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The ‘Death Squads’ in Balochistan

By  Northlines  - May 21, 2020         The ‘Death Squads’ in Balochistan Nilesh Kunwar Maj Nadeemhttp://www.thenorthlines.com/the-death-squads-in-balochistan/  with members of his ‘Death Squad’ (encircled) with weapons supplied by Pakistan army.Note that two of seated persons (second from left and on extreme right) are holding Pakistan army issue H&K G3 Rifles while seated person(second from right) is armed with a H&K MP5 sub-machinegun The Director General (DG) of Pakistan Army’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), informed about the improvised explosive device (IED) attack on a Frontier Corps vehicle on May 8 in Kech district of Southern Balochistan. The explosion  had claimed the lives of six Pakistan army men(including an officer identified as Major Nadeem Abbas Bhatti). What DGISPR didn’t mention was that besides these six security force personnel, three minors who were travelling in the same vehicle were also killed in the IED blast and we learnt of this f

Eight soldiers killed in Pakistan's restive Balochistan Province

By  ARSHAD MEHMOOD / THE MEDIA LINE     MAY 21, 2020 14:20 A PAKISTAN ARMY vehicle carrying the long-range surface-to-surface Ghauri missile passes a portrait of the nation’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in 1999. (photo credit: REUTERS) Deaths occurred Tuesday in two separate assaults near border with Iran, according to military       Advertisement Seven Pakistani troops were killed by a roadside bomb and an eighth was shot dead by militants in separate May 19 attacks in the southwestern province of Balochistan near Iran, the Pakistani military says. “Seven soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer, were killed on Wednesday when their vehicle was targeted with a remote-controlled IED [improvised explosive device] in the… Machh area of Balochistan,” the armed forces said in a statement. “The vehicle was returning from patrol duty. Meanwhile, another soldier lost his life in an exchange of fire with militants near the Mand area of Balochistan.” The attacks followed a May 8 assau

Timely completion of CPEC project among govt’s top priorities: Qureshi

  Pakistan Today ISLAMABAD:  Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said that timely completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects is among the top priorities of the government. He said this while chairing a consultative meeting regarding regional security and Pakistan’s priorities held on Thursday. He said that peace and stability in Afghanistan is of paramount importance for the region. He said that Pakistan has been playing his reconciliatory role in Afghan peace process with utmost sincerity under common obligation and it will continue to do so in future as well. The meeting also held detailed discussion on the coronavirus pandemic, changing situation in the area, and challenges confronting the region as a result of the contagion. The minister emphasised ensuring complete preparation to face new possible challenges in wake of regional and international situation due to Covid-19. He also stressed upon promoting economic diplomacy to achieve economic goals

Chinese envoy slams US ‘arrogant’ attitude towards CPEC

  ISLAMABAD:  Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing on Thursday said that the United States’ attitude towards China, China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Pakistan-China relations was a combination of ‘arrogance, distortion and desire for hegemony’. While addressing a webinar, the envoy said that China will be a partner of Pakistan, but will never try to become its teacher. Pakistan-China Institute, in cooperation with Lahore University for Management Sciences’ (LUMS) Centre for Chinese Legal Studies, had organized the special webinar under the framework of ‘Friends of Silk Road’ to celebrate 69 Years of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. Around 50 people from Beijing, Islamabad and Lahore, including Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Naghmana Hashmi, former Chinese minister, Dr Zhao Baige and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain, participated in the video conference. The webinar was moderated by Mustafa Pakistan-China Institute Executive Director H

