Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Statement by India  at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council

Statement by India 
at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council on Agenda Item 2: General Debate, delivered by Amb. Rajiv K Chander, Permanent Representative of India on 07 June 2017 


Thank you, Mr. President, 

  We thank the High Commissioner for his oral update. We recognize the role sought to be played by the OHCHR in effective promotion and protection of human rights. India was part of the first set of countries in the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review. We benefited immensely from the statements made by 103 States and the 250 recommendations made during this comprehensive Review of human rights in India.  We believe that the Review is not an end in itself and that observance and promotion of human rights is ‘work in progress’. 

Mr. President, 

  We have noted High Commissioner’s reference to denial of access to, as he described, “the Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir”. The entire State of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan remains in illegal occupation of a part of our territory.   Therefore, the neutrality of the phrase “Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir” is artificial.  Furthermore, the State of Jammu and Kashmir has an elected democratic government that represents all sections of the people unlike the situation in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.

  The central problem in Jammu & Kashmir is cross-border terrorism, and Pakistan’s use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy. This fact needs due recognition by one and all.  We firmly believe that a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism is as much an international obligation as it is a commitment to our own people. A robust independent media and civil society combined with an impartial judiciary act as the sentinels of Indian democracy. 

Mr. President, 

   We remain unconvinced by the belief in certain quarters that the true promotion and protection of human rights can be achieved only through naming and shaming, particularly in the case of thriving pluralistic societies with deep-rooted democratic traditions and institutions.


Thank you.

Gazin Marri going back to Pakistan: Sardars and their Duplicitous role

The recent report in media about Khairbux Marri's son Gazin Marri is going back to Pakistan after living in self exile made many to focus on role of Sardars and their families in freedom struggle and in Pakistani politics.

Marri family members control Resistance group under BLA  and" Free Balochistan Movement". In Pakistan their siblings are in power , example Chengiz Marri is a minister in Balochistan provincial government belonging to Nawaz Shariff PML . They control Marri resources , Coal, gas and other mining related activities. If Nawaz Shariff Government looses power and Zardari s PPP comes to power, Marri area will be under the control of Gazin Marri. With huge resources in Marri area , the Khairbux Marri family wish to control by joining all groups . This is the latest move in that direction.

This phenomenon is common with all Sardars who are leading resistance movement, be it with Marris, Mengals, Bugtis. It must be noted that in the present provincial government 11 out of 14 ministers belong to tribal elite.

Critics of Sardar politics took jibe at their supporters and sponsors. They say emerging middle class leaders are intentionally neglected and resources are funneled to Sardar groups who are unpredictable and not sincere to the Freedom aspirations of Balochistan.
One Individual mocked "What a joke. Gazzin Marri ends his exile. Returning to Pakistan, says, he disassociate from his terrorist brothers, Mehran Marri and Hyrbiyar Marri, and do not support their terrorist political views anymore. What a big U turn and a BIG BS."

Another Baloch said "They (Sardars) are all same and united, colluding with Pakistan army and its ISI and been doing so this all time. But our Indian been fooled by their fancy slogans and been throwing bone at them thinking they are their friend and assets, without realizing that they are assets of ISI disguised as freedom fighters with phony and fake slogans of azaadee."

He further said "We been telling you guys but no one listen. Now there you have it.Please don't waste your time and money anymore in these useless Nawabs and Sardars and their stupid son. It is not worth it."

Ultimately the genuine freedom seeking groups, particularly middle class educated leaders and people who wish for free balochistan are affected badly. People are made scapegoats in the process who naively believe in rhetorics and Slogans of Sardars and fall prey to Pakistani millitary atrocities. Non Sardars groups complain this quite often in private about bias shown by sponsors. FirstPost report pointed this fact and went on to quote an anonymous Intelligence officer that Sardars misused the  funds provided to them by picking up. expensive cars and luxury villas in Europe instead of using for the Movement. What is quite Surprising is there was no debate among Baloch groups on this Revelation, probably majority of groups are controlled by Sardars.

The report said

India has reportedly supported exiled Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) leader in exile, Khaibak Maari, for long. Financial support to such leaders has made little tangible difference, argues an intelligence agency officer.

On condition of not sharing his name, he said that a few of these exiled leaders used Indian financial support to pick up expensive cars and homes. That defeats the entire purpose of backing exiles, he remarked.

Baloch poets warned People about Sardars duplicitous natured long back. Unfortunately People always follow them as a saying goes that sheep always trust butcher.

O my Creator! Give me courage to awaken
The Baloch from their deep slumber.
The Sardars have darkened the faces of the Baloch people.
Let me put them one by one on the gallows"

Mir Gul Khan Naseer

The below picture is from Sardarwatch blog published long back

Self-exiled son of Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri plans return to country


Azaz Syed


Wednesday Jun 07, 2017

Pictured is Ghazan Marri. — Geo News screengrab

ISLAMABAD: Ghazan Marri, son of late Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, has decided to return to country after 18 years in self-imposed exile.

Speaking to Geo News via telephone from United Arab Emirates (UAE), Ghazan Marri said he had decided to end his self-imposed exile and return to Karachi soon.

He is accused of Justice Nawaz Marri's murder and facilitating banned militant organisation Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). He, however, has been disowning the outlawed group in the past.

Balochistan - Pakistan's largest province in terms of land area - has been plagued by an insurgency and sectarian killings for several years now. Of late, security forces have conducted effective operations across the province cracking down on militants.

Pictured is late Nawab Khair Bakksh Marri, father of Ghazan Marri.

This has led to a considerable drop in militancy in the province but scattered attacks are still reported at times.

