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Fishermen of Gwadar continue protest

Behram BalochDecember 23, 2018

QUETTA: Fishermen affected by the construction of Eastbay Expressway have asked the government to allow them access to the Arabian Sea for fishing.The fishermen, who have been protesting for the past one week, said they would not compromise on their rights.Several political parties, including the Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNP-A), BNP-Mengal, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Pakistan Peoples Party, Jamaat-i-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, and civil society organisations were supporting the fishermen.Secretary General of Human Rights wing of the BNP-A Saeed Faiz led a protest rally in Gwadar in support of the fishermen. BNP-A’s workers and supporters marched on main roads and streets of the port town carrying placards and banners inscribed with the fishermen’s demands. They chanted slogans in favour of their demands.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADWorkers and supporters of other political parties also participated in the rally.Saeed Faiz, Maulana Hidayatu…

The Kosygin Plan

A.G. NooraniDecember 22, 2018
The writer is an author and a lawyer based in Mumbai.NEARLY 50 years ago, Soviet premier Alexei Kosygin floated in Pakistan what came to be known as the Kosygin Plan. He said in May 1969 “the Soviet Union would like to see Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and other states of this region developing mutual relations of friendship and constructive cooperation. The Soviet Union will do its utmost to facilitate this”.None were taken in, for the core of the plan was known to Pakistani and Indian leaders. It envisaged road-building to promote regional cooperation; an overland trade route running from the Soviet Union to India through Afghanistan and Pakistan.The reasons for its failure are relevant half a century later, when road-building has acquired greater importance in this region. It was first proposed by Kosygin tentatively at Tashkent in 1966 to president Ayub Khan and prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and was renewed to all the three countries in 1969. Kosy…

Belt and Road Initiative: 19 Projects to Watch in 2019

Dec. 21, 2018|By Maesea McCalpinPhoto credit: Adobe Stock/bannafarsaiReconnecting Asia tracks infrastructure developments across Eurasia, a vast landmass that includes 60 percent of the global economy. Every day, new projects are announced; some advance, while others encounter obstacles. Here is a selection of projects and trends we will be following in 2019.CONFLICTING CONNECTIONSKerch Strait BridgeThe Kerch Strait Bridge connects the annexed territory of Crimea in Ukraine, where Russia has maintained de facto control since 2014, with Krasnador Krai on the Russian mainland. Notable for being Russia's only direct route to Crimea, this bridge became the center of a major controversy in November 2018 when the Russian coast guard fired on Ukrainian vessels attempting to cross from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov. At the epicenter of the ongoing conflict over Russia's annexation of Crimea, this bridge will be a project to watch in the year ahead.Peljesac Bridge ProjectThe Peljesa…