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Timeline : India's official stand on Balochistan

Timeline : India's official stand on Balochistan📌In December 2005, for the first time, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman while responding to a question on Balochistanexpressed ‘concern over the spiralling violence in Balochistan, including the use of helicopter Gunships and jet fighters’ and hoped that the Pakistan government would ‘exercise restraint and take recourse to peaceful discussions.📌In 2006, the MEA spokesman once again mentioned Balochistan, this time
in response to a question related to the assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti
by the Pakistani Army. The Indian advice to Pakistan was that ‘the heavy
casualties in the continuing military operations in Balochistan underline the
need for peaceful dialogue to address the grievances and aspirations of people
of Balochistan. Military force can never solve political problem📌In 2007 Indian insisted it had nothing to do with developments in Balochistan📌In 2009, the MEA spokesman dismissed Pakistani allega…

Baloch struggle is driven more by negatives

Baloch struggle is driven more by negatives
✔Pakistani oppression,
✔injustice etc.
rather than by positivesthe sort of state and society that the freedom fighters envisage for the people once they shake off the yoke of Pakistan. In other words, the Baloch nationalist movement is ‘insufficiently imagined’.

Balochistan: UNCERTAIN FUTURE Baloch face a very uncertain future. The fifth uprising, while still
continuing, is faltering. The balance of power is just too loaded against the
Baloch. Militarily, the Baloch are no match for the Pakistan Army. Economically,
the Baloch freedom struggle has been virtually running on empty. It is just the
passion and commitment of the Baloch that is keeping the struggle alive.
Without solid external assistance and intervention, it is unlikely that the Baloch
will ever be able to win their independence from Pakistan. Surprisingly, despite the fact that the so-called strategic location of Pakistan is almost entirely because of Balochistan—take away Balochistan, and Pakistan loses whatever little strategic relevance it has—yet the strategic aspect of supporting the
Baloch has been completely overlooked and neglected by not only the Great
Powers such as the US, but also by mid-l…

Pakistan – Russia to sign $10 billion pipeline projects, in a major shift in foreign policy of Islamabad

Posted By: News Deskon: December 19, 2017Tags: LNG PipelinePakistan-RussiaShare0Tweet
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Russia to sign pact for laying an offshore gas pipeline and the North-South liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline – the two projects in which Moscow will pour an investment of over $10 billion, indicating a major shift in foreign policy of Islamabad.“A Pakistani delegation will leave for Russia on December 20 to sign these deals in order to execute the two gas pipeline projects,” said a senior government official.Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS) – a state-owned company established to handle gas import matters – is working on different gas pipeline projects and its managing director and the petroleum secretary will be part of the delegation.ISGS is also working on the $10billion Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (Tapi) gas pipeli…

Did Baloch leaders in West buy limos, expensive mansions with freedom funds?

mustikhanUncategorized December 19, 2017 5 MinutesOne of the biggest drawbacks of the Balochistan freedom movement is that it is mostly led by feudal lords, who can switch loyalty to Islamabad at the drop of a hat. Baloch commoners have long accused these feudal lords of running the 12-year-old insurgency in their France-sized homeland as if it was a family business.The case in point was the return of former Balochistan home minister, Nawabzada Gazzain Marri, brother in-law of former chief minister Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, to Pakistan after ending his 18 year exile in September. At the same time, his youngest brother Mehran Baluch, president of the Baluchistan House and alleged head of the militant United Baluch Army (UBA), had launched a Free Baluchistan advertisement campaign in Geneva.Former Balochistan home minister Nawabzada Gazzain Marri arriving in Pakistan after ending …

Govt urges businessmen to make use of Gwadar port

ParvaizIshfaqRanaDecember 19, 2017

GWADAR: A view of the newly built port. According to Minister for Maritime Affairs Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, the project will supplement the Chabahar port of Iran and lead to an increase in regional trade.KARACHI: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo said on Monday the Gwadar port will become commercially operational within one month as ships will start calling on the port in January.Addressing business leaders at the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), the minister said the long-delayed elevated expressway, to be built by the Karachi Port Trust (KPT), will be completed within three years. Tenders for the project are being issued this week, he added.The minister stated that the Gwadar port and the Chabahar port of Iran will supplement each other. The latter will always be in need of support from the former, he noted.He said heavy vehicles moving in and out of …

