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Mama Qadeer failed to back up claim about Baloch missing persons: Justice Javed

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1529001/mama-qadeers-claim-baloch-missing-persons-bloated-justice-retd-javed-iqbal/?amp=1



Commission on enforced disappearances head says new laws needed to deter enforced disappearancesBy RIAZULHAQ
Oct.12,2017ISLAMABADThere is a need for new legislation to enable authorities to hold someone responsible for enforced disappearances. At the same time, the extent of the issue is being confused by activists such as Mama Qadeer, who could not back up his claims regarding the number of missing persons.These were among the comments made by Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances head Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday.He was sharing details of the committee’s performance before the Senate’s Standing Committee on Human Rights.Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM) Nasreen Jalil chaired the meeting.PHC seeks reports of 10 missing persons every week“Despite challenges, we have disposed of 2,899 cases out of a total of 4,329 cases received by the com…

Ahmar Mastikhan met with Dr.Subramanyan Swamy

Hind Baloch Forum: October 25 event in Agra

Are China and Taiwan heading for war?

http://www.theweek.co.uk/88946/are-china-and-taiwan-heading-for-war



Oct 11, 2017President of self-governing island vows to defend freedom in wake of reports of China’s invasion plansGetty ImagesTaiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has sworn that her government will defend the self-governing island’s freedoms and democratic system, amid heightened tensions with China.SEE RELATED Will China-Taiwan summit lift distant threat of war?“We need to remember democracy and freedom were rights obtained through all of Taiwan people’s countless efforts,” Tsai said in a speech on Tuesday to mark Taiwan’s National Day. “Therefore, we need to use all our power to defend Taiwan’s democratic and freedom values and lifestyle.”Cross-strait relations have rapidly deteriorated since Tsai took office in May last year. China does not trust her traditionally pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and has cut off all official communication with Taipei.Tsai, who has pledged to maintain peace with China, said …

Chinese frigate, jets drive away US warship from South China Sea

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Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/11 22:28:393China sent a frigate and fighter jets to warn and drive away a US Navy destroyer, after the latter sailed near islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday.The frigate Huangshan, two J-11B fighters and one helicopter were sent in response to the US Navy destroyer's presence, a MND spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the Chinese military will enhance its self-defense in light of the US military's constant provocation, and will firmly defend China's sovereignty and interests.The MND's response came after the US guided missile destroyer Chafee sailed near islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, Reuters reported.The report said the destroyer "carried out normal maneuvering operations that challenged 'excessive maritime claims.'"Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also denou…

Philippine Lawmaker Digging Up New Intelligence on Pressure From China

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October 11, 2017 8:15 AMRalph JenningsFILE - Rep. Gary Alejano gestures as he tries to defend the impeachment complaint he filed against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a Justice Committee hearing at the House of Representatives in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, May 15, 2017.ShareSee commentsTAIPEI, TAIWAN — A Philippine opposition party legislator has been drawing attention for the release of privileged information that suggests China is infringing on offshore islets that the two countries dispute, a potential threat to a recently strengthened diplomatic relationship.But some people reading his feed suspect personal political motives, including an effort to weaken President Duterte.Congressman Gary Alejano is using social media to spread intelligence gathered on Chinese activity in the South China Sea. The former marine captain elected in 2013 charged China had plan…

Sustainable Silk Roads’ conference takes place at McEwan Hall

http://www.studentnewspaper.org/sustainable-silk-roads-conference-takes-place-at-mcewan-hall/


BY MEI FUTONAKA •   OCTOBER 11, 2017A two-day conference exploring China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was hosted by the Confucius Institute for Scotland on October 4 and 5 at the University of Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall.Discussing one of the greatest government-designed economic initiatives in the world, businesses, academics, policy-makers and students were among those who attended the event.Described by the Institute as “one of the most significant and substantial investment and development programmes to come out of China in modern times”, the BRI is a large-scale economic strategy that was originally outlined by China’s President Xi Jingping in 2015.The BRI aims to revitalise the Silk Road spirit on multiple social, cultural and economic grounds. Such reinvigoration would strengthen economic cooperation and sustainable development works across the globe.The conference started with an openi…

Where Europe meets China: The Balkan Silk Road

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Photo: View of the port in Piraeus in Greece (Shutterstock) Paolo Balmas explores the European Union's increasing wariness of China's huge programme for infrastructural development across Eurasia.European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker's warning in his recent State of the Union speech that foreign direct investment (FDI) in the European Union (EU) should be made "with transparency, scrutiny and debate" was directed mainly towards China and its aggressive acquisition strategy in Europe. Junker's warning followed a call from German, French and Italian leaders this summer to find ways to "screen investments" from third parties and preceded an increasingly protectionist posture, which has led to the decision, on September 27, to issue an anti-dumping duty for Chinese-imported barium carbonate.Concerns have been growing within the EU …

