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Of sardars and sarkars

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Syed Fazl-e-HaiderFebruary 25, 2012

PAKISTAN has protested vehemently against the US congressional resolution on Balochistan. Regardless of the motives behind this resolution, it is clear that the Balochistan issue has gone global because of its mishandling by successive Pakistani leaders.Interior Minister Rehman Malik has blamed external powers for conspiring to detach Balochistan from Pakistan. While the involvement of foreign hands may not be ruled out, that of the domestic hand in pushing the province to an insurgency-like situation is undeniable.Since Independence, the people of Balochistan have been exploited and discriminated against by successive sardars (tribal chiefs) and sarkars (regimes both military and civilian). The British colonial system provided full support to the tribal ruling class under the Frontier Crimes Regulation Act (1901) and backed the sardars loyal to the Raj. If the centuries-old sardari system is generally blamed for the p…

Ahmar ! Wish you speedy recovery.

World is missing your written, thirsty to read your blog.👏👏Wish you speedy recovery!👍

Where Gilgit Baltistan stands in Law Books?

📌 *Where Gilgit Baltistan stands in Law Books?* _Answer is needed from Lawyers and Politicians and also from intellectuals, teachers, students and general masses._ We the people of PoGB (Pakistan occupied Gilgit-Baltistan) read about the governor, Chief Minister and GBLA etc in newspapers, TV Channels and Radios. We go to the courts and hear the words of High Court and sometimes even Supreme Court. We are told by the Lawyer and Court officials that so and so judge has arrived and listened both the sides of lawyers. One lawyer (prosecutor) gives his expert opinion against an accused or complainant/plaintiff and another gives his opinion in favour of the accused/defendant. If accused is innocent, it means the prosecutor is lying, if accused has committed crime it means the defendant lawyer is lying in the court. Those who lost their case say this Judge was biased or took bribe from other side. Have we- the general masses- ever thought that we have Judges, High Court, Assembly, Governor…

Fending off the dragon: Indian navy to activate twin-front maritime war games from next year

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SANDEEP UNNITHAN | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017The armed forces ratchet up their military plans to tackle an assertive China amid significant geopolitical changes.Picture for represenatation (Photo: Reuters)In January 2018, the Indian navy's Mumbai-based western fleet is to start a series of annual theatre-level naval exercises. Manoeuvres lasting over a month where aircraft, surface warships and submarines, divided into red and blue forces, will simulate naval war games, refine tactics while bringing their platforms into a high state of operational readiness. Nothing unusual except that less than a month later these exercises will be replicated on the east coast, off Visakhapatnam, by the eastern fleet's warships, aircraft and submarines operating from the mainland up to the Andaman & Nicobar islands and Malacca Straits. This is the first time in recent years the navy is activat…

A defiant map-hunter stakes Vietnam’s claims in the South China Sea

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By MIKE IVESA historical map of China and South-east Asia, in Danang, Vietnam on Nov 1, 2017. China’s assertiveness in the sea has caused deep anxiety for Vietnam, which regards territorial sovereignty as a sacred principle. Photo: The New York TimesPublished26 NOVEMBER, 2017UPDATED 26 NOVEMBER, 20172 SharesDANANG (Vietnam) — Eight years ago, officials in Danang asked Mr Tran Duc Anh Son to travel the world in search of documents and maps that support Vietnam’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.He did, and he concluded that Vietnam should challenge China’s activities in waters around some of the sea’s disputed islands, as the Philippines successfully did in a case that ended last year. But his bosses would not be moved.“They always say to me, ‘Mr Tran, please keep calm,’” he said during an interview at his home in Danang, the coastal city where he is the deputy director of a state-ru…

Who gains the most from The New Silk Road?

