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Combating the enemy in Balochistan

https://dailytimes.com.pk/142475/combating-enemy-balochistan/
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Illegal action against alleged or suspected Baloch activists is one of the gray areas that overshadows the good work of the security forces14SharesImtiaz GulNOVEMBER 19, 2017Terrorism has claimed the lives of at least 42 police officials in Balochistan this year, including SP Mohammad Ilyas and DIG Shakeel last week. In addition, dozens of non-Baloch Pakistanis have also been murdered in cold blood, including the 15 bullet ridden bodies recovered from Kech District. These incidents indicate a clear pattern: demoralisation of the security forces in Balochistan.All this points to the proxy war India has imposed on Pakistan, confirmed by the captured Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav. China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — a veritable thorn in India’s side — has further incentivised these forces in their destabilisation campaign. The terror impetus is partly driven by the need to disrupt economic activities and scare the Chin…

PM approves 10 more projects under CPEC

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/246003-pm-approves-10-more-projects-under-cpec
Top StoryMHMehtab HaiderNovember 19, 2017
PM approves 10 more projects under CPECListenISLAMABAD: Despite surfacing objections from the Chinese side on taxation and banking sectors for signing the Long-Term Plan next week, Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi has granted approval for inclusion of a dozen fresh projects as part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)’s agenda of upcoming Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting, including much-awaited Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) with an estimated cost of $2.07 billion.
According to the official agenda, the JCC between Pakistan and China is scheduled to meet in Islamabad on November 20 and 21, 2017.
On pattern of Chinese model, the senior officials meeting (SOM) will take place on Monday (tomorrow) and after ironing out differences, the JCC will formally meet on Tuesday (Nov 21) for signing of almost a dozen fresh projects for making part of CPEC with jack…

Baloch thank Maleeha Lodhi, army GHQ’s golden girl

https://mustikhan.com/2017/11/19/baloch-thank-maleeha-lodhi-army-ghqs-golden-girl/

mustikhanUncategorizedNovember 19, 2017 6 MinutesBaloch people are happy that a senior woman diplomat from Pakistan, whose main qualification is intimacy with the Pakistan army generals, has successfully moved a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly on the right to self determination.According to DAWN, the UN General Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming that the universal realisation of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights. The resolution, co-sponsored by 75 countries was adopted without a vote in the 193-member Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues. DAWN reported introducing the resolution in the committee, Pakistan’s Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that self-determination had provided hope to people in their…

Real reasons why Five Sardar Brothers In-law congregation

https://dailytimes.com.pk/136340/banned-baloch-outfits-set-congregate-geneva-18th/amp/
Banned Baloch outfits set to congregate in Geneva on 18th* Moot to deliberate on possibility of joint struggle for their demandsISLAMABAD: Exiled leaders of several proscribed Baloch outfits are set to congregate in Geneva on November 18 to deliberate on the possibility of a joint and peaceful struggle for their demands. Meanwhile, the Balochistan government has completely rubbished the idea saying that the sardars have lost public support in the province.The proscribed Baloch Republican Party (BRP) is hosting the moot. The list of confirmed participants includes Harbiyar Marri, Mehran Marri, Javed Mengal, and representatives of the Baloch Nationalist Movement and the Balochistan Liberation Front.In an audio message shared with Daily Times, BRP head Brahamdagh Bugti can be heard saying that the purpose of the moot is to bring together all the groups and parties that are part of the Baloch resistance …

China will decide when the Afghanistan war ends

China will decide when the Afghanistan war ends
by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD November 18, 2017
It is simply a matter of reverse engineering. If you get to the Taliban through Pakistan and you get to Pakistan through China, then clearly, Beijing is in the driver's seat. Pakistan merely holds the valve that regulates the Taliban and the supply of our troops.
The conflict will end in a whimper, a political settlement whose main purpose is to provide a graceful exit that politely delays the announcement of a Taliban victory and a humiliating defeat for the U.S. and NATO, all choreographed by China, who will then set up shop as the dominant regional power.
China's strategy is based on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), part of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative, which aims to connect Asia through land-based and maritime economic zones. CPEC is an infrastructure project, the backbone of which is a transportation network connecting China to the Pakistani seaports of Gwadar in B…

