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How Army generals turned Pakistan into an ‘international jihadi tourist resort’

Author Mohammad Hanif explains how Army generals turned Pakistan into an ‘international jihadi tourist resort’The Pakistan Army has cultivated the image of 180 million people of Pakistan with nuclear devices strapped to their collective body threatening to take the world down with it, said Pakistani author Mohammad Hanif.Updated: Oct 28, 2020, 10:43 ISTBy Asian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal Author Mohammad Hanif(Wikipedia) The Pakistan Army has cultivated the image of 180 million people of Pakistan with nuclear devices strapped to their collective body threatening to take the world down with it, said Pakistani author Mohammad Hanif. In an opinion piece, Hanif, the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008), explains how generals of Pakistan Army turned Pakistan into an international jihadi tourist resort He said that the Pakistan Army, throughout its history, has refused to take advice from politicians as well as thinking professionals from its own ranks.Talking about Gen…

Pakistan unveils first metro line under China's Belt and Road Initiative amid mounting debt

MoneyControl   • Oct 28, 2020 02:43 PM IST By Moneycontrol News Beijing has invested more than $50 billion as part of the CPEC to upgrade infrastructure, power and transport links across Pakistan. Travel time across Lahore, a congested city with 11 million residents, has been cut to 45 minutes. Pakistan opened its first metro line in Lahore, following years of delays, on October 26. The Orange Line Metro was funded in part by Chinese investment and provides a major fillip to the country's underdeveloped public transport infrastructure.The project is the first large-scale technologically advanced rail transit project under the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Dawn reported.Stretching 27 kilometres and dotted with more than two dozen stations, the Orange Line will cut travel time across the congested city in Punjab province from two-and-a-half hours by bus to 45 minutes on the metro.
The metro cost more than 300 billion rupees ($1.8 billion) and has …

Crossing red lines in Quetta

Updated 28 Oct 2020
IN Quetta, the Pakistan Democratic Movement ventured into forbidden territory. At its Gujranwala and Karachi rallies, the PDM leaders highlighted the people’s economic hardships and the misery caused by skyrocketing prices of essential food items and medicines, and rightly so. But it was at the mammoth gathering in Balochistan’s capital last Sunday that the speakers also addressed the issue of enforced disappearances, and gave voice to the grief of the families of the missing.By calling Adeeba Qambrani — a young Baloch woman whose three brothers have been disappeared — to the stage, Maryam Nawaz put a face to that grief. ”No longer will husbands and brothers go missing, people of Balochistan,” she vowed. PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif said: “I am aware of the Baloch people’s problems, Nawaz Sharif knows [...] the missing persons issue is still there. I feel pain when I see the victims.”🔴  In political terms, bringing up the issue of enforced disappearances in …

Pakistan Belt and Road railway hits snag as China nixes low rate

Islamabad turns to G-20 for debt relief after Beijing reluctant to negotiate A laborer digs in preparation for the replacement of concrete sleepers along a railway track in Karachi in Jan. 2018.   © ReutersADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writerOctober 27, 2020 15:36 JS
KARACHI -- The Main Line 1, or ML-1, railway project, the largest in China's Belt and Road Initiative in Pakistan, has run into trouble as Beijing is reluctant to finance the project at the 1% interest rate demanded by Islamabad. ML-1 is the biggest initiative in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, with a price tag of $6.8 billion. With 2,655 km of track, it connects Karachi in the South to Peshawar in the North of Pakistan. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the federal minister of railways, claimed that ML-1 will provide jobs for 150,000 people in Pakistan.The country will invest 10% of the project cost as equity, and will bear the remaining 90% through a Chinese loan under the CPEC framework. Only Chinese companies are eligi…

Building China’s Belt and Road Initiative BIT by BIT

27 October 2020Authors: Zachary Haver, Washington DC and Wendy Leutert, Indiana UniversityChina is actively promoting international investment, trade and infrastructure connectivity through Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s hallmark Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Once wary of international investment law as a threat to domestic sovereignty, Beijing is embracing bilateral investment treaties (BITs) to protect investments associated with the BRI.As of October 2020, 138 countries have signed agreements to participate in the BRI. These bilateral accords may identify specific areas of cooperation or simply express a shared intent to collaborate. According to the World Bank, the 71 economies along key BRI transport corridors, including China, account for 35 per cent of global foreign direct investment, 40 per cent of global merchandise exports and 60 per cent of the world’s population.BITs provide the primary legal framework governing Chinese investments under the BRI. In these treaties, two sta…

