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Economic exploitation and state oppression in Balochistan echoes in Geneva

http://wap.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/economic-exploitation-and-state-oppression-in-balochistan-echoes-in-geneva-117091801306_1.html ANI | Geneva [Switzerland] Sep 18, 2017 10:22 PM IST Baloch activists and human rights defenders raised their voice against the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and termed it as a project of looting and plundering of natural wealth of Balochistan. The event titled "Scaling the Abyss: CPEC, Economic Exploitation and State Oppression in Balochistan" was organised by World Baloch Organization (WBO) and Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization (UNPO) on the sidelines of 36thSession of Human Rights Council in Geneva. Opposing the CPEC project, the speakers said despite living in resource-rich region, the people face extreme poverty, conflict, hunger and instability due to the systematic looting of natural wealth of the province. Balochistan, a region that spans across parts of Iran, Afghanistan and

671 cases of enforced disappearances & 170 cases of extrajudicial custodial killings in 3 months

http://wap.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/brp-raises-issue-of-enforced-disappearances-in-balochistan-at-un-117091900051_1.html «Back BRP raises issue of enforced disappearances in Balochistan at UN ANI | Geneva [Switzerland] Sep 19, 2017 01:54 AM IST Baloch Republican Party (BRP) raised the issue of enforced disappearances in Balochistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Monday. Speaking at the at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Abdul Nawaz Bugti, representative of Baloch Republican Party, said that Pakistan continues to violate the basic human rights standards in Balochistan including social, civil, political, economic and cultural rights of the Baloch people. He accused Pakistan of persecuting the Baloch people on the basis of their national identity and political opinion. Highlighting that massive human rights abuses against civilians, political and human rights activists are committed on a daily basis in the region, Bugti said t

New era of development to usher in with completion of CPEC: Governor

http://pakobserver.net/new-era-development-usher-completion-cpec-governor/# 8      Staff Reporter Karachi Sindh Governor Muhammed Zubair has said that the new era of development usher in the countrywith the completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said that the country is on the path of development and the CPEC is playing an essential role to this effect. He expressed these views while meeting with the Australiandelegation from Engineering and Construction sectors led by Charles David Figallo who called on him at the Governor House Sindh, said a statement issued here on Monday. Zubair said that government would provid every sort of assistance to the Australian investors in Sindh. He said that the CPEC projects specially of electricity generation worth $34 billions would meet the power demand. The Governor said that the CPEC provides a number of opportunities to the people and helping reducing unemployment. He said that 10400mw electricity would be inducted in

CPEC a landmark in history: Ahsan

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/230948-CPEC-a-landmark-in-history-Ahsan ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal chaired the Joint Working Committee on Pak-China Economic Corridor here in Islamabad Monday. The meeting was attended by the high officials from the Interior Ministry and security agencies. In the meeting, Interior Minister said that projects of CPEC turned out to be landmark in the history of Pakistan. Pakistan has assumed the centre stage for the whole world on account of the economic importance of CPEC. The Interior Minister asserted that the Pakistan and the other countries in the region will get the dividends from the economic repercussions attached with CPEC. He added that CPEC is a geographic and economic reality that will bring positive changes in favour of Pakistan as well as for the whole region. Interior Minister noted that some foreign lobbyists are distressed at the economic progress in Pakistan. Interior Minister has directed the security agenci

Picture of the day: Prof.Naela Quadri

Pakistan issued Demarche to Swiss over Baloch posters

Demarche made to Swiss envoy , copy attached below ✔ The website BaluchistanHouse.com is affiliated to Tarek Fatah, he is Executive Director of the Organization. ✔ Since 2015 , this group is organizing conferences in various western capitals, many parliamentarians of various EU countries attended. One Conference was organised in Capitol Hill in US which was attended by a senator. ✔ This Group is closely linked with Mehran Marri and projects BRP head Brahumdagh Bugti. A cursory look at the website tell you that it is not associated with millitant BLA . ✔ It is believed that BLA, BRA, UBA  are  headed by Harbyar Marri, Brahumdagh Bugti, Mehran Marri . ✔ In conclusion, Pakistani Establishment is mixing apples and oranges and also plums. Like mixing NGO with Millitary groups and wrongly referring the groups, Individuals and affiliations. ✔Such poor homework on the part of Pakistani Mission reflects pathetic levels of ignorance resulting inferior work that only make fool of themselves

Pakistan using air-power and artillery against Baloch

Permanent Mission of India Geneva India’s Right of Reply in response to Pakistan's Statement under Agenda Item 3 General Debate at the 36th Human Rights Council Session     Mr. President,        I am taking the floor to exercise India’s right of reply in response to the statement made by Pakistan.  2. Pakistan has been misusing this august platform to pursue its perverse political objectives. Let me reiterate, Mr. President, that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India and will remain so. Pakistan is in illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan's unsolicited and unwarranted comments pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir are factually incorrect and absolutely misleading. We outrightly reject them.  3. The foremost challenge to the stability in Kashmir and in the region is the scourge of terrorism. Pakistan’s malicious attempt to hide its interference behind the facade of domestic discontent carries no credibility

