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Iran's revenge won't be limited to 'bunch of terrorists': IRGC

Fri Feb 22, 2019Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) (Photo by IRNA)A senior Iranian general says the country will definitely avenge the recent terrorist attack on IRGC forces in Sistan and Baluchestan, but the revenge will not be limited to "a bunch of terrorists".Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), told IRNA on Friday that the recent deadly attack on Iranian border guards will not be left unpunished."We cannot disclose the way in which we will respond to the terrorists, but no act will remain unanswered," he said."The scale of Iran's revenge is not limited to clashes with four terrorists; we rather will track the terrorists and find who they are linked to," the top general said."Our responses are strong, and those who receive it will get familiar with them," General Salami warned.The top commander also s…

China’s Massive Belt and Road Initiative

A cyclist passes by construction cranes in Xi'an, China, a starting point of the New Silk Road.Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty ImagesChina’s Belt and Road Initiative is the most ambitious infrastructure investment effort in history. But is it also a plan to remake the global balance of power?Backgrounder by Andrew Chatzky and James McBrideLast updated February 21, 2019In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the launch of both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, infrastructure development and investment initiatives that would stretch from East Asia to Europe. The project, eventually termed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) but sometimes known as the New Silk Road, is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects ever conceived. It harkens back to the original Silk Road, which connected Europe to Asia centuries ago, enriching traders from the Atlantic to the Pacific.Some analysts see the project as an unsettling extension of China’s ris…

Balochistan’s Sibi Festival to kick off on February 24

ByMuhammad Ejaz KhanFriday Feb 22, 2019Pictures from Sibi Mela in 2018Pictures from Sibi Mela in 2018The Sibi district of Balochistan is all set to become a beehive of cultural activities, as the annual Sibi Festival begins on Sunday.Balochistan’s chief minister will formally inaugurate the week-long festival.The event will start with a horse and cattle show, similar to the one hosted each year in Lahore, Punjab. After which, a conference will be held on livestock, then there will be an industrial exhibition. The highlight, however, will be the mushairas, stage shows, and a circus.People from all over Balochistan will also bring their cattle and horses to sell. Last year, over 2,000 Bhag Nari and Bal Nari – two cattle breeds found only in Sibi – were sold to farmers in Punjab and Sindh.Historians believe that Sibi festival dates back thousands of years and the previous rulers celebrated it annually. Mir Chakar Khan Rind, who ruled over Balochistan in the 16th century, made Sibi his ca…

The rich culture of Balochistan

Shakeel PhullanFEBRUARY 22, 2019Culture plays a significant role in the development of a nation. Every nation has got its own culture and with its distinguishing values on culture varies from others in terms of values vis-a-vis language. In this context, Baloch culture is known as one of the beautiful cultures in the world, which has been proved to be one of the oldest and strongest cultures of the world by archaeologists showing the researches of Iranian and French survey teams.Embroidery, the attires which Baloch females wear, is the heaviest and beautifully embroidered dresses, especially the dresses, which they embroider themselves. The names of some famous dresses are Jalar o Naal, Kalati Mosom, Morag a Padag, Noor Khan-e-wahag and several more which are very much costly in the world.Similarly, Baloch culture encompasses an integral value: hospitality. Being nomadic in nature, Baloch are known for their hospitality. Given the nature of Baloch cultural values and its old-age tradi…

Emergency declared in two districts of Balochistan after heavy rainfall

from Frontier PostPublished on 21 Feb 2019 —View OriginalQUETTA: The government on Thursday has declared emergency in Makran and Lasbela districts of Balochistan after heavy rainfall and flooding in rivers and nullahs.While talking to media, Deputy Commissioner Lasbela confirmed that two dead bodies have been found in Hub while four others swept away by the floodwater are still missing in the district.According to media reports, the floodwater entered in various populated areas after flooding in seasonal rivers and drains in Bela and Uthal districts. The emergency workers have shifted around 70 people to safe places after flooding.The downpour continued in Awaran district of Balochistan and the relief workers were facing difficulties to access the area after disruption of the communication links, Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Balochistan said.The heavy rainfall has also damaged Mallar Band in Awaran, the deputy commissioner of the district said.Fron…

Moot debates skill development, job creation in relation to CPEC

FEBRUARY 22, 2019The Centre of Excellence for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Thursday organised an international conference titled ‘CPEC Skill Development: Challenges and Way Forward’.The initiative aims at projecting the future labour demand on different trade levels in the upcoming CPEC SEZs for each province. The study is not restricted to estimate the number of jobs only but also identifying the technical and vocational skill sets required for the potential industries to be established in the SEZs. On the basis of abundant natural resources and manpower in Pakistan, the preferred industries include iron and steel, mines and minerals, textile, petrochemicals and agriculture.Addressing on the occasion, a diverse range of experts highlighted the role of technical and vocational institutions and job projections of technical and vocational workforce under CPEC’s SEZs inclusive job growth and skill gap evaluation.China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing was chief guest on the oc…

NA approves parliamentary panels on national security, CPEC

By Ahmed MansoorPublished: February 22, 2019

National Assembly of Pakistan. PHOTO: APPISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday adopted four motions authorising the speaker to constitute parliamentary committees on finance, national security, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and a special committee on Kashmir.NA Speaker Asad Qaiser has now been empowered to finalise and approve the new committees in consultation with the Senate chairman and parliamentary leaders.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, who presented the motions, said the 21-member CPEC committee will oversee all related projects and ensure their timely completion.The group would also present recommendations for potential improvements, while another important task would be coordination between the Centre and provinces.The committee would present periodic reports to both houses of parliament.As for the committee on national security, Khan said its responsibilities primarily focus on ur…

Only 3pc of CPEC investment being spent on Balochistan: CM

The Newspaper's Staff Regrets that steps taken by the previous governments of Balochistan on a temporary basis did not improve the situation.— FileQUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that only three per cent of the total China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) investment is being spent in Balochistan and this situation has increased the sense of deprivation among the people of the province.The chief minister said this during a meeting with members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Task Force held here on Wednesday to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals.Take a look: No progress made on Balochistan component of CPEC’s western routeMr Alyani said that no system or planning could succeed unless there was a good administrative structure, regretting that administrative steps taken by the previous governments of Balochistan on a temporary basis did not improve the situation as there were no permanent government policies and these affected the entire s…

BLF 2018 REPORT AND ARMED ACTIVI-TIES AGAINST PAKISTANI FORCES

Sangar NewsBLF spokesperson Gwahram released the annual report and armed activities against Pakistani forces and said,BLF’s struggle against Pakistan is within the parameters of international laws;Armed struggle is one of the essential part of our national struggle to get rid of slavery and restore our national independence as no conscious man would contradict it. Whereas the enemy state (Pakistan) is an unnatural and terrorist state, in the same way the colonization of Balochistan is unnatural and an act of terrorism. This has become clear to the world that Pakistan completely shuns and prohibits all kinds of political activities. This ban is not confined to the verbal decrees but a well established policy that has morphed into extreme levels of violence, which is continued across Balochistan. It is quite natural that against such oppression, repression and state terrorism, the importance of armed struggle increases further.Our struggle against Pakistan is within the parameters of in…