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Why Pakistan is Balming India for CPEC failure

SK Mani,
Source: QuoraThere are some very good answers already for this question in quora itself. I am only trying to add some of my perspectives to round out viewers understanding..They have not gotten over the trauma of partition. A few elites created the Pakistan particularly in west Pakistan whilst East Pakistan elected Muslim parties. None of Pakistan voted for partition. They wer relatively prosperous and comfortable. The demand for Pakistan rose mainly from the Mujahirs of UP. There were those who enjoyed the privileges from Mughal times and sided with British in their divide and rule policy. They knew their privileges will be curtailed in a free India .Indian Muslm leage was formed by them at the instance of British overlords to check the Indian National Congress. They raised the bogey of Muslims in danger in Hindu India where they have lived relatively peacefully for 1000 years, forgetting it was they who harassed Hindus by looting Hindu wealth, Mass conversions by sword and …

I cannot mourn , Dr Allah Nazar Baloch

The universe is dancing round the clock. Some in it are in grief. They have either lost a loved one or face natural and man-made tragedies. Poverty, hunger, thirst.Some are losing their shine like a shooting star. Some are bored or lonely. Some have calmed down. They are in eternal rest.When I look at galaxies, I see a billion of small and tiny crowds of stars. They are slowly changing their position and losing their light.When I go to another planet I see elements of life. There, a billion of ideas strike me in the millionth of a second. Me and the rest of the universe. But, none of them is applicable.My friends tell me I am always optimistic and pragmatic about survival.  One of these friends is my ant. Some friends tell me I am selfish and self-centered. One such friend is a scorpion.My friends are in the search of nothing. Some search for lies and deception. Yet, they fail to find lies and deception.
Millions of my friends, unknown to the rest of the world, are busy giving themsel…

Anti-piracy mission helps China develop its blue-water navy

http://www.atimes.com/anti-piracy-mission-helps-china-develop-blue-water-navy/SIA TIMESCHINAOPINION

By EMANUELESCIMIAJANUARY 8, 2018 12:58 PM (UTC+8)00China’s 27th and 28th naval escort task forces have recently completed their mission handover in the Gulf of Aden. Anti-piracy operations by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have become a constant in the area. And this has both immediate and long-term strategic implications for Beijing’s military projection away from its traditional perimeter of action in East Asia.China started patrolling waters off the Horn of Africa and the Somali coast in 2008, marking the return of a robust Chinese navy in the western Indian Ocean after nearly 600 years. These counter-piracy activities have boosted the PLAN’s ability to deploy in the “far seas.” Beijing is eager to improve expeditionary capabilities of its naval forces. It has made clear it is ready to protect its increasing overseas interests and rights, particularly international routes vi…

Silk Road Fever and Another Corruption Report

https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/silk-road-fever-and-another-corruption-report/


As 2018 began, a glut of Central Asia-themed reports surfaced in major media outlets; recommended reads.By Catherine PutzJanuary 06, 2018Some weekend reading:The NYT Goes to Kazakhstan: Andrew Higgins, a Moscow correspondent for The New York Times, must have just returned from a trip to the steppe, as the NYT recently published two articles about Kazakhstan. One focused on a gradually vanishing piece of Kazakhstan’s past and the other on a promised, gleaming, future.Higgins delved into the lives of Kazakhstan’s cowboys. The article largely hones in on Erlan Kozhakov, a 63-year-old herder in southeastern Kazakhstan. Kozhakov’s wife, we find out, was kidnapped by her husband and forced into the marriage. The issue of bride kidnapping is, as Higgins notes, a “touchy subject.” Of their six children, only one works as a cowboy.Enjoying this article? Click here to subscribe for full access. Just $5 a month.Kozhako…

Macron pursues ambitious agenda on first official China visit

http://m.en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20180107-macron-pursues-ambitious-agenda-first-official-china-visit

Issued on 07-01-2018 • Modified 07-01-2018 to 10:42

by RFIChina's President Xi Jinping applauds during a signing meeting with Maldives President Abdulla Yameen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool
French president, Emmanuel Macron's heads to China Sunday hoping to forge closer ties with President Xi Jinping.D uring the three-day trip which begins Monday, Macron plans to seek a "strategic partnership" with Beijing, notably on terrorism and climate change, an official in the president's office said.
In particular, France is hoping Beijing will join it in playing a decisive role in implementing the Paris accord to fight climate change after the US pullout pledged by President Donald Trump.Although China is the world's biggest polluter, it is also the biggest investor in clean energy technologies.Macron also said …