Webinar highlights investment opportunities in Balochistan

QUETTA: Chinese investors were told about huge investment opportunities in Pakistan, particularly Balochis­tan, at a webinar organised by the Con­sulate General of Pakistan in Shanghai on Tuesday.The webinar on trade and investment opportunities in the country was hosted by Pakistani Consul General in Shanghai Hussain Haider and attended by CEO of Balochistan Board of Investment and Trade Farman Zarkoon, Vice President of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Ye Yuhua, President of Sialkot Chambers of Commerce and Industry Qaisar Baryar and St Fulin Group senior partner Echo Lee. Chinese investors and representatives of business fraternity also participated.Mr Haider gave a presentation about the investment potential of Pakistan, saying that the country had a liberal trade regime and freely allowed import and export of all products. He said that there were strong reasons for investing in Pakistan, including its large market size,…

Call for ‘independent Balochistan’ from Pakistan’s all-party platform

Tue, Oct 27 2020 01:31:25 PM By Ateet SharmaNew Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS): Facing death and discrimination at the hands of Pakistani authorities for decades, the Baloch freedom fighters have their chests all pumped up after a top leader demanded yesterday the creation of an "independent Balochistan state" during a massive rally which was also addressed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chief chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif via video link from London.Addressing the 11-party Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM's) third march against the Imran Khan government in Quetta, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP) leader Maulana Shah Owais Noorani has put his stamp of approval on Balochistan's separation from Pakistan."We want Balochistan as an independent state. Today, Balochistan looks like an underdeveloped area of …

Pakistan Inaugurates First Transport Project Worth $2.2 Billion Under CPEC

Pakistan Inaugurates First Transport Project Worth $2.2 Billion Under CPECPunjab province Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Chinese officials inaugurated the projected which has been completed in six years at the cost of over USD 2.2 billion.Pakistan and China flagsPTIUPDATED ON:OCTOBER 27, 2020, 11:43 ISTFOLLOW US ON:
The first transport project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was inaugurated here on Sunday. Punjab province Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Chinese officials inaugurated the projected which has been completed in six years at the cost of over USD 2.2 billion.The overhead Lahore Orange Line Metro Train will operate between Lahore's Dera Gujjran to Ali Town on 27Km stretch from Monday. As many as 250,000 people will be able to commute daily using the Orange Line trains.Advertisement
China said Orange Line Train is also a symbol of Pakistan-China friendship and a gift for the people of Lahore. Experts from China have trained Pakistani drivers on how to ope…

Explosion at a religious seminary in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar has killed at least eight people

Children among those killed after explosives hidden in bag detonate Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad Tue 27 Oct 2020 04.20 EDT
An explosion at a religious seminary in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar has killed at least eight people and injured 110 others.The deadly blast took place at about 8.30am at the Jamia Zuberia religious schoolin Dir Colony, where about 500 students were gathered to hear a lecture by influential cleric Rahimullah Haqqani. Most of them were between 20 and 30 years old and from the Khyber Pakthunkwa and Balochistan regions of Pakistan, as well as some from Afghanistan.
A police superintendent, Waqar Azeem Kharal, said the explosion had been caused by high-quality explosives brought into the lecture hall in a bag. Kharal said that ball bearings were also used in the explosives. “It shows the attackers planned for mass casualties,” he said.Police superintendent Rajab Ali of the counter terrorism department confirmed it was being treated as an act of terrorism. “It is…

The Three Seas Initiative:A European answer to China’s Belt and Road?

DAVID MORRIS A quest to modernise dilapidated
infrastructure in Central
Europe has quickly transformed
into a geopolitical contest. Świnoujście, Poland, on the Baltic Sea (Getty Images) Published 26 Oct 2020 15:30   0 Comments EuropeMultilateral Institutions


A new infrastructure connectivity initiative in Central Europe is the latest stage for a geopolitical contest. A diverse group of European Union member states in the traditional “buffer zone” between Western Europe and the East have long suffered lagging living standards and weaker economies. Their poorly connected energy and transport infrastructure reflects their history, in particular their separation from Western Europe by the Iron Curtain during the long decades of the Cold War. Nevertheless, in recent years, at least until the Covid-19 crisis, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe were among the fastest growing economies in Europe. All suffer constraints from significant infrastructure deficits. But rather than seeing themselv…

