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China woos Pakistan militants to secure Belt and Road projects
Beijing in talks with tribal separatists in Baluchistan to protect $60bn investment Gwadar port in Pakistan's south-western state of Baluchistan. The port is the linchpin of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad and Kiran Stacey in New Delhi 3 HOURS AGO China has been quietly holding talks with Pakistani tribal separatists for more than five years in an effort to protect the $60bn worth of infrastructure projects it is financing as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Three people with knowledge of the talks told the Financial Times that Beijing had been in direct contact with militants in the south-western state of Baluchistan, where many of the scheme’s most important projects are located. For more than half a century, Beijing has maintained a policy of non-interference in the domestic politics of other countries. But…

Gwadar port to open new vistas of progress: Khawaja Asif

National16 HOURS AGO BY INPShare this on WhatsAppSIALKOT: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Sunday said that the government was utilising all available resources to improve means of communications in urban and rural areas of the country.Addressing the laptop distribution ceremony at Government College for Women University, he said the basic concept for improving means of communications was to bring far-off and neglected areas at par with the developed parts of the country.The foreign minister said that the mega project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would play an instrumental role in bringing revolutionary change and usher in economic stability and prosperity, not only in the country but also in the whole region.He was also confident that Gwadar port would emerge as the busiest port and play a dominating role in ensuring drastic economic stability and overall develop…

Five held in Balochistan
QuettaThe Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan claimed to have arrested five suspected terrorists and recovered weapons from their possession during several intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in different areas of the province on Sunday.
A statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the operations were carried out in Bostan, Dera Murad Jamali, Sibi, Pishin, Lehri and Chattar areas of Balochistan. A large cache of arms and ammunition including rockets, sub-machine guns, mines and explosives were also recovered during the raids, it added.
The raids were part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, a military offensive launched in February 2017 against the “latent threat of terrorism”—INP

UN report says poorest Nigerian women fare better in nutrition than their counterparts in Sindh

FaizaIlyasUpdated February 16, 2018
KARACHI: The latest UN report on gender equality once again highlights how serious the problem is of malnutrition in Sindh where the health status of poor rural women is far worse than their counterparts in Nigeria.Released two years after world leaders had adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the report — Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda — examines all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and shows their impact on the lives of women and girls. It highlights how the different dimensions of well-being and deprivation are deeply intertwined and suggests measures to tackle existing structural inequalities and turn promises into action.Part of the report is ‘A four-country case study on the ‘furthest behind’, which analyses existing data in ways that make visible the inequality experienced by different groups of women.The countries selected are: Colombia (South America), …

Europe signals alarm at assertive China's Belt and Road initiative Review -

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Marlene Awaadby Laura TingleEuropean leaders have singled out a new assertiveness by China, particularly its Belt and Road Initiative, as a spur to develop a joint foreign policy that could see Europe contest China's infrastructure drive into central Asia.Despite a range of major foreign policy headaches closer to home including Russian aggression, a flailing defence relationship with the United States and Brexit, European leaders attending a major security summit in Munich on the weekend made time to speak of the challenges posed by China's Belt and Road initiative – a massive infrastructure play that is pushing Chinese development of road and sea lanes towards Europe across Central Asia.German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and French Prime mi…

Dr Jumma disassociates from Baloch independence movement

Pakistanis in Moscow celebrate ‘Pakistan Unity Day’Observer ReportMoscowThe complete Pakistani community, residing in Moscow comprising of representation from all the provinces of Pakistan especially Baloch community, on Saturday celebrated “Pakistan Unity Day” under the slogan “United we stand, Divided we fall”.
The event reached its climax when Dr. Jumma Khan Marri (Baloch sub-nationalist leader, intellectual and one of the most senior political activist of Baloch Independence Movement, who actually designed flag of Baloch Independence Movement) attended the event and announced his separation alongwith his supporters from Baloch Independence Movement. It is important to mention that Dr. Jumma Khan Marri is on self-exile in Moscow for the last two decades. He is son of legendary Baloch icon and famous (ex) guerilla commander Mir Hazar Khan Marri, head/chief of Bajrani Marri tribe, Balochistan chapter.
Dr Jumm…

BLF publishes report and activities of January 2018

BLF publishes report and activities of January 2018Balochistan Liberation FrontJanuary report2018ForewordBLF is striving for a free Balochistan since its inceptionThe core reason for the establishment of the organization has always been to reinstate the separate Baloch identity and regain motherland's sovereignty from the illegal occupier i.e. Pakistan.With the founding of the organization, BLF along with armed struggle, began to create political and ideological awareness to Baloch nation and has endeavored to bring Baloch people from all walks of life together to join the armed struggle, so that the masses consciously, politically and ideologically get involved in the resistance because the struggle for independence is impossible without the participation of the masses.On the fundamental principle of the freedom of occupied Balochistan, BLF is educating the Baloch nation to be ideologically and politically aware and equipped. Ideologically motivated BLF fighters along with armed …

World now acknowledges Pakistan as an emerging economy: Ahsan Iqbal
AgenciesFEBRUARY 18, 2018LAHORE: Federal Minister for Interior, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said on Saturday that the global powers now considered Pakistan as an emerging economy.“In the eyes of world media, Pakistan is no longer a place of danger. The same media who declared Pakistan as safe haven for terrorism are now calling Pakistan as an emerging economy. It is a safe haven for Chinese investment, which has topped the chart in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Pakistan,” he said while addressing a conference titled: ‘CPEC-Myths and Realities’ at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP). The minister said that the Pakistani economy had a unique opportunity to take off due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its investment.The minister said CPEC could play a key role for country’s economic progress and prosperity, as it is a great gift from the …

CPEC energy investments led to zero load-shedding: minister


LAHORE: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) investments in Pakistan have led to zero power load-shedding and brought previously inaccessible areas under infrastructure-based economic development, a minister said on Saturday.“The distracters of CPEC should realise that out of original allocation of $46 billion more than $35 billion is related to power sector projects,” Ahsan Iqbal, minister for interior, planning and development, said while speaking at Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.Chinese firms are investing in infrastructure development, including electricity generation and construction sector under the $57 billion worth of CPEC initiative. Chinese investments accounted for nearly half of the total foreign direct investment of $2.410 billion received by the country during the last fiscal year of 2016/17.“These power projects will benefit Pakistan’s economy only…