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India’s secret war

from: SajjadFeb 1, 2018 at 10:37 ISTMORE  The implications of the questions raised by the Kulbhushan Jadhav case go far beyond Jadhav’s fate. It is time India reflects seriously on its expanding programme of covert action and its long-term consequences. By PRAVEEN SWAMIFOR six hours, the hired car had driven through a forest of shadows, cast by the mountains of Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province—for generations, a refuge for smugglers, insurgents and spies. Heading towards Saravan, a town of 50,000 some 20 kilometres from the border with Pakistan, the car was carrying a businessman from Mumbai to a meeting. The men he wanted to meet were waiting, but there were others, too: like every spy story, this one ended in betrayal.India knows something of what happened next: Kulbhushan Jadhav is now on death row, awaiting execution, after a hurried trial by a military court in Pakistan which found him guilty of espionage.E…

India’s Response to the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative

Christian Wagner, Siddharth Tripathi
New Partners and New FormatsSWP Comment 2018/C 07, January 2018, 4 PagesIndia has been exploring the response to China’s growing influence and its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for long. The contours to find viable alternatives to this challenge are now becoming visible. India is slowly transitioning to increased – and previously unthinkable – cooperation with other states in South Asia. Within its extended neighbourhood, *India has developed new formats of cooperation with Japan, the USA and Australia that are directly or indirectly positioned against China. *For Germany and Eugrope, this shift in Indian foreign policy opens new avenues for cooperation.*

Children of Balochistan

Daily TimesFEBRUARY 2, 2018Sir: The quality of education and health conditions of children in Balochistan are zany. It is the responsibility of state to protect basic rights of children. In Balochistan children are in a state of misery due to lack of interest and will of the state.Balochistan the largest province of Pakistan is the hub of challenges faced by children. For a long time, children in Balochistan are living in dark waiting for a dawn. Yet there are no serious measures to solve this issue.According to recent estimates, in Balocholistan literacy rate stands at only 35.161 (Male 42.60 percent and female 21.66 percent). The fundamental factors for the educational backwardness are shortage of schools, buildings and other facilities. If the government of Balochistan wants to bring changes, first it needs to bring changes in education sector where children must gain knowledge without facing troubles.Recently, Sagheer, a 14-…

HBL only bank with branch in Gwadar, China

Staff ReporterGwadarHabib Bank Limited (HBL) has opened its branch in the Free Zone (FZ) of Gwadar, making it the only bank to have a branch in Gwadar as well as China. With the launch of the branch, HBL achieved the monumental milestone of becoming the first branch to be opened in the new business centre in the Gwadar Free Zone.
Last year, HBL had become the first Pakistani bank to open a branch in China. The branch was opened in Urumqi – a city with enormous potential. HBL is also the pioneer bank to offer a CNY account in Pakistan to facilitate business and continue playing its instrumental role in CPEC.The Ambassador of China to Pakistan, Yao Jing, along with Zhang Baozhong, Chairman China Overseas Port Holding Company Ltd. and Rayomond Kotwal, Interim President and CEO, HBL inaugurated the branch.Speaking at the occasion, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of HBL, Rayomond said, “Today HBL stands proud as it becomes …

China committed to timely completion of CPEC projects

Ambassador Yao assures Khattak …Staff ReporterPeshawarThe Chinese Government has dispelled the impression about their losing interest in the CPEC projects. The Chinese government wanted expeditious execution of developmental schemes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its adjoining tribal belt.
The assurance came from Chinese ambassador to Pakistan H. Yao Jing during meeting with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak.
KP Assembly Asad Qaisar was also present on this occasion.
H. Yao Jing appreciated the steps of KP government for expediting developmental process in the province, strengthening the institutions and ensuring welfare of the masses. He praised the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in this regard and apprised him of the good wishes of his government the reforms agenda of his government a success story.
He said that the Chinese government and people realized the level of poverty and jo…

Afghanistan Quagmire Leaves U.S. With No Good Options


Bottom Line: Afghanistan’s government and security forces are mired in a grueling struggle for survival, despite the relative lull the winter is supposed to provide ahead of the Taliban’s traditional spring offensive. The warmer months will likely only add to the violence as the Afghan state fights an open-ended battle against several deadly enemies, including the Taliban and ISIS, who are rapidly conquering more and more territory – and attacking civilians and troops with spectacular ferocity. The death toll has risen despite new U.S. support following President Donald Trump’s Afghan strategy speech last August.Background:Both U.S. troops and Afghan Security Forces face constant threats from Taliban- and ISIS-perpetrated violence, which has become a near-everyday occurrence in the capital city of Kabul and throughout the country. Over the last tw…

Commanders authorised to deal with ‘safe havens’ in Afghanistan, Pakistan: US

Anwar IqbalUpdated February 01, 2018

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration’s South Asia strategy gives US commanders in the region the authority and resources they need to deal with “terrorist safe havens in both Afghanistan and Pakistan”, says the White House.The strategy that President Donald Trump announced in August last year underlines the US determination to defeat the Taliban in the battlefield in order to force them to accept the current administrative set-up in Kabul.As part of this strategy, the Trump administration recently increased drone strikes at alleged terrorist safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and reports from the region suggest that several ‘commanders’ of the dreaded Haqqani network were also killed in those attacks. But so far, the US administration never spoke of authorising its field commanders to deal with the alleged safe havens inside Pakistan.Kabul being encouraged to continue holding talks with Isl…

