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Foundations of the Baloch problem People of Kalat did not want to join Pakistan, but wanted to have close and friendly relations with its neighbour. By  YAQOOB KHAN BANGASH Jul.18,2011 The intractability of the Baloch problem lies in a  skewed understanding of its historical roots , which has  prevented successive governments from fully grasping the issue . When Pakistan was established in August 1947, it was constitutionally composed of only those areas of British India which had opted for it. The British allowed the Muslims to establish a separate homeland for themselves, but only on the basis of the will of the people and through democratic channels. Therefore, Punjab and Bengal legislatures voted for partition along communal lines. In Sind, the Muslim League ministry supported Pakistan, and the  Shahi Jirga  and the members of the Quetta municipality voted to join Pakistan on behalf of British Balochistan.

17th century map of Balochistan

Pakistani, Iranian committee members to visit Chabahar, Gwadar port January 30, 2017, 1:17 pm Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of Iran, Allauddin Boroujerdi in Islamabad suggested a joint visit of Gwadar and Chabahar ports. Aim of the visit is to dismiss the notion that Gwadar and Chabahar are competitors. Soon the date of the visit would be finalized. Boroujerdi, dismissed this impression that there is any sort of competition between two ports but India’s unusual interest in Iranian port creates doubts in Pakistan. Gwadar and Chabahar ports would provide employment to numerous people. Both neighboring countries view the ports as dawn of new economic age. Allauddin Boroujerdi said, “Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance bilateral trade from one billion to five billion dollars

Smaller provinces’ concern on CPEC be removed, says Baloch January 31, 2017 Print :  National LAHORE: JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has demanded the federal government remove reservations of the smaller provinces about CPEC to ensure that the project is a real game changer and guarantees the development and progress of the entire region.  Addressing the participants of JI central training course at Mansoora on Monday, he said CPEC was a God-sent opportunity to get rid of the slavery of the US, IMF and the World Bank and it must not fall prey to politics. He stressed that necessary measures should be adopted to protect the fishermen of Gwadar besides the ship building industry of the area.  Liaqat Baloch said it was surprising that the PML-N government was projecting CPEC as the launching pad for its 2018 election campaign although the project had been planned much before the present regime took over and its completion period was spread ov

Centre, provinces begin to see eye to eye on CPEC By  Sardar Sikander Published: January 30, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and mainstream opposition parties may be at daggers drawn on the political front but the centre and provinces appear to be acting in unison as far as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is concerned. Serious differences over the multibillion dollar initiative between the federal, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh governments appear to be moving towards resolution and stakeholders have shown willingness to contribute their share in materialising the project, informed circles told  The Express Tribune . Provinces dilly-dallying over deployment of CPEC force Not long ago, K-P and Sindh were accusing the centre of ignoring the Western Route of the CPEC, but following last month’s Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting in Beijing – which was attended by all four chief ministers – the provinces’ concerns

CPEC ignored by former govts, claims Abdul Malik Balouch Posted By:  Hanzla Sajid on: 01/30/2017 - 21:22In:  Balochistan ,  Breaking News ,  Pakistan ,  Top Stories Web Desk (QUETTA) — Former Chief Minister Doctor Abdul Malik Balouch said on Monday that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had been ignored by former governments. CPEC projects have propelled Balochistan into development, said Baloch, reported 24 News HD. Speaking at a press conference in Quetta, the former Chief Minister said that the current government’s decision on CPEC is a continuation of previous talks held by former governments. People of Gwadar will become a minority if proper legislation is not done -Abdul Malik Balouch He said that in Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government, promises were made to give hold of ports to provinces, but the promises were not kept. Doctor Abdul Malik Balouch said that measures need to be taken to protect native people of Gawad

CPEC TO GENERATE 7 LAC JOB OPPORTUNITIES: GHAURI File photo 10:31 PM, 30 Jan, 2017   0 Member Development and Communication Dr. Zubair Iqbal Ghauri has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will provide seven hundred thousand job opportunities to the people. Talking to Radio Pakistan in Islamabad on Monday, he said that CPEC project is not confined to building roads but it is comprehensive project for socio-economic development of the country. To a question, he said we want all regional countries to join this game-changer project

Pakistan must stop exploitation of Gilgit-Baltistan through CPEC, say Kashmiri groups Shares1 Tue, 31 Jan 2017-08:04am , ANI Expressing serious concern about the construction of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), representatives of various Kashmiri groups have unanimously voiced out against the exploitation of the natural resources of Gilgit Baltistan by Pakistan and China. At a conference held under the banner of the Jammu and Kashmir International People?s Alliance (JKIPA) last Sunday in Como, Italy, these various Kashmiri groups, including the United Kashmir People?s National Party and the Kashmir National Party passed a resolution to this effect. They declared that Jammu and Kashmir is ?one political entity and included areas of Gilgit Baltistan, so- called Azad Kashmir, the Jammu, Valley of Kashmir and Ladakh.? The resolution also stated that the construction of mega projects and dams under the CPEC is a clear violation o

