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A student was forcibly disappeared By Pakistani Security Forces.

Aug 08,2019Current Balochistan10-year-old child has been abducted and taken to an undisclosed location by Pakistani security forces.Accoding to details, Ali Akbar a Ten-year-old child was abducted during a raid by Pakistani security forces from Zour Bazaar, Turbat district Kech since then there is no any trace about him.These ongoing enforced disappearances and the continuing uncertainty concerning the fate of their loved ones and the location of their remains have caused anguish to the families.Human rights situation in Balochistan has set alarm bells ringing for human rights activists as enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings continue for the last many years. International media and human rights bodies have been denied access to the affected areas while increasing number of former victims are coming out to blame Pakistan’s military for human rights violations.

The Belt and Road Initiative in Myanmar: staring down the dragon

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi leaves a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on April 25 held on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum. (AFP) Friday, August 02, 2019
Myanmar needs to enact a series of measures to ensure that Belt and Road Initiative projects benefit the nation and its citizens as much as they do big Chinese companies.By AUNG ZIN PHYO THEIN | FRONTIER“As a rule, the police are soft on the tough and tough on the soft,” recalled the veteran Chinese democracy activitist, Mr Zha Jianguo, of his time behind bars in China.In a New Yorker piece by his sister, Ms Zha Jiangying, published in December 2018, Zha said: “If they sense a weakness in you, it will bring out the bully in them.”It would be wise for Myanmar’s leaders from both the government and civil arenas to heed the implications of Zha’s observation. The Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in April was followed by Myanmar and China inking three bilateral agreements: …

Unequal Sequel: China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Unequal Sequel: China’s Belt and Road Initiative
A nation must think before it acts.

Felix K. ChangAugust 6, 2019 Asia ProgramDuring the spring of 2019, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) notched up some notable successes. In March, Italy became the first major Western country to sign up as a participant. Then in April, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced that his country would proceed with the BRI-backed East Coast Rail Link, a railway project across peninsular Malaysia. His revelation at the BRI’s second forum in Beijing reversed his government’s earlier statements that it would cancel the project. The two successes were much needed after a year or more of unrelenting headwinds for the BRI.Once known separately as the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st-Century Maritime Silk Road” and then together as the “One Belt, One Road” initiative before its current appellation, the BRI has never been particularly well defined. Even so, it is credited with having finance…

First Wall Art Competition held in Gwadar

By:  Zareef BalochGWADAR:  Over 60 local artists participated in the first-ever wall art competition held in district Gwadar on 4th August by Baamsar in collaboration with the district government. The event was sponsored by Brighto Paint and Consultant Group (CG) and it was held at the Padizer Marine Drive along the route from Gwadar Airport to Gwadar Free Zone and PC Hotel.The theme for the first edition was ‘Colours of Gwadar’ on which the artists were asked to create their art, and were later judged by Mohsin Shaffi a local artist and Hassan from brigh to paints. The event was graced by many reputable personalities i.e. DC Capt. Waseem, Naveed Kalamathi ex minister PHE, M Asim Twana DG PND GPA and so on. The honorable judges and guests appreciated the organizer for initiating this important concept in Gwadar and stated that the artists of Gwadar are very talented and skilled, it’s just they need a proper platform to show their creativity to the world.The main objective of the wall …

Pakistan Struggles to Make Good on a Golden Opportunity in Balochistan

Aug 8, 2019 | 09:00 GMTHighlightsUntil Pakistan and the Tethyan Copper Co. settle their dispute, development of the country's Reko Diq gold and copper mine will languish, leaving a potentially abundant revenue stream dry.Growing foreign investment in the sector will heighten the need for an effective dispute resolution mechanism.Unless Pakistan implements the necessary reforms to attract foreign investment, the country's mining sector will not grow beyond its current 3 percent contribution to Pakistan's gross domestic product.In a remote and arid corner of southwestern Pakistan, Islamabad has found itself embroiled in a difficult battle: a multibillion-dollar dispute with a global mining company over one of the world's richest untapped deposits of copper and gold. In July, the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ordered Pakistan to pay $5.9 billion in damages to the Tethyan Copper Co., a joint venture between Canada's…