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Revive Balochistan Policy ebruary 2, 2017 DayAfter Keeping the focus light on Pakistan’s record of discrimination and violation of human rights in Balochistan is a clever ploy to highlight the underbelly of the Pakistani State By Chandan Kumar Over four months after PM Modi announced support to freedom fighters of Balochistan province in Pakistan, different government agencies remain divided on what to do next. One section wants to continue with the old strategy of extending financial support to a few Baluch expats in Europe and among those who seek to back new and younger elements among Baloch separatists. Support to Baloch groups fighting against Pakistan government and exposing human rights violations in Balochistan are seen as only two viable options before India. After all, India cannot carry out an overt action in Balochistan. INDIA’S FAVOURS Conflicting ideas among agencies and lack of clarity on how to approach the issue has le

Cultural Caravan: PNCA plans tour from Chinese border to Gwadar By  APP Published: February 3, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  The Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) plans to take a Cultural Caravan through the length of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The caravan will travel and perform all the way from the Chinese border to the shores of Arabian Sea on the coast of Gwadar in Balochistan. “PNCA has invited professionals in the fields of filmmaking, painting, music, photography and choreography to become a part of this caravan,” an official of the council said on Thursday. “Those interested may send their portfolios to PNCA,” he added. The caravan will travel south from China, makings stops at various points of special interest along the route, the official said. The PNCA official added that the council wants to document the changing cultures, languages, societies, environment, landscape and topography which lay along the route of CPEC. Pub

Balochistan: four killed in Dera Bugti in Pakistani military attacks, women and children abducted about 13 hours ago QUETTA: Pakistani forces have been conducting raids and carrying out attacks against Baloch villagers in Dera Bugti and parts of Kohistan Marri since the end of January which resulted in killing at least four people and abduction of dozens including women and children. Per details, the Pakistan army, FC, and intelligence agencies along with their local collaborators have started fresh military offensives on 30 January which continue with great intensity. So far four people have been killed. Two of the victims have been identified as villagers named Momil Bugti and Sanaho Bugti. The BRP media cell has reported, “six motorbikes, several cattle of locals were also taken away by forces from Pasheni during operation.” Separately, an 80-year-old Baloch named Misk Ali son of Sabz Ali Bugti’s dead body was found in a cave in Suhri Darbar a

'Balochistan is home to world’s most expensive metal’   By:  Shahzad paracha 02-Feb-17   ISLAMABAD : The world’s most expensive metal molybdenum has been recently discovered in Balochistan which has 0.1 million dollars per ton cost and it is used for making the aircraft, said Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) Director General (DG) Dr Imran. He was briefing the sub-committee of the standing committee on petroleum on Thursday. The body met under Senator Fateh Muhammad Hassani. Imran said molybdenum could be found in the Tethyan Metallogenic Belt which passes through Bulgaria, Greece, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. GSP has discovered 36 precious minerals in Balochistan which include antimony, aragonite/marble, copper, dolomite, gold, fluorite, gypsum and magnetite. He said further the cost of these hidden resources is around $50 trillion and Reko Diq has a $1 trillion worth. Hassani said this metal could be found in Kuh-e-Taftan w

Molybdenum reserves found in Balochistan, Senate body informed * Sub-committee hails GSP for identifying country's potential in natural resources * Stresses the need to adopt modern techniques in exploration of minerals   By:  Shahzad paracha 03-Feb-17 ISLAMABAD :  The Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) on Thursday informed a sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources that a rare metal, molybdenum, had been discovered in Balochistan. GSP Director General Dr Imran Khan informed the committee meeting, chaired by Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani, about the natural resources' surveys, completed specially in different parts of Balochistan. He revealed that the discovery of precious metal 'molybdenum' had been made in Durban Chah area of Balochistan, which was used in producing 'strategic material'. "Its price in the international market is $100,000 per tonne and further a

‘KCR closer to being on CPEC projects’ execution list’ February 03, 2017 Print :  Karach Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said his government is working hard to develop the Dhabeji Special Economic Zone and complete the feasibility study of the Karachi Circular Railway so that both project s could be included in the execution list of CPEC projec ts. This he said while presiding over a meeting on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at the CM House on Thursday. Zafar Mahmood, special envoy of Pakistan in Beijing, attended the meeting and discussed matters pertaining to the CPEC projects.  The other participants of the meeting included Transport Minister Syed Nasir Shah, ACS (Dev) M Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Naveed Kamran Baloch, Transport Secretary Taha Farooqui and Energy Secretary Agha Wasif. The chief minister said he had directed the chief secretary to convene a meeting of the Land Reserve Committee to reserve 1,000 ac

Potential CPEC agro-JVs seen winning game BalochHouse : Now demand for inclusion of Agriculture sector into CPEC, next we can expect Film Industry. CPEC is new National Anthem of Pakistan. February 03, 2017 KARACHI: Bringing agro-based farming sector in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can help the agrarian country get at the top of its game, a statement said on Thursday. “ Owing to its enormous potential, agricultural cooperation between the two countries must be made a part of the CPEC, which is one of the biggest development-oriented projects the region has ever seen,” said Ahmad Jawad at Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI). “For example, corporate farming is yet another area of possible mutual cooperation through viable joint ventures.”  Jawad, who heads regional standing committee of the premier chamber, said the projects for technological support in the field of agriculture and farming sector rese

CPEC: ‘Third Party’ Dilemma And Cracks In The Corridor – Analysis Pakistan's Gwadar Port. Photo by Paranda , Wikipedia Commons. BY  IPCS  FEBRUARY 2, 2017 By Amit Kumar* Public opinion in China rarely witnesses apprehensions regarding key projects launched by the central leadership. However, over the past few months, Chinese experts – including academics and former diplomats – have expressed concerns regarding the slow progress and challenges faced by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Some have even questioned the very rationale of implementing the CPEC. Meanwhile, curiously, Pakistan’s Lt General Aamir Riaz called on India to join the CPEC, in December 2016. What are the various concerns that have found a voice in Chinese public opinion? What do they indicate? Third Party Dilemma The CPEC, billed as the flagship project of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has been at the core of Beijing-Islamabad relations since its 201