CPEC: Punjab planning minister says all concerns must be addressed By  Our Correspondent Published: January 31, 2017 LAHORE:  Punjab Planning and Development Department hosted a seminar on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to discuss the framework regarding industrial cooperation and long-term plan 2030. Addressing the seminar, Planning and Development minister Malik Nadeem Kamran said that all provincial departments must build their capacity in order to address provincial and CPEC-related issues in a timely manner. He further stressed on mutual coordination among the government departments to prepare a comprehensive and all-inclusive long term plan by March 15 2017. He also appraised the relevant stakeholders for showing key interest in the seminar and the debate on CPEC. Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan described the working of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) on CPEC. He apprised that the first ph

Editorial: The other side of CPEC Posted on  January 30, 2017  by  Farah Jamil  in  Editors Pick ,  National -File Photo While everybody in the country is making a song about the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Atif Bajwa , CEO of Bank Alfalah , the country’s sixth largest lender, has asked the economic policymakers to be cautious . In an interview the other day, he said that while Pakistan opens itself to billions of dollars worth of investment projects, it may also be prepared to an influx of cheap goods that may leave millions in the South Asian nation jobless. This influx of cheap goods, against which the country cannot compete, will negatively affect the local industry and there is no policy in place to address this sort of situation. The whole structure of the local economy would change because of CPEC dynamics. Along the new roads and growing industrial activity, there will be need for services including for hotels, restaurants, logistics an

CPEC proceeding smoothly, says Ambassador Sun Weidong Foreign   National 17 HOURS AGO BY INP China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project that will equally benefit the whole of the country is proceeding smoothly in accordance with the wishes of their people. This was stated by the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Sun Weidong in his message on the occasion of Happy Chinese New Year. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for their felicitations to the Chinese government and people on the Chinese New Year. Ambassador Sun said that China-Pakistan relationship is being consolidated, the friendship between the two countries is being deepened and the bilateral cooperation is making headway. With the joint efforts of both sides, the construction of CPEC has been proceeding smoothly. I am convinced that the coming New Year will usher in new promising

Criticism of CPEC: People urged to reject propaganda By  APP Published: January 31, 2017 ASTORE :  People of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) should not pay heed to the propaganda against China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said G-B Chief Minister’s Special Assistant Abid Baig. Talking to the media, Baig said a handful of elements were misguiding the people about share of G-B in CPEC, whereas the region has been given top priority in the corridor project. He said the G-B government would not compromise on the rights of the local people and ensure that the ongoing projects were completed within stipulated time. Baig urged people not to pay attention to propaganda of rejected politicians and said that people should support government endeavours to make CPEC a success. He said political cohesion was required for successful implementation of CPEC. Published in The Express Tribune, January 31 st , 2017

Propaganda offensive against CPEC Many anti-Pakistan lobbies wish to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as they know that its projects would help Pakistan usher into an era of progress and prosperity   By:    Mohammad Jamil     31-Jan-17 Dr Shabbir Chaudhry — a Pakistani of Kashmir origin and a British national — has been allegedly tasked by the RAW to sabotage the CPEC project. Reportedly, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had recommended the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to block his national identity card. In his lengthy treatise titled “CPEC is not a holy cow”, Chaudhry had tried to create differences between the people. He wrote, “CPEC is not a living being, yet it has also gained the status of being a holy cow; I am also among those bad guys who are perceived as disrespectful and critics of this holy cow; and demand a fair share in the benefits because it runs without permission thr

Chinese.debt Trap

Pakistan Dismisses Chinese Debt-Trap Concerns by  Kamran Haider  and  Chris Kay January 30, 2017, 2:01 AM GMT+5:30January 30, 2017, 9:53 AM GMT+5:30 Investment projects have risen to about $55 billion: minister Pakistan betting GDP growth will offset repayments: BMI Pakistan is confident of managing its rising debt obligations to China as the world’s second-largest economy boosts investment in the South Asia nation by about 20 percent. Pakistan will be able to handle repayments of Chinese soft loans to the government and businesses, which are part of a more than $50 billion of projects under the so-called  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor , or CPEC, Planning and National Reforms Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in an interview in the capital, Islamabad. Rising debt levels in the $271 billion economy, a drop in export earnings and a widening current-account gap have raised concerns about the government’s ability to pay the obligations. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government is bett