Balochistan ex-home minister detained after BHC grants release

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/11-Oct-17/balochistan-ex-home-minister-detained-after-bhc-grants-release


11-Oct-17by Web Desk


QUETTA:  Balochistan’s former home minister Nawabzada Gazein Marri was taken in custody late Tuesday after he was released upon the orders Balochistan High Court (BHC) following an earlier arrest. Security was tight and a heavy police contingent was deployed around the district jail following the BHC’s release orders for the ex-home minister.Senior police officials were also present in the jail premises and an armored vehicle awaited Marri so he could be transported safely.Sources state that the former home minister was arrested right after his release because he has another case registered against him, at first he resisted the arrest but after a while gave into the additional deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner’s demands.Marri remarked that if there are more cases registered against him, he should be arrested in front of the media.It is pertinent to…

The Dilemma and Disparities of Democracy

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By: Anwar ZaibPhilosophical foundation of democracy rests on the notions of popular sovereignty, participatory governance and the rule with consents. The power to form the change a government lies with the citizens who elect their representatives for setting up a government. Such a government is accountable to the people through their representative who have the ultimate power to change it. Democracy also calls for equality of opportunities and protection of law for all citizens irrespective of caste, creed region and religion. It also allows freedom of expression and a right to set up political and other organization within the framework of law and respect of decants.The constitution of a democratic state is based on the general consensus of the people and it is said to represent their shared aspiration for the future. A democratic power remains in power as long as it enjoys the confidence and trust of the parlia…

Government suspends Internet Services in 3 districts of Balochistan

https://www.techjuice.pk/government-suspends-internet-balochistan/

By Sajeel Syed on October 11, 2017The government of Pakistan has temporarily suspended the internet services i.e. wireless data services, 3G, 4G/LTE, GPRS of Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) and PTCL in the district Chaman, Pashin and Qila Abdullah of Balochistan.The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOIT) has disclosed that Wireless Data services i.e. 3G, 4G/ UTE, GPRS of CMOs and PTCL of the above-mentioned districts will remain suspended until an indefinite period of time.These services are stopped with the consent of Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) in accordance with some unknown security reasons. However, the authorities are not certain about the exact date of the restoration of these services.It must be noted that Senates Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has shown deep concerns over the suspension of cellular networks in Mohmand Agency, FATA, and suspension o…

Hamal Kalmati: A Great Warrior of Balochistan

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 By: Aziz EjazDuring fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the European nations showed very curious moves for exploration of overseas trade and their supremacy in distant seas and lands, resultantly in 15the century the first king of Portugal decided to send a naval mission under the supervision of Vasco Da Gama, an explorer and first Admiral of the Seas, who was one of the most successful voyagers in the Age of discovery and the commander of the ship that sail from Europe to India just for accomplishment of the profitable ports of the Indian Oceans. This organized voyaging team lunched its expedition by the order of the king of the Portugal Umma Notal to turn its face towards the cost of Arab peninsula including the coastline of sub-continent by sea. At the first their purpose of expedition was to just voyage but the blanket realities became disclosed when they divided the entire coastline of Arab and sub-contine…

Italian investors keen to benefit from opportunities stemming from CPEC

https://www.brecorder.com/2017/10/11/374269/italian-investors-keen-to-benefit-from-opportunities-stemming-from-cpec/


PARVEZJABRIOCT 11TH, 20170 VIEWS: 11ISLAMABAD: Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo Wednesday said there was growing interest among Italian business community to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan, specially in view of the new possibilities opening up under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).He was talking to Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz who called on him here along with Roberto Puddu, Commercial Counsellor of the Italian Embassy.Sartaj Aziz on the occasion expressed his satisfaction at the recent 46 per cent increase in bilateral trade between the two countries from $1.3 billion in 2015-16 to $2 billion in 2016-17.Stefano said the heads of many large Italian companies had visited Pakistan in recent months to meet officials and potential business partners specially in fields such as natural gas, liquefied natural gas, a…

Security-economy link: ‘Sky high debt’ worries COAS

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1528668/pakistans-sky-high-debt-worries-army-chief/


By APPPublished: October 11, 2017

KARACHIExpressing concern over the country’s ‘sky-high’ debt, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday national security and economy were interlinked, as he called for broadening tax base and bringing in financial discipline to break the ‘begging bowl’.Addressing a seminar on ‘Interplay of Economy and Security’ in Karachi, Bajwa said Pakistan had a much improved security situation on the internal front as the security forces had defeated the challenges to the writ of the state, but warned that there was apparent fragility at places.General Bajwa spoke as the keynote speaker at the seminar organised by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in collaboration with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry.Pakistan ‘needs’ $31b this year to stay afloatThe army chief said that in today’s world, security and economy were interlinked…

CPEC not to empower local people

http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/cpec-not-empower-local-people/


