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Sindh, Balochistan governments fail to satisfy citizens: survey By Manzar Elahi Sajjad Haider Wednesday Nov 22, 2017 KARACHI: A large majority of Pakistanis are dissatisfied with the performance of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led Sindh government and Balochistan provincial government led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). This was revealed in the results of the nationwide Jang Geo News Poll conducted last month in collaboration with Gallup Pakistan and Pulse Consultants. Results from the Gallup Pakistan survey showed that a large majority of Pakistanis are unhappy with the performance of the provincial government in Sindh. 46% of the respondents from across the country said they were dissatisfied, while only 22% said they were satisfied with the Sindh provincial government. However, looking at respondents residing in Sindh, almost half (49%) said they were dissatisfied with the provincial government's performance. Only 3

Karachi: Demonstration held against shortage of drinking water in Gwadar By: Shoaib Durrazai KARACHI : Residents of Gwadar and members of Civil Society Gwadar held a demonstration against shortage of drinking water here on Monday outside Karachi Press Club (KPC). The protesters had arrived from Gwadar to Karachi covering 700km distance just to raise the issue. Addressing the protest, speakers said that Balochistan government had completely failed to provide drinking water to the people of Gwadar. The protesters said that the residents of Gwadar had been facing water shortage for last six months. They questioned the international status of City port Gwadar, as there was no drinking water for the people. Present in the demonstration residents of Gwadar, members of and political activists appealed to Prime Minister to take notice of this serious issue and resolve it instantly. Published in The Balochistan Point on November 21, 2017

Balochistan FC kills two terrorists in Turbat operation Karachi 13 HOURS AGO BY INP Share this on WhatsApp TURBAT :  Balochistan Frontier Constabulary (FC) conducted Intelligence Based Operation (IBO) in Tump area of Turbat on a terrorist hideout in which two terrorists were apprehended. During the operation 18 hostages, including two Pakistani and 16 foreigners (Nigerian and Yemeni) hostages, were also recovered. A large quantity of arms and ammunition, including IEDs, had also been recovered from the terrorists hide out. In another operation, FC conducted an IBO in village Panodi, located 25 kilometres from Balnigur in Makran. Two terrorists belonging to a proscribed organisation were killed in the operation. During exchange of fire with terrorists, Sepoy Nasir Mehmood embraced martyrdom while two other soldiers sustained injuries. These terrorists were involved in different activities, including destroying a bridge on M-8, planting

HRCP warns of media curbs in Balochistan Listen QUETTA : Human Rights Commission of Pakistan ( HRCP ) warned of shrinking press freedom in Balochistan a month after a series of media outlets restricted activities following threats from militants. Journalists in Balochistan said they were approached earlier this year by authorities who asked them to stop publishing statements by Baloch separatist groups. After they did so the insurgents warned newspapers and private television channels of dire consequences for halting coverage of their activities. The situation remains tense in the province where newspaper distribution is confined to 18 out of 34 districts, largely areas where the militants have little to no presence. "In an already coercive environment where there are numerous restraints and threats to freedom of expression, the current suspension of newspapers only further exacerbates the situation," Mehdi Hassan, the chairman

Trump’s Vision for Asia Collides With Xi’s Posted to  Politics  November 21, 2017 by B.Z. Khasru Two regional trade strategies — one from the United States and the other from China, reflecting competing geostrategic visions for Asia — clashed in Vietnam, where Asia-Pacific leaders met recently to talk business. In a defiant address at the forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies in Da Nang, the coastal city where the first American troops landed in 1965 to protect the nearby U.S. air base as the Vietnam War began to escalate, President Donald Trump repeatedly used the term Indo-Pacific — instead of calling the region by its traditional name Asia-Pacific — to outline America’s new strategy for Asia. Trump’s vision, intended to usher India into the group of APEC nations as a counterweight to China, will be on a collision course with President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road, a signature Chinese initiative to connect the middle kingdom with Central and Southeast Asian c

