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Ship carrying 17,000-ton DAP docks at Gwadar

National APP August 01, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minster on Information and Broadcasting Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa Friday said a ship carrying 17,000 tons of di-ammonium phosphate had arrived at Gwadar...
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minster on Information and Broadcasting Lt Gen (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa Friday said a ship carrying 17,000 tons of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) had arrived at Gwadar port.In his tweet, Asim Bajwa said the DAP was now being transported to Afghanistan on 550 trucks and 60 percent of total would be transported through the Chaman border. He said it was for the first time that bagging of bulk cargo had been done locally instead of foreign ports. He said with this development local employment was generated and transport business was also boosted.Meanwhile, in another tweet, he said work on 330 MW Thar Block-2 MW power plant was in full swing
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/695245-ship-carrying-17-000-ton-dap-docks-at-gwadar

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European Govts Musn't Stay Mum Over Baloch Journalist's Death

European govts musn't stay mum over Baloch Journalist's death Photo Credit : 31July, 2020 by 
By Francesca Marino
Rome [Italy], July 31 (ANI): The story is known, and has been written and advertised for at least a month before disappearing from the radars of the press. The story is known and starts with a body dumped into a river. The body of a Baloch journalist, Sajid Hussain.
Is not uncommon, unfortunately, to find mutilated dead bodies, in various stage of decomposition and beyond recognition dotting the roads of Balochistan: it is part of the nefarious 'kill and dump' policy of Pakistani intelligence agencies highlighted many times by human rights organisations both national and international. But this time, there was a twist in the usual plot.
Sajid was dumped into a river, but the river was in Uppsala, Sweden. The place where he had fled is country and asked for political asylum. "His body was found on 23 April in the Fyris river outside Uppsala," Jonas Ero…

The Sino-Iranian Alliance: A roadmap for regional instability and authoritarianism

On the Asian Century, Pax Sinica & Beyond (X): The Sino-Iranian Alliance: A roadmap for regional instability and authoritarianismBy Siegfried O. Wolf. 31 July, 2020ISSN NUMBER: 2406-56170 36  DOWNLOAD PDF Siegfried O. Wolf Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research at SADF (Coordinator: Democracy Research Programme); he was educated at the Institute of Political Science (IPW) and South Asia Institute (SAI), both Heidelberg University. Additionally he is member (affiliated researcher) of the SAI as well as a former research fellow at IPW and Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi, India). Iran and China have been exploring the possibility of a strategic alliance since 2016. If implemented fully, it will not only reshape global geo-economics and geo-politics but also have severe impacts on both the Persian Gulf and South Asia. According to a recently leaked draft agreement, the alliance amounts to an unprecedented economic, security-related, military, technological and developmental coll…

Resurgent Rebellion in Balochistan

By Siegfried O. Wolf. 27 July, 2020ISSN NUMBER: 2406-56170 101  DOWNLOAD PDF Siegfried O. Wolf Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research at SADF (Coordinator: Democracy Research Programme); he was educated at the Institute of Political Science (IPW) and South Asia Institute (SAI), both Heidelberg University. Additionally he is member (affiliated researcher) of the SAI as well as a former research fellow at IPW and Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi, India). During the last few months, the security situation in Balochistan witnessed an increase in militancy. It seems that the escalating violence in the region is linked with the growing Chinese presence and intensified activities by the Pakistani armed forces[1] and the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). This SADF Comment subscribes to the following rationale: Locals feel exploited and deprived from the benefits obtained from the use of their provincial resources, as well as politically marginalized by the Pakistani state. The rising num…

BLF fighters killed seven Pakistani army men

Balochistan Liberation Front spokesman Major Gwahram Baloch has claimed responsibility for the attacks on Pakistani military personnel in Jhaoo and Mashkay.

Major Gwahram Baloch said in a statement to the media from an undisclosed location that last night Sarmachaars attacked the Manguli check post in Mashkay Valley with snipers and heavy weapons, killing three personnel and injuring one.

Accepting responsibility for another attack, he said that a Pakistani army patrol team was ambushed with automatic heavy weapons by Sarmachaars at Nondara area of Jhaoo at 8 am on Friday. The attack took place as a group of ten on-foot occupying army personnel were advancing towards Daraj Kaur (river). In the fierce ambush, four army personnel were killed on the spot and two others were injured.

