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Amplifying port benefits

Opinion 📌 Kaiser Bengali May 14, 2020 Amidst the daily grind of grim news relating to Covid-19 infections and deaths has come one welcome development, showing that life goes on.The news relates to the federal government’s decision... Amidst the daily grind of grim news relating to Covid-19 infections and deaths has come one welcome development, showing that life goes on. The news relates to the federal government’s decision to open the Gwadar Port for Afghan Transit Trade. This is a very positive development for several reasons. To begin with, it will enhance capacity utilization of the port. However, the accrual of full benefits of this decision will need a number of allied measures to develop Gwadar’s comparative advantage vis-a-vis Karachi. 📌There are two routes for Afghan transit goods:  Karachi-Quetta-Chaman-Kandahar and Karachi-Peshawar-Torkham-Jalalabad. Relatively, Gwadar can be more viable for the former destination. The distance from Karachi to Quetta and from Gwadar to Que

Balochistan is future of Pakistan: COAS

Chief visits Quetta 5 hours ago Our Staff Reporter       ISLAMABAD - General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Quetta on Wednesday. During the visit, COAS attended briefing at Headquarters (HQ) Southern Command, and visited Garrison Quarantine Facility for COVID-19 and interacted with troops busy in COVID relief activities.  During visit to HQ Southern Command, COAS was briefed in detail on security situation, operational preparedness of the formation and border management including fencing along Pak-Afghan and Pak-Iran Borders. COAS was apprised about the formation’s assistance to civil administration in fighting the pandemic and continued measures for socio-economic uplift of the area. During visit to Garrison Quarantine Facility, COAS appreciated the formation for arrangements and facilities established as per health SOPs and guidelines. While interacting with officers and men, COAS lauded their dedication and professionalism. India's 'delayed 5G trials&#

Will COVID-19 Encourage China to Digitize the Belt and Road Initiative?

Today Bee Chun Boo Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Mergers and Acquisitions group Ben Simpfendorfer Founder and CEO of Silk Road Associates The pace of digital BRI activity has ramped up, as has investor interest in Chinese tech companies and the general health care industry. Photo: Shutterstock SHARE THIS ARTICLE         As ripple effects from the coronavirus are felt across the globe, the nature, pace and scope of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) activity will also be affected, both in the near and longer-term future. As China mobilizes resources to manage containment of the virus, it also has to balance challenges to Chinese liquidity and the general economic downturn. COVID-19 will alter the flow of BRI activity in three key areas: global supply and digital value chains, the rise of private sector involvement and increased opportunities for international collaboration. However, despite the challenges to manufacturing and supply chain activity, the pace of digital BRI activity has ramped

China’s Latest Outbound Investment Target…And The Winner Is: India

 May 12, 2020 Posted by Silk Road Briefing Written by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Beijing and Delhi’s One Hundred Year Development Plan Op/Ed by Chris Devonshire-Ellis Much has been made of recent Indian regulatory issues being anti-China investment in tone, however they failed to read the small print. India is in fact the current largest recipient of announced Chinese outbound investment right now, which has risen from 1.8% of China’s total outbound investment spend in 2018, to 5.6% in 2019, and is currently at 7% this year to date. While journalists make a big play about India not signing up to China’s Belt & Road Initiative (due to issues concerning territorial disputes in Kashmir and Arunchal Pradesh) the reality is that Indian Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping  have made reference to a “One Hundred Year Plan”, intended to help both reach their potential in Eurasian trade. While the Indian Prime Minister has not yet accepted this proposal, it remains in the air be

Pashtun boy-soldiers sent forcibly to Balochistan war zone are committing suicide

  Vivek Sinha The young Pashtun boy who committed suicide in Korai Dera Ismail Khan in Balochistan. The strategy of deploying Pashtuns in the war zone of occupied Balochistan by Pakistan’s Punjabi Generals’ has begun to backfire. The young Pashtun boys who are forcibly sent to the inhospitable terrains of Balochistan live in a constant fear of sniper attacks by the Balochistan  Sarmachars  (freedom fighters) and suffer ill-treatment at the hands of their seniors. This has turned them into emotional wrecks. In their desperation these Pashtun soldiers are committing suicide. Over the past few days two junior officers of the Pakistan military committed suicide in Kech district of occupied Balochistan. Local sources told this reporter that one Pakistani soldier committed suicide at Gomazi Bunpir area of Kech and another killed himself at Tump in Kech district. This could have major ramifications for Pakistan’s political stability and can soon snowball into a serious political issue in Paki

M.Phil student of Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad goes missing from Kharan

Current Balochistan Date:  13 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Enforced dissaperance continues, another Student Forcibly disappeared from Kharan district of Balochistan. According to details, on May 11, Sana Siyapad Baloch, a M.Phil student, was abducted by the Pakistan Army in daylight from Jonzdan area of ​​Kharan and moved him to FC camp. According to local eyewitnesses, Personnel of Fronter Corps (FC) along with Kharan Levies reached the Jonzdan river at around 5:30 pm and tortured and forcibly disappeared Sana Baloch and moved him to FC camp. Sana Baloch is a M.Phil student at Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad. Sana Baloch is administrator of Naseer Kubdani academy , the only Balochi literary institution in Kharan. It may be recalled that the abduction of Sana Baloch is a long-standing continuation of the state policy of disappearing enlightened and highly educated Baloch youth in Balochistan. Because a few days before this incident, two students studying at Bahauddin Zakaria Univer