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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

Two policemen killed in Balochistan

SYED ALI SHAH  — PUBLISHED about 11 hours ago Two policemen, including an inspector, were shot dead while another official received bullet injuries in Balochistan's Dera Murad Jamali district area on Saturday evening. Police officials said that unknown miscreants opened fire at a police mobile in Wapda road area of Dera Murad Jamali, killing Inspector Hidayatullah Kolachi on the spot. His gunman succumbed to his injuries on the way to a nearby hospital. The assailants escaped unhurt from the spot. Police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies reached the spot and investigation into the incident went underway. ADVERTISEMENT There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: A Game Changer for Gilgit-Baltistan Under the guise of CPEC, Pakistan is pushing nationalist sentiments in a long-neglected region. By Seth Oldmixon and Prateek Joshi January 28, 2017               Since it was formally launched in 2015, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has dominated Pakistan’s economic and national security discourse. Many hope will prove CPEC a “game changer” for the Pakistani economy by providing a smooth highway through Pakistan facilitating seamless connectivity between China’s western hinterland and the Arabian Sea, expanded infrastructure, large scale power projects, and even a possible transnational rail system. But in Pakistan, CPEC is not just being used as an economic game changer – it is also being used as a new tool for promoting nationalism. Despite widespread consensus supporting CPEC, there is significant disagreement over the details of where the money will be s

Pak-China future converges at Gwadar January 28, 2017 Imtiaz Rafi Butt -  Gary Locke, the United States ambassador to China, once said, “China’s history is marked by thousands of years of world-changing innovations: from the compass and gunpowder to acupuncture and the printing press. No one should be surprised that China has re-emerged as an economic superpower”. It is not the size of China’s population of 1.38 billion nor the 9.6 million square kilometers of land that make China a remarkable nation, but its dedication, commitment and success in today’s world. In the past, China has gone through a wide range of circumstances including foreign invasions, dynasty wars and violent revolutions. But the progress made by the Chinese people in the present and the estimated socio-economic projections for the future are worthy of notice. The question being asked is, if China is a potential superpower or already a superpower? From a historical pers

Six concerns Pakistan must address about CPEC By  Dr Manzoor Ali Isran Published: January 27, 2017 To truly benefit, Pakistan should lift the shroud of secrecy that surrounds the multi-billion dollar project. PHOTO: AFP Believed to be many times larger and more ambitious than US’ Marshall Plan to rebuild Western Europe after World War II, China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project is expected to leave an economic legacy the world has not seen before. Luckily for Pakistan, it is at the start of OBOR with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being the first of the six corridors part of the project. But to truly benefit from this economic initiative, Pakistan must lift the shroud of secrecy that surrounds the project and address at least the following six concerns to put the sceptics at ease. Is CPEC a loan, an investment or a grant? Critics have raised questions about the capital structure of CPEC asking whether it is a loan, a grant or an

Balochistan: Pakistani forces abducted five Baloch civilians 19 minutes ago QUETTA: At least five Baloch including a bookshop owner and two teachers have been abducted from different areas of Balochistan on Friday. Balochistan local sources reported that Pakistan forces attacked an English language center in Aabsar area of Turbat and abducted two teachers. The victims are said to be brothers and have been named as Amjad son of Basham and Barkat son of Basham residents of Kohwaahi bazar. Meanwhile in another but similar attack Pakistani forces abducted Mulla Assa, a 60-year-old man from Mand town of Balochistan. Sources reported that three relatives of Mr. Assa have already been abducted by Pakistan forces and they are still missing. Separately, Pakistan para-military attack a bookstall in Mastung Balochistan and abducted two men including the bookshop owner. Pakistani forces also confiscated several books during Friday evening’s attack in Mast