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The enemy has crossed all limits of brutalities and oppression to undermine our movement: Khalil Baloch

Current BalochistanPro-independence Political Organization Baloch National Movement's central information secretary, Dil Murad Baloch released the details of the cabinet meeting and said that the third BNM central cabinet meeting was held on August 6, 2019, under the chair of Khalil Baloch. The meeting was attended by Secretary-General Dr. Murad Baloch, Information and Cultural Secretary Dil Murad Baloch, Deputy Secretary-General Ustad Babul Latif Baloch, Finance Secretary Nasir Baloch, Labor, Farmer, and Fisheries Secretary Aslam Baloch.Various agendas, including party affairs, Balochistan situation, regional and the global political situation were discussed and various decisions were taken in this regard.

Addressing the meeting, Chairman Khalil Baloch said, "The cabinet meeting is being held after a long period due to enemy's repression and daily military operations in Balochistan. At this meeting, political leaders like Dr. Murad Baloch has replaced the seat of Dr. Man…

Singapore seen as especially attractive for Belt & Road investment

16 August 2019 Consultancy.asiaA new survey from professional services firm PwC has found that Singapore represents the second most attractive opportunity in Asia for Belt & Road investments – behind only Vietnam.China’s Belt & Road initiative is undoubtedly big, set to completely reshape global trade, and as such the economic and geopolitical world order. But what does it mean for companies in Southeast Asia – a region which makes up one of the bold project’s primary arteries? PwC Singapore has sought to find out through a cross-sector survey of senior executives from across the Asia Pacific, 30 percent of which represent firms generating revenues in excess of $500 million.Conducted in conjunction with the Singapore Business Federation for release at this week’s Singapore Business Regional Forum and Singapore Regional Infrastructure Summit, the survey found that while close to one third of the respondents were currently involved in a Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) project,…

UBA claimed responsibility of killing three Pakistani forces in Nushki

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Aug 16, 2019Current BalochistanPro-independence Armed Organization United Baloch Army (UBA)’s spokesperson Mazar Baloch said that 13 August at night our freedom fighters were carried out a attack on Pakistani Army’s check post from Reko area of district Nushki, Balochistan. the checkpost was attacked with RPG and modern weapons in three directions where three Army personnel were killed and five were injured.Mazar Baloch added that Pakistan celebrates 14th August as Independence Day but the reality is that it’s not an Independence Day although the owners of thousands historical nations’s freedom and independence was crushed by military forces. In spirit of forcing, treating and intimidating on civilians Pakistan along with puppets and local death squids celebrated in its controlled areas and military camps. It is proofed that it is not independence day rather, day of occupant.He said that, the one who forced to civilians for participating of 14th August’s rallies their on our target …

Baloch leaders welcome India’s 370 move, seek government-in-exile: Abhinandan Mishra

Date: 16 Aug 2019Baloch leaders welcome India’s 370 move, seek government-in-exileAuthor: Abhinandan MishraThe Baloch leadership—which is fighting for freedom from Pakistan and is seeking to return to the pre-27 March 1948 stage when its independence was taken away at gunpoint—has welcomed India’s abrogation of Article 370 granting special status to Jammu & Kashmir. The leadership has said that the move has ended Pakistan’s false narrative that Kashmir was a bilaterally disputed region.The Baloch leadership feels that India has now reached a stage, internationally, where it can help the Baloch nationalists in getting independence from Pakistan: the first step towards achieving this, they feel, will be to establish a Baloch government in exile in New Delhi. This way, India, the Baloch leaders feel, will give legitimacy to their demand and pave the way for freedom of Balochistan.Several Baloch leaders and their representatives, most of whom are underground for fear of being killed, …