Major Gwahram Baloch added that these attacks will continue till the independence of occupied Balochistan. 
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Baloch rebels kill seven Pakistan Army personnel in Balochistan

Quetta: Balochistan Liberation Front has claimed responsibility for the attacks on Pakistani military personnel in Jhaoo and Mashkay on Friday.The Balochistan Liberation Front spokesman Gwahram Baloch has said in a statement to the media from an undisclosed location that last night Sarmachaars (Baloch freedom fighters) attacked the Manguli check post in Mashkay Valley with snipers and heavy weapons, killing three personnel and injuring one.Accepting responsibility for another attack, he said a Pakistani army patrol team was ambushed with automatic heavy weapons by Baloch guerilla fighters at Nondara area of Jhaoo at 8 am on Friday.The attack took place as a group of 10 on-foot occupying army personnel were advancing towards Daraj Kaur (river). In the fierce ambush, four Pakistan army personnel were killed on the spot and two others were injured.In a media release, Gwahram Baloch added that these attacks will continue till the independence of occupied Balochistan.Source: ANI

Pakistan assessment finds seething anger in religious journals over situation of Uighurs Muslims in China

WION NEW DELHI Jul 31, 2020, 01.39 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal
A Chinese paramilatary police patrol passes a Muslim ethnic Uighur woman and a child on a street in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang region. Photograph:( AFP ) FOLLOW US
https://www.wionews.com/south-asia/pakistan-assessment-finds-seething-anger-in-religious-journals-over-situation-of-uighurs-muslims-in-china-317250
STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe main objective of the Pakistani assessment was to manage the reaction and control any overt activity that may cause embarrassment for both Pakistan and China on the Uighur issue. Growing discontentment and religious journals seething with anger is what authorities in Pakistan have found when they tried to gauze public mood on the atrocities against Uighurs by Chinese govt in the restive western province of Xinjiang.An assessment was done to get a first-hand view on the issue which is now getting increased global spotlight as evidence comes to light overuse of brutal force by China in…

Work on CPEC Phase-II gains momentum

CPEC Authority chairman says nine out of 17 energy projects have been completed, eight others under construction APP | July 30, 2020 PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE ISLAMABAD:The work on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Phase-II has gained momentum during the last few weeks, defeating debunkers who have been leaving no stone unturned to malign the incumbent government on account of slow-down in CPEC activities.The groundbreaking of two mega hydel power projects worth $11 billion, advancement in talks with the Chinese side on financial matters of $7.2 billion ML-1 railway project, materialising special economic zones, speedy development of the Gwadar port city, and expanding the scope of CPEC by including agriculture, science, technology and tourism sectors show that work on the game-changer project is full swing.Even though Covid-19 has dented most of the business and economic activities, but the work on CPEC projects continues by observing standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the g…

Coronavirus reshapes Belt and Road in Latin America

China-backed infrastructure projects slow in the region while new opportunities emerge in health and digital technologyJuly 30, 2020 Share Chilean president Sebastián Piñera with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the second Belt and Road Forum in April 2019. Since then, the coronavirus has cast uncertainty over the initiative in Latin America (image: Alamy) The disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on China’s flagship foreign infrastructure and investment programme, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Its nature, pace and scope are all likely subject to change in Latin America in the near and long-term.Many Chinese-backed projects framed as part of BRI have hit the brakes across the region, as the Covid-19 crisis has affected manufacturing, supply chains and the movement of people and goods. Many countries have been in lockdown for months, with only essential activities authorised.There have been fewer new Chinese infrastructure projects in Latin America th…

The middle-class Pakistani students fighting for a homeland dream

30 July 2020 AsiaShare this with EmailShare this with FacebookShare this with TwitterShare this with Whatsapp Image captionSana Baloch came home under lockdown and then disappearedNearly three months have passed since Sana Baloch disappeared.Like many students, he'd travelled home during the coronavirus lockdown in the spring. Like many, he faced an uncertain future.A promising postgraduate student at one of Pakistan's top universities in Islamabad, Sana Baloch was born in a small town called Kharan in the sparsely populated province of Balochistan, hundreds of miles south-west of the capital. It was on the outskirts of Kharan on 11 May that he went missing.His case is not unique - it mirrors a host of others in resource-rich but desperately poor Balochistan, where Pakistan's military is accused of a decades-long campaign to brutally suppress aspirations for provincial autonomy - a charge it denies.In recent years, "internment" or