Marri said he would face the cases registered against him upon return to the country.

"My hands are clean; I've nothing to do with BLA," he said, adding, "I was wrongly booked in the murder case of Justice Nawaz Marri."

The exiled Baloch leader further said that he had no contact with Brahmdagh Bugti

CPEC’s other side

June 07, 2017

CPEC is being publicised as a game changer and anyone questioning it is deemed to be unpatriotic.
Actually, people are not aware of details, and how and when it will benefit the common man.
Apparently, all major projects will be carried out by Chinese companies.
Pakistan will be more dependent on a foreign source and the ability of self-reliance for prosperity will be further weakened, weakening the prospects of becoming an Asian Tiger.

Most of our political leaders find it convenient to undertake projects with foreign loans, equipment and expertise, and claim it to be a great achievement without realising the crippling effect it has on our ability to achieve continuous progress with our own efforts, like China did.
For example, railway system improvements can be undertaken by our own experts with only essential imports.
This developed capability will minimise foreign help but the opportunity for it is waning.
This is how China developed its technical prowess.
Why can’t we? 

Will our political rulers be kind enough to stop taking pride in projects based on foreign loan, equipment and expertise, and lead the nation to the path of maximised self-reliance? 


Rawalpindi, May 19

Geopolitical bias blinds India to benefits of cooperation with China

By Liu Jianxi Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/6 23:13:39

China denied accusations that its military helicopters had violated India's airspace on Monday. Reports from India claimed that the Chinese aircraft had been seen hovering over the "Barahoti sector" of the China-India boundary. China's foreign ministry responded to the reports, saying they were "regular border patrols" on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control.

Indian media has no need to make a fuss over China's routine military activities. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi commented at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum that "It is true that we have a border dispute with China. But in the last 40 years, not a single bullet has been fired because of [the] border dispute." 

China welcomes Modi's remarks. Beijing and New Delhi have been exercising restraint over the border issue. A number of dialogue mechanisms, at governmental and non-governmental level, have been established to strengthen communications. The Sino-Indian Nathula Border trade channel was opened to boost bilateral trade, and meanwhile, China has put forward the Belt and Road initiative to aid regional connectivity. Beijing sincerely hopes that New Delhi can play a part in and benefit from the infrastructure initiative.

However, New Delhi is over-concerned about Beijing's intentions, and there are even critical voices in India against Modi's China-friendly remarks. It is because New Delhi still views the bilateral relationship with China from the lens of geopolitics and regards Beijing as a strategic rival. Every time China reaches out to strengthen cooperation with countries regarded by India as within its sphere of influence, India worries the cooperation is deliberately targeting it. 

The reality is China's expanding cooperation is driven by China's economic growth. In fact, more and more Chinese enterprises are interested in investing in India. If New Delhi can understand China's connectivity initiative from the perspective of regional development, this will help enhance mutual trust between the two countries. 

Beijing's infrastructure initiative aims to promote the global economy by enhancing regional connectivity and building cohesive trade networks, and does not target any third party. An increasing number of countries welcome the Belt and Road initiative and are willing to hitch a ride on China's rise.

Strengthening mutual trust, a prerequisite to deepened cooperation, is a priority at present. More consultations are needed to handle border disputes, and Indian media outlets should avoid misinterpreting China's regular activities. The two sides can cooperate on projects that are not sensitive if historical issues cannot be immediately solved. The steady and sound development of China-India relations will benefit not only the two countries and peoples, but also the region and beyond.

Japan, India welcome to join B&R initiative, but China need not bow to demands

By Hu Weijia Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/6 22:18:39

The Belt and Road (B&R) project initiated by China in 2013 is open and inclusive and any countries, Japan and India included, are welcome to join, but that does not mean that China needs to agree to any requests they might have.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said recently that Japan is ready to cooperate with China's B&R initiative under certain conditions including harmony with a Trans-Pacific economic zone, according to the Japan Times. The comments came after another report from the Japan Times saying that Japan could be open to joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank if certain issues are resolved.

Japan is extending an olive branch to China trying to warm ties with Beijing, but it may have some selfish calculations by trying to push the B&R initiative in a direction beneficial to itself. Japan's change in attitude toward the initiative may be part of efforts to breathe new life into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to which Japan is a signatory but most of the countries along the B&R route are not.

China would be pleased to see Japan's inclusion in the B&R initiative, but no concessions will be made by China on matters of principle to ingratiate Tokyo. If a driving force behind Japan's change in attitude is just to get benefits from the prosperity of the route, Tokyo will have nothing to boast about. 

China's B&R initiative has received more praise than ever from the international community as the project has proved its ability to boost local economies in countries like Pakistan. There are more than 60 countries covered in the initiative that represent over 60 percent of the world's population. The B&R initiative will develop well, with or without Japan's participation. We are willing to see the initiative help build up a cooperation platform for countries along the route, but 🔴 China does not need to beg any countries, Japan and India included, to join the initiative.

Japan need not and should not make indiscreet remarks or make demands upon China's B&R initiative. As for Tokyo, if it feels the cons of joining the initiative outweigh the pros, it would be better to stay outside it. Anytime Japan thinks the pros outweigh the cons it could apply to join the initiative unconditionally, because the door will remain open for any countries who want to enhance mutual beneficial cooperation with the current members.

The B&R initiative is a joint endeavor based on an equal-footing and consultation among all its members. If Japan wants to participate in projects under the B&R framework such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the country needs to obtain consent from all stakeholders. Japan could be taken as the reference for any countries that have not yet decided whether to join the B&R initiative, India included. 

The author is a reporter with the Global Times.