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Is Chinese Militarization Of Pakistan Beginning?

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LAWRENCE SELLINRetired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve9:56 PM 12/15/2017According to a December 12, 2017 Urdu-language news site report, during a high-level meeting presumably between Chinese and Pakistani officials held on the last day of the November Chinese Economic Summit in Hong Kong, China offered to train Pakistani security forces to protect both the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Pakistan and the Chinese nationals working on them. That follows a September 17, 2017 official CPEC announcement, whereby China would “assist” Pakistan in “capacity building” of “civil armed forces.”At face value, the Chinese offer appears to be a predictable response to the proliferation of Islamic extremist groups, the permanent Taliban support and recruiting network, and the festering independence insurgency, all in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, a region whose stability is critical t…

Self-determination referenda

In his classic work, Secession, Lee S. Buchheit puts forward two main criteria for the group: (1) The subjective self-perception of the group needs to be distinct from the others; and (2) the group must have objective characteristics which distinguish it from the ambient population." Examples of such characteristics include "elements of a religious, historic, geographic, ethnologic, economic, linguistic, and racial character." At the same time, it is evident that these criteria, even when present, are not "sufficient" by themselves. Moreover, the inability to meet both of these criteria. sometimes has not been an obstacle to self-determination. The United States at the end of the 18th century, for example, met only one objective criteria, geography, necessary for it to secede from the British Empire and to self-determine. Nonetheless, it did secede.✔A quick survey of international practice surrounding self-determination referenda
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Welcome to witness Pakistan's genocidal policies in Balochistan: Dr Allah Nazar

International media and observers welcome to witness Pakistan's genocidal policies in Balochistan: Dr Allah NazarQUETTA: In a statement issued on Thursday, Dr Allah NazarBaloch has said Pakistan is speeding up its genocidal policies in Balochistan by adopting multipronged strategy and increasing state terrorism and violence. Currently, two divisions of Pakistan's regular army are engaged in killing innocent civilians in Balochistan. Pakistan has been trampling the war ethics of Geneva Convention for last seventy years through barbaric military operations. It shows from their policy of targeting and not sparing women and children.  "If the UN and the civilized world do not play their constitutional role, I think Pakistan would commit worst in Balochistan than it did to Bengalis. Pakistan's regular army, Frontier Corps (FC) and intelligence agencies are in league with criminals and their proxy death squads are continuously massacring innocents with impunity" he sai…

While India Was Obsessed With Gujarat Elections, China Encircled Us

http://www.news18.com/news/india/while-india-was-obsessed-with-gujarat-elections-china-encircled-us-1605235.html 3-MIN READ

Four key developments have taken place, all of which have the imprint of China. Slowly but surely the dragon has been creeping up on India, in what is considered India’s backyard.Zakka Jacob | CNN-News18Updated: December 15, 2017, 2:28 PM ISTIn this file photo, the Indian flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem. (Representative image/ AP)
The last fortnight has been all about Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi, other leading members of both the government and opposition, as well as media have been squarely interested in the Gujarat campaign. While it’s been all about the “neech comments”, Pakistan, Khilji, Aurangzeb and what not, one thing seems to have missed most of our commentators as well much of our media coverage. Last week has been a particularly bad one for India in the neighbourhood. Four key developments…

Report: Asia Pacific region to drive the maritime and border security market

https://www.naval-technology.com/research-reports/report-asia-pacific-region-drive-maritime-border-security-market/

By Jammula Ajay Kumar ReddyThe maritime and border security market is dominated by the Asia Pacific region, whose spending is largely influenced by the current and future procurement programmes of China, India, South Korea, Australia and Japan during 2017-2027, according to a report by Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI).Titled ‘The Global Maritime and Border Security Market 2017-2027’, the report offers insights of the maritime and border security market."The ongoing conflicts between countries in the Asia Pacific region have resulted in higher spending towards the protection of land and maritime boundaries."The ongoing conflicts between countries in the Asia Pacific region have resulted in higher spending towards the protection of land and maritime boundaries.In addition, strategic competition between the rapidly growing military forces of China and India is …

Beijing works on 'Great Wall of Sand' in South China Sea as US is distracted

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/asia/us-distracted-by-north-korea-china-builds-up-south-china-sea-fortifications-20171215-h057u0.html


By Lindsay MurdochUpdated15 December 2017 - 02:10pmfirst published at11:24am

Bangkok: China has been busy building military infrastructure in the South China Sea while the United States and its key allies, including Australia, have been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis.New satellite images show China's military has built high frequency radar and other facilities on islands it occupies, even as Beijing was signalling its willingness to pursue protracted negotiations on a "code of conduct" with other claimants to the flashpoint waters.A satellite image of Woody Island in the Paracel island chain in the South China Sea showing two Chinese Y-8 military transport aircraft.Photo: APThe Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, which closely tracks developments in the South China Sea, said China has been constructi…

