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Gwadar Port a Golden Goose for China; Shot in the Dark for Pakistan

Gwadar Port a Golden Goose for China; Shot in the Dark for Pakistan May 10, 2020 ; By: Brig SK Chatterji (Retd)  Source: The Chinese BDlt and the Road Initiative’s (BRI) flagship project remains the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The CPEC’s arterial road lifeline runs 3000 km and links Kashgar, in Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in northwest China, along the Karakoram highway, through the Khunjerab Pass, further southwest through Gilgit – Baltistan in Pakistan occupied Kashmir to Islamabad and then to Gwadar. The Gwadar Port is also a point of confluence between the Chinese Maritime Silk Road and the BRI. China expects huge economic and strategic benefits from CPEC. Debt-ridden Pakistan expects to tide over its current dire financial state and simultaneously develop stronger strategic ties with the Chinese that offer greater resilience against India. Chinese Strategic and Economic Interests The strategic import of Gwadar needs to be viewed in the context of

NDMA dispatches PPEs to four Balochistan hospitals

May 10, 2020 ISLAMABAD, May 10 (APP):National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has started dispatching the fifth consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the doctors and paramedics working across country hospitals to save them from the deadly coronavirus. According to NDMA spokesman, (the first in a series of) fifth consignment containing safety equipment was sent to four hospitals of Balochistan on Sunday morning. The sent equipment included three PCR testing machines, 20,000 complete testing kits, 20,000 surgical masks, 6,000 N-95 masks,10,000 KN-95 masks, 14,000 protective suits,16,000 gloves, 500 each gowns and face shields, 800 protective goggles and 8,000 sanitiser bottles. Likewise, he said the fifth consignment to other federating units was also being dispatched

Balochistan: Pakistani soldiers posted in war zone commit suicide

BalochWarna about 3 hours ago QUETTA: According to reports, two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel stationed in district Kech of Balochistan committed suicide Friday. According to details, one of them shot himself at Gomazi Bin Pir area in Kech and the other killed himself by jumping in Nahing Naddi (river) in Tump area of the same district. in Tempe area of Ketch. Meanwhile, Ali Wazir, a leader of the Pashtun Tehreek Movement and a member of the Pakistani National Assembly, tweeted on social networking site Twitter that minors were being recruited in the FC and were being sent war zone in Balochistan. He further wrote that only yesterday an FC man committed suicide in Korai Dera Ismail Khan who was on duty in Balochistan. Baloch and Pashtun analysts are of the view that young Pashtun children are forcibly being recruited in Pakistan Paramilitary forces and send to Balochistan in an effort to stir rifts between two nations. It is to be noted that the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (Pashtun Protec

Balochistan to ease lockdown from May 11

By  mohammad zafar  May.10,2020 Businesses to open from 3am to 5pm in Ramazan QUETTA:  After numerous talks with the provincial traders, the Balochistan government has decided to ease lockdown across the province, allowing business activities from Monday in Quetta and other cities. The decision was announced in a joint news conference held at the Deputy Commissioner Office in Balochistan’s provincial capital. Prior to the announcement, the government’s committee comprising provincial minister Saleem Khosa, MPA Asghar Khan Achakzai and Quetta Deputy Commissioner Aurangzeb Badini thoroughly discussed smart-lockdown and related standard operating procedures (SOPs) with traders’ leadership. It was decided by the committee that “following the SOPs decided by the provincial government and traders union, a smart-lockdown will be imposed from Monday under which shops will open and business activities will take place from 3am till 5pm. The practice will continue till Eidul Fitr”. The government

Indian anchor vows to shed blood of Pakistani soldiers in Balochistan on air

By kazim hamdani  May.10,2020 Threats hurled by Gaurav Arya in bizarre televised debate latest in New Delhi's bluster against Islamabad KARACHI: New Delhi is no stranger to issuing hyperbolic statements and  war rhetoric against Pakistan with the Indian army’s retired major Gaurav Arya at the forefront of those spewing hatred from television screens. Gaurav, who serves as the consulting editor for Republic TV and a host for one of their shows, went as far saying,”Now you will see how the blood of their [Pakistani] soldiers will be shed in Balochistan.” He was sitting in as a guest during a televised debate hosted by Arnab Goswami for the channel. He continued his rant,”Hum inkey hawaa nikaal dengay.hawaa [You just watch what we do with them…just watch]”. The hardliner is known for his hawkish views on foreign policy with Pakistan. He went on to claim that he had the numbers of all of the sardars of Balochistan,”Bugti, Marri, Mengal…you name it… I will send it to you with their loca

