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Muddar and kappo — traditional local desserts

* Balochi cuisines always bring about a sense of joy and delight not only for the Baloch people, but almost for everyone aroundTilyan AslamJUNE 20, 2019What is more enthralling than a dessert? A dessert no doubt relaxes your brain, calms your body, mediates your spirit and opens up your heart. Every culture has its own traditional desserts which make it different and unique among all cultures.In the same token, Balochi culture along with its rich cuisine is an epitome of diversity.Balochi cuisines always bring about a sense of joy and delight not only for the Baloch people, but almost for everyone around.Nothing can beat the authenticity of Balochi food especially when it comes to sweet dishes and homemade desserts.Balochistan has an enormous variety of desserts to serve, but of those, Muddar and Kappo are never out of trend.Their uniqueness makes them worth-tasting even after decades have passed.Muddar is a very popular dessert of Balochistan which is made from dates.Preparation of m…

FATF on Pakistan

PakistanSince June 2018, when Pakistan made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to strengthen its AML/CFT regime and to address its strategic counter-terrorist financing-related deficiencies, Pakistan has taken steps towards improving its AML/CFT regime, including the recent development of its TF risk assessment addendum; however, it does not demonstrate a proper understanding of Pakistan’s transnational TF risk.. Pakistan should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address its strategic deficiencies, including by: (1) adequately demonstrating its proper understanding of the TF risks posed by the terrorist groups , and conducting supervision on a risk-sensitive basis; (2) demonstrating that remedial actions and sanctions are applied in cases of AML/CFT violations, and that these actions have an effect on AML/CFT compliance by financial institutions; (3) demonstrating that competent authorities are cooperating and taking action to identify and…

The Central Asian nodes in Belt and Road project

Atul AnejaJUNE 22, 2019 Ahead of the recently concluded summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Chinese state media provided extensive coverage of Beijing’s recent forays into Central Asia, including into Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.On its website, the state-run Xinhua news agency splashed pictures of the Irkeshtam pass, one of China’s gateways to Kyrgyzstan, a few days before planes ferrying leaders of the eight SCO member countries, apart from observers, flew into Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital.The lofty Irkeshtam pass, perched at a height of 2,950 m, is a geographic marvel. It is a deep gorge at the junction of the southern edge of the Tian Shan and the mighty Pamir mountains. From its impressive elevation, the pass commands several trade routes that jostle their way towards the steppes of Central Asia.Re-imagining an ancient routeOne of them weaves its way from Kashgar, a major trade node along the ancient silk route in China’s mountainous Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Re…

Muddar and kappo — traditional local desserts

* Balochi cuisines always bring about a sense of joy and delight not only for the Baloch people, but almost for everyone aroundTilyan AslamJUNE 20, 2019What is more enthralling than a dessert? A dessert no doubt relaxes your brain, calms your body, mediates your spirit and opens up your heart. Every culture has its own traditional desserts which make it different and unique among all cultures.In the same token, Balochi culture along with its rich cuisine is an epitome of diversity.Balochi cuisines always bring about a sense of joy and delight not only for the Baloch people, but almost for everyone around.Nothing can beat the authenticity of Balochi food especially when it comes to sweet dishes and homemade desserts.Balochistan has an enormous variety of desserts to serve, but of those, Muddar and Kappo are never out of trend.Their uniqueness makes them worth-tasting even after decades have passed.Muddar is a very popular dessert of Balochistan which is made from dates.Preparation of m…

CPEC is an exploitive and destructive mega project for baloch

*Kachkol Ali Advocate*The baloch has been in war with Pakistan and China regarding the construction of port and CPEC, particularly road network. Baloch is severely resisting against CPEC, the reason is the fact that many villages in vicinity of CPEC from Gwader to Awaran have been dismantled and destroyed and hundreds of baloch innocents have been enforced disappeared and willfully killed.Half a million of indigenous baloch population were forcefully transferred and deported  from their villages and habitual residents . On the other Pakistan and China with their nefarious design want to bring chinese  and pakistani population in Balochistan to marginalize its demography because increasing population of both countries is a big problem for both states.It is pertinent to mention here that after the hotel Continental attack on 11 May 2019 in Gwadar attracted the attention of international media and community, thereby China pressurized Pakistan to ramp up the security for CPEC project. Con…

The Costs of Confrontation with Iran Are Mounting

COMMENTARY(The Hill)June 17, 2019

Iran's President Rouhani and Russia's President Putin at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, June 14, 2019Photo by Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reutersby Dalia Dassa KayeRecent diplomatic efforts to save the Iran nuclear agreement and de-escalate rising tensions between the United States and Iran—including the first visit by a Japanese prime minister to Iran since the revolution—only gave a brief respite from talk of war.With new attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week that American officials are attributing to Iran, tensions are flaring up again.Even if the United States and Iran avoid a direct military clash, the escalation and the U.S. maximum pressure campaign are exacting long-term costs for U.S. interests and regional stability in ways that may be difficult if not impossible to reverse.The first casualty is likely to be the Iran nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action…

India sending warships to the Middle East to protect shipping

By Brad Lendon, CNNCNN reporter gets up-close look at attacked tanker03:02(CNN) — The Indian Navy is sending two warships to the Gulf of Oman to protect the country's shipping in the wake of a series of attacks on tankers there in the past six weeks.The guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai and the patrol vessel INS Sunayna "have been deployed in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations," an Indian Navy statement said.Surveillance aircraft are also being dispatched in what India is calling Operation Sankalp.India announced the operation Friday, one day after Iran said it shot down a US spy droneover the Gulf of Oman.The Indian guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai is shown ahead of its commissioning into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on November 18, 2016. The ship is heading to the Gulf of Oman to help protect Indian shipping from the attacks that have been happening there.The US and Iran differ on whether the drone was in Iranian or internat…