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Political squabbling hit Gwadar Port City development

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Political squabbling hit Gwadar Port City developmentBy Mohammad ZafarPublished: March 31, 2018Bizenjo says federal government pledged Rs1b for port but not a single penny released.QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has said that the provincial government is forced to take loan for the development of Gwadar Port City as the federal government has yet to release the promised Rs1 billion for the project.“Neglecting Balochistan is tantamount to neglecting Pakistan as the country’s development depends on our province,” said Balochistan CM while talking to the media after an open court at the CM House on Friday.PTI moves resolutions seeking PM apology over Sanjrani remarksBizenjo said, “Our differences with the federal government should not interfere with the provincial development.”Lamenting the federal government’s reckless behaviour in releasing funds for Balochistan’s devel…

CPEC to benefit Gilgit-Baltistan the most: Chinese envoy

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CPEC to benefit Gilgit-Baltistan the most: Chinese envoyJamil NagriUpdated April 01, 20180GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan is an important part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and residents of this region will be provided maximum benefit, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said.“The Chinese government wishes for the development of the residents through trade activities between GB and neighbouring Xinjiang province,” the envoy said on Friday while meeting a delegation of the Gilgit-Baltistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GBCCI) in Islamabad.The delegation was led by GBCCI President Nasir Hussain Raki.The envoy said hydropower projects, Gilgit-Chitral road, Karakoram Highway (KKH) upgradation and maintenance schemes have been initiated in the GB region.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADThe ambassador said the two governments have approved a plan under the ‘green channel’ to allow imports and exports of fresh and dried fruits including apr…

CPEC and language policy

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CPEC and language policyTo establish the best possible power relations, including issues of status and role of languages; the CPEC language policy needs to be carefully planned
Sabiha MansoorAPRIL 1, 2018The successful implementation of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) International Agreement and its major aim to benefit the unemployed and marginalised youth; would depend largely on the type of language policy that it adopts. This would determine whether it is an ‘elitist’ policy that is exclusive, and only caters to members of ‘major’ language communities in Pakistan and China; or a ‘cultivation’ policy that is inclusive and enables speakers of all language communities, including ‘minority’ or local languages to participate in developmental projects. This type of language policy in international trade agreements, is based on the principal of democracy, and allows all participants to have an equal opportunity to acces…

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: The Uyghur Challenge and the Chinese Security Model

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Image Credit: Flickr / hashoofoundationChina-Pakistan Economic Corridor: The Uyghur Challenge and the Chinese Security ModelAs neither China nor Pakistan could afford the failure of the CPEC, local mistrust should be a serious concern.By Veena RamachandranMarch 30, 2018Recent news reports on the alleged arrest and detention of 50 Uyghur women married to Pakistani men from Gilgit Baltistan and a resolution passed by the Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) demanding the federal government in Pakistan take steps to release these women exemplify the escalating on-ground mistrust between the so-called “iron-brothers.”Gilgit Baltistan is significant for both China and Pakistan since the region serves as the gateway to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which has seen a $62 billion investment by the Chinese.The Uyghur presence in Baltistan is nothing new; mar…

THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF THE BALOCH NATIONALSTRUGGLE 

The Baloch struggle for national independence has its genesis in history and culture. Fiercely independent, the Baloch has never accepted hegemony and domination either by other tribes or by organized states in any stage of history. His periodic movements, apart from many other reasons came about because he never had to contend with a subordinate status. Tribal wars and jealousies, although they had their roots in economic competition, were also due to efforts by one tribe to gain supremacy over another, which were actively resisted. The Baloch was unsettled and preferred a nomadic life because in that he felt himself truly emancipated. During the Khanate, although Balochistan theoretically was supposed to be under Afghan hegemony, for all practical purposes various Khans of Kalat never accepted the Afghan over lordship. The war between Ahmed Shah Durrani and Mir Naseer Khan was primarily a contest on the question of Afghan sovereignty over Balochistan.Traditionally, when the Baloch f…

The Baloch National Resistance (1948)

The Baloch National Resistance (1948)The ruler of the Khanate of Balochistan, Mir Ahmad Yar Than, was forced to sign the document of accession. The Khan was not an absolute monarch; he was required to act under the provisions of the Rawaj (the Baloch constitution) and had no authority to sign the merger document without the consent of the parliament. The Khan in his autobiography has admitted that he violated his mandate by signing the merger document.The forced incorporation of the Khan­ate resulted anti-Pakistan rallies and meetings throughout the Khanate. To subdue the popular sentiments, the Pakistan army was ordered to be on alert. The Government of Pakistan decided to take over the complete control of the administration of the Balochistan (Khanate) on 15 April 1948. The A.G.G. in Balochistan conveyed the orders of Jinnah that the status of the Khanate “would revert back to what it was during the preceding British rule.            A political agent was appointed to control the ad…

The Baloch National Resistance (1948)

The Baloch National Resistance (1948)The ruler of the Khanate of Balochistan, Mir Ahmad Yar Than, was forced to sign the document of accession. The Khan was not an absolute monarch; he was required to act under the provisions of the Rawaj (the Baloch constitution) and had no authority to sign the merger document without the consent of the parliament. The Khan in his autobiography has admitted that he violated his mandate by signing the merger document.The forced incorporation of the Khan­ate resulted anti-Pakistan rallies and meetings throughout the Khanate. To subdue the popular sentiments, the Pakistan army was ordered to be on alert. The Government of Pakistan decided to take over the complete control of the administration of the Balochistan (Khanate) on 15 April 1948. The A.G.G. in Balochistan conveyed the orders of Jinnah that the status of the Khanate “would revert back to what it was during the preceding British rule.            A political agent was appointed to control the ad…