China under pressure to write off loans as countries struggle to repay debt during coronavirus crisis

China under pressure to write off loans as countries struggle to repay debt during coronavirus crisis PUBLISHED SUN, MAY 10 2020 9:32 PM EDT UPDATED 42 MIN AGO Weizhen Tan @WEIZENT "Many countries under the (Belt and Road) initiative have borrowed heavily from China to invest in new projects, but the pandemic is disrupting economies and will complicate repayment plans," said Kaho Yu, senior Asia analyst at Verisk Maplecroft. Yu told CNBC that currently, low-income countries under the BRI are already asking China for debt relief. China has had a track record of taking over assets when countries indebted to it go under. It will be "under pressure" to extend those loans or even write them off, analysts say. With the development of the Belt and Road Initiative, Poland will be able to export its food products to China by rail, according to the Polish State Railways Cargo. Jaap Arriens | Xinhua | Getty Images China could find itself having to write off massive loans as co

Two more students ‘abducted’ from Kech

Current Balochistan Date:  11 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Pakistani forces have abducted two Baloch students from Turbat city of district Kech Balochistan and shifted them to an unknown location on Sunday. According to details, the Pakistan Army arrested two students Nasir son of Pahlan and Janzahaib son of Rafiq from Turbat Absar, the main city of Kech and transferred them to an unknown location. As per local among the two students Nasir is a student of Bahauddin Zakaria University in Multan Punjab and Janzahaib studies at Uthal University in Balochistan who were arrested by the Pakistani army and disappeared. Abduction-styled-arrests are common in Balochistan, allegedly carried out by Pakistan’s secret agencies. The victims of such abductions are not produced in front of the court and are detained at undisclosed locations. This phenomenon of enforced disappearances by security forces has given birth to the decades-long ‘Missing Persons’ crisis in Balochistan.

India steps up engagement in Indo-Pacific region amid China's Health Silk Road initiative

India steps up engagement in Indo-Pacific region amid China's Health Silk Road initiative India is stepping up engagement in its neighbourhood including in the Indian Ocean Region as part of Indo-Pacific vision amid China's renewed attempts to expand its strategic footprint across Asia by taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis. By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury ,  ET Bureau  |  May 10, 2020, 10.53 PM IST Agencies India  is stepping up engagement in its neighbourhood including in the Indian Ocean Region as part of  Indo-Pacific  vision amid China's renewed attempts to expand its strategic footprint across Asia by taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis. With  China  making efforts to assist countries reeling under the pandemic as part of its "Health Silk Road" initiative, the Modi government has intensified it

Taking stock of China-Pak economic corridor

May 10, 2020,  10:21 AM  IST   Lt General K J Singh    |   TOI Pakistan has decided to lift lockdown to kick-start its tottering economy. The growth engine of Pakistan’s economic revival is powered by CPEC, flagship project of the Belt Road Initiative (BRI). It is tempting to conjure up nightmarish scenarios, specially in pandemic induced global recession. Notwithstanding, our antagonism, laced with some degree of ‘schadenfreude’, it may be gross under estimation of Chinese resilience and persistence. BRI, conceptualised, in pre-Covid-19 era is an audaciously, ambitious project designed to stamp China’s centrality in reordered global economic ecosystem. Hailed as ‘Project of Century’ by Chinese President Xi Jinping, it seeks to cover 65 countries, touching lives of 62% of global population. It’s bevy of projects, entail expenditure of 30% of world GDP, transporting 75% of energy products. Simply put, it will put China at the hub, connectivities radiating along Maritime Silk Road (Strin

Pakistan Army is committing the genocide of Baloch, Pashtun, Sindhi and Kashmiris people – Mehran Marri

Pakistan Army is committing the genocide of Baloch, Pashtun, Sindhi and Kashmiris people – Mehran Marri Date:  10 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Speaking at an online conference with EU members on May 8, Baloch leader Mehran Marri said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had told the world that wherever there was a war situation, there must be ceasefire at this critical juncture of this pandemic but Pakistan is doing the opposite. Pakistani army has intensified its operations across Balochistan. Further, he said Pakistan Army is genociding Balochs, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Kashmiris. Addressing the conference, he said, “I now come to the topic for which this conference has been organized. Human rights violations are rampant in Balochistan. The mysterious death of Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain in Sweden is alarming.” We expect the Swedish authorities to conduct a transparent investigation into the death of Sajid Hussain. We have not yet received any satisfactory response from the Swedish au

