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A Cry for Justice presents a case of deprivation of Balochistan in a very articulate manner

“Balochistan is the most deprived province,” this is the oft-repeated cliché used by ethnic-nationalist politicians of  Balochistan . The claims of deprivation by the politicians are only rhetoric’s because they normally don’t present any evidence to back their claims. However, Kaiser Bengali in his new book “A Cry for Justice” has presented a case of deprivation of Balochistan in a very articulate manner with the help of empirical evidence. This book which focuses on political economy provides a concrete factual basis which can be used to plea the case of deprivation of Balochistan in federal structure of Pakistan. Dr Kaiser Bengali is a noted economist who has served at important positions in his career. From 2013 to 2016 he served as the head of Chief Ministers’ Policy Reforms Unit (CMPRU) in Balochistan. During his stint as CMPRU chief, Bengali and his team produced series of research papers on different issues of Balochistan. This book is largely made up of data collected during t

India summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan's remarks on Kashmir

Reuters Updated  February 18, 2020 India says Erdogan's remarks will have a bearing on bilateral trade. — AFP/File India summoned the Turkish ambassador on Monday to lodge a diplomatic protest over President Tayyip Erdogan's  remarks  on occupied Kashmir and warned it would have a bearing on bilateral ties. During a visit to Pakistan last week, Erdogan said the situation in occupied Kashmir was worsening because of sweeping changes New Delhi introduced in the Muslim-majority region and that Turkey stood in solidarity with the people of Kashmir. India told Turkish envoy Sakir Ozkan Torunlar that Erdogan's comments lacked any understanding of the history of the Kashmir dispute, the Indian foreign ministry said. “This recent episode is but one more example of a pattern of Turkey interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. India finds that completely unacceptable,” foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said. He said that India had served a strong demarche, or for

The potential climate consequences of China's Belt and Roads Initiative

YaleClimateConnections.org By  Jan Ellen Spiegel  on Feb 17, 2020 The enormous infrastructure development effort could lock in heat-trapping greenhouse emissions for decades. China’s Belt and Road Initiative is big. Really big. Potentially the most ambitious and widespread international infrastructure development effort  ever , involving rail lines, highways, power plants, pipe lines, ports, and more. Seriously –  ever . Given the Chinese government’s penchant for obfuscation and lack of transparency, it can be a little hard to tell just how precise the term “BRI”, as it is known, really is; or whether it’s more of a branding label slapped on anything that might fit. That said, BRI investment so far is estimated to be somewhere between $1 and $8 trillion, encompassing hundreds of projects, with 125 countries said to have agreements with China as of mid 2019 – though estimates now are around 140, involving projects worldwide. Among the many concerns BRI is generating around the world ar

Gwadar being developed as ‘smart port city’

Gwadar being developed as ‘smart port city’   KARACHI: Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) Director General Shahzeb Khan Kakar said on Monday that Gwadar’s development was moving in the right direction and soon it [Gwadar] would emerge as a smart port city, much like Singapore. He was addressing a gathering at the Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD), where prominent ABAD members, including Chairman Mohsin Sheikhani, Senior Vice Chairman Sohail Warind and Star Marketing CEO Wasiq Naeem were present. Kakar said the [Gwadar] master plan, as well as its related bylaws, have been formulated and that this would help expedite the pace of development. “Issues pertaining to the master plan as well as lack of bylaws had become a major hurdle in the development of the region, but this has now been sorted out,” he said, adding that the government was fully committed to achieving the dream of a modern Gwadar. Another hurdle in the way of Gwadar’s development, he said, was the *

8 killed in Pakistan blast in Balochistan

Officials suspect blast was act of suicide bomber, though no groups have yet claimed the attack Aamir Latif   | 17.02.2020 FILE PHOTO KARACHI, Pakistan At least eight people were killed and over a dozen injured in a suspected suicide bombing in southwest Pakistan on Monday, an official confirmed. The blast, which occurred on a busy street of Quetta, was the latest in a recent string of attacks in the capital of southwestern Balochistan province. Provincial Interior Minister Mir Zia Langov told Anadolu Agency that the incident took place as security forces tried to intercept a motorcycle in the city center. He said authorities were investigating whether the explosive was planted on the vehicle, or worn by the rider in a bomb-vest. Some 15 people were also injured, apart from several vehicles with varying degrees of damage, he added. None have so far claimed the attack. Live images broadcast by local Geo News network showed broken windows, charred wreckages of damaged vehicles and other

Dera Bugti: Pakistan Army convoy ambushed, BLT claims responsibility

Date:  17 Feb 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Unknown gunmen ambushed convoy of Pakistan army in Singsila region of Balochistan’s Dera Bugti district on Sunday Morning. According to details convoy of Pakistan army who were guarding construction work of road in Singsila were attacked from nearby mountains . Sources told, that armed men have fired several rocket and ambushed the convoy in Chighardi area. Which resulted killings six troops while injuring three others. On the other hand Miraan Baloch, the spokesman for the Baloch Liberation Tigers talking to media outlets claimed responsibility of the attack on army in Dera Bugti. Mr Baloch has claimed that six personnel were killed in the ambushed while several got injured. SOURCES: REPUBLICAN NEWS

Two Balochistan-based human rights groups announce merger

Date:  17 Feb 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Two Balochistan-based human rights groups on Sunday announced their merger. According to details, The decision came in the midst of escalating rights abuses in war-torn Balochistan where thousands of cases of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings have come to limelight since early 2000s. The Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB) and the Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) announced the decision on their Twitter account, adding that they came to the conclusion during a joint meeting on February 9. Baloch Human Rights Organization @BHROrganization The Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) and the Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB) have decided in favour of a merger after prolonged deliberations. The decision was reached in a joint meeting on February 9. The united group 62 7:46 PM - Feb 16, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 54 people are talking about this The Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) and the Human Rights