Britain eyes closer Belt and Road cooperation with China

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-britain-finance/britain-eyes-closer-belt-and-road-cooperation-with-china-idUSKBN1E90ZI


Ben BlanchardWilliam JamesBEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants closer cooperation with China over its landmark Belt and Road infrastructure scheme, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday at the start of a Beijing trip on which he hopes to seal a billion pounds ($1.34 billion) in deals.China's Premier Li Keqian (R) talks with Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammonds at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/PoolHammond’s visit, the latest installment in long-running economic talks between the two nations, it has taken on new importance for Britain as it looks to re-invent itself as a global trading nation after leaving the European Union in 2019.SPONSOREDMeeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Hammond said there were many opportunities to build on…

Silk Road fever grips the Russian Far East and boosts economy

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in World Economy News15/12/2017If you are looking for the latest breakthroughs in trans-Eurasian geoeconomics, you should keep an eye on the East – the Russian Far East. One interesting project is the new state-of-the-art $1.5 billion Bystrinsky plant. Located about 400 kilometers from the Chinese border by rail and tucked inside the Trans-Baikal region of Siberian, it is now finally open for business.This mining and processing complex, which contains up to 343 million tonnes of ore reserves, is a joint venture between Russian and Chinese companies. Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s leading mining group and one of the world’s largest producers of nickel and palladium, has teamed up with CIS Natural Resources Fund, established by President Vladimir Putin, and China’s Highland Fund.But then, this is just the latest example of Russian and Chinese cooperation geared around the New Silk Roads or the Be…

Progress and Setbacks for the New Overland Great Silk Road

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file photoBy MarEx2017-12-14 15:43:02While maritime transportation carries most of Asia – Europe/Africa trade, Modern China has initiated the development of an overland rail-based version of the original Great Silk Road that once connected China to Europe. While the initiative offers faster delivery of containers at higher tariffs, it has encountered both progress and setbacks. Westbound Railway DevelopmentDating back over five years, China’s railway department initiated plans to extend their northwestern railway line further west to connect to the railway network of Kirgizstan. The initiative resulted in the completion of a standard gauge railway line between Tehran and Beijing. Shortly after completion of that line, the first ever freight train traveled from Tehran to Beijing. While there are prospects to develop a short section of railway line to provide a direct rail-based link …

C.A.P.I: ‘Heping yu fazhan’

https://www.brecorder.com/2017/12/15/387236/c-a-p-i-hepingyufazhan/

 BR RESEARCHDEC 15TH, 20170 VIEWS: 38A plethora of news and views at home and abroad pitch Chabahar against Gwadar. An oft quoted expression goes:” India invests in Chabahar to by-pass Pakistan”. Or “India’s Chabahar plans rival Gwadar Port built by the Chinese”. But try looking at it from a different lens: India has essentially invested and helped launch Pakistan’s sister-port to-be. Just how cute is that. For a country that has been to wars with Pakistan to actually builder sister-port.For those who have not been following the developments, Iran and Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding of Sister Ports for “further convergence of Chabahar and Gwadar ports”. Symbolising the bond of trust and blood between two sisters, the notion of sister-ports revolves around keeping a strong commercial bond between any two shipping ports focusing on technology, operational improvements, infrastructure developments, shar…

Sindh, Balochistan lag behind in latest District Education Rankings

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/256155-sindh-balochistan-lag-behind-in-latest-district-education-rankings

December 15, 2017

ListenWhile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab have made vast improvements in the infrastructure of their public primary schools, the progress in Sindh, Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas has remained a concern.Most of the children in Pakistan who complete primary education up to class 5 do not have schools in their areas where they can continue further education – for every four primary schools in Pakistan, there is only one school above primary level. The out-of-school population of the country is a direct product of this failure.These facts were revealed by non-governmental organisation Alif Ailaan in its fifth annual District Education Rankings 2017, a report launched in Islamabad on Thursday. The organisation used official government data from across the country, along with data from its Annual Status of Education Report survey, to assess and comp…

Militants & Military: Pakistan’s Unholy Alliance

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/12/12/militants-and-military-pakistans-unholy-alliance/


