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Conference :CPEC Opportunities for UK-China Collaboration 31 March 2017, 9:00 RUSI Whitehall At this RUSI conference, representatives from the UK, Pakistan and China will discuss opportunities for collaboration on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). RUSI is currently working on a project funded by the UK government on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). As the first iteration of two regional conferences, RUSI and the UK Government will bring together representatives from the diplomatic community, government, academia and the private sector from the UK, Pakistan and China, in order to discuss opportunities for collaboration on CPEC. With preliminary research already completed, RUSI will present its findings on the current characteristics and understanding of CPEC. Based on this, a series of areas for potential cooperation will be proposed, as well as how UK-China collaboration could help mitigate the various challenges to the successful implementation of

5 Ways India’s Going to Be Affected When CPEC Changes World Trade Haider Talat     The much-vaunted USD 54 billion economic corridor in Pakistan that connects the Xinjiang region in western China with the southern Pakistan port of Gwadar is gradually rolling off operations, with the Chinese cargo being loaded onto the merchant vessels docked at the port. With a whopping USD 11 billion investment in rail and road infrastructure and USD 33 billion in energy and power generation projects – largely financed by Chinese state-owned institutions – this project is being seen as one of the biggest investments made by China. It’s a project that could usher in a new era of economic development in Pakistan. CPEC runs through the entire length of Pakistan – through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the southern state of Balochistan. It reduces the distance for Chinese goods bound for the US, Europe, Africa and the entire western wor

UNPO side event on Balochistan P On 16 March 2017, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization ( UNPO ), in cooperation with the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational Transparty ( NRPTT ), convened a side-event to the 34th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Entitled “In the Shadow of the Silk Road: Economic Exploitation and Human Rights Violations in Balochistan”, the successful international conference brought together high-level international speakers to discuss the multifaceted and intersecting factors leading to the marginalisation of the Baloch and the gross human rights violations inflicted upon them.    Baloch Human Rights Campaigner  Mr Noordin Mengal,  as moderator, introduced the conference by giving an overview of the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) -  a $46 billion infrastructural project which aims to connect western China to the Indian Ocean via Pakistan, cutting through Balochistan, Sindh and Gilgit Baltistan.

Pak sidelined by international community after it interrupts BRP from speaking on CPEC ANI | Geneva [Switzerland] Mar 23, 2017 11:16 PM IST After the Pakistani delegation at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) interrupted the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) representatives to speak on the issue of gross human rights violation with the Balochi people due to the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, the international community on Thursday sidelined the former's request and asked the representatives to complete their statement. " Since the agreement between China and Pakistan in 2015, hundreds of thousands of Blaoch people has been forcefully displaced from the home town along their CPEC route. 12,000 army personnel deployed on the security are basically paving the way for CPEC by massacring the CPEC in the local populous ," said the BRP representative to UNHRC

CPEC: A Game Changer or the New Great Game? By  reader  on March 24, 2017 No Comment Share this on WhatsApp By Wajahat Qazi China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)-  a $54 billion economic corridor in Pakistan- will connect Pakistan’s Gwadar port with Xinjiang in China. The humungous project will alter the nature of Pakistan’s political economy and lay the basis for a more robust and deep relationship between Pakistan and China. In some ways and senses, CPEC, if it pans out according to the architects of the project, will be akin to the functionalist paradigm that became the premise for European integration after the Second Great War. While sovereignty will not be pooled as it was when the European project was conceived and no  super state will emerge along the lines of the European Union but , to a large extent, the economies of Pakistan and China will be closely enmeshed. The CPEC then is an intensely political project. The question is, given the n

Balochistan Bank March 24, 2017      STATE Bank of Pakistan Governor Ashraf Mahmood Wathra has revealed that the central bank was working on a scheme to establish a provincial bank in Balochistan, along with efforts to increase the presence of commercial banks in the region. Talking in Quetta, he said Balochistan Chief Minister Nawaz Sanaullah Zehri has already been approached for the purpose, as there was need for improving banking activities in the province in the light of improved law & order situation and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Initiative for establishment of Punjab, Khyber and Sindh Banks came from the provinces but appreciably the suggestion for setting of Balochistan Bank has come from the SBP itself, which was initially against establishment of such banks. The three banks are currently functioning as commercial banks, providing people of their provinces benefits of employment, finance, training and economic development. Therefore, esta

Forests in danger of being axed in parts of Balochistan Rashid Saeed March 23, 2017 PAKISTAN       QUETTA : Balochistan’s district Ziarat is well known for its greenery and scenic beauty. The contributing factor to this beauty is none other than the vast expanse of pine trees. In the province, pine trees have always been in danger from a disease or simply coming under axe. This time around, the trees are in peril as it has emerged that they are in constant threat of being chopped down. The revelation was brought forth by member provincial assembly and education minister Abdul Raheem. He said that tree-cutting is frequently carried out in Ziarat and its surrounding areas. He said that in the past, pine trees have been axed in order to utilize them for fuel, adding that lack of preservative measures caused a lot of damage to forests in Balochistan. The provincial minister said that in order to preserve the pine trees in Balochistan, strict measures are

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Security of CPEC Deployment and employment to Baloch

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INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR (Multidisciplinary) ON BALOCH: HISTORY, CULTURE AND THEIR ASPIRATIONS 25-26 March, 2017 Department of History Dr. Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University, Lucknow Sponsored by Indian Council of Historical Research, Indian Council of Social Sciences Research & UGC Download Concept Note and Themes Concept Note The Baloch are an ethnically and historically distinct people, with an unique ethno-linguistic identity, inhabiting 375,000 square mile region, roughly the rise of Egypt along the Persian gulf, and are found in the modern states of eastern Iran, Afghanistan and South-west Pakistan. Etymologically, Baloch is derived from Sanskrit word Bal, meaning strength, and och i.e. high or magnificent. Baloch were earlier a nomadic group of tribes known at the time as Balashehik to migrate en mass and abandoned their original home land of Central Asia. After many centuries of wandering and sufferings, they settled in South and Eastern Iran