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Pakistan and Its Militants: Who Is Mainstreaming Whom?

By Dr. James M. Dorsey November 18, 2018 Imran Khan image by Usman Malik via Flickr CC Mideast Security and Policy Studies No. 158, November 18, 2018 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Pakistani militants of various stripes collectively won just under 10% of the vote in the July 2018 parliamentary elections. Some represented longstanding legal Islamist parties, others newly established groups or fronts for organizations that have been banned as terrorists by Pakistan and/or the United Nations and the United States. The militants failed to secure a single seat in the national assembly but have maintained, if not increased, their ability to shape national debate, mainstream politics, and societal attitudes. Their ability to field candidates in almost all constituencies, and, in many cases, their performance as debutants enhanced their legitimacy. The militants’ performance has fueled debate about the Pakistani military’s effort to expand its longstanding support for militants, which serves its

Bolan: 3 Pakistani soldiers killed in IED Blast, BLA claims responsibility

November 18, 2018ِ From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)* At least three Pakistani soldiers were killed and another four injured in an IED attack in Margat, Bolan on Sunday. According to details received by The Balochistan Post, at least three Pakistani soldiers were killed and another four were injured when a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) planted on a roadside went off near a military vehicle. The blast site is only tens of kilometres from capital city Quetta. The bodies and injured were shifted to Quetta Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for medico-legal formalities. The security forces cordoned off the area after the blast and launched a search operation. The responsibility for the IED attack, which was carried out in Margat, Bolan, was later claimed by Baloch armed group Baloch Liberation Army (BLA). Jeehand Baloch, BLA’s spokesman, told media that the number of killed Pakistani soldiers was five and another four wer

Youth disappeared from Gwadar city

- November 18, 2018 From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)* A young man has been abducted from Gwadar city of Balochistan. According to details received by The Balochistan Post, a young man has been abducted from Koh-Bun-Ward area of Gwadar. The abductee has been identified as, Qais s/o Haji Khad. According to locals, Qais was arrested by Pakistani forces in raid on his house and moved to an undisclosed location. Locals allege Pakistani forces for abducting hundreds from Gwadar and suburbs to compel the native people to migrate as the multibillions project, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is based and the route passes through the region. The term ‘abducted’ is widely used in Balochistan to connote arrests made by security forces as the arrested are not presented before court of law and instead kept in military camps. International campaign groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also accuse Pakistani se

Family accuses military official of taking 7 million ransom for missing person

Family accuses military official of taking 7 million ransom for missing person November 17, 2018 From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)* Family of missing Hafeez Muhammad Hassni accused FC major of ransom According to the details received by the Balochistan Post, families of Baloch missing persons continue to arrive at VBMP’s (Voice for Baloch Missing Persons) camp at Quetta as the protest for the release of Missing Persons gains momentum. Family of Hafeez Muhammad Hassni, who arrived in the camp yesterday, accused a Frontier Corp’s Major, who they identified as Major Naveed, of taking 7 million PKR for the release of their son. “Hafeez was picked up by the Frontier Corps from Dalbandin’s Kili Qasim area on 30th August in 2016. We were asked to come to Quetta, where Major Naveed demanded 7 million for the release of our son”, said Hafeez’s mother “We crowd-funded for the money and sold our property to pay the Major, we paid him and he

Belt and Road Initiative paves way for cooperation between China, Pacific island countries

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/11/18 17:24:27 The China-proposed  Belt and Road  Initiative is creating more and more cooperation opportunities between China and Pacific island countries, paving the way for their further integration into the global economy.  MORE COOPERATION  Papua New Guinea (PNG), the host of this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economic leaders' meeting, joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank ( AIIB ) in May, and became the first Pacific island country to sign a memorandum of understanding with China on the Belt and Road cooperation in June.  PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill told Xinhua recently that "for international developing countries like PNG, this (the Belt and Road Initiative) is a great initiative because of the access to capital and infrastructure-building capacities that we are now developing together with China. It is able to open up markets and improve the standard of living for our people."  "The