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OilPrice.comOilprice.comNovember 26, 2017A pacified Syria is key to the economic integration of Eurasia through energy and transportation connections...Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani will hold a summit this Wednesday in Sochi to discuss Syria. Russia, Turkey and Iran are the three power players at the Astana negotiations – where multiple cease-fires, as hard to implement as they are, at least evolve, slowly but surely, towards the ultimate target – a political settlement.A stable Syria is crucial to all parties involved in Eurasia integration. As Asia Times reported, China has made it clear that a pacified Syria will eventually become a hub of the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – building on the previous business bonanza of legions of small traders commuting between Yiwu and the Levant.Away from intractable war and peace issues, it’s even more enlightening to observe…

Valid concerns over CPEC

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/11/26/valid-concerns-over-cpec/


EDITORIAL

Why so much secrecy?Since its inception the PML-N has kept a veil of secrecy over the modalities of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). CPEC is part of China’s long term One Belt One Road (OBOR) to connect with Eurasia as an attempt to solidify its growing role in global affairs and trade.For Pakistan the massive infrastructure and energy projects are truly a game changer. Perpetual shortage of energy remains a bane for the economy and megawatts that will be added to the grid under CPEC are vital for growth.Legitimate concerns have been expressed by opposition parties who are fearful that a majority of the benefits to be reaped under CPEC will be skewed in favour of Punjab, the ruling party’s stronghold. The lack of transparency over the details of CPEC further fuels these reservations and creates unnecessary controversy over the issue.✔ Limited and incomplete information is available about the timeline…

Protesters block roads in Balochistan

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Ali Jan MangiNovember 26, 2017
DERA MURAD JAMALI: Traffic remained suspended on the Quetta-Sukkur highway for several hours as hundreds of protesters belonging to various religious parties held sit-ins in Dera Murad Jamali and Quetta against violent clashes between activists and supporters of Tehreek-i- Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah and personnel of law-enforcement agencies in Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Saturday.Carrying flags and banners, workers and supporters of various religious parties gathered in Dera Murad Jamali and marched on the main national highway as they chanted slogans against the government.The protesters later gathered outside the local press club, held a sit-in and blocked the highway. They put up barricades on the road that links Balochistan with Sindh and other parts of the country.One could see a large number of trucks, coaches, wagons and other vehicles stranded on both tracks of the highway.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADThe former chief of…

Relentless killings in Balochistan

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RECORDER REPORTNOV 26TH, 2017EDITORIALThe recent weeks have seen a sudden rise in terrorist violence in Balochistan. Following several targeted attacks on the police, last Wednesday in two back-to-back incidents an SP investigations along with three members of his family was killed in Quetta, while 15 bullet ridden bodies of young men from Punjab were found by the Levies from Buleda area of Kech District near the Iran border. Another five bodies were discovered nearby a couple of days later. All these 20 men, victims of people smugglers, were on their way to Europe via Iran in search of greener pastures. According to the provincial home minister, a TTP faction was responsible for the assault on the SP and the so-called Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) for the Kech carnage. In a security operation following the incident a BLA commander was killed.These incidents are a horrific reminder that Balochistan remains in the crosshairs of terrorists…

Balochistan journalists caught 'between the stick and the gun'

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By Secunder KermaniBBC News, Quetta26 November 2017

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionMen in Quetta, Balochistan, peruse a newspaper, but some papers have stopped printing as threats mount against journalistsMore than a dozen towns, cities and districts in Pakistan's restive province of Balochistan have been without newspapers for the past month. Journalists are too scared to produce them, and vendors are too afraid to sell them. The doors of the local press clubs are locked.In October, the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), a banned separatist group, issued an angry ultimatum to local journalists, whom they blamed for collaborating with the media wing of the Pakistan Army.The BLF accused the journalists of failing to print its claims of responsibility for attacks."If you do not stop publishing one-sided propaganda we will take strict action," the group warned in a statement.Balochistan, in the west of Pakistan, has been t…

Will Pakistan be the next Syria-like battleground?

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by LAWRENCESELLIN, PHD November 25, 2017China is nervous.Over the last few months, the Chinese have encouraged and participated in talks between Iranian and Pakistani officials about the increasing tension along their joint border in Pakistan's southwest province of Balochistan.The Chinese are concerned about their multi-billion-dollar investment in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is the regional linchpin of their global Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). CPEC is a transportation infrastructure and natural resources development project that aims to connect Asia through land-based and maritime economic zones. The backbone of CPEC is a road and rail network connecting China to the Pakistani seaports of Gwadar in Balochistan Province and Karachi in Sindh province, both located on the Arabian Sea along the strategic sea lanes to the Persian Gulf, the S…