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16 people killed in attack targeting Hazara community in Quetta

Syed Ali Shah | Dawn.comUpdated April 12, 2019

Rescue teams, police and Frontier Corps personnel have reached the site of the blast. ─ DawnNewsTVAt least 16 people were killed and over two dozen others injured in a blast that targeted members of the Hazara community in Quetta's Hazarganji area on Friday morning.Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the death toll to DawnNewsTV and that the blast was targeted at the ethnic community."The attack took place in a [green grocer's] shop. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted in a gunny sack filled with potatoes. Whether it was timed or remote-controlled, our experts will tell. Right now they are investigating," DIG Cheema said.Eight of those killed were Hazara. At least one Frontier Corps soldier deputed for their security was also martyred in the attack, DIG Cheema said. Others who lost their lives included shopkeepers, businessmen and citizens working or residing in the area.Four FC soldi…

Grading China's Belt and Road

ByDaniel Kliman​Rush DoshiKristine LeeandZack Cooper
This report has also been adapted as a pamphlet and slide deck.Read translated versions of the report's executive summary in FrenchItalianSpanishRussianUrduArabicCzech, and Polish.Executive SummarySince its launch in 2013, what China calls “One Belt, One Road” has emerged as the corner-stone of Beijing’s economic statecraft. Under the umbrella of the Belt and Road, Beijing seeks to promote a more connected world brought together by a web of Chinese-funded physical and digital infrastructure. The infrastructure needs in Asia and beyond are significant, but the Belt and Road is more than just an economic initiative; it is a central tool for advancing China’s geo-political ambitions. Through the economic activities bundled under the Belt and Road, Beijing is pursuing a vision of the 21st century defined by great power spheres of influence, state-directed economic interactions, and creeping authoritarianism.1As Beijin…

PM Khan reviews CPEC projects ahead of second China visit

Sanaullah KhanUpdated April 11, 2019The prime minister says that "CPEC is not only one of the foremost priorities of the government but that he also wants other countries to join the project so that a new chapter of growth and prosperity is ushered in the region." ─ RadioPakistanPrime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday, during a high-level meeting on his upcoming visit of China, said that his government's focus during the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be on agriculture, education and various other sectors.The prime minister, who is scheduled to embark on his second visit of Beijing later this month, reviewed preparations regarding mutually beneficial projects that Pakistan and China are expected to initiate as part of the CPEC.The premier, according to a press release issued by the PM's office, remarked that the "first phase of CPEC comprised merely of a few power plants and three roads."Read: Four key areas under CPEC prior…

Drill oil in Balochistan: Let Iran scream

➡ BalochHouse' Expert Comment:  "The most innovative homegrown solutions to Pakistan's problems always converge on more of the same old thing: ✔ Ask rest of the world to do your job, while you dream of regional dominance✔ Pawn your immediate future to powers hostile to Iran and India."
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Jan Achakzai -April 10, 2019Jan Achakzai |The idea that Pakistan might start drilling hydrocarbon along Baluchistan Iran border sounds as far-fetched as a violation of secret understanding between Islamabad and Tehran. Being sometimes troublesome, often meddlesome, but still has a vested interest in its own security and prosperity, Iran is a neighbour of Pakistan with its almost 900 km stretching border.As Baluchistan offers vast reserves of oil and gas, Pakistan imports nearly 80 percent of energy requirements from the international market. The country’s demand for energy has been increasing by 8 percent a year, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the Petroleum Minister lamented. Whereas …

Pakistan’s debt pile to swell to 84.1% of GDP by 2023

By shahbaz rana Apr.11,2019It will be far higher than the debt level at the end of PML-N’s tenureISLAMABAD: The debt pile that Prime Minister Imran Khan would leave behind at the end of his five-year term will be equal to 84.1% of the size of Pakistan’s economy – far higher than the gross public debt at the end of the PML-N government, suggests a new report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The report, released on Wednesday from Washington, puts PM Imran’s claim of reducing the country’s debt to test. In its annual flagship report “Fiscal Monitor – Curbing Corruption”, the IMF has shown the public debt-to-GDP ratio at 84.1% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2023, higher by 12 percentage points than the level left behind by the PML-N government.The report also says that Pakistan’s total financing needs have shot up alarmingly to 42.3% of the size of its economy, or Rs16 trillion, due to maturing debt and yawning budget deficit – a trend that will further worsen in the next fisc…

Song and dance — the rich culture of Balochistan

Maliha Khurshid BalichaiAPRIL 11, 2019Balochi culture is one of the most interesting cultures which are full of traditions including arts and crafts. Balochi culture is full of happiness and joys dealing with different designs. It is such a culture which is liked by most of the people in the world and the most interesting part of this culture is its language or mother tongue.Balochi language is the 99th most spoken language in the world. It is one of the toughest languages as well ant it is native to Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and UAE. Balochi language is very difficult like those Pashtu and Saraiki and therefore foreign people do a lot of practice to get this language. Balochi language is almost celebrated in most of the countries friend to Pakistan and the love of Balochistan. 2nd March is the day for the people of Balochistan which desires of peace and love for the entire nation including the entire world. There had been several sacrifices for the survival of this language from th…

Gwadar port helps improve locals' life, attract investment under CPEC: port authority chairman

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-11 16:53:03|by Misbah Saba MalikISLAMABAD, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Benifitting from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), local people's life, especially those living in Pakistan's southwest Gwadar, would get improved for vast economic opportunities, Chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) Naseer Khan Kashani has said.Talking to Chinese media in Gwadar recently, Kashani said that the Gwadar port would prove to be a heaven for local and foreign investors as it is located at a focal place at the Belt and Road Initiative, and offers a lot of favors to the investors.The newly appointed chairman said that Gwadar's development under CPEC is remarkable, and Gwadar, which was once a remote fishing village, is opening up to the world. "A few years ago, I came for official meeting here, Gwadar did not have the kind of buildings that I see today. When I visited last time it was giving the look of a port with a distant future."He attributed th…

Understanding US interests in Pakistan

By dr raza khan Apr.11,2019Pakistan has seriously risked its sovereignty and interests to serve as a client state of the USIt is Pakistan’s good fortune that the US has important interests in Pakistan as it has had kept extensive relations with it despite many ups and downs. Yet, since the dawn of the 21st century, the mutual relations have been dominated by the Afghan conflict. Moreover, as Pakistan is currently engaged with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to contract a huge bailout package to address its colossal macroeconomic woes, its policymakers must understand that most international economic decisions are determined by international political factors. Against this backdrop also, understanding the key interests of Washington in Pakistan becomes important for our policymakers as the US has a dominant voting share in all major international financial institutions, particularly the IMF. So if Pakistan would have to contract economic packages from the IMF, it would have to sh…