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China, Normally Protective of a Disputed Sea, Gives India a Rare Nod

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June 16, 2017 5:38 AMRalph JenningsFILE - Indian women throw flowers into the sea as an offering during a ceremony for the victims of the 2004 tsunami at Marina Beach in Chennai, Dec. 26, 2016.ShareSee commentsTAIPEI, TAIWAN — China is responding to pressure to work with other countries that claim rights to a vast disputed sea by voicing support for India’s proposed tsunami alert system.India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences is working on a South China Sea warning system that would transmit data to Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia after any earthquakes threaten those countries with a towering tsunami that could wipe out coastal populations, multiple Indian media outlets have said since May.An Indian Ocean tsunami that hit India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar among other countries in 2004 killed at least 230,000 people. Beijing has chided India before over use of the South China Sea, but the Chines…

What’s Happening at Pakistan’s Gwadar Port?

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Despite big promises, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is yet to deliver local benefits.By Zofeen T EbrahimJune 17, 2017
A stray dog snoozes under a red boat lying next to a rickety tea shop on the quay at Sur Bandar, where a few dozen small boats are bobbing in the Arabian Sea. The water is clear and a school of fish is swimming near the shore. The fishermen gather and chat over cups of a strong, sweet concoction they call “doodh-patti” as they watch the world go by. I ask some if they have heard of the much-touted China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), but they shake their heads.The harbor front is quiet compared to the one at Gwadar, some 20 kilometers away, where a Chinese deep sea port is under construction, promising to transform the sleepy town into a global trading hub.CPEC is a 3,000-kilometer corridor from Kashgar in western China to Gwadar in Pakistan on the Arabian sea. It slices through the Himal…

Balochistan Plans To Spend Over 25 Percent Of Rs 325 Billion Budget On CPEC Projects

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The Balochistan Government plans to spend over a quarter of its Rs.325.238 billion budget for year 2017-18 on the development of social and economic infrastructure linked to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The budget has allocated significant but unspecified funds for completing CPEC-related projects in the province.The PML-N-led Balochistan coalition government plans to spend Rs.328.5 billion on its operations and infrastructure development in the province during the next financial year despite a much smaller estimated resource envelope of Rs.276.4 billion, showing a hefty deficit of Rs.52.1 billion or 15 percent of the total budget outlay, the Dawn reports.Advertisement opens in new windowThe government has allocated Rs.86.011 billion for developmental expenditure and Rs.239.227 billion for non-development expe…

Baloch leader slams Pakistan for killing civilians in Balochistan at UN

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Geneva [Switzerland], June 16 : Member of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) human rights wing Hakeem Wadhela Baloch has criticised Pakistan for continuously violating United Nations resolutions against torture, enforced disappearances in Balochistan, resolutions for protection of civilians during conflicts and other basic human rights at the 35th session of Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva

geneva [switzerland], June 16 : Member of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) human rights wing Hakeem Wadhela Baloch has criticised pakistan for continuously violating united nations resolutions against torture, enforced disappearances in Balochistan, resolutions for protection of civilians during conflicts and other basic human rights at the 35th session of Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva."Pakistani security forces are systematically committing gross human rights vio…

Understanding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1436563/understanding-china-pakistan-economic-corridor/



By Zamir Ahmed AwanPublished: June 16, 2017

SHARETWEETThe writer is a professor at the Chinese Studies Centre of Excellence, NUST, Islamabad, and has worked as a diplomat in the Pakistan Embassy, Beijing (2010-2016)As Chinese philosophy decisively asserts, “you cannot live in a castle made of glass while your neighbour lives in the stone ages”. This maxim offers a stark contrast to the case of the United States, a highly developed state that faces tremendous migration problems from its neighbours Mexico and Puerto Rico due to the existence of a glaring development gap in the region. Instead of increasing aid to these destitute countries, the current US administration is considering the construction of a “wall” to keep migrants out. There has not been a conclusive agreement upon which side of the border will bear the financial burden of this project. On the contrary, in accordance with the Chinese wisdom…

Pakistan is feeling more and more like a Chinatown

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IndiaBROTHERS IN ARMS

Shazia Hasan June 15, 2017Learning to live together. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)If you pass him by in his electronic parts and components shop in the Electronics Market in Karachi’s Saddar, Mohammad Ali Arabi would look like any other normal young Pakistani businessman. There is nothing out of the ordinary about him until you hear him conversing on the phone with someone in Mandarin.“Seeing Ali Bhai speaking while making strange facial gestures by twisting his features to pronounce the words, at first we thought that maybe he was possessed or having some kind of a fit,” laughs another shop owner in the market. “But now we are used to his speaking the language of our Chinese friends. He is often on the phone with someone or the other in China,” the shopowner adds.“I learnt the language back in 2002 from a Chinese lady visiting Pakistan for her work,” says Arabi. “Her work required her staying in…

