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Showing posts from 2017   Last Updated On  01 January,2018  10:18 am He stated that we should continue efforts to make the country stronger. KARACHI (APP):The Governor of Balochistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai, has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) will open up new avenues of the development in the country. He was talking to media after visiting the mausoleum of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah here on Sunday. The Governor laid wreath at the mausoleum of the Quaid, offered Fateha and recorded his impressions in the Visitors’ Book. He said that Quaid-i-Azam gave the Muslims of the sub- continent a separate homeland so that they could lead their lives with freedom. Achakzai said that it is incumbent upon all to make concerted efforts to make Pakistan strong and prosperous as desired by the founder of the country. He stated that the CPCE will open up new avenues for the developme

Extension of CPEC into a Tripartite Partnership or nowhere?  December 31, 2017 By   Hikmatullah   Authors: Hikmatullah&  Wang Li December 26, 2017, when jointly meeting the press with Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani of Afghanistan and Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif of Pakistan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that China and Pakistan are willing to, together with Afghanistan, actively discuss extending the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan in a proper manner under the principle of mutual benefit and win-win results. China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue aims to enhance political mutual trust through this platform, eventually, to jointly deal with development and security challenges in the region. In view of bilateral relations, Beijing regards Afghanistan as a key land-corridor of building the “BRI”, and determines to, together with the Afghan side, enhance the docking of development strategies. Acc

Balochistan 2017: An Overview of Human Rights Situation    by hakkpaan ,  December 31, 2017 Forward: Pakistan is a signatory to many treaties and conventions that assign the state the responsibility of protecting the citizens of any illegal detention, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment. To name a few most important, Pakistan has signed the  Convention Against Torture  and the  International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights  on 17 April 2008 and ratified them on 23 rd  June 2010; signed the  International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights  on 3 rd  November 2004 and ratified it on 17 April 2008; signed the  Convention on the Rights of Child  on 20 September 1990 and ratified it on 12 November 1990. The government of Pakistan has formed a  National Commission for Human Rights , claiming to independently investigate the cases and enforce the laws state has introduced in its legislation covering and protecting the articles of the abov

Protests in Gilgit-Baltistan against illegal taxations 31-12-2017 On the 21 st  of December 2017, a large number of traders, transporters and thousands of common residents of Gilgit-Baltistan launched protests, demanding the withdrawal of imposition of taxes by the federal Government under the Tax Adaption Act 2012. The imposition of taxes was also opposed by the Bar Associations of the Supreme Court and High Court. After 7 days of shutter-strikes and two-month long protests, the Government bowed down and withdrew all impositions of taxes in the region. As agreed, the protesters will end their march toward Gilgit after being presented with a notification concerning the withdrawal of taxes from the Gilgit-Baltistan Council, the Governing body tasked with implementing taxes in Gilgit-Baltistan. Gilgit-Baltistan was granted limited autonomy in 2009, and the imposition of these taxes on residents by the Government was opposed as Gilgit-Baltistan’s con

Meddling in South China Sea deepens Australia's strategic plight By Zhang Ye Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/31 10:00:18 0 During the tenures of former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, Australia saw the South China Sea issue as a dispute between China and related Southeast Asian countries, and adopted a relatively neutral and balanced policy. However, in recent years, with conflicts in the region growing, especially after the US conducted so-called freedom of navigation operations, Australia has changed its policy considerably. Its bigoted actions have jeopardized not only China's national interests, but also Australian long-term interests, bringing Canberra's structural contradictions and strategic dilemma to a worse level. Kissing up to the US has led to an imbalance in Australian strategy and squeezed its strategic space. For the smaller medium countries sandwiched between major powers, it is proper and rational to balance their relationships between major powers to s

China-Finland innovation cooperation boasts huge potential: Finnish business leader Source: Xinhua |  2017-12-31 12:53:35 | HELSINKI, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Huge potential lies in the innovation cooperation between Finland and China especially in the coming years, said Petri Vuorio, director for international trade of the Confederation of Finnish Industries. Finland is one of the world's leading innovation economies, and China is striving to achieve economic growth based on innovation and is already a forerunner in many fields, so "there are a lot of opportunities to combine our expertise and reach good results," Vuorio told Xinhua in a recent interview. China and Finland launched a committee for innovative business this June, two months after Chinese President  Xi Jinping  paid a state visit to the northern European country. "We at the business community are very satisfied with the development of the economic relations," said Vuorio. The trend gained momentum especially during Xi&#

China uses film to sell its massive One Belt, One Road ­initiative Actress Xu Dabao wears a Chinese flag dress at Cannes in May. Photo: Getty Images. ERICH SCHWARTZELThe Australian12:00AM January 1, 2018 For hundreds of years, China used the Silk Road to ship porcelain, tea and other goods around the world. Now the nation is using a new ­incarnation of the old trading network to export a signature product of 21st-century China: movies. The One Belt, One Road ­initiative, announced in 2013, will reconfigure global trading if it succeeds and place Chinese ­invest­ments including railways and power grids in at least 69 countries that mirror the ­ancient Silk Road, including parts of Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. The program provides a natural export market for China’s growing film industry. Through co-productions with other countries and nationalist on-screen narratives, China’s growing film in