China plans to build offshore naval base in Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, says report

http://m.hindustantimes.com/world-news/china-plans-to-build-offshore-naval-base-in-pakistan-s-gwadar-port-says-report/story-zcC2K12j5negjrekKUyPdI.html


Pakistan has consistently denied reports that any Chinese military facilities were planned or being built on its soil, but speculation remains of a Chinese military presence off the Pakistani coast.
A general view of Gwadar Port in Pakistan on October 4, 2017.(Reuters)Updated: Jan 07, 2018 20:27 ISTBy Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, IslamabadChina is planning to build an offshore naval base near Pakistan’s Gwadar on the Arabian Sea, media reports said, a year after Beijing opened its first such faculty at the Horn of Africa in Djibouti.Pakistan has consistently denied reports that any Chinese military facilities were planned or being built on its soil. An official, when contacted on Sunday, again denied any such possibility. But speculation remains of a Chinese military presence off the Pakistani coast.The South China Morning Post, quotin…

Balochistan crisis

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/01/08/balochistan-crisis/
Editorials27 SECONDS AGO BY EDITORIALWho benefits?How quickly the focus of the latest Balochistan crisis outgrew issues like development funds, etc – pro-people arguments – and now reverberates across KP and Sind assemblies and all the way to the upper house itself. Once again our champions of democracy are neck deep in a slugfest that will test the constitution to the core, yet the government ‘of the people, for the people…’ will only revolve around the interests, and survival, of a small political elite. It turns out that, should push really come to shove in Baloshistan, there’s a chance of PTI and PPP folding their provincial governments as well. The March Senate elections, in such a scenario, will not be anybody’s number-one concern, to say the least.Chief Minister Zehri, despite his lament to former PM Nawaz Sharif yesterday, is no champion of democracy. He maneuvered, so blatantly, his way into the province’s chief e…

Think tank report raises concern over growing IS presence in northern Sindh, Balochistan

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/265750-think-tank-report-raises-concern-over-growing-is-presence-in-northern-sindh-balochistan
January 8, 2018


ListenExpressing concern over the increasing footprints of the Middle East-based ✔Islamic State (IS) in Balochistan and northern Sindh, an Islamabad-based think tank has said that the terrorist outfit has claimed to have killed 153 people in deadly attacks in Pakistan in 2017.In its Pakistan Security Report 2017 released on Sunday, the Pak Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS), a research and advocacy think tank, stated that although terrorist attacks decreased by 16 per cent in the last year, the threat to the country has far from lessened.As per the report, militant, nationalist/insurgent and violent sectarian groups carried out a total of 🔴370 terrorist attacks in 64 districts of Pakistan during the year 2017, including 24 suicide and gun-and-suicide coordinated attacks, killing 815 people and injuring 1,736.Among them, 31 attacks took place in …

Achakzai blames PPP, PML-Q for crisis in Balochistan

https://nation.com.pk/08-Jan-2018/achakzai-blames-ppp-pml-q-for-crisis-in-balochistan

January 08, 2018ISLAMABAD - PML-N leader and Balochistan Chief Minister’s spokesperson Jan Achakzai has blamed Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for creating political unrest in the province stating that this kind of tactics will create political instability in the area.Talking to PTV, he said the ongoing political crisis in Balochistan had been created in an attempt to lessen the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s strength in the next Senate elections.Trending: Imran proposed to Ms Maneka, she seek time for final decision: MazariThere should be political stability in Balochistan to deal with internal and external threats, he stated.Differences among party leaders and workers were not unusual, he said.Trending: Trumps New Year resolution is getting under Pakistans skin“In fact, political rivals have been trying to use our party leaders and workers in Balochistan and the goa…

Descon head wants level playing field under CPEC

https://www.dawn.com/news/1381431/descon-head-wants-level-playing-field-under-cpec


Nasir JamalJanuary 08, 2018
Abdul Razak DawoodPAKISTAN’S companies have long complained about the edge Chinese firms enjoy over them in the early harvest projects under the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative.It’s true that Chinese investments in infrastructure have helped Pakistan get rid of rolling power blackouts and push economic growth rate last fiscal year to the 10-year high. But questions have been raised about a lack of transparency in awarding contracts for power and other infrastructure projects, the use of equipment and raw material imported from China in these projects, massive tax breaks allowed to Chinese contractors, and so on.An uneven playing field has virtually eliminated Pakistani businesses from the competition and helped Chinese establish their dominance in CPEC-related investments.“There is no doubt that Pakistan has benefited from CPEC (investment…

CPEC is long-term project of economic prosperity: PM

https://nation.com.pk/07-Jan-2018/cpec-is-long-term-project-of-economic-prosperity-pm