PPP minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, wife found dead in Karachi house

3:14 PM, February 01, 2018Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarian (PPP) Mir HazarKhanBijarani and his wife were found dead in their home in DHA, Karachi today, Waqt News reported. Bijarani was provincial Minister of Planning & Development. The police has, however, not confirmed that dead body is of provincial minister yet. The police officials have reached the site. After proper examination it will be announced or negated, police officials said. Furthermore, top leadership of PPP including provincial Interior Minister Sohail Sayyal and Nisar Khoro has reached the house of Bijarani . Bajirani won the election from PS-16 from Jacobobad-cum-Kashmore in general elections of 2013. He was from Kashmore District. He remained member of Benazir Bhutto's cabinet. The family sources revealed that both were shot dead in house

Theresa May sidesteps backing $900bn Silk Road project of China

‘Global standards and cyber security’ a concern says PM, amid doubts over political aims of Xi Jinping Belt and Road planJessica Elgot in BeijingWed 31 Jan 2018 15.07 GMTLast modified on Wed 31 Jan 2018 22.01 GMT

Theresa May has sidestepped a Chinese push for a formal endorsement of its $900bn Silk Road strategy, suggesting Britain still has concerns about China’s political objectives for the huge infrastructure project.AdvertisementGovernment sources confirmed that the UK did not sign a memorandum of understanding giving Britain’s official endorsement to the $900bn Belt and Road Initiative, a personal project of the president, Xi Jinping.Critics have said the project is designed to pull other countries in the region deeper into China’s sphere of influence, and that it could give unfair preferential treatment to Chinese contractors.In a press conference in Beijing on Wedne…

Gwadar expo misses the point

 BR RESEARCHFEB 1ST, 20180 VIEWS: 113Gwadar looks safe. With the Prime Minister around, it feels too safe. The historic Gwadar Expo 2018 earlier this week was termed a resounding success – by organizers. The only thing close to historic about the show was the fact that it was the first ever expo in Gwadar, a feat that can certainly not be repeated.If the motive behind the expo was to showcase Gwadar, its potential and development to the ‘world’, it was most certainly not achieved. Unless of course the ‘world’ is now confined to a few hundred real estate builders, developers, and brokers. The shocking absence of media, except for the state TV, further strengthens the point that it was not meant for the ‘world’ to see. 🔴BR Research unsuccessfully attempted to solve the mystery behind a media blackout – only to be casually told that the Chinese are not exactly fond of too much media.The event still got reported alr…

Pakistan’s first ever rural Innovation Hub for Youth Employment launched

LAYYAH: The Chief Minster’s Special Monitoring Unit (SMU), Government of Punjab in collaboration with a youth development organization Bargad and Oxfam launched Pakistan’s first rural Innovation Hub Pakistan for youth economic development in district Layyah.Speaking at the launching ceremony of the Innovation Hub, Provincial Youth Minister Jahangir Khanzada said the Hub will create economic opportunities for rural youth and impart entrepreneurial and business skills among youth. “This initiative will contribute towards the implementation of the Punjab Youth Policy,” Mr Khanzada added that the government alone cannot create jobs to accommodate Pakistan’s youth population in the public sector which is why skill development and entrepreneurship is important. He highlighted that the Punjab government has introduced a number of schemes to empower youth such as Plan X, laptops, Scholarship…

PM, Bizenjo review security, development projects of Balochistan

Dawn ReportFebruary 01, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo discussing various issues of the province with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at a meeting here on Wednesday. The CM, who belongs to the PML-Q, was accompanied by Revenue Minister Manzoor Kakar of the PkMAP, Information Technology and Environment Minister Prince Ahmed Ali Ahmedzai of the PML-N, former minister Mir Faiq Ali Jamali of the PML-N and ex-minister Mir Mujeebur Rehman Mohammad Hasni of the NP.—INPISLAMABAD/QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday and discussed law and order situation and development projects in Balochistan.“Overall situation in the province and developmental projects were discussed during the meeting,” an official press release, issued by the Prime Minister’s Office after the meeting, said.Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said that socio-econo…

Socio-economic Developement Of Balochistan People Priority Of Government: PM

Sumaira FH  14 hours ago  Thu 01st February 2018 | 12:47 AMPrime Minister Shahid KhaqanAbbasi on Wednesday said socio-economic development of the people of Balochistan was the priority of the federal government and it would continue to provide every possible support to the provincial government for this purpose.'ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jan, 2018 ):Prime MinisterShahidKhaqanAbbasi on Wednesday said socio-economic development of the people of Balochistan was the priority of the federal government and it would continue to provide every possible support to the provincial government for this purpose.' The prime minister said this during a meeting with Chief MinisterBalochistan Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, who called on him here at the prime minister's office.' Overall situation in the province and developmental projects were discussed during the meeting.…

Balochistan package
EditorialFebruary 1, 2018

The latest economic package announced by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during his visit to Balochistan for the inauguration of the Gwadar Free Trade Zone is at least the third such package promised by the PML-N government. The first was by Nawaz Sharif soon after coming into power in 2013 when he promoted what became the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and claimed it would lead to a new era of development in the province. The second was just a few months ago by Abbasi himself. He vowed to spend Rs20 billion over the next 10 years to provide gas, electricity, education and clean drinking water. In its latest iteration, the package for Balochistan includes assurances that there will be equal development across every district of the province. Based on past performance, there is reason to doubt that the new package will live up to its promise. On Tuesday, Senator Usman Kakar from Balochistan complai…