Year 2017: 20 women murdered in the name of honour in Balochistan   Last Updated On  31 December,2017  01:26 pm Twelve women died at the hands of either their fathers, husbands or brothers due to domestic disputes while three women committed suicide unable to curb with the circumstances of their lives. Photo: Dunya News (Dunya News) – Violence against women in Balochistan has seen a decline in the year 2017. However, the figures failed to see the same trend when it came to cases of  honour killing . More than 20 women were subjected to the barbaric practice while countless others became victims of domestic violence. Due to lack of education, families forcefully murder countless women in the name of honour, a custim that still prevails in various parts of the country. In Balochistan, the cases of  honour killing  reached 20 this year where in Naseerabad five women and four in Dera Murad Jamali were killed in the name of honour. Three other were

The elephant in the room... Balochistan Ahmar Mustikhan Veteran Baloch journalist who lives in Washington DC. Published :  Dec 31, 2017, 7:12 am IST Updated :  Dec 31, 2017, 7:15 am IST Despite Balochistan’s vast riches, majority of Baloch people live in abject poverty.  The army boys need to realise the insurgency will continue until they take corrective measures instead of barking at India, and sometimes, Afghanistan. The fairy tale spun by the Deep State in Pakistan, the fifth largest country with the fourth largest nuclear arsenal in the world, is that the country is set to become an Asian tiger thanks to the $62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor. But like in any fairy tale there has to be a villain that is hell bent upon destroying all the goodness: India. Islamabad accuses New Delhi of fuelling a 12-year-old low level insurgency in France-sized southwestern Balochistan province, citing the case of arrest of Indian na

China’s underwater surveillance network puts enemies in focus along maritime Silk Road Hi-tech system will help Beijing protect its growing network of interests and investments from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, experts say Stephen Chen UPDATED : Sunday, 31 Dec 2017, 4:01PM A new underwater surveillance network is expected to help China’s submarines get a stronger lock on targets while protecting the nation’s interests along the maritime Silk Road, from the Korean peninsula to the east coast of Africa. The system, which has already been launched, works by gathering information about the underwater environment, particularly water temperature and salinity, which the navy can then use to more accurately track enemy vessels as well as improve navigation and positioning. The project, led by the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is part of an unprecedented military expansion fuelled by Beijing’s de

Women are Pak's favourite tool to silence dissidents": Naela Quadri Baloch ANI | Vancouver [Canada] Dec 31, 2017 08:31 AM IST The head of the World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF), Prof Naela Quadri Baloch has stated that "Violation of women is Pakistan's favourite tool to silence dissidents at home and "unfortunately, the Baloch story and sufferings are lost in the crevices of geopolitics and grand strategy." "Over the past seven decades, the Baloch of Pakistan have suffered all imaginable crimes against humanity including the dishonour of women. Baloch women have suffered doubly, running their households in the absence of their menfolk and suffering abduction, torture, rape, and murder at the hands of the Pakistan army," she, wrote in a statement. "Until 1971, we were not the only targets of Pakistan's army, though. Our Bangladeshi sisters suffered equally, if not more than us. Their story is well-doc

PROFILE: Nina Swidler May 25, 2017 March 25, 1932–January 4, 2017 Nina Swidler died after a brief illness while visiting her family in Los Altos, California from her home in New York City on January 4, 2017. She was 84. Swidler was born in Washington DC. She attended Columbia University, and earned her PhD in 1969, a year after she joined the staff of Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center. She continued to teach at the College for more than 35 years. During her graduate studies at Columbia Swidler worked with Conrad Arensberg, Margaret Mead, and Morton Fried but it was during Fredrik Barth’s year-long visiting professorship that the direction of her life’s research was set. Barth had done fieldwork in northwest Pakistan and southern Iran, and he was instrumental in Nina and her husband Warren Swidler’s decision to do their doctoral research in Pakistani Balochistan. The Swidlers spent 17 months there in 1963–1965, mostly in a v

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Pakistan risks losing EU economic concession Afnan Khan DECEMBER 21, 2017 BRUSSELS :  European Union might review its economic concessions given to Pakistan over the deteriorating human rights situation, including the wave of abductions of activists reportedly by the security agencies and discriminatory laws against minorities. European Union has warned Pakistan that there can be no place for enforced disappearances and secret detention in the country and government would have to criminalise the practice while also amending the discriminatory laws against minorities under the international law and commitments. Global human rights organizations including Amnesty International had protested against the abduction of peace activist Raza Khan, demanding state authorities to produce the abducted activists from across the country. The rights organizations have also expressed concerns over Pakistani authorities issuing notices to at least 13 Internationa

“If Jinnah is secular than Laden is the world’s best democrat”, Ahmar Mustikhan By  Vikram Khajuria  - December 30, 2017       Ahmar Mustikhan has come in for full support of Kulbhushan Yadav and his family Republish Reprint NEW DELHI:  In a recent Facebook video, Ahmar Mustikhan has communicated his views on the recent meeting of Kulbhushan Yadav with his wife Chetna and mother Avanti. Mustikhan is a renowned writer, analyst, and veteran Baloch journalist. He is also the founder of a non-profit organisation known as ’American Friends of Balochistan’. Through this organization, Mustikhan expresses his views on atrocities of Pakistani army been hammered on Baloch people. Kulbhushan Jadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court. Wikileaks Kulbhushan Yadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court. The recent emotional reunion between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife and mother ha