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Pakistan’s Pashtun Crackdown Echoes Bangladesh War

June 07, 2019 Abubakar Siddique Gandhara Radio Free Europe  FILE: Some 100,000 protesters participated in a Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) protest in Miran Shah, the administrative headquarters of North Waziristan on April 14. Pakistan is increasing its crackdown on a civil rights movement demanding security rights and accountability for alleged  grave abuses  against the country’s ethnic Pashtun minority. But as more leaders and activists of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, better known by its initials, PTM, are  killed , injured, beaten, arrested or forced into hiding, Pakistan’s political discourse is showing echoes of the creation of Bangladesh. Nearly half a century ago, Bengali grievances in the former East Pakistan Province resulted in the dismemberment of Pakistan and the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. Since then politicians, activists, and scholars evoke the tragedy to remind the country’s powerful military not to go too far in suppressing dissent from minority ethn

Belt and Road Initiative: What They're Saying

What They're Saying SOK SIPHANA Principal, Sok Siphana & Associates law firm  On the dominance of Chinese investment in Cambodia " Our policy is very clear. We want to be friends with everyone. But yes… [investment] is mostly Chinese. If China slows down, [Cambodia] will also be affected. Cambodia does not want to be at the mercy of any other country, but when you’re poor, you hang out with the guy who is a bit richer. " HOU YANQI Chinese Ambassador to Nepal  Speaking at a press conference in Kathmandu " The debt problem of developing countries has a much longer history, so it would be unfair to blame the BRI or China for their debt problem. As a matter of fact, no country has got trapped in a debt crisis since its participation in the BRI. Quite on the contrary, it is through participating in BRI cooperation that many countries have got out of the trap of ‘no development.' " THONGLOUN SISOULITH  Prime Minister of Laos Interview with  Ni