Iran Keen To Join Pakistan And China’s CPEC: Analysis By  Polina Tikhonova  on January 30, 2017 12:01 pmin  Politics   Iran has formally expressed its desire to join  Pakistan  and China in CPEC (the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor). Amid the news that U.S. President Donald Trump is barring people from Iran and six other Muslim countries from entering the United States, Iran is seeking closer ties to Pakistan, its brotherly Islamic nation, and wants to join CPEC. Whether it’s a coincidence or not, in less than 24 hours, two more authoritative voices from Iran spoke out about their country’s eagerness to join Pakistan and China’s highly-lucrative CPEC project. What’s even more fascinating is that the first of the two new pro-CPEC signals from the Iranian regime came on Wednesday, the same day Trump had signed an executive order barring immigrants from Iran from entering the U.S. The second one came a day later.  By Government of Pakistan [Public domain],  via Wikimedia Commons On Thursday, Iran reiterated

What Abu Dhabi Prince wrote about Modi

_East Coast Daily_ _26 Jan. 17:32_ Modi is winning hearts of various countries just by his diplomacy. Wherever *Modi* goes he receives a *Rock Star* like gathering from people of that country while whichever country he visits he just makes sure that the diplomatic ties get better. Since India’s independence, India has witnessed a lot of Prime Ministers while even the USA has seen a lot of Presidents. But *never in the history of India and USA a president of USA(Obama) called the Indian Prime Minister when he bids adieu*. *Never in the history of Indian and American politics diplomats advised the US president(Donald Trump) to meet Indian prime minister with in 100 days of his new government*. *Never in the history any one of us witnessed a Muslim country (UAE /Abu Dhabi/ Burj Khalifa) celebrating Indian Republic Day*. Liberals say India doesn’t need a COMMUNAL MAN like MODI at the highest level. But just check the facts that even when the so called SECULAR forces were in India

Sports facilities along CPEC proposed January 30, 2017 KARACHI: Pakistan Olympic Association’s (POA) senior vice-president Syed Aqil Shah on Sunday suggested that sports facilities should be built along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. “It would bring a sea change if sports facilities were built along this corridor,” Shah told ‘The News’ after his presentation at a seminar organsied by POA at Lahore on Sunday. “ If this subject is included in the CPEC, China will do it for you ,” he added. “There are five subjects very important for sports development: infrastructure, coaching, training, competitions and incentives,” Shah said. He said that Pakistan needs a sports academy and the plains near Mansehra are ideal for such projects. “If an academy is established at Chattar or Pakhli plains it will help a lot. If athletes undergo training at a high altitude it will develop their stamina,” Shah pointed out. He stressed induction of sportspe

CPEC – the trade dimension MUHAMMAD ASHRAF  — PUBLISHED about 3 hours ago The China Pakistan Economic Corridor — with an outlay of $54bn — entails an FDI inflow that is more than the cumulative net FDI inflows of the country. An extension of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, the CPEC has three major components — an economic corridor comprising a network of highways, railways, pipelines and optical fibre, energy generation and distribution infrastructure, and Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The sheer size of the project, however propitious it might appear, is fraught with uncertainties. Therefore a dispassionate analysis is required to capitalise on opportunities and mitigate risks. First, development of road, rail and port infrastructure will reduce the infrastructure deficit that is currently hampering linking the production base with domestic and foreign markets. Internal connectivity increases competitiveness by decreasing int

Farming: the missing CPEC link MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN KHAN  — PUBLISHED about 3 hours ago In the sixth Pakistan-China Joint Cooperation Committee recently, Sindh got three projects included in the CPEC: the Keti Bunder port, the Karachi Circular Railway and the Dhabeji Special Economic Zone. But the farm sector and food processing units are yet to feature in any CPEC programme, though the cooperation for agricultural development is one of the potential areas for inclusion in the project, according to the Planning Commission of Pakistan. Corporate farming is yet an area of possible cooperation, perhaps through joint ventures. Some Sindh government representatives working on the CPEC projects admit that the agriculture sector does not feature anywhere in the federal government’s priority list. The farm sector is yet to feature in any CPEC programme, though the cooperation for agricultural development is one of the potential areas for inclusion in the proj

CPEC — Beginning of a new era / Comment 14 HOURS AGO BY  ALI SUKHANVAR Propaganda and disinformation   It is also a fact that for the last many years Indian agents are trying their best to misguide the people of Balochistan that the government of Pakistan is exploiting their natural resources     The truth is the truth though most of the time it is bitter but there must be a clear difference between truth and propaganda. No war could be won on the basis of propaganda but some of our friends in India are trying to win a self-waged war against their closest neighbor, Pakistan. A few days back, an article was published by a blogger Shabir Choudhry with the title, CPEC is not a holy Cow. The author begins his article with very bitter criticism on Pakistan, particularly on CPEC. He says, ‘Pakistan faces many serious problems; and among them is the status and invulnerability of holy cows, and people who are above the Pakistani laws. Bitter

