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Baloch boy from poor Awaran, dreams big, makes it to Columbia University

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mustikhanUncategorized December 18, 2017 2 MinutesA young man from one of Balochistan’s poorest districts who “dreamed big” is excited over having been accepted into Columbia University – one of the top Ivy League Universities in the United States with a very low acceptance rate of just six percent.“Almost five years ago, I told my family that I had won a highly sought-after fellowship to study at SUNY Plattsburgh for one semester; they immediately warned me against scams, a common occurrence in Balochistan where I grew up,” said Zahid Aliin a Facebook post. “My family did not believe in their good fortune until I arrived in the United States.”Ali said Awaran, where he was born, is particularly one of the most underdeveloped and insurgency-hit regions in Pakistan. “My parents and siblings had no formal educations which greatly limited their opportunity. As a result, I had very few o…

French Senate to submit an analytical report on different aspects of CPEC

French Senate to submit an analytical report on different aspects of CPECThe Express Tribune 4 days agoExternal Links, Insight, News, TechnologyLeave a comment 104 ViewsPascal Allizard, Head of French State delegation upon the conclusion of their tour to Pakistan, China and Hong Kong said that the delegation will be submitting a report on China’s One Belt, One Road initiative and on CPEC after analysing its different aspects to their house.He explained that the report will analyse if CPEC and the OBOR initiative is a Chinese regional agenda or if it is a step towards regional connectivity. During the tour,Pakistan-France Parliamentary group head Jean-Bernard was in touch with reporters at the French embassy; detailed report of the Embassy’s talks with the Pakistani and the Chinese authorities will be submitted to the French Senate in April 2018 in accordance to which a conclusion will be drawn between the two view-points on CPEC. Senator Pascal further added that France enjoys very c…

China’s Silk Road: Inroad to World’s other economies?

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 December 18, 2017By: Salman Rafi SheikhThe world is gradually awakening to the dark side of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, often called One Belt, One Road, or OBOR and designed to bring infrastructure development to a huge slice of the world. But a growing number of projects completed or in process, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), are beginning to demonstrate the grip that China has over the target countries’ economies. The massive undertaking is increasing Chinese hegemony not only in Asia but elsewhere, causing concerns to grow in Europe and beyond. The AidData research lab at the College of William and Mary in Virginia in the United States found that only 21 percent of Chinese money channelled into development across 140 countries could be called traditional aid. 🔴The rest of the money is in commercial loans at stiff rates that must be repaid to Beijing with interest. The Beijing…

‘Enforced disappearances won’t get Pakistan anywhere’

The Newsletter, Pakistan
Fatima Zaidi
Terming enforced disappearances the most futile tactic to deal with political differences, Asad Iqbal Butt, vice chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s Sindh chapter, warned the perpetrators to put an end to the practice forthwith.He was addressing a protest rally on Sunday that was held to demand immediate release of the missing University of Karachi student Sagheer Ahmed Baloch and Lahore-based activist Raza Khan.The demonstration that was organised by the HRCP and the Committee for Release of Missing Persons was also joined in by the family of another man, Kaleemullah Tunio, who was picked up a day ago from his house in Shahnawaz Goth.“This continuing practice of forcibly disappearing people did not get this country anywhere in the past and neither will it lead it anywhere today,” Butt said. Sagheer was picked up on November 20 from KU by men in plain clothes and Raza was picked up from his house on December 2, while Kaleemullah’…

Pak steps up security after church attack ahead of Christmas

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Islamabad, Dec 18 (PTI) Pakistan today beefed up security around hundreds of religious places of minorities, including Hindu temples, a day after ISIS suicide bombers struck a church during a mass in the restive southwestern city of Quetta, killing nine people and injuring 44 others.Authorities have instructed law enforcement agencies to tighten security arrangements in and around the worship places and other places of religious significance for the non-Muslims against any possible threat."Our resolve remains strong and unflinching against terrorists. Their (cowardly) attacks cannot weaken us," Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri said today as he announced Rs 10 lakh in compensation each for the families of the dead, and Rs 5 lakh for each injured in the attack.Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal also asked for increasing security for mosques, shrines, Imambargahs e…

Security forces 'foil terror bid in Balochistan'

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By News DeskPublished: December 18, 2017PHOTO: ISPRA day after suicide bombers struck a church in Quetta, killing nine people and wounding 57 others; the military claimed to have foiled a terror bid in the violence-stricken province.“Frontier Corps Balochistan foiled a terrorist activity. Patrolling team spotted and neutralised a 12kg IED planted near  Quetta Development Authority,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.Nine killed, over 50 wounded in Quetta church attackIntelligence-based operations are routinely conducted across Balochistan as part of the continuing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad

Iran, Saudi rivalry affects Balochistan: Dr Malik

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By OwaisQarniPublished: December 18, 201PHOTO: FILEMULTANBalochistan has persistently been in a state of war for the past 30 years because of the ill-advised policies of the rulers, interference of Afghanistan and India and regional conflicts, former chief minister of Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik said here on Sunday.He was speaking with media persons at the lunch hosted by Allah Nawaz Khan Durrani for National Party leaders.So far, he said, the National Party had lost 50 of its political workers in terrorist attacks in addition to the attack on the party’s office in Turbat.According to him, the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia was also affecting Balochistan.Murree accord: Dr Malik quits top post, vows support for successorHe said that instability in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria and other Muslim countries had also badly hit the regional peace.He said that the demise of the Soviet Union had b…

He gave up a successful business to run ancient Silk Road from Hamburg to Shanghai

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German management consultant Kai Markus (centre) being helped across the finish line by friends at the Shanghai International port on Dec 16, 2017. PHOTO: AFPPUBLISHEDDEC 17, 2017, 3:37 PM SGTFACEBOOK47TWITTERWHATSAPPEMAILSHANGHAI (AFP) - The world today is enough to make some people want to get up and just run to the ends of the Earth, so that's what Kai Markus decided to do.Troubled by what he sees as growing bigotry and division in the world, the German management consultant gave up a successful business to run the ancient Silk Road from Hamburg to Shanghai in a Quixotic quest to show that we are all one.Nine months, eight countries, 12,000 km and two fractured heel bones later, Markus hobbled across a symbolic finish line in Shanghai on Saturday with a feeling of mission accomplished."OK, the world is turning crazy, you have to do something," the …