Tuesday, June 13, 2017

No water for Gwadar

http://nation.com.pk/letters/14-Jun-2017/no-water-for-gwadar


June 14, 2017

 The port city has a long history of water crisis.
Gwadar, Balochistan’s winter capital and the city of countless promises, has yet to give its residents a sufficient supply of water.
The port city is suppling two million gallons of water every four days, against a daily requirement of 3.
5 million gallons, official data suggests.
The citizens, meanwhile, decry the utter failure of authorities to come up with a viable solution to the problem.
There are always tall claims about developing Gwadar city, but in truth we are deprived of basic necessities.
 

The government is doing nothing except making false claims.
Gwadar has been suffering from an acute water shortage for the past decade, but no concrete steps have been taken to overcome this problem.
The water level in the dam is decreasing because of silt accumulation.
The previous government planned to install a water desalination plant in Pasni and Jiwani.
Around Rs2 billion were also earmarked for infrastructural investments.
However, according to citizens, the funds were embezzled later on.
The incumbent provincial government, however, remains optimistic that they can overcome the crisis.
the Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) has also installed a desalination plant in Gwadar at a cost of Rs1 billion.
 

This will be functional soon and will provide two million gallons per day to inhabitants.
Judging from the government’s position, it would seem that no stones are being left unturned to overcome the problem.
Kalmati recently arranged a special prayer for rains in Gwadar too.
When Gwadar’s citizens are asked, they seem to have more faith in the heavens opening up the gates because as of now, a well thought out public policy plan to address water shortage seems far off.
 

DR.
NEHA JAVED,  

Karachi, May 31

Bearded in Balochistan  

http://dailytimes.com.pk/editorial/13-Jun-17/bearded-in-balochistan

14-Jun-17by DailyTimes


Balochistan is back in the news. Over beards. Or rather their ‘fashionable’ styling. Two of the province’s districts — Omraha and Kharan — have taken the lead, banning the practice before backtracking. Sort of.

The story goes something like this. The authorities issued the directive at the behest of a cleric. The contention, according to the latter, was that barbers were styling beards. This, the cleric believed, was against Islamic norms. Ultimately, the written order was withdrawn on the grounds that there is no existing law covering the policing of men and their beards. Nonetheless, the Kharan assistant commissioner admitted that barbers were verbally instructed to refrain from the practice. Yet we must ask: if there is no specific law — on what grounds was this communicated?

Sadly, we already know the answer.

We have been here before. Many times. There was the Enlightened Moderation era when the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) were elected to the NWFP assembly, while forming a coalition government in Balochistan. Back then, this democratically elected six-party religious alliance acted as a de facto vice and virtue faction, banning, amongst other things, men from wearing western clothing. There’s nothing quite like an equal offender. Of course, at the time the country was reeling from the US military misadventure next door in Afghanistan meaning that anti-American sentiment was running high and which, to a large extent, explained the MMA electoral wins. Fast-forward just a few years and we saw the Taliban’s draconian control of Swat, which did its best to put an end to girls going to school. Those who dared to contravene the ‘orders’ saw their schools blown up. Or else found themselves with a near fatal bullet to the head.

Presently, the verbal ban on beards in Balochistan represents the same side of the very same coin. It simply underscores how Pakistan continues to battle the religious right from all sides. Whether from a democratically elected government or an extremist group that makes a mockery of the government’s writ or, indeed, a democratic set-up that is afraid of the consequences of not kowtowing to the mullahs in the face of ISIS gains in the province.

The reason that the beards are important is this: there is nothing perhaps more alarming than when the state retreats over the religious right’s policing of men and their bodies. For it suggests that the battle is almost lost. All we can do is count on our men in khaki to keep good on their promise of robbing the Islamic State of gaining any foothold whatsoever in Balochistan

ISIS has no existence in Balochistan: Sarfaraz Bugti

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The home minister revealed that an intelligence based operation was carried out in Quetta

QUETTA (Dunya News) - Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti has on Tuesday revealed that the militant group  Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)  has no existence in Balochistan whatsoever.

He let it be known while addressing a press conference alongside Balochistan government’s spokesperson in the provincial capital.

