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70 Years on, has India Learnt any Lessons? Sudip Talukdar Has India ever learnt any lessons from the colossal blunders committed at random through 70 years of independence? It seems extremely doubtful in the light of its dealings with China and Pakistan. Today the country has been caught pincer like in their sinister machinations, leaving the political dispensation with very little leverage or room for manoeuvre, despite the  hype surrounding the recent foreign policy initiatives. The entry of an old and dependable ally like Russia into the scenario, wanting a slice of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and cultivating the Taliban, has further compounded matters, a development that the country can only afford to ignore at its own peril, given the craven absence of political will. The portents are ominous, which are likely to become even more pronounced as weeks and months go by. Where does India really stand in the light of the rapidly shifting global game pl

BLA’s social media head surrenders

No January 10, 2017 QUETTA: Former social media head for the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) surrendered to the state during a ceremony held by the Frontier Corps on Monday. Balakh Sher Badeni s aid he had joined the BLA as a young immature boy. The ceremony took place on Monday at the FC Madadgar Centre in the presence of the provincial Interior Minister Mir Sarfraz Khan Bugti and spokesman for Balochistan government. Speaking at the ceremony Bugti said that Balochistan is an integral part of Pakistan. Law and order in the province has improved. But it needs to further improve. Balakh Sher Badeni said he had been a BLA’s commander in Noshki . He said he joined the BLA on the asking of enemy and was sent abroad where he headed the social media wing. He said he has realised his mistake and returned home to join in the efforts for peace in Balochistan and would no more be a tool in the hands of Indi

BHRO Protests on enforced disappearces of Baloch Women and Children in Naseerabad

#Balochistan: BHRO Protests on enforced disappearces of Baloch Women and Children in Naseerabad KARACHI-- Baloch Human Rights Organization staged a protest demonstration in front of Karachi Press Club on Tuesday against ongoing military operation and enforced abduction of Baloch women and children in Naseerabad #Balochistan. A huge number of human rights activists and students were participated in the demonstration. The participants were carrying play cards and banners demanding safe release of Baloch women, children and civilians, abducted by #PakiForces during massive military operations adjoining of #DeraBugti and Naseerabad. The participants also chanted slogans in front of press club and demanded to halt military operations in Balochistan immediately. Bibi Gul Baloch, Chairperson of Baloch Human Rights Organization addressed the participants and said that people of Balochistan are fed up from daily basis operations and arresting of people without any charges. Due to indiscrim

Pakistan mulls treating CPEC funds as FDI By  Shahbaz Rana Published: January 10, 2017 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets Chinese President Xi Jinping. PHOTO: REUTERS ISLAMABAD :  Pakistan is wrangling over the treatment of Chinese cash flowing in under the $55 billion bilateral package, as the money has so far been reflected as loans in the official books instead of foreign direct investment (FDI), which may create problems for the government, especially in managing its accounts. The issue appears to be an accounting problem but carries political implications for the government that has so far been defending the $55 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as the largest Chinese investment in any regional country. China has so far poured $ 14b into CPEC projects So far, work on the $16 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects has begun but the total Chinese FDI during the last one and a half year stood at only $750 million, according to

An industrialised Pakistan HOT TOPICS By  Ahsan Iqbal January 09, 2017 It was an honour for me to lead Pakistan’s delegation at the sixth Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Beijing, China. The chief ministers of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) also participated in the meeting on the invitation of the federal government. This high-level representation demonstrated our national commitment for the CPEC above partisan lines. This is great news for Pakistan on two accounts. First, it shows that the CPEC is an inclusive project which Balochistan, KP, Sindh, Punjab, GB and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) are going to benefit from. Second, all major political parties have come together on the CPEC despite internal political differences. This reflects that the CPEC is a new source of unity and strength in Pakistan.  At the sixth JCC meeting, the scope of the CPEC w

Random thoughts and China Random thoughts and China B Y  YASMEEN AFTAB ALI Bridges, not walls Watching a local channel- I watched in disbelief containers blockading many parts of Lahore last week. A march by Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah someone said. What? It was Salman Taseer’s death anniversary. What message are we sending to the world? It’s not just about Zarb-e-Azam but also against curbing it at social, cultural and religious levels? Political leadership degeneration. Quality no more. Where are we going? Spending taxpayers money where? Names of many famous scams start dancing before the eyes. X, Y, Z and count backward till A. The commissions made, results awaited. And awaited. Dr Thomas Sowell  a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, in a blog writes, “Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other peop

The Geopolitics of South Central Asia and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC ) By  Brig. Imran Malik Global Research, January 09, 2017   Geopolitically speaking, the South Central Asian Region (SCAR) is all set to become one of the most happening places in the world in the very near future. It is already the focus of the major powers of the world, albeit for entirely different reasons. The US has aligned India to itself in pursuit of its “pivot” to the Asia Pacific and its compulsive drive to manage the rise of China. Its ingress into India is direct, emphatic and in line with its stated policy objectives in the region. This portends deep economic, political and strategic connotations for the  region. India has readily mustered to the US call and has ventured into the South China Sea imbroglio too, ostensibly to prove its credentials as a “strategic partner” of the US. The US “pivot” to the Asia Pacific and India’s role in it is however

What the Marshall Plan can teach India about CPEC What the Marshall Plan Can Teach India About the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor BY  ARUN MOHAN SUKUMAR  ON  10/01/2017 •  The CPEC may be a bilateral endeavour, but New Delhi cannot ignore its spillover effects on regional governance and regime creation in South Asia. The Chinese and Pakistani flags fly on a sign along a road towards Gwadar, Pakistan January 26, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Syed Raza Hassan Beyond sketching out the broad considerations, India’s foreign policy planners are yet to study the impact of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on South Asia’s politics. Views in New Delhi to the CPEC could be divided into two groups: the first believes the CPEC serves China’s singular agenda of extending its strategic footprint to Gwadar and beyond, and freeing the country of the Malacca Strait chokehold that currently serves as the lifeline for Beijing’s global commerce. Another section b

UN comfortably numb      By Arjun Mahendran | Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 15:14 New Delhi:  The 10th day of January, 2013 turned out to be a rather cataclysmic day for the Baloch community, the same Balochs who, for the better part of the 21th century have been fighting a losing battle to snatch the reins of power of their motherland from their mischievous neighbours Pakistan.    On this day, Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan was brought to its knees as three carefully articulated, pre-planned explosions killed around 140 people, coupled with injuring at least 270 more with majority of them being women and children. This incident shook the very roots of the Baloch establishment, gagging public discourse in its aftermath.  Three bombs exploded in the Baloch capital city of Quetta, one early in the day followed by two in the evening. The first bomb went off in the city's commercial district, killing 12 peo

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