Trusting Pakistan was a major strategic blunder for the US: Lawrence Sellin

Trusting Pakistan was a major strategic blunder for the US: Lawrence Sellin sangar publication  - 10 May, 2020 at 11:45 am 11 Shares Lawrence Sellin is a retired US Army Colonel. He is a veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia and trained in Arabic & Kurdish. In this interview with Sangar Media Group and News Intervention, Lawrence Sellin gave fresh insights and an objective analysis on an array of geostrategic issues of South Asia. Dosten Baloch/VivekSinha: US & NATO joint attack toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan because Taliban had given refuge to Osama bin Laden. However, after this US-led attack on Afghanistan, it was Pakistan that gave a sanctuary to the same Osama bin Laden along with Al Zawahiri, Mullah Omar and thousands of other hard core jihadists, and yet US rewarded Pakistan with billions of dollars. Isn’t this a huge contradiction in US’ policy and narrative? If yes, then what is the reason for this contradiction? If no, then how do you explain this cont

BLA and BLF claim responsibility for different attacks on Pakistani forces

Current Balochistan Date:  10 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 The two most active armed groups of Balochistan, Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) have claimed responsibility for different attacks on Pakistani security forces. According to details, Today at ealier morning, militants targeted a check post of Pakistan Army at Zard Aloo in Shahrag, Khost area of ​​Harnai. Militants fled the spot after the attack, but there were reports of casualties among the forces, but officials have not yet commented. According to latest reports, BLA has claimed responsibility for the attack in a media released statement on Sunday. Jeeyand Baloch Spokesman for the group, Said that BLA marksmen today eliminated a Pakistani military personnel deployed at a military outpost in Khost, Shahrag. Whereas, another Baloch militants group Balochistan Liberation Fronts (BLF) took responsibility of the a attack in Kech area of Balochistan. In statement released to the media on Saturday Ba

Awaran: Violence against civilians and use tear gas, two injured and five arrested

Current Balochistan Date:  10 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Awaran police personnel used batons and tear gas on civilians, injuring two civilians and arresting five others. According to local journalist Shafiq Mehr, The incident took place when the police tortured a local shopkeeper and detained his brother. after the police crackdown, shopkeepers closed their shops and staged a sit-in in front of the police station. According to details, the protesting traders closed their businesses and marched to the police station in a peaceful rally where police dispersed them with tear gas and baton charges. Awaran’s business community and political and social figures termed the police brutality in this holy month of Ramadan as utter cruelty and said that instead of maintaining law and order, the police were torturing people us unjustifiably. Locals told CB that we strongly condemned it. they harass the fasting people every day and take their motorcycles to the police station and charge them Rs-1000

Intelligence agencies decide to further mobilize death squads in Balochistan

Current Balochistan Date:  10 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Dozens of small and large armed groups have been formed in different parts of Balochistan by Pakistani intelligence agencies consisting of criminals who have been given free hands for all kinds of looting, theft and robbery. According to the details, Pakistani intelligence agencies and forces in Kech area of ​​Balochistan have decided to further mobilize their local death squads groups. According to sources, the forces and intelligence agencies The criminal group is being pressured to step up its crackdown on libertarians. In Kech, Death Squad groups are under intense pressure to step up their activities after the Baloch militants groups intensified their attacks on Pakistani forces. On the other hand, attacks on death squads set up by Pakistani intelligence agencies by Baloch liberation armed groups continue

HRCB’s website banned in Pakistan

Current Balochistan Date:  10 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Offical website of a Baloch Human Rights organisation, Human Rights Council of Balochistan (Hakkpaan) has been ban in Pakistan. According to statement relased by the HRCB, Our website has been banned in Pakistan. When you try to access it, a notice appears that reads: “Surf Safely! The site you are trying to access contains content that is prohibited for viewership from within Pakistan.” “We are unable to understand the reason for the ban as we have made clear on quite a few occasions that we are not a party to the war in Balochistan. We are a human rights organisation and report cases fairly and without bias. This action by the Pakistani authorities is concerning and we fear that after banning our website, they might now target our volunteers and office-bearers who are living in the country” Statment read. Human Rights Council of Balochistan (Hakkpaan) is a non-profit and non-partisan human rights group bases in Balochistan, Swed