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Balochi love story of Beebagr and Granaz

Ali Jan MaqsoodJUNE 9, 2018Beebagr was the nephew of Meer Chakar Khan Rind Baloch. He was one of the most popular poets of the early era of Balochi poetry. He got fame because of his ever-living poetry and his deep knowledge. He was strictly against the rivalries among Balochis. Beebagr played an important role in the eradication of the longest war of Baloch which lasted thirty years between Rind and Lashari tribes. He knew that the consequences of the war would contribute to many losses for the Baloch in future. As a result, he suggested Meer Chakar Khan Rind to quit the war. Meer Chakar Khan labelled him a coward because he was in fear of dying and therefore wanted seize fire to take place.O Chakar, why are you unconscious,Willing to put the sword in your own brothers,O Sardar! Vanish the rancor,Wonder about the future.Whenever it comes to Beebagr in Balochi literature, Granaz follows him. Their love story is one of the most popular and inspired love stories of the Balochis.Meer Cha…

Baloch literature is the repository of love and romanticism

Masood Hameed Baloch
Sometimes it is argued that the only poetry written in Balochistan is about resistance. The term poetry of resistance is often associated with the poetry penned by Baloch writers. While the Baloch intellectual class oppose this hype, they recount how love and war have always gone side by side in Baloch history. It is not just about resistance, but most of the poetry is linked with love, human entanglement and nature.It has related to nature, drought, tribal conflicts, nightmares, or watching a spiritual being, and of course love. Baloch writers grew emotional feelings and had deep insights into the natural backdrops. In the days of yore, they were the ones who fought with their swords and pens. They didn't leave the people alone at time of sorrow and pain, instead they appeared as source of vigour to guide them not to escape but to face the difficulties and discern a ray of hope out of them.Most of the poetry was about love resulting in war or war resulting in …

Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink

People of Sindh are on the same page when it comes to saying no to Kalabagh. This is because they have genuine reservations about the after effects of the damM Abbas KhaskheliJUNE 22, 2018Any discussion on Kalabagh only creates chaos. The people of Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) view Punjab with suspicion because of this controversial dam.This column is a response to Moonis’ Ahmar’s June 15 column titled Conflict dynamics of Kalabagh Dam. The piece only focuses on the rationale for allowing the dam to be built — it does not address the issues of the local peoples and the provincial governments in charge.I request Ahmar to visit the districts of Sindh, especially Tharparker, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, and Thatta. People here have been dying for water for a long time, and a visit to these localities will put the writer in a better position to talk about this dam.In Sindh, people are suffering not because of the dam, but because of poor governance. I believe the main fa…

Missing person found in severely tortured condition on road-side

A man who went missing couple of days ago has been severely tortured and thrown at a road-side.According to the details received by The Balochistan Post, Muslim s/o Muhammad Raheem was forcibly taken away by, what the locals accuse, personnel of Pakistani security forces on 18th June from Sholeeg town of Gwadar District.The news of his disappearance was also published by TBP on the day he went missing. He was arrested along with six others.Raheem was found last night in severely injured condition. “They considered him dead and threw away his body, but he survived somehow”, speculated a local.A similar case was witnessed in 2011 when Pakistani forces abducted a young man, Nasir Dagarzai, from kharan, and threw his body on the roadside. Nasir had received bullet injuries and his killers had considered him dead, but he survived.Nasir was picked up again by secret services, while he was on his way to a hospital for treatment. His bullet-riddled dead body was later dumped.Nasir’s story wa…

Minorities pose threat to Iranian stability

 by Philip Rohrs-Weist , June 18, 2018The diversity of ethnic groups and religions present in Iran belies its stereotype as a Shia Persian state. Philip Roehrs-Weist reports on some of the more significant minorities in Iran, and examines the potential problems they could pose for the state.There is a strong public perception that Iran is a relatively homogeneous Shia Persian country. However, only an estimated 50-60% of Iran’s population actually conforms to this perception. At times when serious talks about regime change resurface in Washington, an understanding of Iran’s domestic stability is more important than ever. Alongside economic and political pressure, the rifts between ethnic and sectarian groups within Iran will be one of the key risks to the regime which Tehran’s foes could target. Given their potential importance to this regional power’s future stability, it is worth examining some of these groups and their potential fracture points with the Iranian government in detail…