Sarfaraz Bugti also revealed at the occasion that an intelligence based operation was carried out in Quetta and in which two commanders identified as Nazar Muhammad and Muhammad Jan who hailed from the banned outfit were killed during it. 

He went on to reveal that the terrorists killed in the operation were involved in attacks on security forces and innocent civilians.

The home minister let it be known that unless and until we don’t receive the dead bodies of Chinese Nationals, no confirmation as to their deaths can be made.

The spokesperson of Balochistan government expressed at the occasion that operations are being carried out against separatists and those who spread religious sectarianism under Operation Radd-ul-Fasad and will pursue until the terrorism is eradicated

Search on to find bodies of Chinese nationals killed by IS'

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-search-on-to-find-bodies-of-chinese-nationals-killed-by-is-2471477

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Pakistan's Balochistan government said today that the video showing the killing of two Chinese nationals abducted by Islamic State militants from Quetta appeared to confirm "99 per cent" that they have been killed.

The provincial government's home minister Sarfaraz Bugti told reporters that security forces were now conducting search operations to find the bodies Lee Zing Yang, 24 and Meng Li Si, 26, who were abducted by the militant group on March 24.

His comments came as authorities previously remained unwilling to confirm the deaths and involvement of IS.

Bugti, however, denied any organised presence of the IS in Balochistan.

Yesterday, it emerged that the two Chinese nationals were involved in "preaching", and were not teachers as was stated in their visa documents.

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No Islamic State existence in Balochistan, claims Bugti

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1434924/no-islamic-state-existence-balochistan-claims-bugti/


By Mohammad Zafar

Published: June 14, 2017

PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTABalochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti has dispelled “the impression of the presence of Islamic State (IS) in Balochistan” and said that the crackdown against terrorist is in full swing under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

During a press conference at Madadgar Centre of Froniter Corps (FC) on Tuesday, Bugti said that two Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) terrorists Niaz Muhammad alias Bebarg and Muhammad Jan aka Laila had been killed during intelligence-based operations.

The two, he added, were involved in 80 different acts of terrorism including torching the Quaid-e-Azam Residency, killing citizens in targeted strikes and attacking national installations and communication services.

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Flanked by provincial government spokesperson Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar at the press conference, the home minister said that Radd-ul-Fasaad was progressing successfully in the entire province and banned outfits like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and others are being continuously chased.

He added that the recent Mastung operation was also a link of the same chain which led to the killing of two dangerous terrorists involved in 17 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) attacks on security forces and 15 acts of kidnapping for ransom among a total of 80 crimes.

Bugti and Kakar said that security forces had killed two other terrorists of the same group three weeks ago, in Margart Mines and Indus Margart area. They said the cellphones recovered from the terrorists bore video evidences of attacks on security forces, and other information obtained from there gave clues to the presence of foreign elements. They said such actions would be continued against the terrorists.

Sarfraz Bugti’s motorcade escapes gunfire

However, the home minister rejected the existence of the IS in Balochistan, adding that the terror organisation was making efforts to strengthen its base in the entire country, but the government and the military had expressed their strongest resolve to block its entry into Balochistan.

He said that Balochistan hosted the Afghan refugees for 30 years and the federal government had a clear policy regarding them under which they were being sent to their homeland.

“My personal opinion is that Afghan refugees are [a cause of] deteriorating law and order in Balochistan and some [of them] are becoming a tool in the hands of NDS and RAW,” he said, adding that the return of registered refugees should be ensured.

Kakar said that a wrong impression was being created against the army and the state through social media.

CPEC-loving Pakistan needs to learn from Beijing’s recent treatment of Muslims

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By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, ET Bureau | Updated: Jun 14, 2017, 07.57 AM IST

NEW DELHI: China is walking an extra mile to operationalise China-Pakistan Economic Corridor under the One Belt One Road (OBOR) project but Beijing's recent treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang region has lessons for Islamabad, which is relying heavily on the corridor to change its economic fortunes. 

In a latest move, the Chinese authorities have banned the use of names such as Muhammad, Haji, Islam and Imam for babies in Xinjiang. Names that start with 'Turk' — such as Turkizat and Turkinaz — have also been banned. 