Rohrabacher’s “Blood Borders” in Balochistan

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1289061

By C. Christine FairOn February 9, 2012, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs convened a hearing on “Baluchistan” [sic], chaired by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R - CA). I, along with Messrs Ralph Peters, T. Kumar, Ali Dyan Hasan and Dr. M. Hosseinbor, testified as a witness in that hearing.When I agreed to participate, I was told that the hearing was intended to be a general introduction to the various crises in Balochistan, their causes and the impact of these issues on U.S. interests. However, as the date of the hearing neared, I learned that the event would serve other purposes.When I sought guidance about the precise issues I should discuss in my testimony, the committee staff member told me, in some exasperation, that “we want to stick it to the Pakistanis.” He continued that for a decade the Pakistanis have been killing us in Afghanistan. While I fully agr…

China and Pakistan are selling dreams and illusion in the name of CPEC: VC Niti Aayog

https://m.economictimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/china-and-pakistan-are-selling-dreams-and-illusion-in-the-name-of-cpec-vc-niti-aayog/articleshow/61383839.cms?utm_expid=.9mgylBgORSGl_UJ6lInckw.0&utm_referrer=https://www.google.co.in/



By Hakeem Irfan, ET Bureau | Updated: Nov 01, 2017, 08.29 AM IST

Kumar says that this is wonderful Chinese ambition as it has always aspired to be the middle kingdom to which whole world should come and pay obeisance.The vice chairman of Niti Aayog Dr Rajiv Kumar stated that China and Pakistan were selling dreams and illusion in the name of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and this activity would only benefit five percent elite Pakistanis and not the common man of that country.Pakistan, Kumar said is successfully leveraging its relationship with China like they leveraged relationship with US in 1980’s to its best, with the sole aim to counter India and it continues to be so.CPEC, as per the Niti Aayog VC, will have no impact on India, as it is not a…

China proposes alternative routes for CPEC via J&K, Nepal

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/china-proposes-alternative-routes-for-cpec-via-jk-nepal/article20546919.ece



KallolBhattacherjeeNEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 18, 2017 00:43 ISTUPDATED: NOVEMBER 18, 2017 00:43 ISTEnvoy keen on a treaty of friendship and free tradeChina may consider alternative routes through Jammu and Kashmir to address India’s concerns regarding the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).In an interaction with experts on Chinese affairs and students, Beijing’s envoy Luo Zhaohui suggested the alternative routes, and said he was keen on accomplishing a bilateral friendship and trade treaty during his stint in India.“We can change the name of CPEC [China Pakistan Economic Corridor]. Create an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir, Nathu La pass or Nepal to deal with India’s concerns,” said the envoy in a speech at the Centre for Chinese and South-East Asian Studies in the School of Language, JNU, on Friday.The …

Ukraine Silk Road forum boosts China-Ukraine cooperation, draws roadmap for future

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/18/c_136761144.htm
Spotlight: Source: Xinhua 2017-11-18 03:09:31A China-Europe freight train X9081 leaves Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, for Poltava, Ukraine, on Oct. 29, 2017. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)KIEV, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The 2nd Ukraine Silk Road Forum was held here on Thursday, bringing together officials, business leaders and public figures from China, Ukraine and other countries along the Belt and Road, who lauded the role of the forum in boosting China-Ukraine cooperation over the past year and drew a roadmap for the future.JOINT EFFORTS FOR COMMON PROSPERITYThe Ukraine Silk Road Forum is a platform developed in Ukraine to promote cooperation and dialogue with China and other countries, which joined the Belt and Road Initiative.Proposed by China in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative, which comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative, aims to build trade a…

Lawyers continue to boycott courts in Balochistan

https://www.dawn.com/news/1371285/lawyers-continue-to-boycott-courts-in-balochistan



The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentNovember 18, 2017

QUETTA: Lawyers continued to boycott court proceedings for the second consecutive day in Quetta and other cities of the province on Friday in protest against the murder of Advocate Muhammad Adil who was gunned down along with his father, acting SP Investigation Mohammad Ilyas, mother and son, on Wednesday.The Balochistan Bar Association (BBA), Balochistan Bar Council (BBC) and Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA) called for a three-day strike in protest against the murder.Leaders of the BBA, BBC, BHCBA and other lawyers’ bodies strongly condemned the incident. They demanded that those responsible for the killings should be arrested without any delay.Mr Adil, his father, mother and son were gunned down by motorcyclists in the Nawan Killi area when they were travelling in a car. A four-year-old girl was also injured in the attack and admitt…

