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Party Watch Annual Report 2019: Scrambling to Achieve a Moderately Prosperous Society

Attacked on Pakistani troops in Washuk- BLF

Jan 02, 2020
(Current Balochistan)
Pro- independence armed organization Balochistan Liberation Front spokesman Major Gwahram Baloch claimed responsibility for the attack on a Pakistani army check post in Baloch Abad area of Raghay District Washuk, saying that at 10 PM on Tuesday at night, the Baloch fighters overwhelmed the occupied army checkpost in District Washuk, where Two personnels of the forces were killed and two were injured when they were attacked with heavy weaponry.
Major Gwahram Baloch added that attacks on forces will be continued until the liberation of occupied Balochistan.

BLA claimed responsibility for the attack on construction company in Sibi

Jan 02, 2020
(Current Balochistan)
"Our fighters targeted construction company personnel in Luni area of ​​Sibi, where one officer was killed and one personal was wounded so that the company's machinery were destroyed in the attack," BLA spokesman Jeyand Baloch said in a media released statment.
The spokesman said the aforementioned company was involved in the so-called construction near the forces camp under the supervision of Pakistani forces.
"We have already mentioned that no extortion projects will be allowed to be succeed in Balochistan, In no case we will not allow exploitation in the name of local and foreign investment and construction development in occupied Balochistan" he added.
He viewed that "Our attacks will be continued against exploitation schemes and planners in Balochistan".

Personnels involved in construction of Panjgur Airport Road were targeted - BRA

Jan 02, 2019
(Current Balochistan)
Local contractors have been already warned against avoiding the construction of roads. Bebagr Baloch
Pro- independence armed Organization Baloch Republican Army's spokesman Bebagr Baloch said in a media released statement that "our fighters targeted a company engaged in construction on Panjgur city to Airport Road."
The spokesman said, the attack was targeted to machinery and work engineers and stopped the work on the road.
"We have already warned local contractors that they refrain from construction of roads, but some local contractors are not refusing to do their dirty work in the state, so we warn them again, That they refrain from constructing roads or strict action will be taken against them" he added.

Nushki resident 'disappeared' from Sindh

Jan 02, 2020
A young man from Nushki district of Balochistan was forcefully disappeared from Sindh. 
According to Details, unidentified armed men forcefully have taken away a Baloch civilian Javid badini from Khan'Poor area of ​​Sindh four days ago. Javed Badini, is a resident of Nushki's Killa Badini, has not received any information regarding him.
Confirming his disappearance, Javed's brother has appealed to the govement officials, political and social circles to play a role in his safe recovery. 
Considering the incidents of forced disappearances in Balochistan are being reported on daily basis, the Baloch political and social circles believe that Pakistani forces, intelligence agencies and the death squad formed by them are involved in these incidents.
The motives for Javed Badini's disappearance have not been determined yet.

Can the New Silk Road Compete with the Maritime Silk Road?

The Khorgos Gateway break of gauge transfer station in Khazakhstan, part of the New Silk Road rail infrastructure (file image) BY BERNHARD SIMON, CEO OF DACHSER 01-01-2020 08:48:00 Over the last few years, the public narrative about the New Silk Road rail route has become increasingly grand. Conceptually, this route could be a kind of high-speed internet for the transport of physical goods; politically, it could boost China's standing on the global stage. But as with most narratives, it is worth taking a critical look at the facts on the ground. 
This transcontinental route was not the brainchild of China’s President Xi Jinping. In fact, goods have been rolling along the Trans-Siberian route from China to Europe since 1973 (with some interruptions due to the Cold War). Today, there are two routes out of northern China, which head via Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia to European terminal stations like Duisburg or Hamburg. China’s western region, home to the megacity of Chongqing and i…

Belt and Road Initiative a vision of cooperation for Turkey: vice consul

By Doğa Ölmez Source:Global Times Published: 2020/1/1 22:00:44
Doga Ölmez Photo: courtesy of the Zhejiang Foreign Studies University