4 killed, 20 injured in blast at seminary in Quetta's Kuchlak area

Syed Ali Shah | ReutersUpdated August 16, 2019
A view of the damaged madressah following the blast in Quetta. — DawnNewsTVAt least four people have been killed after a loud explosion rocked a madressah located in Kuchlak area on the outskirts of Quetta, DawnNewsTVreported, quoting police.More than 20 people have been wounded in the blast, which took place after Friday prayers. They have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta.The imam of the mosque connected to the seminary, located 25km from the city of Quetta, was killed in the explosion, police said.“The blast was carried out through a timed device that was planted under the wooden chair of the prayer leader,” said Quetta police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADNo group has claimed responsibility for the blast.“The death toll could increase as some of the victims were seriously injured,” Shafqat Janjua, a police official, told Reuters.TV footage showed the blast caused extensive damage to the walls and ceiling of th…

Follow the Digital Silk Road

(Phearum/Xinhua via Getty)Partner Perspectives are a collection of high-quality analyses and commentary produced by organizations around the world. Though Stratfor does not necessarily endorse the views expressed here — and may even disagree with them — we respect the rigorous and innovative thought that their unique points of view inspire.By Brian Harding for Strategic ReviewSoutheast Asia is home to many of China’s most high-profile Belt and Road Initiative projects, including Kyaukpyu port in Myanmar, a high-speed railway in northern Laos and now stalled rail and pipeline projects in Malaysia. While these physical infrastructure projects have attracted widespread attention, China’s involvement in the region’s digital infrastructure has been far less examined despite holding the potential to have even greater strategic importance in the coming years.Southeast Asia’s rapidly growing economies, buoyed by young populations living in some of the world’s most digitized societies, offer t…

Audit report uncovers irregularities worth billions in Balochistan

Asim KhanAugust 15, 2019An audit of the Balochistan government’s 2017-18 expenditures has unearthed massive irregularities in 14 ministries and four independent institutions. The Auditor General of Pakistan’s 2018-19 report investigated expenditures by the Balochistan government in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Of the Rs259 billion spent by the government during 2017-18, Rs161 billion was audited.The report has blamed the irregularities on department officers’ negligence, appointment of favoured people and not following the rules.The most irregularities were reported in the irrigation department, where irregularities of Rs9.17 billion were reported. Irregularities of Rs7.85 billion were reported in the Board of Revenue, Rs2.96 billion in the communication and works department, Rs1.68 billion in the education department, Rs1.16 billion in the health department, Rs2.4 billion in the agriculture department and Rs1.41 billion in the mines and minerals department.According to the report, discre…

China’s Belt and Road faces tough times in Pakistan

By ABDUL KHALIQUE PANHYARAUGUST 14, 2019
Pakistan’s geographical location in South Asia bordering key countries in Central and Western Asia means that it has always been a key transit point.A key factor in Pakistan’s strategic importance is its long coastline – about 1,046 kilometers – on the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, with a population of 210 million people.However, its powerful neighbor India, which gained independence in 1947, has not yet recognized Pakistan as a sovereign country. Pakistan contends that India occupied Kashmir in 1947 by deploying its army in Jammu and Kashmir against the will of most people living there.In 1948 the United Nations attempted to resolve the territorial dispute over Kashmir between the two new states by passing a resolution stating that a plebiscite should be held in Indian-held Kashmir, in order to give people living there a say over which state the region should be part of. Seventy-one y…

Audit report uncovers irregularities worth billions in Balochistan

Asim KhanAugust 15, 2019An audit of the Balochistan government’s 2017-18 expenditures has unearthed massive irregularities in 14 ministries and four independent institutions. The Auditor General of Pakistan’s 2018-19 report investigated expenditures by the Balochistan government in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Of the Rs259 billion spent by the government during 2017-18, Rs161 billion was audited.The report has blamed the irregularities on department officers’ negligence, appointment of favoured people and not following the rules.The most irregularities were reported in the irrigation department, where irregularities of Rs9.17 billion were reported. Irregularities of Rs7.85 billion were reported in the Board of Revenue, Rs2.96 billion in the communication and works department, Rs1.68 billion in the education department, Rs1.16 billion in the health department, Rs2.4 billion in the agriculture department and Rs1.41 billion in the mines and minerals department.According to the report, discre…