Gwadar Port to become formally operational next month: Hasil Bizenjo

By APP -December 19, 2017

KARACHI:Gwadar Port will be formally operational and open to the world by end of next month and the first international expo will be held at Gwadar on January 29-30 to project the potential of Gwadar mainly of Special Economic Zone.Gwadar Port is a deep-sea international port with a draught of more than 18 meters, where motherships can easily anchor at the port.Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo also revealed that his ministry in next couple of weeks would float a tender for the construction of much talked about and long-awaited mega project of Elevated Expressway – linking Keamari, West and East Wharf to Northern Bypass. This would be operative in next two years.He was speaking at a meeting of FPCCI Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping, here on Monday, which was attended by number of senior businessmen and official…

Pakistan denies China’s funding halt for CPEC projects

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday refuted reports that Beijing had halted payments on some of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the country.Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal at a briefing said there was no news from Beijing that the Chinese government was halting funding for any of the projects, adding that execution of payments takes place in a specific manner.The Foreign Office’s denial came days after Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said that China had halted the release of funds for three CPEC projects till the revision of its “financial mechanism” by Beijing.According to a press release by the National Assembly Secretariat on December 11, Iqbal informed the 25th parliamentary committee meeting on the CPEC that the work on these projects would only restart after approval from BeijingThe three projects are related to the road network.A senior NHA offi…

220 KV transmission line partially damaged in IED blast
Balochistan: 220 KV transmission line partially damaged in IED blastNational20 HOURS AGO BY APPShare this on WhatsAppQUETTA: A 220 KV power transmission line supplying electricity to Shikarpur, Sindh, was partially damaged in an IED explosion in Nasirabad district of Balochistan, on Monday.According to police sources, unknown men had attached improvise explosive devices (IED) with the pylon, that went off and destroyed the line.Law enforcement agency along with bomb disposal squad team reached the site and cordoned off the entire area. Further investigation was underway

Pakistan army offensives continue in Makuran, two youth abducted
Balochistan: about 17 hours agoQUETTA: Pakistani security forces have expended the scoop of their offensives in different areas of Makuran region of Balochistan.According to details, a convoy of Pakistani forces has besieged Koh Mazanband an area between Mand and Dasht area of Turbat and started search operations.Local sources have reported that fresh contingents of Pakistani forces arrived in Koh Mazanband and surrounded the area from two sides. People from nearby areas reported hearing explosions and gunshots.Pakistani forces have sealed exit and entry points of many adjoining areas leaving people stranded in the middle of a war like situation.Separately, on Monday morning Pakistani forces also conducted offensives in many localities of Parome area of Panjgur Balochistan including Imam Bazar, Shoncho Kahn, Kadan Bazar, Bandken Bazar, Moheem Bazar and Shah Murad Bazar.Forces h…

Quetta attack: MPs question claims of decline in terror acts

By QadeerTanoliPublished: December 19, 2017
National Assembly. PHOTO: APP/FILEISLAMABADEchoes of the blast that ripped through a church in Quetta a day earlier reverberated in the National Assembly on Monday as lawmakers call into question claims of the security agencies of bringing massive reduction in terror incidents.The house also observed one-minute silence to express solidarity with the victims of the incident in which nine people were killed and more than 50 injured. The lawmakers also demanded enhanced security for churches and other worship places in the country.However, the government despite facing embarrassment due to lack of quorum which earlier led to suspension of the proceedings twice successfully got two bills passed.Nine killed, over 50 wounded in Quetta church attackOn Monday, the opposition wanted to walk out from the house, a practice which it has been doing since the las…

