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Pakistan uses The Quint story on Kulbhushan Jadhav as 'proof' of he being a 'spy'

2018-01-06 19:07:49 IST ByArkadev Ghoshal IB Times Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik's creation to press for "Justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav" in Puri on May 15, 2017. IANS A story published by news portal The Quint is being used by Pakistan to claim that former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is indeed the spy that a Pakistani military court believed him to be when it handed him the death sentence. The story, titled "Two Ex-RAW Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As Spy", was written by noted journalist Chandan Nandy with information he received from people he called "trusted sources" on Twitter. It was published on Friday, January 5. The Quint by Saturday afternoon retracted the article and said it was "rechecking" the story. Meanwhile, there were claims on social media that Nandy was "missing" or had "gone in hiding", something that even the Pakistan Foreign Office echoed in its tweet. What the art

Pak response was shorn of bluster Jan 7, 2018, 2:10 am IST The Asian Age. There was a precipitate, but not too insistent, mention of India in the discussions as an agent provocateur. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif at the 1st China-Afghanistan-Pakistan foreign ministers’ meet. (Photo: AP) President Donald Trump’s tweet started the New Year in Pakistan on a bad note. The tweet, early on New Year’s day, took off from where Trump had left in August last year, while outlining his administration’s Afghan policy in Fort Myer, Arlington. He had earlier talked about “[changing] the approach in how to deal with Pakistan”, which was sheltering organisations that targeted Americans ‘every single day’, despite the fact that the US was paying it “billions and billions of dollars”. He urged Pakistan “to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and peace”. In the tweet, h

India journalist goes ‘missing’ after paper retracts story on Jadhav’s RAW links National   Trending 16 HOURS AGO BY NEWS DESK Indian newspaper The Quint was forced to retract its news supporting Pakistan’s stance regarding RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, following the government’s pressure and “disappearance/or gone in hiding” of the journalist, Chandan Nandy, who had filed the story. Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, in a re-tweet of his personal account on Saturday, stated that: “Update as reported: Journalist Chandan Nandy who filed the story is “missing/gone in hiding”, was last spotted at Khan Market Delhi and since then has been untraceable for Family and friends. Freedom of press? In an earlier similar re-tweet, he shared a screenshot of the story when it was posted and wrote: “Quint takes down its story. Truth is stranger than fiction.” According to details, The Quint declared Pakistan’s claim that Jadhav is

Pakistan nearly trades its economic sovereignty in currency swap arrangement with China World   Tara Kartha Jan 06, 2018 14:17:10 IST The State Bank of Pakistan made a rather strange announcement a few days ago.  A notice by the bank  informed the public that the bank had carried out comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that both private and public sector enterprises could use the Chinese yuan for bilateral trade and investment activities. Even more puzzling to financial circles was the earlier announcement by the Foreign Office spokesperson that the two countries would "actively" use bilateral currencies for trade and investment. The problem is that the bilateral currency swap agreement between the two countries was signed during the time of prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani well over six years ago. Apparently, that never really took off, with Chinese traders refusing to accept Pakistani currency for any kind of swap o

Chinese naval base in Pakistan ‘out of question’ National   Trending 9 HOURS AGO BY  MIAN ABRAR Senior MoFA official says no Chinese naval base to be developed in Pakistan Says CPEC not the ‘lifeline’ for China’s exports ISLAMABAD: China and Pakistan have no plans to build a naval base for China in coastal areas of Pakistan, and the matter has never been discussed between the two countries. A senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has told Pakistan Today that neither the Chinese government has made any such request to the government of Pakistan nor there is any plan being discussed between the two governments. “It looks that such rumours are being spread just to sabotage the successful completion of early harvest projects under the game-changing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). But Islamabad and Beijing are well aware of the enemy designs, and we will not let anyone sabotage the project’s success,” the offi

Sarfaraz Bugti claims support of over 40 MPAs in Balochistan Assembly January 6, 2018   By: Samaa Web Desk Published in  Pakistan ISLAMABAD : Ousted Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti claimed that he had the support of more than 40 lawmakers in Balochistan Assembly. Speaking exclusively to SAMAA, Bugti said that he was 99 percent sure that no-confidence resolution moved against Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri would be successful. To a question about the alleged threat to lawmakers, he said that if any MPA was receiving threats why he can’t record the calls and makes them public to substantiate his claim. Jan Achakzai, a PML-N leader and spokesman of Chief Minister Balochistan, said that the no-trust motion was bound to fail. “We have a two-third majority. But I can’t reveal the numbers at this stage as we are in talks with some parties for their support,” he said. - SAMAA

