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Arundhati Roy and Pakistan

Author: *Salam Sabir* I have been keenly reading Arundhati Roy since I was a student, and the only image she successfully left in my amateur brain was that of a strong voice for oppressed and persecuted who condemns cruelty and tyranny what may come. From a long while, I have seen her raising her voice for Kashmir, the continuation of this saga can be witnessed in a recently surfaced video filmed in 2011 video where the Booker prize-winning novelist can be heard saying that Pakistan has not deployed the army against its own people the way “democratic” India has done. As a journalist, who has lost his many colleagues only for critiquing the Paksitani army, this very statement from a so-called well aware activist and writer was nothing but extremely shocking. The double standards and contradictions on Arundhati’s so-called stance for oppressed compelled me to question the very honesty of her. Is she really not aware of the grim situation in Pakistan and does not give a heed to what

Arundhati Roy issued a statement clarification of a video which resurfaced on social media.

Arundhati Roy issued a statement clarification of a video which resurfaced on social media. Aug 29, 2019 Current Balochistan Celebrated Indian author Arundhati Roy issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the controversy created due to a 2011 video which resurfaced on social media, where she criticized India for using the army against its own people Celebrated Indian author Arundhati Roy issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the controversy created due to a 2011 video which resurfaced on social media, where she criticized India for using the army against its own people. The statement read: "As tensions rise to dangerous levels between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, a nine-year-old video clip has surfaced on the social media, in which while speaking of the endless wars the Indian government has waged against its own people, I seem to be saying that Pakistan has never deployed its army against its 'own' people the way India has. "We all, at some point in ou

China’s Belt and Road paves over rules and rights

Security guards walk past a billboard for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 13, 2017. Photo: AFP/Wang Zhao China’s Belt and Road paves over rules and rights Whatever its uncertain economic benefits, China’s BRI is a harbinger and host of a new repressive and illiberal order ByBENJAMIN ZAWACKI, BANGKOK The parallels between China’s current $1.1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the United States’ post-World War II foreign assistance are inexact but striking. Like the US in WWII, China was damaged by the 2008 global financial crisis but far less so than most other major economies, allowing it to initiate the BRI in 2013 while the rest of the world was still recovering. China was and remains completely unhindered by costly military adventures in the Middle East as well, of which it has wisely chosen to steer clear. Recalling the US in 1945-1948, when it commenced the reconstruction of Japan and implemented the Marshall Plan, China’s

Casting an Eye on the Belt and Road Initiative

Aug 28, 2019 | 09:00 GMT (MARCO DI LAURO/Getty Images) Stratfor's geopolitical guidance provides insight on what we're watching out for in the week ahead. It's billed as the  new Silk Road , but China's Belt and Road Initiative is much more ambitious than that, as countries on every continent have signed up to partner with Beijing on massive infrastructure projects. From Jamaica to New Zealand and Pakistan to Uruguay, countries have rushed to get their hands on some of the  $70 billion in investments and $400 billion in loans that China  is dangling to attract potential partners. Not all, however, is going according to plan.  New Delhi , for one, has conspicuously avoided Beijing's overtures to join the initiative amid fears that China will encircle South Asia's biggest country by coaxing the latter's neighbors to sign up for the project. Indeed, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and, most prominently (and distressingly, from New Delhi's perspective)  Paki

China's One Belt, One Road Initiative, Forecast to 2030 - Emergence of Lucrative Trade Corridors Laying Foundation for a Network of Intercontinental Multimodal Logistics

hina's One Belt, One Road Initiative, Forecast to 2030 - Emergence of Lucrative Trade Corridors Laying Foundation for a Network of Intercontinental Multimodal Logistics     August 28, 2019 08:06 ET  |  Source:  Research and Markets Dublin, Aug. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The  "China's One Belt, One Road: Implications for Connectivity and Regional Trade, Forecast to 2030"  report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's  offering. The aim of this insight is to research and analyze the key developments relating to the China's One Belt, One Road initiative and assess the likely implications to the economy, trade, freight transportation, and warehousing sectors across Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Lack of seamless connectivity and poor infrastructure remain the major challenges for trade and logistics in many countries in the Eurasian region. China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is expected to improve connectivity by inter-linking the

FM to attend Human Rights Council session next month

Baqir Sajjad Syed Updated August 28, 2019 Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will attend the coming session of the United Nations Human Rights Council next month for highlighting the plight of the Kashmiris in India-held Kashmir. — PID/File ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will attend the coming session of the United Nations Human Rights Council next month for highlighting the plight of the Kashmiris in India-held Kashmir. “I’ll personally attend the Human Rights Council meeting and apprise the members about the aggravating human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir,” Mr Qureshi told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. The 42nd session of the council is beginning from Sept 9 and arrangements are being made for Mr Qureshi’s participation in it. Recently appointed special envoy Tehmina Janjua is already in Geneva for the arrangements. “A slot is being worked out,” an official told  Dawn . The position of Pakistan’s permanent representati

