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Dera Bugti: Four more persons abducted by Pakistani Army

Current Balochistan

Date: 8 Apr 2020Author: Admin0 Pakistani Army and intelligence agency have forcefully disappeared four persons from Dera Bugti district of Balochistan and moved them to an undisclosed detention.According to details, Last night, Pakistan Army and intelligence agency have raided houses in Zainkoh area of Dera Bugti and abducted at least four perosns. Abductees have been named as Mangal s/o Khair Mohd Bugti, Gwadri s/o Khair Mohd Bugti, Taju s/o Jong Ali Bugti, & Zahoor s/o Koh Dil Bugti.While, thousands of Baloch people are still missing by the Pakistani forces and intelligence agencies, some of the missing persons have been released lately after years of detention  but the bodies of a large number of missing persons have also been recovered from different areas at different times.Families of the victims of enforced disappearance have been protesting continuously for more than a decade for the safe recovery of their loved ones but their everyday protest and one of …

Chinese FDI in Europe: 2019 Update

Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the European Union (EU) continued to contract in 2019, mirroring the decline in Chinese investments globally. Chinese firms completed FDI transactions worth EUR 12 billion, a decline of 33 percent from 2018 levels, bringing the total back to 2013 levels. This was due mainly to continuing capital controls, a clampdown on “irrational” acquisitions of a few key investors and a deleveraging campaign that reduced Chinese firms’ ability to finance overseas assets purchases. Along with a shift in geographical distribution, preferred sectors changed, with consumer products and services overtaking automotive as the main target for Chinese investors.

While equity investment has fallen, research and development collaborations between Chinese and foreign firms, universities and governments have continued to grow. Although the majority are benign and desirable from a European perspective, some raise concerns that must be addressed, including the transfer o…

Pakistan is the only country in the world that is arresting doctors for demanding PPEs. BNM

Current BalochistanDate: 8 Apr 2020Author: Admin0 “Enforced disappearance of the Baloch nation, killing in state custody, ground and aerial bombardment and military operations on a daily basis, already put the Baloch nation with a similar situation like that of the coronavirus. But this pandemic added a thousand times more in the hardship of Baloch nation” BNM spokesman added in a press release.The central spokesperson of Baloch National Movement has condemned the arrest and use of force against the doctors in Quetta, Balochistan. As we have already expressed our reservations that on the perspective of the colonial behavior of Pakistan and enmity against Baloch nation we have mentioned from day one that Pakistan would use the coronavirus pandemic against Baloch nation.“The arrest of doctors, who were asking for their due demands, verifies our reservations. When we campaigned against this strategy of Pakistan that it would use the coronavirus as a biological weapon against the Baloch na…

Army to provide protection gear to Balochistan medics

–ISPR urges patience, says govt trying to acquire and supply resources required to fight COVID-19RAWALPINDI: A day after the Quetta police arrested over a dozen doctors, protesting against the unavailability of personal protective equipment (PPEs) in public hospitals, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday announced that emergency supplies of medical equipment, including PPEs, were being dispatched to the provincial capital “to help medical staff fight COVID-19 effectively in Balochistan”.The equipment is being supplied on the special directives of Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, it said.In a series of tweets, the military’s media wing quoted Gen Bajwa as saying: “Doctors and paramedics are the frontline soldiers in this war. Most advanced nations/govts are finding it extremely difficult to fight this pandemic.”“Pakistan government is striving hard to acquire and supply the required resources. In this hour of distress, we must remain patient and steadfast,” ad…

YDA ends boycott after successful negotiations with Balochistan government

Geo.tvPakistan Web Desk April 08, 2020 YDA hopes the Balochistan government will hold true to its promises as they resume services in hospitals across the country
Reuters QUETTA: The Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Tuesday announced an end to their boycott after reaching an agreement with the provincial government.Provincial ministerZmarak Khan announced that the government had accepted the rightful demands put forward by the YDA. "We stand with doctors and the paramedical staff," he said during a press conference with the association's president, Dr Yasir Khan.The YDA had announced a boycott of their services in hospitals across Balochistan on Monday after Quetta police baton-charged doctors for protesting near the CM House.One-hundred and fifty doctors were arrested for protesting against the lack of Personal Protection Equipment in hospitals across the province to treat coronavirus patients."We are putting in all our efforts to win the war against the coronavirus,&…

How the United States Should Deal With China in Pakistan

DANIEL MARKEY APRIL 08, 2020ARTICLE Source: Getty
https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/04/08/how-united-states-should-deal-with-china-in-pakistan-pub-81456

Summary:  The Trump administration holds a decidedly critical view of China’s infrastructure initiatives in Pakistan. Although there is much to criticize in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the administration’s fixation on commercial and economic issues threatens to distract U.S. policymakers from deeper concerns.
INTRODUCTIONBy the end of 2019, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), China’s high-profile development initiative in Pakistan, had shifted to a new phase. Whereas the first CPEC projects were mainly devoted to building new physical infrastructure, like power plants and highways, the next iteration of CPEC will tackle a wider array of projects intended to spur economic development and job creation.Changes in CPEC were motivated by Pakistan’s political and institutional realities as well as by the broader evolution of …

FATF grants unexpected relief to Pakistan amid pandemic

Updated April 08, 2020
Five-month grace period given to submit report on 13 benchmarks for foolproof arrangements against terror financing. — AFP/File ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday rece­ived an unexpected relief when it was given a five-month grace period by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to submit its performance report on 13 outstanding benchmarks for foolproof arrangements against money laundering and terror financing.“We have just received an intimation from FATF through the State Bank of Pakistan that our review scheduled for June 21-26 in Beijing has been postponed,” a senior government official told Dawn. The country’s performance would now be reviewed in October.He said Pakistan was earlier required to submit a performance report by April 20. “We will now send our report to FATF in August that would be reviewed in October,” the official said, adding the postponement was apparently caused by uncertainties over the coronavirus pandemic bu…