China is losing its critical African “friends” when it needs them the most

 BEYONGO MUKETE DYNAMIC 19 MAY 2020 With rising tension between Beijing and the West, China needs friends now more than ever. But repeated racially-motivated discrimination against Africans in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou are undermining decades of China’s efforts to build a reservoir of diplomatic goodwill across Africa.  Spike in attacks on Africans in Guangzhou Anxiety and anger are rising across Africa in response to reports emerging from Guangzhou of hotel workers ejecting Africans in the middle of the night and officials  seizing passports  and threatening arrest and  deportation . Videos circulating online showed restaurants in Guangzhou with signs refusing entry to Africans.  Nigerian Consulate Officials  also reported widespread forceful quarantines and testing of Africans in the city.  Guangzhou has served as a “trading community and a bridge” between  Chinese and African businesses  since the early 1990s. As the heartland of China’s export-led manufacturing sector,

China-Pakistan: A journey of friendship (1950-2020)

China-Pakistan: A journey of friendship (1950-2020) By Zamir Ahmed Awan Source:Global Times Published: 2020/5/21  National flags of China and Pakistan flutter in front of the Tiananmen Square on Tuesday. Photo: IC Pakistan and China established diplomatic relations on May 21, 1951. The first high-level official delegation visited China just after three months of liberation, on January 4, 1950. But the bonds of friendship have gone back to centuries-old trade relations, when Chinese traders travel through Pakistan on their business trips to the Middle-East, Europe, and the rest of the world through ancient Silk Route. Over 2,000 yers ago famous figures such as the monks Fa Xian and Xuan Zang traveled through areas which are today known as Pakistan.  This relationship was built on the strength of successive achievements and becomes formidable with each passing day and year. The leadership of both countries is committed to taking this relationship forward. To understand the depth of this

Border disputes a reminder of the threat posed by China: U.S. Diplomat Alice Wells

Alice Wells, U.S.’s top envoy for South and Central Asia. | Photo Credit:  AFP Sriram Lakshman 20 MAY 2020 22:33 IST UPDATED: 20 MAY 2020 23:35 IST U.S. continues to see provocations by Beijing, says top official The U.S.’s top diplomat for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, called the  recent tensions between India and China  along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) a reminder of the “threat” posed by China. Her comments come at a time when the U.S.-China relationship, already strained due to trade disputes, has further deteriorated over U.S. accusations of China’s mismanagement of the  coronavirus  ( COVID-19 ) pandemic. News Analysis | Behind new incidents, a changed dynamic along India-China border “The flare-ups on the border I think are a reminder that Chinese aggression is not always just rhetorical. And so whether it’s on the South China Sea or whether it’s along the border with India, we continue to see provocations and disturbing behaviour by China that raises questions about

PAKISTAN BANS POLITICAL PARTY CRITICAL OF CHINA'S BELT AND ROAD

PAKISTAN BANS POLITICAL PARTY CRITICAL OF CHINA'S BELT AND ROAD Nikkei Asian Review (21 May 2020) Zia Ur Rehman Karachi   Pakistan has banned a political party well known for criticizing China's Belt and Road Initiative along with two other groups for alleged terrorist links, highlighting the country's reliance on Beijing for political and economic support. Pakistan's interior ministry early this month outlawed Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz-Arisar (JSQM-A), a party based in the southern province of Sindh, along with two militant groups in the same province -- the Sindhudesh Liberation Army (SLA) and the Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA) -- citing "reasonable grounds" that the organizations have ties to terrorism. Click for more

Pak-China 69 Years Friendship Yields Fruits: Yao Jing

   9 hours ago    Thu 21st May 2020 | 11:38 AM Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said on Thursday that China and Pakistan were true friends and brother sharing weal and woe and the cooperation between the two countries in the fight against COVID-19 was a model of international cooperation BEIJING, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st May, 2020 ) : Chinese  Ambassador to  Pakistan  Yao Jing said on Thursday that  China  and  Pakistan  were true friends and brother sharing weal and woe and the cooperation between the two countries in the fight against COVID-19 was a model of international cooperation. " China  and  Pakistan  are true friends and brothers sharing weal and woe. The cooperation between  China  and  Pakistan  in the fight against COVID-19 is a model of international cooperation. Our all-weather strategic and cooperative partnership is consolidated in addressing this common challenge."� Yao Jing made these remarks in an exclusive interview with  China  Econ