12:43 PM, January 07, 2018In an interview with a TV channel, the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has categorically stated that the government will complete its tenure and the next general elections will be held on time, reported Radio Pakistan.He said that the people of the country will elect their representatives on the basis of performance in the next general elections.  Trending: Imran proposed to Ms Maneka, she seek time for final decision: MazariTo a question about FATA, he said PML-N government started work on FATA reforms and it will take it to a logical conclusion. He said the issue should be resolved through consensus. He said the government is committed to bringFATA into the mainstream.Replying to a question, the Prime Minister said that the overall law and order situation in all parts of the country particularly in Karachi has significantly improved.Trending: Trump cannot afford to walk…

CPEC is viable option for Afghanistan

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/265817-cpec-is-viable-option-for-afghanistan
Waqar AhmedJanuary 8, 2018On 29 October 2017, a shipment of 15,000 tons of wheat arrived in Afghanistan from India via the Chabahar Port, which was received in the Afghan city of Zaranj with jubilation. The consignment was the first out of the 1.1 million tons of wheat committed by India for the people of Afghanistan on grant basis and was projected in the media mainly to celebrate the launching of the newly-constructed Chabahar Port.However, the huge quantity of wheat being supplied to Afghanistan in the name of grant was from the old stock, infected and injurious to health. Due to administrative mismanagement and red-tapism in India, a large amount of wheat stocks got unnoticed for years and ultimately expired. The issue has already been discussed in various talk shows in the Kabul News TV by anchor Wahidullah Ghazikhel and Shamshad TV.The Indian government’s recent move of demonetisation of currency notes …

UK expresses desire to partner in CPEC projects

https://pakobserver.net/uk-expresses-desire-partner-cpec-projects/LONDON : The United Kingdom has expressed the desire to partner in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.The Commercial Counselor at the Pakistan High Commission London Sajid Mehmood Raja while talking to APP has said that UK has communicated its strong support for CPEC.He said the UK is the 3rd largest destination of the Pakistani exports globally and the top destination within the European Union.The commercial counselor hoped that due to the proactive role of Pakistan High Commission London, the bilateral commercial relations would further strengthen in the time to come.Orignally published by NNI

#ChappalChorPakistan protests at Pakistan embassy in Washington DC

Full Press releas #ChappalChorPakistan in front of Pakistan embassy in Washington DC SundayAmerican Friends of Balochistan (AFB) volunteers participate in #ChappalChorPakistan protests at Pakistan embassy in Washington DC:
Washington, D.C. – A group of Americans of Indian, Afghan and Baloch descent organized a protest at the Pakistan Embassy this freezing Sunday afternoon. Tagged “Chappal Chor Pakistan” (“slipper-thief Pakistan”), the protest was against the humiliation and intimidation of Chetankul Jadhav, wife of Indian ex-navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, at the Pakistan foreign office in Islamabad. Both Jadhav’s wife and mother were asked to remove their sandals, mangalsutras and bindis before they were allowed to meet him, and the sandals were subsequently stolen.The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) participated in this protest, and its president Ahmar Mustikhan authored a blogpost with interesting historical anecdotes.Supporters of Baloch freedom living in the US used the occ…

ChappalChorPakistan Protest in Washington DC before Pak Consulate

#ChappalChorPakistan
Protest this Sunday  in lieu of Pakistan stealing Smt. Kulbhushan Yadav's chappals when she went there.
*Where :* In front of Pakistan embassy, Washington DC. 3517 International court, Washington, DC -
*When* : Sun, Jan 7th(today )
*Time* :  4pm - 5.30 pm
*What to do*: Bring any old shoes👠👡 to give to Pakistan. Dress like a Siachen Soldier -atleast 2 layers of clothes for cold.10 mins walk from van ness metro Join now for carpool :https://chat.whatsapp.com/L3WAk3Y8sK2JKkqyCRKPaoTV channels from India will be there

India to woo ASEAN with connectivity, maritime projects

The HinduUpdated: January 7, 2018 21:50 IST | Nayanima Basu

Heads of ASEAN member countries will witness a grand display of India’s might in weaponry during the Republic Day celebrationsTo be ahead of China, Modi to present various mega projects at the India-ASEAN Commemorative SummitIt is destination ASEAN for India this new year even as the government is all set to woo the 10 member countries with mega connectivity plans while paving the way for a grand roadmap on maritime security and cooperation.While all the heads of state of the ASEAN member countries will witness a grand display of India’s might in weaponry and armaments during the Republic Day celebrations, they will be given a detailed and elaborate presentation on India’s connectivity and maritime security plans by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before during the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, sources told BusinessLine.The idea is to “catch up” with China’s speed and magnitude in terms of enhanced connectivity through…