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Abduction of Baloch women will make Baloch forces more united and enthusiastic

Abduction of Baloch women will make Baloch forces more united and enthusiastic _Chairman Khaleel Baloch_ Chairman of largest pro-independence political group BNM, Khaleel Baloch, has said that abduction of Baloch women and children from Quetta and Karachi will only unite and energize the dispersed Baloch political forces. In a statement released to media, Khaleel Baloch said: ‘Baloch will defend their women and children at any cost. It is high time we unite all our power and give a strong message to the enemy that their cowardly acts will never be tolerated.’ He said at least 4 women and 15 children have been abducted by Pakistani state forces from Karachi and Quetta in a week. On 30th October, wife of Baloch leader Dr. Allah Nazar, Fazila Baloch, her daughter Popal Jan and three other women were abducted by state forces from Sariab road Quetta. Baloch leader Aslam Baloch’s sister and her four children were also abducted. Khaleel Baloch negated claims of Pakistani state, which al

Allah Nazar’s wife Fazeela, undergoing treatment at a Quetta Hospital

Allah Nazar’s wife Fazeela, undergoing treatment at a Quetta Hospital

Silk Road enchantment, minus the commercialism By Yang Meiping | 00:05 UTC+8 November 1, 2017 Bonan Ancient Road was once a busy trade route linking China’s east and west. — Tao Jialong Yongping nestles beneath a scenic mountain range. — Yang Meiping Caravans laden with cargo, once common along Bonan Ancient Road, are now a rare sight. — Tao Jialong The remnants of Jiangding Temple stand as a reminder of the area’s vibrant cultural past. — Tao Jialong Braised chicken is a delectable specialty of Yongping locals. — Yang Meiping In typical ethnic headwear, a local woman works on Miao embroidery. — Yang Meiping Bonan Ancient Road was once a busy trade route linking China’s east and west. — Tao Jialong Yongping nestles beneath a scenic mountain range. — Yang Meiping THE southwestern CITY of Dali in Yunnan Province has long been a popular destination on the China tourist circuit, but few visitors venture beyond t

India Launches New Trade Route To Afghanistan Via Iran October 29, 2017 RFE /RL Iran's Chabahar port will rival the Gwadar port in Pakistan that is being currently developed by China, India's regional rival. The two ports are less than 80 kilometers apart. Share India has launched a new trade route to landlocked Afghanistan by sea through Iran's strategic Chabahar port, a move that bypasses Pakistan and could have significant geopolitical ramifications in the region. India shipped 1.1 million tons of wheat to Afghanistan from the western seaport of Kandla on October 29. The shipment will be taken by trucks to Afghanistan from the Iranian port. "I believe that this is the starting point of our journey to realize the full spectrum of connectivity -- from culture to commerce, from traditions to technology, from investments to IT, from services to strategy and from people to politics," Indian External Affairs Minister Sushm

SENATE RECOMMENDS THREE DIFFERENT SLABS FOR TARIFF OF NATURAL GAS IN BALOCHISTAN The recommendation was made in a resolution which was moved in Upper House by Senator Usman Khan Kakar . File Photo 08:02 AM, 31 Oct, 2017   0 The Senate has recommended to make three different slabs for tariff of natural gas in Balochistan for domestic consumers. The recommendation was made in a resolution which was moved in the Upper House by Senator Usman Khan Kakar. In another resolution moved by Azam Khan Swati, the House recommended necessary amendments in the relevant laws to make provision of stringent punishment for those manufacturing spurious and sub-standard drugs in the country

CPEC to attract more foreign investors: Brazil envoy By  Owais Qarni Published: October 31, 2017 Many Pakistani products had an excellent potential in the Brazilian market and businessmen should step up efforts for trade promotion. PHOTO: FILE MULTAN :  Brazil Ambassador Claudio Raja Gabalia Lins has said that his country is keen to strengthen relations with Pakistan’s government and private sector in the larger interest of the two countries. Talking to members of the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), led by its President Malik Asrar Ahmed Awan, the envoy said Brazilian economy was on the rise and Pakistan’s businessmen should avail themselves of the available opportunities. He asked businessmen to form joint ventures in the fields of sports goods, instruments, food items, fertilisers, fruits, vegetables and renewable energy. ADVERTISEMENT CPEC toll income — myth and reality “Brazilian embassy is ready to facilitate Pakistan busine

