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Tell-tale signs of IS presence in Balochistan The writer is a research student at UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a former correspondent of The Express Tribune In the wake of a large-scale security operation in Mastung, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) -– the media wing of the Pakistani Army — issued a statement denying the existence of any directly or indirectly Islamic State-affiliated infrastructure in Balochistan or anywhere else in Pakistan. A day earlier, on June 3 rd , every major newspaper in the country reported that IS infrastructure had been targeted in the raid and that the army had faced tough resistance. During the exchange of fire at least 12 extremists — described by an army spokesperson as hardcore terrorists — were killed. Army personnel also sustained serious injuries during the three-day operation. Intelligence reports indicated that the IS has set up an infrastructure in the caves of the Ispli

Four policemen among 11 killed in suspected suicide bombing in Quetta By Nadeem Kausar Salman Ashraf Shahab Umer   Friday Jun 23, 2017   QUETTA: Eleven people, including four policemen, were killed and around a dozen injured after police attempted to stop the car of a suspected suicide bomber from targeting its offices on Gulistan Road early Friday. Around 12 injured persons, along with thebodies, were shifted to Civil Hospital, according to hospital officials. Of the injured, nine are said to be policemen. Talking to Geo News, Balochistan government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar said, the suspected bomber, likely travelling in a 1986 Toyota Corolla, tried to break a security perimeter to target the police offices but blew up after policemen standing guard attempted to stop him. Kakar said India is using terror as a tool against the people of Pakistan, adding that India is playing an extremely irresponsible role in Balochistan.  Security officials also confirmed that

Police office targeted in deadly Quetta blast Explosion strikes near provincial police chief's office, killing at least nine people and wounding 12 others. Asad Hashim Authorities said the explosives were detonated when the vehicle was stopped by the police [Saadullah Akhter/Al Jazeera] Islamabad, Pakistan -  At least nine people have been killed and 12 wounded in a car bomb attack near the provincial police chief’s office in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say. The explosion on Friday morning targeted a police checkpost near the complex housing the Balochistan police chief's office, local police officer Muhammad Akbar said. At least five police officers were among those killed, Ali Mardan, a senior police officer, told Al Jazeera. Five of the wounded were in critical condition, he said. "They have splinter and shrapnel injuries mostly. There were no gunshot wounds," said Mar

Balochistan: 5 killed in blast near IGP office in Quetta ANI | Lahore [Pakistan] Jun 23, 2017 10:27 AM IST As many as five people have been killed and 14 wounded in a powerful explosion in Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, near the office of IGP on Gulistan Road early Friday. The blast took place near Jinnah Check post which is heavily guarded area due to a busy cantonment area where government offices, Balochistan Police Chief office and a girls college are located. The eyewitnesses said the blast occurred in a vehicle. The security personnel of police and FC have cordoned off the area and the injured have been shifted to nearby Civil Hospital. The security forces have kick-started search operation in the area, Samaa TV reported. Two vehicles were damaged and the blast was so powerful that it was heard across the city and windows of the nearby building were dashed to pieces. The nature of the blast could n

SCO and CPEC By  Yasir Masood Published: June 23, 2017 The writer works as a literary editor at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad. He is a post-graduate in international relations from Kingston University, London. He can be reached at Pakistan has indisputably achieved a diplomatic feat with the acquisition of full-fledged membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) this month. The 17 th  summit of the SCO at Astana, Kazakhstan, on June 8-9 formally announced a new security architecture covering approximately 60% of Eurasia, with extensive implications for the entire world. With India and Pakistan officially attaining full membership of the organisation, the total population of the SCO countries will be almost 3.5 billion, which roughly accounts for half of the world, and the combined GDP is estimated to be exceeding 25% of the global GDP. Accordingly, the SCO is destined to beco


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Baloch seek Sultan Qaboos help to defeat Pak-China plan to take over Gwadar

Baloch seek Sultan Qaboos help to defeat Pak-China plan to take over Gwadar WASHINGTON DC: An American Baloch organization has sought the help of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said government in Oman to foil the Pakistani and Chinese plans to deny the people of Balochistan the ownership of Gwadar Port, which is regarded as the Jewel of Asia. Gwadar once belonged to Oman and the Baloch are asking the Sultanate of Oman to ask Pakistan and China to cease and desist. The Baloch fear they will be converted into a minority in Gwadar if Islamabad was allowed to go ahead with its development plans in conjunction with China. Pakistan military was said to be planning a massive bloodbath in Balochistan to crush any opposition to Pakistan-China strategic plans for Gwadar. Immediately after his election, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to China and offered the Chinese the port of Gwadar in exchange for building a network of bullet trains in Pakistan. However, Baloch resistance and fre

