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Birth of a Nation

by  Martin Axmann.  Back to the Future: The Khanate of Kalat and the Genesis of Baloch Nationalism 1915-1955.  Oxford University Press, 2009.In a country where nationality is defined in terms of religion and religion alone, “the Baloch nation” can hardly find a legitimate space, even as a term of reference.  There is no notion in the minds of the powers that be of a nationality other than an exclusive and sweeping “Pakistani.”  History and political reality, however, informs us otherwise.  The secession of East Pakistan taught the hard lesson that national identities cannot be brushed aside and diversity cannot be suppressed by military might.  This fundamental lesson of 1971 is still glossed over in what remains of Pakistan.  Perhaps the secession of East Pakistan is the reason, amongst others, that the subject of Baloch nationalism evokes a passionate response from the supporters of a single Pakistani nation.  The ruling establishment of Pakistan denies the very …

Gwadar, security & inclusive development

DailyTimes.com.pk
The journey from the exit out of the Gwadar Airport to the narrow passage through the old town – barely half a kilometre stretch – to the security check points before the Port Area and on the way to the Kohe Batil is not amusing at all. The first thing that strikes a maiden visitor to the area during this 10 kilometre trip is the narrow entry-exit gate; all the vehicles on the way out have to meander through a dirt patch if the way is blocked by incoming traffic – a sad reflection indeed on the competence of the authorities.Equally striking is the presence of about two dozen armed soldiers and their vehicles near and around the gate of the airport. The sight of this imposing presence of armed forces itself is a turn-off, in fact intimidating, particularly for foreign visitors who are not used to such scenes.Thirdly, although over 95 per cent of the road – Padizar – has been dualized, yet lack of consultation with locals and apparent official indifference to the concern…

Iraq turns to China's 'Belt and Road,' challenging U.S. dominance in Middle East

Washington Post

By Ben Wolfgang- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 9, 2020 China’s path to economic dominance in the 21st century runs directly through the Middle East, with Beijing banking on forging multibillion-dollar partnerships with Iraq, Pakistan and even war-torn Syria to provide fuel in its quest to supplant the U.S. as the world’s top power.Iraq’s unexpected announcement last fall that it intends to join Beijing’s massive Belt and Road Initiative, analysts say, is just one example of China’s rapidly growing economic footprint in the Middle East.
China views the region as fertile soil for investments in water systems, roads, bridges, electrical grids and other key pieces of infrastructure that have either never been fully developed or have been badly degraded by decades of war.China has poured about $24 billion into Iraq since 2005, and the vast majority of that is in energy projects, according to the China Global Investment Tracker, a project of the American Enterprise In…

Unveiling The Undiscovered Balochi Cuisine — Famous Food Of Balochistan

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Travelers are always looking for places that are rich in culture specially the food and lifestyle. People are up for traveling miles if they know they’ll get good food there. So they’re always looking up for unique cuisines. And talking of unique cuisines how could we leave Balochi cuisine undiscussed. Balochistan is the region which is popular for its extraordinary taste in food. And they also have a very distinctive way of cooking. The locals of this region are obsessed with meat. Almost all their dishes are made of beef lamb and goat meat.The tourism in this region is highly motivated by either its landscapes or its food. Tourists after returning home from their trip to Balochistan find it hard to forget the relishing flavors. Not just of Balochistan in fact of almost every part of Pakistan.Pakistani food has the most incredible mix of spices. It makes it stand out in all other cuisines around the world. T…

Where’s Xi? China’s Leader Commands Coronavirus Fight From Safe Heights

Nytimes.com


Xi Jinping has backed out of the spotlight as the country faces its worst crisis in years, reflecting the political risks he faces if efforts to contain the virus fail.Image President Xi Jinping of China in Macau in December. The coronavirus crisis is profoundly testing the authoritarian system he has built around himself.Credit...Anthony Wallace/Agence France-Presse — Getty Image By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers Published Feb. 8, 2020Updated Feb. 9, 2020, 5:53 a.m. ET WUHAN, China — President Xi Jinping strode onstage before an adoring audience in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing less than three weeks ago, trumpeting his successes in steering China through a tumultuous year and promising “landmark” progress in 2020.“Every single Chinese person, every member of the Chinese nation, should feel proud to live in this great era,” he declared to applause on the day before the Lunar New Year holiday. “Our progress will not be halted by any storms and tempests.”Mr. Xi made…