What Pakistan’s ‘Advice’ To The US Really Means Syed Ata Hasnain - Oct 31, 2017, 3:00 pm       SNAPSHOT Pakistani’s notion of its ability to go it alone without US support stems from a false sense of confidence.  Taking policy decisions on expected gains from alliance with China isn’t exactly prudent. If one did not pay sufficient attention one may just have missed it with the bat of an eyelid. During the hurried (Rex) Tillerson visit to Islamabad last week, which many say is the return of hyphenated politics in the subcontinent, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif had the gall to give the US some advice on how to resolve the issues in Afghanistan.  Dawn  reported on 25 October 2017: “Asif briefed that the Pakistani leadership told the American delegation that they should allow their policymakers, and not their military leaders, to devise a policy for Afghanistan as the military solution has failed and a political solution is needed”. Asif i

CPEC won’t impact India much: NITI Aayog VC Published at November 01, 2017 02:20 AM 0Comment (s) 456views ‘US, China not big enough to put India in their pocket’ “CPEC is a dream and an illusion being sold by China that always aspired to be the Middle Kingdom and hoped the entire world should come and pay obeisance. Pakistan has agreed to this and we at best are only thinking about it.” Faisul Yaseen Srinagar, Oct 31:  NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Rajiv Kumar said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would not have much impact on India. “I don’t see how it will impact India,” he said talking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference organised by a New Delhi-based socio-economic consulting company, BRIEF. Pakistan is currently building the warm-water, deep-sea Gwadar Port with the assistance of China that is investing a whopping 46 billion US dollars on CPEC linking Gwadar Port with the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China. CPEC

Two being better than one OP-ED “As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” — Nelson Mandela Raoof Hasan @RaoofHasan OCTOBER 31, 2017 How does one characterise US-Pakistan relations at this critical juncture — a medley of conflicts, contradictions and confusion? It is about trust and about lack of it: ascendant one moment, licking the dust the next. It is about terror and sanctuaries. It is about logistical support and the alleged Pakistani dream of riding the back of the Taliban to a level of influence in Kabul. It is about the Haqqani Network and the danger they pose to the prospect of peace. It is about the India factor and it is about the China factor. It is about CPEC as an economic vehicle and it is about CPEC as a strategic provocateur. It is about Taliban and how much Pakistan could and would influence them to the negotiating table

Trade anomalies and Ashraf Ghani’s refusal to join CPEC By  ROOHUL AMIN OCTOBER 31, 2017 1:02 PM (UTC+8) 62 0 Addressing a gathering last week at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared that his country would not join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, a huge collection of infrastructure works entailing a total investment of more than US$62 billion. As CPEC passes through its embryonic phase, there are three things that don’t augur well for this huge infrastructure project. THE DAILYBrief Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The first problem is local, posed by separatist Baluchs, who look at this project with disdain, suggesting that CPEC actually stands for “China-Punjab Economic Corridor”. Baluch separatists organized a protest and freedom campaign in Geneva where, for the first time they installed “Free Baluchistan” posters near the United Nations headquarters in the Swiss city.

Three women arrested for 'links' with banned outifts in Chaman By  Mohammad Zafar Published: October 31, 2017 0SHARES   SHARE   TWEET QUETTA :  Law-enforcement agencies in Balochistan have detained three women for their suspected links with proscribed organisations. Balochistan government’s spokesperson confirmed the arrest of three women from the Pak-Afghan border town of Chaman, saying the three had crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan illegally. “They were arrested by the Frontier Corps soon after they crossed over on October 30,” he added. ADVERTISEMENT Citing initial investigation, the spokesperson said the women have links with banned militant organisations. “Security officials revealed after investigation the women belong to banned militant outfits,” he added. Muzaffargarh woman poisons milk to avenge ‘forced marriage’, ends up killing 13 in-laws He didn’t identify the women, saying investigations were under way. However, the Baloch Human

