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PTM leader visits VBMP’s camp, vows to struggle together

November 10, 2018From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*PTM leader Karam Shah visited the protest camp for the release of Shabir Baloch, a student leaderAccording to the details received by the Balochistan post, delegations continue to visit the camp for the safe release of Shabir Baloch, a student leader abducted 2 years ago from Turbat district.The camp was initially set up by Voice for Baloch Missing Persons’, an organization of family members of the victims of enforced disappearances, ten years ago; Seema Baloch, sister of missing Shabir, and Zarina Baloch, Shabir’s wife, joined the camp 9th days ago and they plan to stay there until Shabir is not released.Today, PTM leader Karam Shah and many others visited the camp to show solidarity with the affected family.“I promise you on the behalf of PTM (Pashtun Tahafuz Movement) we will stay here until the last missing person is not released, and Pashtun will struggle together with you”, said…

Baloch armed organisations form umbrella organisation

November 10, 2018From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*Recent picture of BLA's Aslam Baloch and BLF's Dr Allah Nazar
Balochistan’s largest armed organisations form umbrella organisationBaloch Khan appointed as the official spokespersonIn the most major development of Balochistan’s two decades long armed insurgency, the most active armed organisations have formed an umbrella organisation to unite their armies.In a joint statement released to media on Saturday, armed organisations Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and Baloch Republican Guards (BRG) announced to form an umbrella organisation, Baloch Raaji Aaajohi e Sangar (BRAS). The name of the organisation, which is in Balochi language,  means Baloch National Freedom Front.In the statement the newly formed organisation stated: “unification and consolidation of the national strength is the only way forward to get rid of Pakistani occupation of Balochist…

BLF creates a new account in Twitter

Sangar NewsBalochistan Liberation Front the militant organization fighting for a independent Balochistan has created a new account in social media website Twitter after its accounts were hacked and blocked by reporting from Pakistan.Though Pakistan has illegitimate and forced occupation on Balochistan, is engaged in brutal operations since 70 years to crush Baloch freedom movement.Firstly BLF in its new official Twitter account tweeted about the alliance among BLF, BLA and BRG. It was named in Balochi, Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS) which means a Front for Baloch National Freedom. The tweet says "We appreciate the efforts of our allies for making the alliance happen. BRAS (Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar) is the symbol of a nearer destination #FreeBalochistan. We congratulate Baloch nation for the completion of their long waited dream."https://twitter.com/BLFOnline_This morning BLF official account tweeted  "Yesterday BLF fighters attacked #Pakistani #Army check post in Joo…

China, Singapore explore more potentials for BRI cooperation

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/11/11 10:18:430China and Singapore are jointly exploring potentials for further cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with recent moves to deepen economic and trade relations.At the sidelines of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China's Vice Commerce Minister Fu Ziying and Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing jointly announced the conclusion of negotiations on the upgraded China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (CSFTA).Chan said the upgrade signals both countries' joint commitment towards not only greater economic collaboration but also trade liberalization.Indeed, trade liberalization is important for both countries under the BRI. Ning Jizhe, deputy head of China's National Development and Reform Commission, said at the first Singapore-China BRI Investment Forum in October that free trade had become a distinctive feature of China-Singapore cooperation.He said at the forum that…

Belt and Road Initiative: Contribution by All, Benefits for All

By M.A. Saki

InternationalNovember 11, 2018BOAO/BEIJING, China -- The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the new Silk Road, is a master plan proposed by President Xi Jinping of China in 2013.Hailed as “the project of the century” by Xi, it is a comprehensive project that seeks to embrace all aspects of development.The BRI is a massive trade and infrastructure project that aims to link China — physically and financially — to dozens of economies across Asia, Europe, Africa, and Oceania.The primary focuses of the BRI — also known as One Belt One Road (OBOR) — are infrastructure, transportation, and energy.OBOR consists of two parts: The “Belt,” which reinvents the ancient Silk Road land route, and the “Road” which is a route through various oceans.It is the greatest ever project introduced to the world. Its dimensions are huge. As Beijing is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the BRI, China has so far invested at least $900 billion in projects along the BRI countries, mainly in infrastruct…

The changing dynamics of China-Bangladesh relations

PM Sheikh Hasina with Chinese President Xi Jinping. PHOTO: STARSultana YesminRight from the beginning of their diplomatic ties in October 1975, China and Bangladesh have been maintaining a close relationship, often entitled as “trusted friendship” or “all-weather friendship”. While, for decades, their bilateral relations have primarily been focused on trade and defence cooperation, the ongoing pattern projects a gradual extension of this mutual cooperation to political, social, cultural, and maritime sectors as well. In recent years, China's assistance to Bangladesh in all these arenas has heightened significantly, whereas Chinese investments on Bangladesh's infrastructure, power, energy, and telecommunications are noteworthy.Given these developments, Chinese President Xi Jinping's announcements about the “Belt and Road Initiative” in the late 2013 has paved a new dimension in China-Bangladesh relations, where  Bangladesh stands as an important partner in both the Silk Roa…

US officials warn China’s BRI could lead to debt trap, undermine sovereignty

Published: November 11, 2018 10:00 am On: NepalJAGDISHOR PANDAYWashington, DC, November 10US government officials and experts have expressed apprehension about China’s flagship multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.They have warned it could lead to debt trap and undermine sovereignty in the long run, harming the participating countries’ interest. They also said the BRI, introduced by Chinese President Xi Jinping, lacked transparency and was aimed at fulfilling China’s own security and strategic interests rather than promoting economic development.These views come at a time when Sri Lanka is struggling to repay Chinese debt to build a port in Hambantota at a cost of over US$1 billion due to inability to generate business. The asset and 15,000 acres of land around it have now been handed over to China for 99 years, giving the world’s second largest economy control over territory just a few hundred miles off the Indian coast.Recently, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad al…

US gives $1m for older refugees, their hosts in Balochistan, KP

The Newspaper's ReporterUpdated November 11, 2018
This file photo shows Afghan refugees in a remote area of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.ISLAMABAD: The United States has donated $1 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to address the health and protection needs of older Afghan refugees and host communities in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).The donation from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population and Refugees and Migration will fund WHO’s protecting rights of older people with disabilities project, which focuses on people aged 60 or above with disabilities, chronic diseases, psychosocial disorders and trauma and who are survivors of gender-based violence among Afghan refugees and host populations in the country.This is the second time that the US Bureau of Population and Refugees and Migration has funded a WHO project in Pakistan. In 2010, WHO received $4m for the health cluster response to the internally displaced people crisis in KP.The project will be implemen…

Umar vows to take businesses on board for CPEC projects

By Our CorrespondentPublished: November 11, 2018

Says govt will engage private sector by setting up manufacturing units in various sectors. PHOTO: FILEKARACHI: The government is soon going to engage the private sector to leverage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects by putting up manufacturing facilities in various sectors, announced Finance Minister Asad Umar.Many businesspersons in Pakistan have expressed reservations that they have been left out of the opportunities CPEC projects have to offer while assuming their counterparts from China are involved.However, Umar, during his visit to the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) edifice on Saturday, said the government would be engaging them soon.Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China had been highly successful, he said, adding Pakistani businesses would also reap benefits of CPEC projects by putting up manufacturing facilities in various sectors.The finance minister, while sharing salient features…