A POLITICAL CRISIS BREWS IN BALOCHISTAN Muhammad Akbar Notezai Updated January 06, 2018 SANAULLAH Zehri is said to have been caught between the devil and the deep blue sea; he cannot afford to anger the establishment, neither does he want to face the ire of Nawaz Sharif. HISTORICALLY Balochis­tan’s governments have been weak, put together as a result of hasty alliances and coalitions. In 2013, when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won majority of the seats in the country and the province, they cobbled together a coalition and appointed Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, a middle-class Baloch nationalist, chief minister of the province, even though his party was in minority. After two-and-a-half years in office, Dr Baloch vacated his seat and Sanaullah Zehri, a powerful chieftain and provincial president of the PML-N, became Balochistan’s new chief minister as part of the famous “Marri deal”. Explore:  Balochistan on the boil again According to a Quetta-based analyst, the then chief of sou

Game of destabilisation in Balochistan AT a time when some foreign powers are making frantic efforts to create instability in Pakistan, a dirty game is on to destabilize the most strategically important and sensitive province of the country – Balochistan. The Government and its allied parties have apparently lost control over their members in the provincial assembly, who are colluding with some others to get a no-confidence motion passed against Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri of PML-N. There is absolutely no justification or logic for no-confidence against the incumbent CM when the general election is due in few months. Everything was going well but suddenly, member after member is resigning the cabinet of Zehri and there are allegations that some MPAs are getting anonymous phone calls to support the move. The situation is so treacherous that even members of JUI-F who are enjoying all the benefits of coalition in Islamabad are also extending a helping hand to detra

Bother in Balochistan Posted 14 hours ago by Newsweek Pakistan Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehi , left, with ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, center, and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Achakzai . Banaras Khan—AFP Could the situation in the provincial assembly actually impact the 2018 general elections? The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)—as well as talking heads serving as analysts on local TV shows—will no doubt consider the ongoing troubles of the Balochistan Assembly a conspiracy to block the 2018 general elections. Astrologers have already predicted the upcoming polls will not be held, foreseeing developments that are “normal” in troubled Pakistan. On Dec. 2, the 65-member Balochistan Assembly, 53 of whom are ministers and support the PMLN, turned against Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri and brought a vote of no-confidence against him. That means a new majority will choose a new chief minister or let the assembly be dissolv

Baloch leader hails Trump for placing Pak on Special Watch List ANI | New Delhi [India]sia Jan 06, 2018 05:45 PM IST The president of the World Baloch Women's Forum, Prof Naela Quadri Baloch, has hailed United States President Donald Trump's decision to place Pakistan on a Special Watch List for severe violations of religious freedom in the country. "The US has taken the right step in highlighting the mistreatment of religious minorities in Pakistan," Quadri said, in a statement. She emphasised it was important to explore the implications of Pakistan's identification as a state that violates the religious freedom of its citizens. "The US is effectively saying that the systematic oppression of religious minorities in Pakistan has assumed alarming proportions," Naela said. "Forced kidnapping and conversion of Hindu girls, imprisonment of innocent Christians in false blasphemy

America needs Balochistan

  Comments by Dr. Jumma Marri Recent Trump’s comments about Pakistan gives new hopes to Baloch people who have been fighting to free their home lands from Punjabi occupation since the artificial creation of Pakistan. Baloch did their best to live within Pakistan as equals and be owners of their resources and destiny that Punjabi constantly denied them. Balochistan the dream lands of empires from distance past like the Alexander the great, the Arabs, the Persians, the Portuguese, later the British and were the dream land for Russian empire, now China, India and Americans are fighting for it directly and indirectly.  Without Balochistan US mission in Afghanistan remains unaccomplished, it’s no secret US wants to own Balochistan apart from it’s geo-strategically importance and the coastal areas ports and huge mineral resources, Afghanistan was only the base to enter Balochistan. I do not understand why American did so late to come in? Through Balochistan US will gain most of her stra

Balochistan crisis unlikely to impact FATA reforms By  Sardar Sikander Published: January 6, 2018 Powerful players favour an in-house change. PHOTO: NNI ISLAMABAD :  The Fata reforms process may not be affected by the crisis concerning the Balochistan Assembly as powerful stakeholders in the province quietly approve of an in-house change and their apparent opposition is mere eyewash, it has been learnt. The bill on Fata reforms is expected to be tabled in the National Assembly sometime during the session starting from Friday, January 12. Initially, following the submission of a no-confidence motion in the Balochistan Assembly against Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri of the PML-N, it looked as if Fata reforms bill may see further delay in landing in the National Assembly. More deliberations on FATA reforms unlikely In this connection, a low-profile visit by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the residence of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Reh