Bodies of five illegal migrants found in Balochistan

https://www.brecorder.com/2017/11/18/382066/bodies-of-five-illegal-migrants-found-in-balochistan/




IMADUDDINNOV 18TH, 20170 VIEWS: 22QUETTA: The bullet-riddled bodies of five Pakistani migrants believed headed for Europe via Iran were found on Saturday in southwest Pakistan, in the same area where 15 bodies were discovered three days earlier, officials said.The five migrants whose corpses were found in the district of Ketch in Balochistan province near the Iranian border had been killed two days ago, said provincial government spokesman Anwaar ul Haq.As with the previous 15 they were ethnic Punjabis who were illegally travelling to Iran, he said.

Senior administration official Akbar Harifal said the killings seemed to be the work of separatist groups. The army said a separatist leader believed to have murdered the 15 had been killed.Baloch separatists have regularly targeted ethnic Punjabi workers, accusing them of exploiting the province.People-traffickers use the Balochistan route to s…

Concerns voiced over crackdown on media in Balochistan

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/245479-concerns-voiced-over-crackdown-on-media-in-balochistan

ListenShowing grave concerns over the Balochistan government’s attempts to close down newspapers and harass journalists and their representatives, civil society and rights activists said on Friday it had become difficult for media persons to perform their professional duties in the province
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan organised a protest outside the Karachi Press Club to show solidarity with the province’s newspapers, especially Daily Azadi and Daily Intekhab. A number of leading journalists, rights activists and representatives of civil society organisations attended.
Asad Iqbal Butt, the HRCP’s vice-chairperson, said journalists in Balochistan had been facing numerous security threats and this situation had made their work even harder. “Instead of providing security to the journalists and newspapers, government authorities have been harassing them by registering fake cases against…

China proposes alternative routes for CPEC via J&K, Nepal

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/china-proposes-alternative-routes-for-cpec-via-jk-nepal/article20546919.ece



KallolBhattacherjeeNEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 18, 2017 00:43 ISTUPDATED: NOVEMBER 18, 2017 00:43 ISTEnvoy keen on a treaty of friendship and free tradeChina may consider alternative routes through Jammu and Kashmir to address India’s concerns regarding the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).In an interaction with experts on Chinese affairs and students, Beijing’s envoy Luo Zhaohui suggested the alternative routes, and said he was keen on accomplishing a bilateral friendship and trade treaty during his stint in India.“We can change the name of CPEC [China Pakistan Economic Corridor]. Create an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir, Nathu La pass or Nepal to deal with India’s concerns,” said the envoy in a speech at the Centre for Chinese and South-East Asian Studies in the School of Language, JNU, on Friday.The …

Pakistanis will get equal opportunity to invest in CPEC economic zones

https://www.pakistankakhudahafiz.com/pakistanis-will-get-equal-opportunity-invest-cpec-economic-zones/
Pakistanis will get equal opportunity to invest in CPEC economic zones0By Web Desk on November 18, 2017ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to start construction work at Gwadar Port by March 2018, and contrary to earlier reports in the media, has agreed that Chinese and Pakistani investors will get an equal opportunity to invest in economic zones that will be established along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting on the CPEC, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Friday.The media reports had suggested that only Chinese investors would be accommodated in the economic zones and Pakistanis will be barred from investing there. This assumption was laid to rest at the meeting, where the lawmakers were told that Pakistani investors would have an equal opportunity for investment.A spokesperson for the prime minister said that Mi…

Quote of the day: Dr.Jumma Marri

Very harsh truth! Baloch are left alone and pressed to the wall everywhere. But the first cause are the Baloch themselves as we're very short minded, egoist and self centered people who have not yet developed a collective mentality and behaviour. We keep pushing each other to the wall rather than bringing together each other and strengthen ourselves and our broader national cause.Dr.Jumma Marri