WBWF condemn abduction of Women and Children, urges Constitution of Commission of Inquiry by UN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 30, 2017 WBWF condemn abduction of Women and Children,  urges Constitution of Commission of Inquiry by UNHRC Vancouver - The World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF), strongly condemn abductions of women and children of two prominent Baloch leaders Dr.Allah Nazar and Aslam Baloch, and  abduction of Nawaz Ata Baloch , Information Secretary of BHRO (Baloch Human Rights Organization). Head of WBWF Prof.Naela Quadri Baloch said "This incident is just tip of an iceberg of  Pakistani government's ongoing systematic and categorical persecution and ethnic cleansing of the Baloch people " We are shocked and dismayed at flagrant unethical practices committed  by Pakistani security forces and Intelligence agencies against women, children and Human Rights activists, that are illegal and gross violations under International Law." The Pakistan army's well-documented brutal use of heavy artillery against unarmed innocents, along with helicopter guns

Pakistan Detains Family Of Baloch Separatist Leader

** _Gandhara Report_ Separatist factions in southwestern Pakistan’s restive province of Balochistan are claiming government forces have detained the family of a key separatist guerrilla commander. Statements by the Baloch National Movement and the Baloch Students Organization (Azad) say government forces detained relatives of Allah Nazar Baloch on October 30. The former physician, believed to be in his 40s, is the leader of the Baluch Liberation Front, a militant group claiming to be fighting for Balochistan’s secession from Pakistan. Statements issued by the organizations and international media suggest that Allah Nazar’s wife was detained along two more women and three children near the provincial capital, Quetta. Kachkol Ali Baloch, an exiled leader of the Baloch National Movement, said Allah Nazar’s wife was seeking treatment in Quetta. While authorities have confirmed detaining three women, they have not revealed their identities. Baloch separatist leaders in exile and nat

Pakistan seeks new US deal after returning nine choppers

Anwar Iqbal Updated October 31, 2017 48 WASHINGTON: Pakistan is trying to reacquire an unspecified number of helicopters from the United States for anti-narcotics operations after returning nine Huey II helicopters it had acquired in 2002, diplomatic sources said on Monday. Earlier in the day, Pakistan returned five of the nine helicopters it had received almost 15 years ago. The ministry of interior, which was using the aircraft, returned four of these nine rotary-wing helicopters on Oct 15. Pakistan had received a total of 12 aircraft — including three fixed-wing Cessna airplanes — from the United States for anti-narcotics operations in Fata and Balochistan. Since the area is also used by militants for carrying out operations along the Pak-Afghan border, the aircraft reported their activities as well, when observed. Primary purpose of the aircraft, however, was to monitor smuggling of narcotics as the region is connected to a major drug-route. Also read:  US firm lobbied for an

Washington based AFB urges international bodies to set free Baloch leader's wife

By:  ANI Updated: 31 Oct 2017 01:55 PM    Washington D C [United States], Oct 31 (ANI): A Washington-based organisation has urged international bodies to help set free an abducted Baloch leader's wife and daughter from the captivity of Pakistani security forces. Washington-based American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) has appealed to the United Nations, US State Department, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UNICEF, International Service for Human Rights and other international bodies to step in to free four women and three babies from the illegal captivity of the Pakistan security forces. Fazila Baloch, wife of Balochistan freedom leader Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch and his adopted daughter Popal Jan, four; Fazila's friend Bibi Salma and her one-and-half years old son named Irfan; Ayaal and her two-years-old daughter Zairak and a fourth woman Gohar Jan, were abducted on Monday afternoon from Quetta. According to details, Dr Nazar's wife, who was badly injured in th

Pakistani forces abduct sister of Baloch leader Aslam Baloch October 31, 2017      Pakistani security forces have abducted sister and other family members of famous Baloch leader Aslam Baloch from Quetta. According to details obtained by The Balochisran Post, Pakistani security forces raided the family home in Basheer chowk, Qambrani road Quetta on Monday. Security forces abducted Aslam Baloch’s sister along with her four sons – one and half years old Irfan Baloch, 7 years old Guharam Baloch, 9 years old Meerak Baloch and 17 years old Beebarg Baloch. 18 years old Samiullah Baloch and 16 years old Shahmeer, who are cousin and nephew of the Baloch leader, were also taken away by the Pakistani forces. This follows abduction news of famous Baloch leader Allah Nazar’s wife who was also abducted yesterday from Quetta. Their adopted 4 year old daughter and other women were also taken away. The recent developments have “extremely angered” all Ba