The Chinese authorities claim that this move will curtail 'religious fervour'. The new law also prevents people from rejecting 'radio, television or other public facilities and services', marrying in accordance with religious rather than legal procedures, and using the 'halal' principle to interfere with the 'secular life of others', according to people familiar with Beijing's latest moves to dictate lifestyle of the Muslim community. 

Last year, the Chinese authorities had imposed a ban on 'abnormal' beards and full-face and body coverings for the Muslims. The new code also comes after the appointment of Chen Quanguo as the chief of the Xinjiang unit of the Communist Party of China. Chen had earlier quelled protests in Tibet. 

Beijing's tough measures in Xinjiang include neighbourhood 'grid' reporting systems, widespread checkpoints and searches, extensive electronic surveillance, confiscation of passports and compulsory political education courses for Uyghurs who visited abroad. 

"The legislation codifies security policies that have been applied patchily throughout the region in recent years as part of government efforts to combat religious extremism. It also forms part of a response to a series of deadly attacks in Xinjiang and in other parts of China. Since 2011, China has spent more per annum on domestic security than on external defence. The cost of China's domestic security policies — once euphemistically known as 'stability maintenance' but increasingly described as 'national security' — is likely to escalate in the future. Many of these costs will be difficult to measure in monetary terms," Ben Hillman, senior lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University, pointed out in a recent paper titled 'China's dangerous ethnic policies in Xinjiang'. 

"The increasingly draconian security policies adopted in Tibet and Xinjiang target entire populations and have become sources of deep resentment," Hillman explains in his paper. "They create the perception that Uyghurs and Tibetans are second-class citizens in China, and that the Chinese Communist Party does not value or respect local cultures despite the existence of formal laws that purport to safeguard minority rights...development policies that are rapidly transforming and homogenising cultural landscapes, and assimilationist policies that are said to promote inter-ethnic 'mingling', but amount to little more than incentives for adopting secular Han Chinese ways," according to Hillman. 

However, China's policies toward Uyghurs and its 20 million strong Muslim community might draw ire of its Muslim majority neighbours in Central Asia, key to Beijing's OBOR initiative, according to China watchers. Uyghurs were allegedly involved in an attack on the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan in 2016 and Thai police allege that Uyghurs carried out a bombing in Bangkok in 2015 that killed 20 people, mainly Chinese tourists.

"If China is perceived as anti-Islam, its home-grown Uyghur extremists might not be the only threat," Hillman said in his paper. "Chinese citizens and assets could become targets for terror outfits in Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. Chinese-funded ports, railways, canals, dams and pipelines could become vulnerable to terrorist attacks." 

Two Chinese nationals were recently killed in Pakistan, following which Chinese President Xi Jinping snubbed Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the SCO Summit last week in Kazak capital Astana

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S Korea Christian groups recruit Chinese to preach in Muslim Countries

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China's official media today accused South Korean Christian groups of converting young Chinese and sending them for proselytising in Muslim countries, a day after Pakistan said the two Chinese nationals killed by ISIS were involved in "preaching" in the country.

The state-run Global Times mainly highlighted the comments by Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar that Lee Zingyang, 24, and Meng Lisi, 26, who were kidnapped from Jinnah town Quetta in the restive Balochistan province on May 24, and killed allegedly by Islamic State militants had entered Pakistan on business visas.

The minister was informed that the two were part of a group of Chinese citizens who obtained business visas from the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing and entered Pakistan.

But instead of doing business, they had gone to Quetta, where they pretended to learn Urdu from a Korean business owner but "were actually engaged in preaching Forbidden proselytizing," the Global Times reported.

"The tragedy has triggered off a new wave of anger against Islamic terrorism among the Chinese public, who have already been victimised by terrorism and extremism in the country's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region," the daily said.

At the same time it quoted Chinese analysts warning of "another dangerous trend that might see China become entangled in constant trouble with overseas terrorism as South Korean missionaries are allegedly recruiting Chinese people to preach in Muslim countries".