Akbar Bugti: A man who lived and died as he wished

Sajid Hussain It’s the first-ever comprehensive profile of prominent Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, written by Sajid Hussain. We appreciate if his family members and supporters point out factual mistakes or provide us with additional information.   Despite his scandalous politics, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti is the most talked-about person in Baloch society. With his twirling moustache, keenly trimmed beard, over six-feet-tall stature, candor, bravery, unbending backbone and uncompromising pride, he epitomized a model Baloch character. Ask anyone in Balochistan, they tell you he was the truest Baloch ever, even if they are ignorant of his 60-year-long politics. Born on July 12, 1927 in Barkhan, he was assassinated on August 26, 2006 in a military raid on the orders of the then military dictator General Pervez Musharraf, who termed it a great military achievement. His death was followed by days of violent protests and he became the undisputed hero for the Baloch people. He was

*A critique of history and Baluchistan

Author:  *Zeno Baloch* Baluchistan is the richest land for the poorest people residing in it as for the domestic and global findings. But what is the proximate cause behind that irony? Adversity, delinquency, absurdity or something else? Are we destined to miseries and wretchedness or is that a planned plot? It is actually not a tough riddle. Our resources do not belong to us because of the crime we have committed; joining Pakistan as a federating unit with three other elderly units that form the federation of Pakistan. The innate crime of being Muslims. The facts are however ambiguous. All in all, our subjugation, cultural imperialism, exploitation of our resources and overall slavery is justified because this is how the mechanism of the constitution of Pakistan works; with 5% quota from the federal share and 5% participation in the federal government. This is to say, our exploitation is in constitutional domain and thereby fair and legal. And it is legitimate because history con

Baloch leaders condemn regard of Arundhati Roy.

Aug 27, 2019 Current Balochistan Controversial Indian author claimed that the Indian army is ‘at war’ with minorities Indian author and human rights activist Arundhati Roy is facing social media fire for claiming that “the Pakistani military was never used against its own people”. According to her, the “Indian state” has repeatedly done so, in a video that is circulating online. As the video featuring the Booker prize-winning novelist spread online, hashtag #ArundhatiRoy trended in many countries and netizens expressed their dismay at her comments. Pro-independence Baloch leader Akter Nadeem said an a tweet that "#ArundhatiRoy is a misguided person and unaware of the situation of the region. World is already aware of the crimes against humanity Pakistan Army committed in Bangladesh, genocide of Baloch for the last 7 decades and the scale of destruction to occupy FATA. Get yourself updated". Balochistan’s largest pro-independence political party, Baloch National Movemen

Tributes to Nawab Bugti and martyrs of Tratani. BNM

Current Balochistan Balochistan’s largest pro-independence political party, Baloch National Movement spokesperson paid tribute to the martyrs of Tratani on their 13th martyrdom anniversary and said that Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and the martyrs of Tratani are a memorable chapter of Baloch, which immortalized the octogenarian leader as he chose the path of resistance, and become a symbol of Baloch national independence. He said that Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti's decision to resist Pakistani occupation was the result of the history of Baloch resistance and its modern needs. It was a sense of history that the Nawab, in contrast to his previous parliamentary politics, took the role of the classic Baloch resistance, innovated it and assembled it into collective power. He had come to his conclusion that the problem of Balochistan, the defense of Baloch national resources and Balochi language and culture lies not in the federal system of Pakistan but in an independent Baloch state. He said th

Arundhati Roy's statement on Pakistan makes her commitment on human rights questionable: Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch

Arundhati Roy's statement on Pakistan makes her commitment on human rights questionable: Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch Current Balochistan Baloch pro-independence leader Dr Allah Nazar, commenting on renowned Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s statement on Pakistan, has said that we were thinking that Ms Roy is a human rights activist. She writes on human rights issues. She is highly knowledgeable. And hoping that some day she will bring forth the serious human rights violations being committed in Balochistan. But instead she utterly rejects the ground realities altogether. Instead of trying to make herself aware of the history of this region, her words are evident of her ignorance. Dr Allah Nazar Baloch said that ignorance of Arundhati Roy was a surprise because Pakistan's military brutality does not require any introduction or explanation. Yet here are some facts before Arundhati Roy: He said that First, it was Pakistan's army that invaded the newly established Balochistan (from