It is a great pleasure for me today to be here with you and to attend this meeting on the occasion of the Inauguration of the Zhejiang Foreign Studies University, Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean Rim.
The Mediterranean region is indeed one of the oldest basins of humanity. It has existed as a region during the development of various magnificent civilizations and hosted various forms of statehood. 
The major role it played in the rise of philosophy, art and science was directly linked with its success in connecting people around it. 
In our day, the region continues to connect the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Asia. Therefore, the Mediterranean Sea plays a significant role in the terms of global economy as well as peace and security. Turkey's primary objective is to strengthen regional and international cooperation in the Mediterranean…

Pakistan To Expedite Work On SEZs To Accelerate Industrialization, Job Creation, Says Iftikhar Malik

Pakistan To Expedite Work On SEZs To Accelerate Industrialization, Job Creation, Says Iftikhar Malik
 Muhammad Irfan   Thu 02nd January 2020 | 12:06 PM
Source: Urdu Point
United Business Group (UBG) Central Chairman Iftikhar Ali Malik Thursday said Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring industrial revolution in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Jan, 2020 ) :United Business Group (UBG) Central Chairman Iftikhar Ali Malik Thursday said Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring industrial revolution in Pakistan.
It would also accelerate economic development besides attracting a great chunk of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which will help generating new job opportunities, he added.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of traders across here Thursday. He said that Pakistan has become a profitable land to do business because of government's tailored…

Pak leaders clash over alleged corruption in CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Since the announcement of the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Pakistani officials have been over-excited about its potential success. The CPEC was announced in 2015, during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s tenure. The Sharif government took great pride and credit for the overarching project up until Nawaz Sharif’s removal from office in mid-2017. Over the years, Chinese involvement in Pakistani affairs has increased immensely. On the Pakistani side, some within the business community remained apprehensive about China’s investments while others were hesitant for Islamabad to drift too much into Beijing’s orbit. The Chinese side also had reservations about Pakistan, particularly regarding opportunities for corruption in CPEC projects. But while the Sharif government stood, Islamabad took a concessionary tone toward Beijing when it came to the CPEC. China has invested heavily in Pakistan but pays far less attention to…

Govt defends establishment of CPEC Authority

ISLAMABAD: The government has defended the necessity of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority which enhanced scope after inclusion of socio-economic, agriculture and industrial development, and third party participation.
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning and Development met here on Tuesday to discuss the need for the government’s bill regarding the CPEC Authority, which was set up through a presidential ordinance on Oct 5.
Opposition parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), have rejected the government’s act of setting up the CPEC Authority through the presidential ordinance.

The PML-N termed it an “illegal” move in violation of recommendations of the parliamentary committee concerned. PML-N secretary general Ahsan Iqbal had said the establishment of the authority through the presidential ordinance was a “backdoor legislation” and his party would not accept it.
NA panel told rules for post …

Artists urged to highlight Balochistan’s culture

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Balochistan boasts a rich culture that needs to be highlighted not only at the national level but also the world at large, the provincial culture and tourism secretary said at the opening ceremony of a three-day painting exhibition on Wednesday.
The exhibition was held at Noori Naseer Khan Cultural Complex.
“There is no dearth of talent in Balochistan, but it needs encouragement and opportunities to flourish,” Zafar Ali Buledi said.

“Fortunately artists have been making their contribution to the promotion of the province’s culture and traditions. All that they need now is institutional support and patronage.”
The provincial culture department will do its best to encourage artists so that they enlighten the nation and the world about Balochistan’s culture and heritage, Mr Buledi added.
The secretary gave away shields and certificates to the painters and artists who took part in the exhibition.
Published in Dawn, January 2nd, 2020

Business incubation centres, hostels for women to be set up in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of a project worth Rs100 million to establish business incubation centres, hostels and bazaars in the province for women.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that unfortunately schools, colleges, infrastructure and dams were built during the previous governments but poor financial management did not yield any results for the common man. He said that lack of planning barred completion of development schemes even after a passage of 15 years.
“Instead of blaming previous regimes, the provincial government is focused on its future goals in order to ensure development in Balochistan. We have been reviewing the needs of public departments and moving forward with effective mechanisms,” the chief minister said, adding that the government was looking for investment opportunities.