PCJCCI organizes delegation, CPEC route study Tour Staff Reporter Faisalabad Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PCJCCI) will organize a delegation and CPEC Route Study Tour by road to Kashgar (China) from July 29 to August 6. The delegates will get the opportunity to discuss business and trade prospects in addition to exchange information and enjoy rich culture of Kashgar (Xinjiang) an Autonomous Region of China. Directors, COOs, Business Managers, Executives, Investors, Operators, Insurers, Bankers, Transporters, Warehousing and Distribution Managers, Supply Chain Professionals, Students and Faculty members who want to understand CPEC route and ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative can avail from this opportunity. The total package includes Travel, Hotel, Visa, Food and B2B meetings. In this connection, members of Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) have been asked to apply to join the PCJCCI delegation before Saturday, on July

Human smuggler arrested in Gwadar 🔴 BalochHouse : Kulbhushan Jhadav is victim of these Human Smugglers , he was kidnapped and sold to ISI agents. Below report indicate that there is a well organized network of Human Trafficking in BALOCHISTAN . The below report is just tip of an iceberg. International Court of Justice should take this into account and attorney of Kulbhushan should present these open source of information that is coming out of Pakistan. ▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶ The Newspaper's Correspondent Published Jun 14, 2017 06:58am GWADAR: A human smuggler identified as Jam Nasir was arrested by police on Monday evening while 10 people who were with him at the time were also taken into custody by the authorities. According to official sources, a police team led by police officer, Zahid Hussain, received a tip-off about the suspect residing in a house in Naiyabad with 10 people who would be taken to Iran without legal travel documents. Police raided the residence and arrested Mr N

China's likely military base in Pakistan is part of its design to encircle India, say experts India Inder Bisht Jun, 22 2017 18:11:24 IST A recent  Pentagon  report which claimed that China is likely to establish naval bases in friendly nations like Pakistan could pose a challenge to India’s naval supremacy and have the potential to change the regional naval power balance in the Indian Ocean region say security experts. A general view of the old port in Gwadar, Pakistan (representational photo). Reuters The report, presented by the US Department of Defence to the Congress, says that China’s construction of a military base in the strategic location of Djibouti is just the first of what will likely to be an ongoing expansion in friendly foreign ports around the world. “China most likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries in which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests such as

Indian response to Kulbhushan Jadhav confessional video

Response to a Query Regarding Pakistan’s releases pertaining to Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav In response to a query regarding the so-called confessional video of Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav and a  press release by Pakistan in the matter today, the Official Spokesperson said: “ The developments bring out once again the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against Mr. Jadhav on concocted charges, continued violation of his legal and consular rights and an attempt to introduce prejudice in the proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Pakistan has never disclosed even to the ICJ Mr. Jadhav's purported appeal to a military tribunal in Pakistan and has effectively prevented his parents from pursuing the appeal  and the petition filed by Mr Jadhav's mother. The details and circumstances of the alleged mercy petition by Mr Jadhav are not clear and even the fact of its existence is doubtful, shrouded as the proceedings against Mr Jadhav have been in opacity. Th

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China resolute on maritime rights By Zhang Hui Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/22 22:28:39 0 Sea tensions with the Philippines ease but Vietnam breaks consensus Recent oil exploration and fishing activities in the South China Sea by China's neighboring countries, including Vietnam, have destabilized the area and undermined China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights, Chinese experts said Thursday. Vietnam recently decided to resume oil exploration in the disputed waters, after it signed a multi-billion-dollar gas deal with Exxon Mobil in January, the New York Times reported Thursday. Vietnamese state-owned oil company PetroVietnam and Exxon Mobil are expected to extract gas for electricity by 2023, and the drill site is located in the Xisha Islands, the report said.  "Vietnam unilaterally broke its consensus with China, which involved shelving disputes and joint development, and its move is aimed at strengthening its territorial claims ov

CPEC will benefit both Gwadar, Chabahar ports: Pak envoy to Iran By GEO NEWS  Thursday Jun 22, 2017 According to Asif Ali Durrani, the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project will be completed within the next two years. Photo: TEHRAN: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Iran, Asif Ali Durrani, in an  interview  with Iranian Student’s News Agency (ISNA), said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor will benefit both Gwadar and Chabahar ports. When asked about the Gwadar and Chabahar ports, Durrani commented that both the ports complement each other and that the goal of the China-Pakistan corridor is to promote regional trade in South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. He also said that Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project will be completed within the next two years. The project was halted due to the sanctions imposed on Iran, preventing investment in the region, but since sanctions had been lifted the work is in progress. Durrani str