India slams OIC at UNHRC for making incorrect Statements

▶ India slams OIC at UNHRC for making incorrect Statements India's Right of Reply in response to the statement made by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation under Agenda Item 3. Mr. President I’m taking this floor to exercise India’s right of reply in response to the statement made by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation India notes with utmost regret that the OIC in its statement contains factually incorrect and misleading references to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inseparable part of India. India outrightly rejects all such references. The OIC has no locus standi on India’s internal affairs. We strongly advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future. Thank you

Political Activities are considered Terrorism, but Impunity to Real Terrorists 

Date: 18 th September 2017 His Excellency, Mr. António Guterres, Secretary General United Nations, New York Sub:  Political Activities are considered Terrorism, but Impunity to Real Terrorists   I have the honour to submit some chilling facts about the atrocities committed by Pakistani regime against the two million indigenous people of UN disputed region, Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan ( PoGB ). Political activists, religious persons and students of Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan (PoGB) who do not comply with occupation regime’s dictation have been framed under the controversial anti-Terrorist act and Schedule 4. On the other hand, real terrorists who actually kill innocent civilians by bombing shrines, highways, and other places of peaceful social gatherings, roam freely despite video evidence and eye-witnesses. Those terrorists who killed thousands of innocent citizens of PoGB on KKH and in Gilgit on the basis of their faith have not been brought to Justice to this da

There is nothing strategic about Trump's Afghanistan policy

by  LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD  September 18, 2017 While accepting billions of American dollars in military and economic aid, Pakistan has been slowly bleeding the U.S. to death in Afghanistan through its support of the Taliban, Haqqani Network and other terrorist groups. It is Pakistan's role to force the U.S. and NATO out of Afghanistan to pave the way for regional dominance of its closest ally, China. China is, quite literally, colonizing Pakistan. Through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China aims to connect Asia, the Middle East and Africa through land-based and maritime economic zones as part of China's global ambition to overtake the U.S. as the world's leading superpower. One element of that effort is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an infrastructure and development project, the backbone of which is a transportation network connecting China to the Pakistani seaports of Gwadar and Karachi located on the Arabian Sea. Although  profitable for China ,

Stratfor describes a paradise lost to China’s ambition

  Editor of the Fabius Maximus website   Stratfor   18 September 2017 Summary: Stratfor describes the next phase of China’s expansion and its likely consequences. China’s political and environmental problems are typical of what global growth will create during the next several decades. We must learn to manage this process better as we go from today’s 7 billion people to the almost inevitable 10 billion by 2050. Failure will wreck the world with some combination of war, pollution, and habitat destruction. Taklamakan Desert in China’s Xinjiang Uygur province. China photos/Getty Images. “Another Paradise Lost to China’s Ambition” Stratfor, 17 September 2017. Visuals added. The tale of the Silk Road is one of intrigue, war and cities lost. But within this complex and quixotic tableau, it is the story of China’s Tarim Basin that best echoes the age-old warning: History is doomed to repeat itself. The ill-fated river network comprises the Kashgar, Yarkant, Hotan and Aksu rivers, whic

Facts & figures about China's major-country diplomacy: Broad support for China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/18/c_136617848.htm Source: Xinhua |  2017-09-18 11:14:13 | Editor: Mengjie Editor's Note: China is rolling out a major documentary series on its diplomatic principles, practices and achievements over the past five years. The English-language version of the program is now also available on TV and online. To help audience better understand Chinese diplomacy, Xinhua is releasing a variety of reports that include anecdotes, quotable quotes, facts and figures. BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The following is a set of numbers related to the international community's broad support for the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative: 100 -- On Jan. 18, 2017, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech, saying that the Belt and Road Initiative he put forward aims to achieve win-win and shared development. "Over 100 countries and international organization have supported the initiative, and a large number

Lithuania hopes to expand economic cooperation with China

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2017-09/18/content_32157059.htm MiBy Tan Xinyu | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-09-18 15:03 The freight train is full from China to Lithuania, but it comes back empty. "How to use this train back for our exports: this is also a question that we should take on board and consider, how to promote our exports." The Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Economy, Lina Sabaitiene, made these remarks in an interview with China Daily on Friday, while talking about the first cargo train which set off from Wuxi in East China's Jiangsu province for Lithuania in June for reloading goods before moving ahead to Germany and France. Bringing freight trains linking China and countries in Europe and those along the Belt and Road Initiative, or CHINA RAILWAY Express, through Lithuania is chief among the efforts the country is making to participate in the China-proposed initiative, comprising the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk R