Ahmed RashidCaren Firouz/ReutersA man looking at a police bus that was destroyed during clashes between Islamist protesters and police around Islamabad’s main highway, Pakistan, November 26, 2017Pakistan has largely escaped the ghastly destruction of the civil wars in the Middle East—despite its continuing struggle with homegrown Islamist extremism and terrorism. Since September 11, 2001, Pakistani governments have tried to fly under the radar, attracting minimal international pressure even though its territory has been used as a sanctuary by the Afghan Taliban, al-Qaeda, Kashmiri militants, and other extremists from the region. But the US and NATO have now begun to express their concerns. The international community is worried because there is a growing domestic political crisis in this nuclear-armed nation that is fueled by extremists at home and by a foreign policy that involves harboring insur…

Swedish envoy meets Balochistan speaker

https://www.dawn.com/news/1376726/swedish-envoy-meets-balochistan-speaker


The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentDecember 15, 2017

QUETTA: Ambassador of Sweden to Pakistan Ingrid Johansson has said that her government is working on a project on access to justice for women in Pakistan, adding that they want to run this project in Balochistan also.She said this during her meeting with Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani in her chamber on Thursday.The two sides discussed bilateral ties and cooperation, particularly in the sphere of access to justice for women.Published in Dawn, December 15th, 2017

SC summons comprehensive report on human trafficking in Balochistan

https://dailytimes.com.pk/159792/sc-summons-comprehensive-report-human-trafficking-balochistan/

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* Court told incident of killings in Turbat linked with sectarianism and terrorism and not with human smuggling

DECEMBER 15, 2017ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general and Balochistan chief secretary to submit a comprehensive report over human trafficking in the province.A three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Faisal Arab, issued the directions while hearing a suo motu case pertaining to killing of 20 people in Balochistan.At the onset of the hearing, the chief justice expressed dismay over the role of agencies, particularly the FIA, in the growing cases of human trafficking in the country.FIA DG Bashir Ahmad, Balochistan chief secretary and advocate general Balochistan appeared before the court on notice and submitted reports in pursuance of th…

Security forces conduct IBOs in Punjab, Balochistan: ISPR

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ByGEO NEWSThursday Dec 14, 2017RAWALPINDI: Security forces in Balochistan on Thursday conducted an intelligence-based operation in Dera Bugti district and recovered a cache of arms and explosives, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).FC Balochistan, during the operation, recovered explosives, prepared IEDs, detonators and ammunition. In a separate operation, Punjab Rangers, along with CTD, Punjab Police and intelligence agencies conducted IBOs in Sargodha, Bhakar, DG Khan, Attock and Lahore.Security forces apprehended 19 terrorists and facilitators and also recovered illegal weapons from their possession, added ISPR

70pc work on Sibi-Harnai railway track completed; service to be restored by April: Saad

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SHOAIB UR REHMANDEC 15TH, 20170QUETTA: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique Thursday said Balochistan would get a vast share in Pakistan Railways, roads and other sections on completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.Talking to newsmen during his visit to Sibi Railway Station, he said CPEC project was a developmental package for Balochistan and jobs opportunities would be increased after completion of the mega project.He said anti-development elements who were trying to create hurdles by target killing of innocent workers in various areas of the province, were being handled properly by the law enforcement agencies.Replying to a question, he said the rehabilitation work of Sibi-Harnai railway track was started after 126 years in the province

No one will be allowed to challenge writ of govt in Balochistan: Zehri

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/12/15/no-one-will-be-allowed-to-challenge-writ-of-govt-in-balochistan-zehri/

Share this on WhatsAppQUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Khan Zehri on Thursday said that no one will be allowed to challenge writ of the government in Balochistan and that it’s the government’s foremost responsibility to protect the life and property of the people of the provinceHe was talking to the media in Sibi after examining the work being done on the Sibi-Harnai railway section. He said that the provincial government will realise all promises made to the people of the province.Zehri said that the restoration work on the track, which had started in 2015, would be completed before the tenure of the present government ends. He further stated that the track, when completed, would prove to be very beneficial to the residents of Sibi and Harnai, regarding trade and transportation of vegetables and minerals.Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, prov…

Balochistan is the future of Pakistan: Saad

http://nation.com.pk/15-Dec-2017/balochistan-is-the-future-of-pakistan-saad

11:18 AM, December 15, 2017The Minister for Railways, Khawaja SaadRafique says that government has restored peace in the country, including Karachi and Balochistan , reported Radio Pakistan .Addressing a ceremony in Karachi, he said the PML-N government took decisive and bold decisions to restore law and order in the city.Khawaja Saad Rafique said the opposition does not like development in the country and creating hurdles in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Balochistan , Sardar Sanaullah Zehri said that the Balochistan is future of Pakistan .He invited industrialists and business community to come forward and make investments in the province