Document 9: A ChinaFile Translation

Andrew Wong—Getty ImagesInside the Great Hall of the People during a closing session of the National People’s Congress, March 2007 in Beijing.Document 9: A ChinaFile TranslationHow Much Is a Hardline Party Directive Shaping China’s Current Political Climate?November 8, 2013This weekend, China’s leaders gather in Beijing for meetings widely expected to determine the shape of China’s economy, as well as the nation’s progress, over the next decade. What exactly the outcome of this Third Plenum of the Eighteenth Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will be remains shrouded in no small measure of secrecy, like most matters of high politics in China. President Xi Jinping has signaled that a significant new wave of economic liberalization may be in the works. But in the realm of political reform, Xi also has signaled a deep reluctance. In fact, many of the actions taken and techniques used under his year of leadership suggest a return to ideas and tactics that hark back to the days …

China Distances Itself From India-Pak-China Trilateral Cooperation Idea

China has urged the two nations to work on their bilateral ties on their own to increase mutual trust.Picture used for representational purposes only. Credit: ReutersK.J.M. Varma
Beijing: China, on June 20, distanced itself from its envoy’s comments on the idea of trilateral cooperation between India, China and Pakistan under the aegis of the SCO, but underlined the importance of strengthening of dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad to improve mutual trust.Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui on June 18 endorsed the idea of trilateral cooperation between India, China and Pakistan under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), saying it could “in the future” help resolve bilateral issues between New Delhi and Islamabad and help maintain peace.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, when asked about Luo’s comments, said both India and Pakistan are China’s friends and neighbours.“We are willing to conduct relations with all our neighbours including Pakistan…

Minister briefed on CPEC-related projects in KP

PESHAWAR: Caretaker Minister for Planning and Development Department Abdur Rauf Khattak on Thursday received a briefing on the developmental projects being executed under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.The briefing was given at a meeting, which was chaired by the minister, said a handout.The participants discussed different developmental projects in detail with special reference to its public importance and its future role in the development of the region.The meeting was told that developmental work was underway on different projects approved by the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of the CPEC. The projects included Havelian-Thakot Expressway (with estimated cost Rs 130 billion), Suki Kinari Hydro Power Project (estimated cost Rs180 billion) and Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway (estimated cost Rs129 billion).During the discussion, it was told that JCC had in principle approved three major developmental projects for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in its 6th meeting.…

A China-India-Pakistan trilateral: Both a red herring and wake-up call

Jabin T. Jacob | | Last Updated at June 22 2018 09:25 IST

At an event earlier this week organized at the initiative of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, China’s envoy, Amb. Luo Zhaohui noting that India and Pakistan had become full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization mooted the idea of a ‘China-India-Pakistan Leaders Meeting … under the SCO framework’. 
The last time the Chinese envoy came up with a trilateral idea for cooperation was at a speech at the United Service Institution of India in May 2017 where he suggested that the name of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could be changed to accommodate Indian sensitivities. That speech can no longer be found on the Chinese Embassy website indicating that he possibly spoke out of turn or at least ruffled some feathers in Beijing and/or across the border.
Nevertheless, Amb. Luo’s latest speech is unlikely to disappear if for nothing else because the trilateral idea is not a new one. The Chinese have long engaged with th…

Environmental hazards

By Editorial
For a country perennially short of water, desalination plants may offer a tempting solution on how to get out of the severe crunch we presently find ourselves in. Desalination as a process seems to work best in coastal cities and towns not only for resolving drinking water requirements but also for handling the water intake of thermal power plants. However, expecting desalination plants to deliver for the agriculture sector would be plain dumb. And if we look at the 130-odd countries that currently operate desalination plants none of them have ever thought of using the same for agricultural needs which is just as well.While we go full steam ahead with desalination plants in Karachi and Gwadar, we must not forget that such plants can neither be environmentally friendly nor cheap to run. There is a constant risk of wastewater discharges that threaten to affect coastal water quality. The effluent thus drained by desalination plants produces a multi-component waste which is eq…