Pakistan protests BLA poster campaign in Geneva

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/09/18/pakistan-protests-bla-poster-campaign-in-geneva/ National 2 HOURS AGO BY  MIAN ABRAR Envoy says Switzerland shouldn’t let dissident Baloch leaders use its territory ISLAMABAD :  Pakistan has lodged a protest with the Swiss government for letting a banned-outfit, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), operate from its soil to spread ‘free Balochistan’ propaganda. In a letter to Ambassador Valentin Zellweger, the permanent representative of the Swiss government at the United Nations, Pakistani envoy to Switzerland Farukh Amil has taken up the matter of posters raised in the area around Rio de Ferney in Grand Sacconex, Geneva, terming the incident as a belligerent attack on the “sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan” by giving calls for ‘free Balochistan’. Farukh Amil also drew the attention of the ambassador towards the failure of the Swiss authorities in taking action against terrorists of BLA – a group of Baloch separatists lis

WBO protests against Pak at UN in Geneva

http://www.tribuneindia.com/mobi/news/world/world-baloch-organisation-protests-against-pak-at-un-in-geneva/469008.html Posted at: Sep 18, 2017, 12:34 PM Last updated: Sep 18, 2017, 12:34 PM (IST) Geneva (Switzerland), September 18 World Baloch Organisation (WBO) organised a protest in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to raise awareness for human rights violations in Balochistan. Human rights activists, Baloch representatives and allies of the Baloch cause came together during the 36 th  Session of the UNHRC to protest against the gross human rights violations inflicted upon the indigenous Baloch people. The protestors voiced their discontent of the general human rights situation in Balochistan and the amplification of these violations since the ruthless implementation of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Since the construction of CPEC has begun, Baloch people have been forcefully cleared, enforcedly disappeared and effectively exclud

Russia’s Position On CPEC – OpEd

http://www.eurasiareview.com/17092017-russias-position-on-cpec-oped/ Map of the China-Pakistan CPEC roadway network. Credit: Government of Pakistan, Wikipedia Commons. 1   Business   Opinion   By  Asia Maqsood* 2010 marked the beginning of an age of shifting interest and realignments in power relationships. This matrix of the new age brought the strategic partnership of three key powers, which are central to the resolution of many regional issues and whose collective political decisions can shape the political environment of future. This power relationship is between China, Pakistan and Russia. China with its economic and global influence, Russia with its muscular strength, information warfare and Pakistan being a frontline state combating terrorism and its geo-strategic location this emerging triangular power relations have inherent political potential to pull the string in the emerging regional and global political theater. The contemporary international political order is movin

CPEC SEZs package

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1509389/cpec-sezs-package/ By  Letter Published: September 18, 2017 MULTAN :  Recently, Sindh has refused its monetary contribution for the CPEC Special Economic Zone planned by the federal government for the relocation of ‘sunset industries’ from China to Pakistan, under the Special Incentives Package. The package was chalked out at China’s demand last year in December. The Sindh government has requested the federal government to review the package without explicitly pointing the reason for refusal. With the relocation of declining industrial units from China to Pakistan, the government seeks to create new job markets. Assuming that the provincial government has not rejected the proposal in a bid to prolong the already delayed establishment of the plan, the federal government must make the proposal more transparent. They should include details of the sector or industries that will be relocated in Pakistan and further evaluate the feasibility and the

KP’s two new expressways on cards to enhance connectivity

http://pakobserver.net/kps-two-new-expressways-cards-enhance-connectivity/      Islamabad The Federal Government has approved construction of two expressways to connect Malakand Division with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In an exclusive interview, Adviser to the Prime Minister Engineer Amir Muqam said the one expressway will be constructed from Chakdara, Lower Dir to Khawaza Khela in Swat District. The other expressway will be constructed between Khawaza Khela and Bisham, Shangla district. According to Radio Pakistan, Engineer Amir Muqam said feasibility study of the expressways is in progress. Six billion rupees have been allocated for this purpose in the current budget. Meanwhile, Senator and Chairman Pak-China Institute Mushahid Hussain Syed said on Sunday that Pakistan and China were strategic partners in a journey of progress and prosperity and increasing cooperation between the two countries was an example for the world. Talking to APP, he said a new era of develo

Pakistan invites Tajikistan to benefit from CPEC

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/230604-Gwadar-port-lucrative-for-Tajikistans-import-export-Pakistan ASHGABAT : President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday said, Pakistan offered excellent opportunities to Tajikistan for its imports and exports through Gwadar port and invited the country to benefit from the trade route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In the meeting, Mamnoon Hussain with Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon, hoped that the legal process for Tajikistan's entry into Quadrilateral Traffic-in-Transit Agreement (QTTA) would provide the Central Asian country a legal framework to access Pakistani seaports through CPEC. The QTTA is a transit trade deal between China, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with a road project under the umbrella of CPEC. The two leaders, who met in Turkmenistan’s capital on the sidelines of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), discussed cooperation in energy sector, regional connectivity and trade. President Mamnoon