Experts spoke of increasing activities by South Korean Christian groups who have been active in converting people in China, an officially atheist country, and proselytizing in Muslim countries, where such activities are forbidden and may even result in death sentences, the report said.

"Analysts further warned that some illegal missionary activities by South Korean religious groups in China are even sponsored by Seoul's secret services," it said.

"South Korean missionaries have been conducting underground missionary activities in China since at least a decade ago. Many missionary organisations are even sponsored by the (South Korean) intelligence agency, the National Intelligence Service," Chu Yin, an associate professor at the University of International Relations was quoted as saying by the Global Times.

Apart from recruiting young people in China, South Korean missionaries send teenagers to risk their lives to conduct missionary activities in Muslim countries, and compared to Chinese, more South Koreans have been killed abroad due to risky missionary activities in conservative Islamic regions, a university student who has participated in several South Korean underground missionary events told the daily.

"Normally these missionaries will try to attract young Chinese students who come to churches because these students want to know about Christianity. Some of them will offer free airfare tickets, accommodation and meals if Chinese teenagers go to South Korea, and as they (missionaries) normally have a legal cover, like being an exchange scholar or postgraduate student, many Chinese students decide to go with them," the student said.

"Some Chinese voluntarily join in the dangerous missionary activities in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq after being converted by South Koreans," he said.

China has very strict rules on foreigners' religious activities in China. The country forbids foreigners from converting people.

Meanwhile, an editorial in Global Times said, "while the atrocity" by the Islamic State in killing the two Chinese is appalling, it cannot drive a wedge between China and Pakistan, nor will the construction of the CPEC be disrupted.

"The killings of the two Chinese citizens should serve as a lesson. It is necessary for China and Pakistan to understand the situation of South Korean missionaries and radical groups in Balochistan, so as to better protect the safety of Chinese nationals in Pakistan," it said.

"In fact, it's doubtful whether the extremist organisation targeted the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) this time. The two hostages killed were not staff related to the project, but had allegedly been brought to Pakistan by a South Korean Christian organisation to conduct missionary work. This tragedy was more likely caused by the conflict between South Korean missionary agencies and local terrorists," it added.

"The China-Pakistan bilateral relationship is regarded as a model of relations between countries with different social systems. The Chinese public considers Pakistan as China's "iron brother," the editorial said.

"Pakistan has made great efforts in protecting the CPEC.

It has dispatched approximately 15,000 Pakistani military personnel to protect the Chinese engineers, the number of the former exceeding that of the latter. This is known to the Chinese public," it said.

"Pakistan is far from having a stable domestic situation, but as the China-Pakistan friendship is deeply rooted in Pakistani society and most political and sectarian forces don't consider China as an enemy, the security dilemmas facing the country will not impact the bilateral relationship or the CPEC," it added.

"So far, no political forces in Pakistan have openly boycotted the CPEC, instead, various regions compete to join the project. There is generally a favourable political and public opinion environment toward the project. The killings of the two hostages are not a signal of any change to the current situation , it said.

"Some Indian and Western media intend to exaggerate the impacts of the incident. They aim at badmouthing and disrupting China-Pakistan economic cooperation by linking the terror act caused by religious conflict to the political and economic cooperation between the two countries," it added.

(This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kidnapping, Killing of Chinese by ISIS: Visa policy to be streamlined

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Kidnapping, killing of Chinese by IS, Interior ministry says slain foreigners misused business visa and indulged in ‘preaching’


June 13, 2017/ 1 Comment

ISLAMABAD - The federal government on Monday decided to review and strictly regulate its visa policy for Chinese after the recent abduction and killing of two Chinese nationals in Balochistan.

“The interior ministry has decided to review, regulate and streamline its visa policy for Chinese as the two Chinese nationals abducted from Quetta last month violated terms and conditions of their business visas and were involved in preaching activities instead,” a ministry spokesperson said.

The interior ministry made the decision at a meeting with Ch Nisar Ali Khan in the chair, the spokesperson said.

On June 8, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the killing of the two Chinese nationals, hours after the army said that it has killed some IS militants in an operation in Mastung of Balochistan.