He added that the provincial authorities had commenced construction of a 2,500km highwa…

MPC slams Centre over Balochistan gas crisis

QUETTA: The icy Siberian winds that have gripped Balochistan’s capital and northern parts of the province since Friday is forcing people to stay indoors while they also face the problem of low gas pressure depriving them of much-needed warmth.
This was the main theme of the Multi-Party Conference held on Sunday in Ziarat in which leaders such as Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal and Nasarullah Zerey of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Ghulam Nabi Marri of Balochistan National Party-Mengal, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazal’s Dilawar Khan Kakar and Awami National Party’s Abdul Bari Kakar censured the federal government for the gas crisis in their province.
“Since 1952, Balochistan has been supplying gas to the country yet here the people are facing gas shortages making it difficult them to live in freezing temperature,” they said.

The conference also criticised the policies of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) in Balochistan alleging the company was overbilling the people of Balochistan whi…

CM sees Balochistan as changed province in five years

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that Balochistan would emerge as a changed province in next five years as his government was pursuing a comprehensive planning for its development.
Speaking at a ceremony for distribution of laptops among students on Tuesday, he said his government’s top priority was developing human resources and increasing revenue collection.
“Agriculture, minerals, energy, tourism and fisheries sectors are open for investment. People from all over the world will come to invest in Balochistan in the next few years.”

The chief minister said it was an era of fast changes and more amazing developments would take place in the computer and technology sectors in the next five years.
He exhorted youths to seize opportunities in education and technology sectors which would undergo major transformation in the coming years.
Mr Alyani advised students not to compromise on the quality of education. He expressed the hope that…

Quota for tribal dists, Balochistan students increased in medical colleges

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) on Tuesday informed a parliamentary committee that the quota for students from tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan had been increased by 800 per cent in public sector medical and dental colleges.
The Senate Functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas held a meeting to discuss implementation status of its recommendations.
The recommendations were given considering a decision of the federal cabinet years ago that the special quotas should be allocated for the students of Fata and Balochistan. Though the educational institutions had increased the quota, the number of seats remained unchanged as the now dissolved Pakistan Medical and Dental Council was of the view that seats were allocated as per the provincial quota.

PMC Secretary Dr Arsalan Hayat while briefing the committee on Tuesday said four seats in each of the public medical and dental colleges had been approved and notified over and above the e…

India must assist Balochistan in its fight against Pakistan’s atrocities

Jaibans Singh

Source: News Intervention
Balochistan, the most restive province of Pakistan, has entered into a new era of violence and dissent. Inputs of atrocities being committed on innocent civilians by the Pakistan Army and its sponsored terrorists are coming out frequently despite an attempt to keep the situation under wraps. The root of the problem lies in the fact that the people of Balochistan have never accepted their forcible merger as a province of Pakistan. The beleaguered nation has been fighting for independence for many decades.

Historically, Balochistan has remained a sovereign nation for millenniums. It was illegally and immorally split by the British; first the western part was merged with Iran by the British in 1879, later, in 1893, the British merged the Northern part with Afghanistan, once again illegally. In 1928, when Iran was under the monarchical rule of Shah Reza, it forcibly occupied the remainder of the western region. The Eastern part remained a principality …

Sibi: Gunmen attack construction company, 1 killed

Jan 02, 2020
(Current Balochistan)
Armed men targeted construction company personnel near the forces camp in Sibi area of ​​Balochistan on Thursday.
According to details, unidentified gunmen attacked a construction company near the frontier Corps where one personal of construction company is killed on the spot and an other got injured and near the Frontier Corps camp in the Loni area of Sibi.
It is being said that the dead and injured are from Sadiqabad area of ​​Punjab, who were taken to Sibi Hospital. 
As soon as the incident was reported, the Levies forces arrived at the exit point and started investigation.