Work on Shinzani Dam in full swing

The Express Tribune -

The construction work on Shinzani Dam is in full swing. The dam is beingbuilt to provide clean drinking water to the citizens of Gwadar district. According to official sources, the project is worth Rs500 million and will be completed during the course of the present financial year. Work on the project has been assigned to the construction firm after the tender was passed.
Under the supervision of Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan, completion of the ongoing development projects in Gwadar and the work for uninterrupted provision of clean drinking water is the top priority of the provincial government.
According to a notification issued by the office of Deputy Commissioner Gwadar, a committee has been set up to compensate the victims of Shinzani Dam. District Forest Officer Gwadar, Deputy Director Agriculture Gwadar, and a representative of the victims of the Shinzani Dam site have been included in  the committee members list.
The committee will soon formulate a…

No one should dare to occupy Sindh, Balochistan provinces: Fazlur Rehman

No one should dare to occupy Sindh, Balochistan provinces: Fazlur Rehman 25October, 2020by ANI Quetta [Pakistan], October 25 (ANI): Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan should not "dare" to occupy Sindh or Balochistan provinces.
Speaking at the Sunday's anti-government rally at Ayub stadium in Quetta, Rehman said, "No one should think that they can usurp the resources of smaller provinces, make changes to the 18th Amendment or reduce the National Finance Commission Award."
"Let me add to this today that be it Sindh or Balochistan, it is the right of the people to their islands. No one should dare think that they can occupy the property of these provinces," he further said.
Rehman slammed the Pakistan government of isolating the country in the international arena.
"Today even Afghanistan is not talking about you...There was a time when it was under discussion that a gas pipeline from…

Blast in Quetta city kills 4, wounds 16

powerful explosion in Hazarganji town of ​​Quetta city killed at least 4 and injured 16 others.
According to the latest reports, 4 persons died and 16 others received injuries in the explosion. A car and a motorcycle parked at the site of explosion were fully destroyed.
While rescue operations are continued, the injured and dead bodies are being shifted to Sheikh Zaid, BMC and civil hospital. According to Police, the explosives were planted in a motorbike.
The security in Quetta city Today is high alert due the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) meeting. PDM is an alliance of 11 political parties that seeks the PTI government’s ouster by launching a three-phased anti-government movement under an “action plan” starting from this month with countrywide public meetings, protest demonstrations and rallies in December and a “decisive long march” towards Islamabad in January 2021. Among its other demands, the movement also seeks an end to the military’s alleged interference in politics.
It is …

Pakistan planning to gift 2 Sindh islands to China on a platter, here's why

Manish Shukla | Updated: Oct 25, 2020, 08:05 AM IST Imran Khan, Xi Jinping Imran Khan's government is trying to unilaterally take over the islands of Buddhoo and Bundal belonging to Sindh on demand of the Chinese government, without taking consent of the people of Sindh or its government.
Imran Khan's government is trying to unilaterally take over the islands of Buddhoo and Bundal belonging to Sindh on demand of the Chinese government, without taking consent of the people of Sindh or its government.Though the apparent explanation for such an unethical move of the federal government could be Pakistan's hunger for funds, the actual motive lies behind China's interest in strengthening its footholds in the Arabian Sea through a China-Pakistan maritime collaboration.Imran Khan had expressed a desire for the development of various islands along the coast of Sindh and Balochistan during his last year's visit to China.
Sensing the military benefits of having a foothold in the …

Pakistan political crisis could impact CPEC, economic growth

AP Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan SynopsisOpposition parties in the country led a joint rally protesting against Prime Minister Imran Khan's "puppet" government and the Army.Besides, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has also ruled against taking Pakistan off the 'grey list' and gave... By IANSOct 24, 2020, 01:14 PM IST NEW DELHI: The current civil war-like situation in Pakistan may deal a blow to the execution of the ongoing China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a collection of mega infrastructure projects, and thereby dent its economic revival process.

Opposition parties in the country led a joint rally protesting against Prime Minister Imran Khan's "puppet" government and the Army.

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Besides, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has also ruled against taking Pakistan off the 'grey list' and gave Islamabad time till February 2021 to comply with its 27-point action plan.

The move will further impact its already battered ec…