ASEAN’s changing posture toward China NOV 21, 2017 In recent years, China’s militarization efforts in the South China Sea took center stage in discussions at regular meetings between leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its partners such as the United States, Japan and China. But ASEAN members took a softer approach on the issue at the meetings held last week in Manila and were reluctant to dwell on it. This does not mean that China has changed its behavior. Beijing has pushed land reclamation and the construction of ports, runways and radar facilities on islands it built in disputed territories in the area. The 10 members of ASEAN should unite and pursue serious negotiations with China with the goal of establishing an effective code of conduct for the South China Sea to eliminate tensions in the area. China, for its part, should respect the rule of law and restrain its activities there. Ev

One Belt, One Road: 'Colonial power' fears limiting Australia, Labor warns, as China signs PNG deals PACIFIC BEAT UPDATED YESTERDAY AT 2:46PM Email   Facebook   Twitter   WhatsApp VIDEO 1:29   PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and China President Xi Jinping in Vietnam last week. ABC NEWS Papua New Guinea has signed a series of infrastructure deals with China as part of Beijing's One Belt, One Road initiative, the PNG Government has announced, with an intention to create "more efficient trade corridors between Asia-Pacific and Western Asia". Key points: PNG signs three infrastructure deals with China as part of the One Belt, One Road planPNG says China's support will be remembered long into the futureShadow defence minister warns Australian caution in the Pacific is leaving us at a loss "As this [One Belt, One Road] initiative grows we are seeing infrastructure improvements across many developing countries," a statement from P

Balochistan’s troubled landscape   RASHED RAHMAN     NOV 21ST, 2017    ARTICLE The discovery of the bullet-riddled bodies of 20 young men from Punjab within three days in Balochistan has evoked anger, condemnation, and calls for 'revenge', cleaving the ethnic divide in the country wider open. Now the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice and ordered the Inspector General of Police Balochistan and the Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency to submit a report within three days, underlining the steps being taken by the security forces in the province to curb such incidents. With due respect, the CJP should also perhaps spare a thought for the thousands of disappeared Baloch and the hundreds of tortured, bullet-riddled bodies dumped all over Balochistan over the years. There is anger and resentment on that side too, which arguably leads to such tragedies. The death of innocents is always painful. But while w

Gwadar: Present and future Muhammad Saad Khattak GWADAR Port located 700 km west of Karachi is inhabited by approximately 100,000 people. Balochistan was ruled by Mir Naseer Khan, from 1749 to 1794 and when Syed Sultan, the Waali of Muscat was defeated by his brother in 1783, he appealed to Mir Naseer khan for help and was temporarily bestowed with Gwadar for his maintenance and survival. Subsequently successive rulers of Balochistan either through negotiations or use of force tried to reclaim Gwadar from Muscat but could not succeed due to internal differences and evolving political Gwadar with the arrival of British colonising forces in the Sub Continent. It was later in 1958 during the period of late Prime Minister Malik Feroz Khan Noon that Gwadar was purchased back from Oman. After an interval of almost a decade I happen to have visited Gwadar last week hence I thought to give an account of what I saw, more so in the backdrop of the hype created in the wake

Pakistan refuses to allow free use of yuan for CPEC projects

By PTI | Nov 21, 2017, 07.25 PM IST Pakistan  has refused to allow free use of the Chinese yuan on the lines of the US dollar in the country as officials from the two nations met to decide on a long-term developmental plan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ). The meeting of senior officials from Pakistan and  China  yesterday decided to formally move ahead despite hurdles and finance at least three special economic/industrial zones (SEZs) and some important rail, electricity and road projects. The Dawn reported quoting a senior government official that Pakistan was not ready to allow the Chinese yuan ( renminbi ) for free use in  Gwadar  or its treatment on a par with the US dollar in the country and this was disappointing for the visiting Chinese officials. He said the use of yuan for  common  use in any part of Pakistan or exchangeable like dollar has to be on a reciprocal basis. The official also said the issue would be discussed again for some kind of institu