India a leading global power, says new US security policy

With an eye on China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the US administration said it will help South Asian countries "maintain their sovereignty" as China increases its influence in the region.PTI@moneycontrolcomDescribing India as a "leading global power", the US today unveiled its new National Security Strategy (NSS) that said it will "deepen" America's strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region.With an eye on China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the US administration said it will help South Asian countries "maintain their sovereignty" as China increases its influence in the region.The NSS also seeks Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist…

Chinese currency to get same status as the US dollar in Pakistan

By Shahbaz RanaPublished: December 18, 2017
ISLAMABADThe Long-Term Plan (LTP) of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) envisages Pakistan giving the Chinese currency a status at par with that enjoyed by the US dollar, laying the foundation of boosting the financial bond between the ‘all-weather strategic partners’.Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing on Monday launched the plan for 2017-30 that set out the building conditions of CPEC. The document underlines that governance deficiencies and uneven regional development in Pakistan are challenges to CPEC’s implementation. It also highlights risks from adjustments of foreign policies of the ‘world powers’ towards this region.Among the most salient features of the plan are treating renminbi (RMB) equal to the United States dollar and allowing Chinese investment in agricultural production.The decision to …

60pc work on Package-1 of CPEC in Dera Ismail Khan completed

By APP -December 18, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Reportedly 60 per cent of the work on Package-1 of the western route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Dera Ismail Khan has been completed.National Logistics Cell (NLC) Project Manager Colonel Kamal said the rest of work on the project would be completed in time with the efforts of expert engineers and use of modern machinery, a private news channel on Monday reported.Colonel Kamal said 54-kilometre Bahtar-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway was part of CPEC.He said work on Motorway was launched in September 2016 and it would cost Rs 13.25 billion.Colonel Kamal said the distance between Islamabad and Dera Ismail Khan would reduce considerably after completion of the project adding it would also be used as CPEC route.

Businessmen demand disclosure of CPEC details
By Our CorrespondentPublished: December 19, 2017
PHOTO: AFPISLAMABADThe business community of Rawalpindi and Islamabad has called on the government to share full information about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project with the private sector as holding back its details is sparking concerns among businessmen.The matter came up for discussion during a meeting between the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) and the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI).CPEC could turn into a nightmare if Pakistan keeps tariffs highIn a joint statement, the chamber presidents said an industrial zone under CPEC was planned to be set up for Rawalpindi and Islamabad, but the government did not consult with chambers of the twin cities about its location and the industries to be set up there, which was regrettable.They stressed that the industrial zone should be established in consultatio…

CPEC Long-Term Plan: Complete document

NationalWeb DeskDecember 19, 2017

ListenAhsan Iqbal (L), Pakistan´s Minister of Planning and Development and Yao Jing, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan attend the launching ceremoney of CPEC long-term cooperation plan in Islamabad, Pakistan December 18, 2017. -REUTERSISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday released much-awaited Long-Term Plan of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), envisaging industrialisation between 2017 and 2030.Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing termed the launching of the LTP an historic landmark in Pak-China friendship.Addressing the event, Iqbal said, “launching of Long-Term Plan of CPEC will turn the China-Pakistan bilateral relations into long term strategic economic partnership.”
Salient features of the CPEC Long-Term Plan.Construction of an integrated transport systemTransport infrastructure is the basic and prerequi…

Yuan may replace dollar in Pakistan-China trade

Khaleeq KianiDecember 19, 2017

PLANNING and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing attend launching ceremony of CPEC Long Term Plan on Monday.—ReutersISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that the government was examining a proposal to replace the US dollar with the Chinese yuan for trade between China and Pakistan.He was talking to journalists after the formal launch of Long Term Plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) 2017-30 signed by the two sides on Nov 21.Newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing and officials of the provincial governments also attended the launching ceremony.Asked if the Chinese currency could be allowed for use in Pakistan, Mr Iqbal said the Pakistani currency would be used within the country, but China desired that bilateral trade should take place in its currency — known as Renminbi (RMB) or yuan — and “we are examining the use of RMB instead …