Delhi rejects China’s proposal to link CPEC with Indian corridor project Tuteja | New Delhi June 22, 2017 | 08:13 PM MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay (Photo: PIB) India on Thursday rejected China’s latest proposal to link the controversial China Pakistan Economic Corridor with the Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar (BCIM) corridor, saying there was no question of New Delhi making any compromise with its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Talking to reporters here, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said while India favoured connectivity projects both within the country and in its neighbourhood, it had already conveyed its objections over the ‘so-called’ CPEC to the Chinese leadership since the project runs through the Indian territory in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). recently announced that the CPEC would be connected with the BCIM project through the sea as part of the plan to link the South China Sea with the Indian Ocean unde

China tight-lipped on funding Pak's dam as part of CPEC in PoK IANS | Beijing Jun 22, 2017 05:12 PM IST Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Photo: PTI China on Thursday evaded responding to reports of Beijing's offer to help Islamabad build a mega dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan, part of disputed Kashmir, and bring it under the umbrella of the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). "For this specific project and including the construction of dam you mentioned, I am not aware of the details," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. The installed capacity of the proposed project over the Indus river will be over 4,000 Mw. India has been dead against any construction in the Indus Basin in the disputed region through which the CPEC passes. On Monday, Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authori

Full text of Kulbhushan Jadhav's alleged second confession The Hindu Net Desk JUNE 22, 2017 20:08 IST UPDATED: JUNE 22, 2017 20:11 IST Following is the full text and video of Kulbhushan Jadhav's alleged second confession as released by Pakistan military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor   on June 22, 2017. The statement and  video were released by the Pakistan military after they said that Mr. Jadhav had filed for a mercy petition before Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa .   I am Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav. Number 41558 Zulu of the Indian Navy I am a commissioned officer in the Indian Navy. And my alias name was l-lussain Mubarak Patel. And I was basically; I'd visited Karachi on 2 occasions in 2005 and 2006 for basic intelligence gathering on Naval installations and subsequent detail. Basically gathering information on the landing sites around Karachi and various naval vessels or whatever I could

Unreal estate: The boom in Gwadar’s property market Maqbool Ahmed Published about 2 hours Gwadar city's harbour | Kohi Marri Gwadar is changing. This is the usual tag line for advertisements promoting the port city as the next best destination for investment in real estate after Dubai. These adverts generally feature a skyline dominated by well-lit, high-rise buildings lining wide avenues and towering over a shimmering waterfront. The Gwadar of reality has neither electricity nor drinking water of its own. Its electricity – available only eight hours a day – comes from Iran and its water is brought from reservoirs located far away. Yet the city and its eponymous tehsil are changing. Those travelling regularly on the Makran Coastal Highway have seen this change pick up pace recently. Around Nilhat, a village where Gwadar tehsil starts and Pasni tehsil to the east ends, boundary walls have cropped up on rural lands that only six months ago looked like green fields sown with fodder crops. M

China refuses to answer whether $14 billion dam in PoK will be part of CPEC World PTI Jun, 22 2017 15:52:10 IST Beijing:  China on Thursday avoided commenting on claims in the Pakistani media that Beijing will fund the $14 billion Diamer-Bhasha dam in PoK and has agreed to include the project in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. "For this specific project and including the construction of dam you mentioned, I am not aware of the details," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing while responding to a question on reports from Pakistan that Beijing has agreed to include the project as part of the $50 billion CPEC. For long, Pakistan has been looking for $12 to 14 billion funding needed to build the Diamer-Bhasha dam located in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) but failed to secure the money as it is proposed to be built in the disputed region. Representational i

Pakistan downing Iran drone will not enable India to drive wedge: Chinese expert By PTI | Updated: Jun 22, 2017, 01.30 PM IST India has protested to China over the project as it traverses through the areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). BEIJING:  India  will not succeed in driving "a wedge" between Iran and  Pakistan  by "hyping" the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a Chinese expert said, days after Pakistan shot down an Iranian "spy" drone.  An Iranian drone allegedly on a "spying mission" was shot down by a Chinese-made PAF JF-17 Thunder fighter jet in Baluchistan's Panjgur area on June 19.  Pakistani Foreign Office told media that the Iranian drone was shot down by a JF-17 after it ventured "deep inside Pakistani airspace" on a spying mission.  China  is concerned about deterioration of ties between Iran and Pakistan as it apprehends that it w