“Balochistan is aptly described as a virtual martial law” Munir Mengal

http://www.bolantimes.com/balochistan-is-aptly-described-as-a-virtual-martial-law-munir-mengal/on June 16, 2017Bolan Times ( Geneva ): President Baloch Voice Association said ” Balochistan is aptly described as a virtual martial law, ”During the 35th Human Rights Council Session which is running in United Nation Office Geneva Switzerland, Mengal said ” Despite of the state accession to international conventions on human rights, their participation in the UN human rights mechanisms and their lofty rhetoric of promoting and protecting human rights of its citizens, the degree and the extent of suffering and repression experienced by the Baloch people under the brutal control of the Islamic state is equivalent to being, as a “hell on earth”.In His intervention President Baloch Voice Association added ” In Balochistan , all opinions and viewpoints that contradict state position on any issue are considered as “subversive”, and any information which directly or indirectly concerns the govern…

Dilip Das: Pakistan's first ‘missing’ people’s case

https://www.dawn.com/news/1080174Mr Talpur has close association with what was perhaps among the first ‘missing’ people’s cases in Pakistan. One of his fellow resistance fighters in the Marri hills was Dilip Das. In 1971, while travelling from Balochistan to Sindh, Dilip along with a Baloch companion, Sher Ali Marri, was picked up “by intelligence agencies” and never seen again.“His mother, who lives in Karachi, is now 92 years old,” says Mr Talpur. “Even now, every time I see her she asks ‘How’s my Johnnie?’ (her nickname for Dilip). Although she hasn’t seen him since 1971, she believes maybe he’s still alive somewhere. There’s no closure for someone whose loved one has been disappeared by the state.”Dilip, like Mr Talpur, was known as part of the London Group, a misnomer as far as the latter was concerned, given that he has never even been to London. This group, brought together by Mohammed Bhabha, comprised non-Baloch young men who left their studies in London in the early ‘70s to …

Pictures of the day: Baluch Liberation Front

In the picture you see Dr.Allah Nazar Baloch , rebel commander of BALOCHISTAN Liberation Front

Baloch Struggle: Punjabi characters planted by ISI in 1970's

Punjabi characters planted by ISI in 1970's betrayed Baloch freedom movement in the past.By: Waris BalochThese are some images of  highly educated  punjabi elite, who withdrawn their luxury lives and joined Baloch freedom struggle on the rigid mountains of Balochistan.They won the heats and minds of Baloch people. None thought to speak against them because they were freedom fighters at that time but actually they were ISI agents in the shape, well wishers of Balochistan.If someone at that time think of raising question about their insentives he/she was termed as traitor because these Panjabis were the frontline fighters on the mountains.Even Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri didn't recognize their double game. It is quite possible that Mir Hazar Marri knew about their hidden agenda's because also betrayed Baloch movement and now serving Pakistan ISi and its army ruthless military offensives in Balochistan.Who these Punjabis won the trust of Baloch leadership and people?They took pa…

Israeli-Baloch-Kurdish alliance

An Israeli-Baloch-Kurdish alliance would change the entire region. Israel has done a tremendous job of training Kurdish Peshmerga forces whom have been fighting the Islamic State. If it were to offer the same support to  Baloch Nationalists, there is a far greater chance of eradicating the Taliban, the Haqqani network and ISIS whom have easy access to the latest weaponry and ground safe havens on Pakistani soil.The Baloch Republican Party is seen here meeting with Israeli and Kurdish delegates. The Baloch wish to have cordial relations with the entire human family.

U.S. Afghan and South Asian Policy Suffers From Strategic Stagnation

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/15/u-s-afghan-and-south-asian-policy-suffers-from-strategic-stagnation/
LAWRENCE SELLINRetired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve3:16 PM 06/15/2017
While Washington D.C. frets over military stalemate and troop levels, American policy in Afghanistan and South Asia is about to be overtaken by events, which potentially could render the U.S. strategically irrelevant for a generation or more.Even the dimmest foreign policy analyst should recognize by now that the U.S. and NATO cannot succeed in Afghanistan without a significant change in the strategic environment because Pakistan controls the operational tempo of the war and the supply of our troops.Furthermore, the South Asian strategic deck chairs are being rearranged by regional powers in such a way that the U.S. will be left standing when the music stops.The future of South Asia is now being determined by two contending economic alliances, China-Pakistan and India-Iran-Russia, neither of which envisions the U.S. as…