The interior ministry said that the two foreigners had got business visas from the Pakistani embassy in Beijing but they went straight away to Quetta “instead for doing a business and were involved in activities of preaching”.

Expressing his deep concern over the unfortunate incident of abduction and killing, the minister observed in the meeting that there was a “need to review the process of issuance of visas to the Chinese nationals coming to Pakistan to work for various projects and simultaneously to maintain a databank of the Chinese nationals present in various parts of the country”.

“This databank, to be prepared by National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), should be shared with all security agencies, the minister maintained.

The meeting was called to review regulations for issuance of visas to the Chinese and the progress made so far on the registration of international non-governmental organisations under a new policy.

The interior minister further said that there was a need to regulate the process of grant of visa extensions so as to ensure that the facility was not misused.

Taking serious note of laxity often shown by the Pakistani missions abroad during grant of visas especially the business visas, the minister directed that all Pakistani missions were bound to undertake proper scrutiny of visa application forms and must get all necessary details before exercising their power of issuance of visas to the foreign nationals.

The meeting decided that the foreign office would be taken on board and their input would be included while formulating new visa policy guidelines for issuance of visas to the foreigners on various categories.

On the security of Chinese nationals present in the country, the meeting observed that ensuring the security of foreign nationals was a shared responsibility. Where the government makes every effort to provide security to foreigners, the visiting foreign nationals are equally bound to abide by the terms and conditions of their visas and inform local authorities about their movements and activities keeping in view the security requirements, if any, the meeting underlined.

Nisar observed that it was highly unfortunate that a misuse of the terms of business visa contributed to the unfortunate incident of abduction and subsequent murder of two innocent Chinese. He directed secretary interior to investigate the matter and ensure that such misuse did not occur in the future.

The meeting was informed that a group of Chinese citizens (which included the two slain) obtained business visas from Pakistani embassy in Beijing and entered Pakistan. However, instead of engaging in any business activity they went to Quetta and under the garb of learning Urdu language from a Korean national Juan Won Seo, Owner of ARK Info Tech, and actually engaged in preaching. The reports received by the interior ministry indicate that Mr Lee Zing Yang (24) and Ms Meng Li Si (26), were abducted from Jinnah Town Quetta on May 24.

The meeting also reviewed the progress in the registration of INGOs under the new policy framework devised by the Ministry of Interior.  It was informed that so far 66 INGOs have been registered formally.

Nisar directed the ministry to expedite process of obtaining required information from the INGOs who had yet to furnish complete information so that decision could be taken about their registration.

The minister directed that the process of granting formal registration to INGOs should be completed by end of July.

Interior secretary, advocate general, passports director general, Nadra deputy chairman and other senior officials attended the meeting

Balochistan: Three students abducted from Quetta

(sangar News)on 09 June 2017 at around 11:00 AM Pakistan Time, three students were abducted near Toyota Showroom at New Populzai Plaza of Double Road, Quetta Balochistan

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Imtyaz Ali

19 years old Imtyaz Ali Noor Jan is a resident of Labaach Choko, district Awaran and was living in Old Bus Adda Satellite Town, Quetta for his studies. He was attending English Language courses in QUEST Center in the city.

Abdul Latif

19 years old Abdul Latif Sakhi Dad is a student in Degree College Quetta and a resident of Rekchai Village of district Awaran. Currently he was living in Room 63, Near Toyota Showroom New Populzai Plaza Double Road, Quetta, Balochistan.

Zubair is a resident of district Mastung, Balochistan and a student as well.

Imtyaz and Latif were waiting for Zubair alongside Double Road near Toyota Showroom New Populzai Plaza.

When Zubair arrived in an Auto-Rickshaw, a white double cab car stopped and four armed men in civil dress abducted them at gunpoint”, Say eyewitnesses of the incident.

The abductors are believed to belong to the Pakistan’s intelligence agencies,
because the area of abduction is surrounded by many checkposts of security forces.

Many abductees of unknown gunmen have been later killed in fake encounters as well, which strengthen the allegations on security forces as perpetrator.

All three students are forcibly disappeared and their families are not informed of their whereabouts and charges.

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