 04.45 PM IST

China's offer came as Sri Lanka is negotiating for a $1.1 billion debt swap with Beijing to repay $1.4 billion Chinese loan to build Hambantota portBEIJING: As Sri Lanka struggles to repay a $ 8 billion debt to China, Beijing is "willing to give" an estimated additional $ 24 billion as part of the One Belt One Road initiative. China has offered more loans to countries taking part in the 'One Belt One Road' initiative, Sri Lanka's Minister on Special Assignment Sarath Amanugama said. "In Sri Lanka's case, it may be about four times of what we are getting now, over and above $8 billion... they are willing to give," Amanugama, who is part of the official delegation headed by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeshinghe that took part in the summit meet, told PTI…