China’s Bigger Economic Threat

Would the US be better off helping stabilize the Chinese economy, rather than gearing up for a trade war?By Walden BellConventional wisdom holds that China is on the ascent and the United States is in decline, that China’s economy is roaring with raw energy and that Beijing’s “Belt and Road” mega-project of infrastructure building in Central, South, and Southeast Asia is laying the basis for its global economic hegemony.Some question whether Beijing’s ambitions are sustainable. Inequality in China is approaching that in the United States, which portends rising domestic discontent, while China’s grave environmental problems may pose inexorable limits to its economic expansion.Perhaps the greatest immediate threat to China’s rise to economic supremacy, however, is the same phenomenon that felled the US economy in 2008—financialization, the channeling of resources to the financial economy over the real economy. Indeed, there are three troubling signs that China is a prime candidate to be…

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from ground

22/6/2018
AWARAN:-Pakistani military forces started a military operation in Kolwa Jath, violent military personals torturing women & childrens & looting houses, be await for further reports.

22/6/2018
TUMP:-Today Members of Baloch national Movement(BNM) did wall chalking and distributed pamphlet against upcoming elections and appealed them to boycott these elections, in Tump; a area of district kech.

22/6/2018
MAND:-Yesterday from Soro Bazar pakistani army abducted 2 Baloch civilians namely Ab'Dost S/o Meyya & Majid S/o Imam'Bux R/o Goburd Mand.
22/6/2018
AWARAN:-Today during operation in Kolowah Jath pakistani military forces abducted 3 baloch civilians namely Fazal S/o Sango, Durra S/o Mohmad Ali, Umeet S/o Mollo.Source: Baloch Social Media groups

Wall Street elite bullish about prospects of China's Belt&Road Initiative

NEW YORK, June 21 (Xinhua) -- The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is going to be the most transformational economic development plan that has ever been implemented, a Wall Street senior banker said here Wednesday.The BRI "combines not only one of the most transformational economic development initiatives, but also if done right, will bring a lot of positive changes in many of these countries, not just economically, but politically and in many other sectors," Zubaid Ahmad, the founder and managing partner of Caravanserai Partners LLC, said.He made the remarks at the event "Belt and Road: Why the Chinese Model Is Winning in South and Southeast Asia" held by China Institute, the oldest bicultural, non-profit organization in the United States to focus exclusively on China.Prior founding Caravanserai, a banking firm focusing on private equity investment opportunities arising out of the BRI, Ahmad served as a vice chairman of Citi's Institutional Clients Group, after …

Belt, Road leads to Papua New Guinea

China Daily Li Yan/Xi meets with Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. (Photo/Xinhua)China and Papua New Guinea should expand pragmatic cooperation under the Belt and Road framework to provide strong impetus for sustained and stable growth of bilateral ties, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.Xi made the remark in a meeting with Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.Xi said bilateral cooperation is standing at a new starting point with Papua New Guinea officially joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the two countries signing a memorandum of understanding on Belt and Road cooperation, the first of its kind between China and a Pacific island nation.Bilateral ties have been on a fast track of development, and mutual political trust and win-win cooperation have reached a historic high since the two countries reached consensus on building strategic partne…

‘How empires begin.’ China has made its global move. This is Australia’s response

China's rise in the Pacific threatens to erode Australian influence. But it also offers us a chance to be part of the biggest infrastructure project in the world.By David Wroe22 JUNE 2018In the Solomon Islands, a billion-dollar deal of major geopolitical importance may be about to be signed – without the relevant government minister being in the loop.A proposal to build an airport and wharf complex for tourism in the Pacific Island nation currently has the tentative backing of a Chinese state-owned construction firm. But Solomons aviation minister Peter Agovaka – who should be most directly responsible for the project – knows next to nothing about it.Instead, the proposal is being handled by the country’s minister of mines, Bradley Tovosia – his electorate, on the island of Guadalcanal, hosts the proposed site – and by the island's premier, Anthony Veke. Their talks have included meetings in China and Fiji.Agovaka was philosophical when he was contacted by The Age and SMH, say…