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Pakistani bid to form group of OIC envoys at UN foiled

Pakistani bid to form group of OIC envoys at UN foiledUpdated May 27, 2020
The UAE, Maldives oppose proposal for the group on Islamophobia. — AFP/File ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates and the Maldives together thwarted a Pakistani attempt to set up an informal group of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) envoys at the United Nations on Islamophobia.A senior diplomatic source told Dawn that Pakistan’s permanent representative at the United Nations Munir Akram highlighted the issue of Islamophobia at a recent virtual meeting of the envoys of OIC member countries at the UN.It was a routine meeting of the envoys of OIC countries, which discussed other issues as well.The Pakistan envoy specifically highlighted the plight of the Muslims in India and the people of occupied Kashmir, who are suffering at the hands of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.He told the meeting that Islamophobia in India had become more pronounced during the Covid-19 pandemic and recalled the a…

Andrews flags further announcements on next phase of Belt and Road

Andrews flags further announcements on next phase of Belt and RoadBy Noel Towellhttps://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/andrews-flags-further-announcements-on-belt-and-road-road-map-20200527-p54wv9.html

May 27, 2020 — 12.59pmThe Victorian government looks set to pursue the next step of its controversial Belt and Road deal with the Chinese government, despite widespread criticism of the deal. Premier Daniel Andrews indicated on Wednesday that the timetable for agreeing to the next step of the deal, a "co-operation road map" between the state and the communist country, had been pushed back by the COVID-19 pandemic but that "further announcements" were on the way.The state Labor government has come under fire from the conservative side of politics, defence commentators and even some federal ALP figures for agreeing to the deal despite federal government objections.The Age revealed on Wednesday that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was not consulted on the…

Activists, families continue protests against human rights violations in Balochistan

ANI | Updated: May 26, 2020 16:34 IST Quetta [Pakistan], May 26 (ANI): Political activists and families of missing persons in Balochistan have been protesting for weeks to secure the safe release of their loved ones.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday, the grieving victim families continued to hold demonstrations outside Quetta Press Club and raised demand for the release of their kin from Pakistan Army's secret cells.
Dr Abdul Hakeem Lehri, a Central Committee member of the Baloch Republican Party said in his address, "These people standing here are not terrorists. They have come here to protest for their fathers and brothers. I want to make it clear that your country will have to bear the cost of all the atrocities carried upon us. You have been persecuting Balochs for years and trying to conquer our land."
"Your country will suffer the consequences of what you are doing today with us. But let me warn you that you will be deluged by the same blood of Balochs whi…

Pakistan finally gives green light to controversial Indus dam in Kashmir, : Roller-compacted dams

26 May 2020 | By GCR Staff |  A Chinese-Pakistani joint venture has been awarded a project to build a dam on the River Indus in the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan.When completed in 2028, the Diamer Bhasha dam, China’s first major civil engineering scheme in Kashmir, will have a 272-metre-high barrage, making it the tallest roller-compacted concrete dam in the world.The project will be part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), itself part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
It will have a generating capacity variously given as 4.8GW and 6GW, and will be situated in the Pakistan-administered region of Gilgit-Baltistan, about 320km from the Chinese border.As well as power, the dam will create a 200 sq km reservoir, greatly increasing Pakistan’s water security.According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the first phase of the dam, worth $2.8bn, has been awarded to a team made up of China’s Power Construction Corporation and the Pakistan Army’s Frontier Works Organi…

First CPEC and now China’s Covid-19: Gilgit-Baltistan’s growing woes | Opinion

Gilgit-Baltistan is not a constitutional part of Pakistan and therefore survives on financial handouts from Islamabad.Updated: May 07, 2020 07:52 IST By Senge H Sering,
There is only one Covid-19 testing centre for the entire Gilgit-Baltistan territory with capacity to test 15 people per day.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/first-cpec-and-now-china-s-covid-19-gilgit-baltistan-s-growing-woes-opinion/story-xWvZmEntn6Q1Tbq4DPuAlM.html
Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), in proportion to population, has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Pakistan. So far, 607 people have tested positive in a territory with less than one and half million people. Heroes like Dr. Osama Riaz and paramedic Malik Ashtar who unfortunately died while performing duties without virus protective kits have become a source to galvanize society. Locals blame the authorities for committing criminal negligence by not transporting Dr. Osama to Islamabad to save his life. Dismal economic condition and lack of preparedness cou…

CPEC turns into ‘Green Corridor’ under 2nd phase

World INP May 27, 2020 BEIJING: China, Pakistan Economic Corridor is turning into a 'Green Corridor' which galvanized the mutual opportunities for developing agriculture sector, under its second phase.According to a... ShareNext Story >>> BEIJING: China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is turning into a 'Green Corridor' which galvanized the mutual opportunities for developing agriculture sector, under its second phase.According to a report published by Gwadar Pro, the second phase of CPEC, apart from other important focus on the areas of collaboration, agriculture has received primary and immediate attention from all sides.China has recently appointed Agriculture Commissioner that has oversight of the cooperation between the two countries. Recently the second meeting of the Joint Working Group on Agriculture was hosted online to further deepen the filed cooperation. There were discussions primarily in setting priorities for the agricultural development.Both Pakis…

China ignores India over dam project in Pakistani Kashmir

Debt-laden Islamabad gets Beijing funds for joint venture opposed by Delhi Pakistan has secured funding from China for a major hydropower joint venture in Kashmir, but the loan terms have not been revealed.     © Reuters
https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Belt-and-Road/China-ignores-India-over-dam-project-in-Pakistani-Kashmir
ADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writerMay 24, 2020 15:36 J
KARACHI -- In a move that has seriously displeased India and tightened economic relations with China, Pakistan has awarded a contract to a Chinese-Pakistani joint venture to build a dam in the long-disputed Kashmir region. The initial phase of the Diamer Bhasha dam project, worth 442 billion Pakistan rupees ($2.75 billion), has been awarded to a joint venture between Power Construction Corporation of China and the Pakistan Army's Frontier Works Organization on a 70:30 basis.
The project is located in Gilgit-Baltistan, a northerly region 320km from the border with China. The multipurpose dam will be used for power …

Social media in Pakistan and GSP+ compliance under stress

By Siegfried O. Wolf. 26 May, 2020ISSN NUMBER: 2406-5617
 DOWNLOAD PDF Siegfried O. Wolf Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research at SADF (Coordinator: Democracy Research Programme); he was educated at the Institute of Political Science (IPW) and South Asia Institute (SAI), both Heidelberg University. Additionally he is member (affiliated researcher) of the SAI as well as a former research fellow at IPW and Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi, India).
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In the shadow of the corona virus pandemic and hardly noticed by international observers, the government of Pakistan is attempting to establish a sweeping state-oversight over the social media sector (CPJ, 2020, February 13). In order to do so, Islamabad envisaged a set of new regulations called the ‘Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020’ [later referred to as rules or regulations] which would have far reaching impacts on the ways in which social m…