Balochistan private schools body assails regulatory bill THE NEWSPAPER'S CORRESPONDENT — PUBLISHED about 15 hours ago DERA MURAD JAMALI: A procession was taken out here on Saturday in protest against a piece of legislation titled ‘Private Schools Regulatory Authority Bill 2015’ adopted by the Balochistan Assembly recently. Organised by the teachers, students and office-bearers of the Balochistan Private Schools Association (BPSA), the participants marched on main thoroughfares of the city carrying placards and banners inscribed with their demands. BPSA divisional president Ibrahim Khosa and general secretary Amanullah Mengal, speaking on the occasion, described the bill as a conspiracy against the private educational institutions. The government, they alleged, wanted to lower the standard of education by making it mandatory for students of Class 5 to appear in board examinations. They rejected the bill and criticised the Balochistan Education

Trump should go after terrorism in Pakistan: Karzai

Days after losing two relatives in the Kandahar Governor’s house bomb blast, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the incoming U.S. President must keep the promises on ending terror camps in Pakistan that President Obama failed to. Mr. Karzai confirmed claims made by his former aide Aimal Faizi, who wrote in The Hindu this week about letters President Obama had written to then-President Karzai in 2012, where he had expressly promised to “degrade safe havens” in Pakistan, particularly for the Haqqani group and groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba that carried out attacks in Afghanistan. "He [Mr. Obama] gave many such promises to me, and my disappointment with him was the reason for the difficulties in our [U.S.-Afghanistan] relationship,” Mr. Karzai said in an interview on Friday. “If they were targeting extremism, not Afghans, they knew where it was coming from. It was coming from beyond our borders, [from Pakistan]. That’s where they should have gone, that’s where President T

BLA ambushed army convoy , one killed eight injured

One killed and a Traitor Sana Eido along with 8 Paki intelligence personnel were critically injured as BLA freedom fighters ambushed the convoy of occupational forces in #Panjgur: PANJGUR: Baloch freedom fighters of BLA have ambushed a convoy of Pakistani forces and death squad on Monday in Gichk area of Punjgur, where one killed and eight military personnel were critically injured including a death squad commander Sana Eido and his brother. Sources from Mashkay confirmed the names of injured as: 1. Sana Eido & 2. his brother 3. Mohd Riaz (soldier) 4. Ghulam Murtaza (soldier) 5. Naeed (soldier) 6. Mohd Fahad (soldier) 7. Mohd Ali an intelligence officer. 8. Aslam According to sources all the injured were shifted to Khuzdar for further treatment. One person was killed during attack on Monday and he was a death-squad member of Ali Haider group, sources said. The BLA spokesperson Mr. Jiand Baloch said that Pakistan military convoy was ambushed when they were returning afte

Centre asked to remove reservations on CPEC route

http :// THE NEWSPAPER'S CORRESPONDENT —  TIMERGARA: Awami National Party spokesman and former senator Zahid Khan has demanded of the federal government to remove reservations of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the western route of CPEC. Talking to journalists here on Saturday, he said the Chakdara-Chitral road project was not part of the CPEC as claimed by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. He said the road would be constructed with loan approved by a Korean bank rather than China. Zahid Khan said the federal government had totally ignored the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in CPEC, adding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had failed to keep his promise made with ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan on the route. The ANP leader said world policies were changing with the election of Donald J Trump as the US president but Pakistan had no foreign policy at this junction. He said the leadership of both the government and opposition parties wa

CPEC : A hazy corridor Fahad Ikram Qazi  January 29, 2017  Leave a comment Instead of executing in haste and labelling a ll concerned voices as non-patriotic, CPEC should be made open to debate — starting from need analysis and ending at political, social and economic implications The Silk Route is a historical trade track connecting the Chinese mainland with Asia, Middle East and Africa. It turned into a modern road in 1974. There have been talks of some grand projects, with hopes for regional integration resulting in regional prosperity. The idea transformed into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2013, formal agreements thereunder finalised in 2015, and the first trade activity took place on November 13, 2016. Reportedly, Chinese will build a 3218-km road from Kashgar to Gwadar, and the corridor will have industrial zones, energy units, rail tracks and many other allied investments which may result in our economic metamorphosis from a third w

No energy in Balochistan By  Sanaullah Baloch January 29, 2017 Although it only has a 0.5 percent share in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Balochistan has witnessed the most number of CPEC-related inaugurations and seminars since 2013. However, they have been much exaggerated. For instance, a primary school worth Rs40 million in the poverty-stricken parts of Gwadar’s Faqeer Colony was inaugurated by PM Nawaz Sharif. The province is still under Islamabad’s ‘iron curtain’ policy and no journalist is permitted to independently document the public response towards CPEC or other projects. By creating such hype, the government is trying to divert attention from the province’s critical and underlying structural faultlines – such as massive corruption, nepotism, the mismanagement of resources, high levels of poverty, unemployment and oppression. All this flimflam around CPEC has created the impression among those who are disadvantaged that th