Posted on 12/10/2017 by DailyexcelsiorDr Shabir Choudhry
Gilgit Baltistan was disputed before the China Pakistan Economic Corridor was initiated. However, I am pleased that now the Trump administration has also realised this fact. It will be pertinent to assert that according to the UN Resolutions, the entire former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir is disputed since late 1940s.
Different countries change their stand on this matter in accordance with their interests. The US Defence Sec­retary James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “The One Belt, One Road also goes through disputed territory, and I think that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate.” 1
Both the Defence Secretary James Matis and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dun­­­ford ap­­peared before the Sen­ate and House Armed Services Committee to brief US lawmakers on the current situation in the Pa…

CPEC a vital national interest, no comprise on it: COAS

http://pakobserver.net/cpec-vital-national-interest-no-comprise-coas/KARACHI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was future of Pakistani people and there would never be any compromise over it.“This (CPEC) is the future of our people, a vital national interest on which we will never compromise, regardless of the loudness of opposing voices,” he said while addressing a seminar on ‘Interplay of Economy and Security’ here.The seminar was organized by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in collaboration with Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerceand Industry.The Army Chief said that CPEC was not just a collection of infrastructure and power projects but in fact a complete development platformthat had the potential to act as a powerful springboard for shared development in the entire CASA (Central Asia-South Asia) region. “It is also an example of regional cooperation and a break from politics of confr…

Senate strongly condemns statement of US defence secretary about CPEC

http://pakobserver.net/senate-strongly-condemns-statement-us-defence-secretary-cpec/




Sophia SiddiquiIslamabadSenate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, denounced statement of US Secretary Defence that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was passing through a disputed territory.
Senator A. Rehman Malik who is chairman of the standing committee said that US was speaking the language of Pakistan’s enemy India which is not acceptable. He added CPEC is continuation of centuries old trade route the Silk Road for the purpose of regional prosperity and development. “US rather than opposing CPEC should support and participate in peaceful activities to ensure peace in the region” said Rehman.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis four days earlier claimed that Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan is part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir state.
He also added that “The ‘One Belt, One Road’ also goes through [a] disputed territory, and I think that in itself shows the vulnerab…

CPEC project source of prosperity for Pakistan, China: Aizaz

http://nation.com.pk/national/11-Oct-2017/cpec-project-source-of-prosperity-for-pakistan-china-aizaz

October 11, 2017, 1:03 pmPakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, while rejecting negative propaganda against China Pakistan Economic Project (CPEC), has said that the multi-billion dollar project is a glad tiding and source of prosperity for both the nations.“CPEC is a glad tiding for the Pakistani and Chinese people and also for the entire region which includes the Middle East and South Asian states.”In an interview, the ambassador emphasised that no country should view the project from any other way.Aizaz Chaudhry reiterated that he has tried to overcome United States’ doubts with regard to Pakistan. “Pakistan and US should work together as the practice had benefitted both the countries in the past and fulfilled their mutual interests. And yes, the links between both the countries is increasing.”He said, “a US delegation went to Pakistan and Foreign Minister K…

‘CPEC at core of Pak development’

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/236407-CPEC-at-core-of-Pak-development

ListenLAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said CPEC is at the core of the future development of Pakistan which should not suffer due to political disagreements and if there ever was a most crucial time for political parties and all stakeholders to come together for a cause, it is the CPEC. To a question about CPEC, the chief minister said it is a national project and schemes have been initiated throughout the country under it. “We need to show unity and solidarity for the success of this national project” and added that national unity is even more needed today. “I appeal to all the political parties to come forward to change the destiny of the nation and move further collectively to eliminate corruption and other problems,” he added. The chief minister was the chief guest at a ceremony on Wednesday in Model Town where the Punjab government, General Electric Healthcare and Ferozsons Laboratories signed…

Kuantan rides China wave on land and sea, but at what cost?

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Yap Jia Hee
11 Oct 2017, 8:09 am (Updated 11 Oct 2017, 10:53 am)SPECIAL REPORT | Driving from the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) through the Gebeng Industrial Park and on towards Kuantan Port, one is bound to pass a 1.8km stretch that has come to be known as "Jalan Qinzhou."Qinzhou is a city in Guangxi, an autonomous region in southern China.The road, formerly known as Jalan Gebeng 1/11, received its new name on April 6 last year, at a ceremony overseen by the Pahang executive councillor in charge of basic infrastructure and environment, Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak, as well as Kuantan Municipal Council president Fadzilla Salleh.Editor's Pickimage: https://i.malaysiakini.com/813/91edaa8b25bdae24de850bc048ac21a9.jpgYou’re so Chinese - the emotions behind Chinese cultureThe MCKIP and Jalan Qinzhou are part of Kuantan's twinning with Qinzhou city, where a similar China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (CMQIP) is being cons…