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Balochistan coastal towns again hit by chikungunya’ By  Mohammad Zafar Published: March 27, 2017 QUETTA :  Chikungunya resurfaced in Balochistan coastal towns of Gwadar and Pasni and as many as 472 patients were suspected to have contracted the disease in Gwadar district alone over the past two months, a report jointly compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Balochistan health department confirmed on Sunday. The disease’s occurrence was jointly investigated by the provincial health department and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Gwadar district and compiled a report, stating that the disease was first detected in the district in January this year. Between January and March 17 this year, at least 472 patients were suspected to be suffering from the disease and its incidence is increasing. Pakistan at risk of chikungunya spurt According to health department officials, chikungunya was not a life threatening disease, but considered

Blaming India everytime for the problems in Balochistan is really not the solution, Pakistan Baloch rebels holding their weapons as they pose for a photograph at an undisclosed location in Balochistan. PHOTO: REUTERS The media wing of Pakistan’s armed forces recently confirmed that at least   20 Baloch insurgents , including a Farrari commander, have surrendered to Pakistan Rangers Punjab. Neither the commander nor the insurgents were identified in the statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations ( ISPR ), nor were any details of the surrender provided.  The erstwhile insurgents revealed that they were led by the self-exiled president of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP),  Nawabzada Brahamdagh Bugti , and were receiving funding from the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Bugti is  also accused  of leading the Baloch Republican Army (BRA), a banned organisation which claimed responsibility for carrying

CPEC to make Gwadar busiest port of world March 27, 2017 JHABBRAN - Effective economic policies of the government have put the country on the path to prosperity and the day is no far off when Pakistan will emerge as a major economic power of South Asia within next 15 years. Federal Minister for Defence Production and Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain stated while talking to media here at Khanpur in tehsil Ferozwala on Sunday. He said that about 51 countries including Turkey, China, Malaysia and Russia are going to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) which will make Gwadar the busiest port of the region. “Through the CPEC project, all parts of the country will be connected through networks of roads which will enhance economic activities across the country,” he said. He said that the enemies will never succeed in foiling completion of the CPEC, pledging the project will be completed at all costs. On the occasio

CPEC: Looking a gift horse in the mouth AFSHAN SUBOHIU A High-level Chinese delegation led by Dr. He Zhimin, deputy commissioner, State Intellectual Property Office, China, called on Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastigir Khan in Islamabad last week. Despite the promise that $51bn CPEC-related projects hold in removing big hurdles to investment and tackling infrastructure and energy bottlenecks, many in the country’s business community do not appear to be comfortable with the influx of Chinese investors, the government’s tilt towards the East and what they call the non-transparent way of doing things. “Yes at collective forums, the corporate sector is softly opposing CPEC by casting doubts on its purpose, perceived benefits and the real cost. Individually, however, they are approaching the government for participation in CPEC project,” a member of the government economic team told Dawn over phone from Islamabad. He pointed out the contrad

Defending CPEC, China Says Corridor Will not Affect its Stand on Kashmir Issue 2-MIN READ PTI Updated: March 27, 2017, 8:01 PM IST Beijing : China on Monday defended its ambitious USD 46 billion CPEC project, saying President Xi Jinping's pet initiative was aimed at improving livelihood of people in the area and will not affect Beijing's stand on the Kashmir issue. Reacting guardedly to a motion tabled in the UK parliament condemning Pakistan's "arbitrary" move to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region as its fifth province, China said its position on the issue of Kashmir is consistent. The motion introduced by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who regularly speaks out in support of the rights of Kashmiri Hindus in the House of Commons, said that Gilgit-Baltistan has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947 and the country is attempting to annex the already disputed area. Commenting on the motion, the C

Ahsan Iqbal inaugurates CPEC Center of Excellence in Islamabad   Last Updated On  27 March,2017  About 5 hours ago Ahsan Iqbal said the center will serve as guiding star for both our policy makers and business class ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Monday has inaugurated China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Center of Excellence in Islamabad today (Monday). Addressign the inaugural ceremony, Ahsan Iqbal said goal oriented research with relevance to the future and development of the country is the need of the hour. He said the center will serve as guiding star for both our policy makers and business class and will integrate and coordinate the institutions engaged in implementing the CPEC. He said the center is aimed at research in six key areas of CPEC including the socio-economic impact of the project, the trade and industrial development, regional connectivity, financial integration, urban development and j

Pakistan wrestles with growing 'Chinese corridor' debt March 27, 2017 11:00 am JST Analysts say burden of economic agreement with Beijing may be unsustainable TOM HUSSAIN, Contributing writer A Chinese truck convoy last November opened the overland route through Pakistan to the Indian Ocean port of Gwadar. (Courtesy CRS Public Relations) ISLAMABAD -- Two international lending institutions and Pakistan's central bank have raised concerns about the debt burden of a huge China-led infrastructure program on the country's improving but fragile finances. Surging Chinese imports for the initiative, known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor program, have complicated Pakistan's balance of payments problems during its second year of economic recovery following a decade of conflict with Taliban insurgents and their al-Qaeda allies. Chinese machinery imports for power generation and transport infrastructure will

Building a China-Pakistan ‘cultural corridor’ By Maqsudul Hasan Nuri | March 27, 2017, Monday Maqsudul Hasan Nuri MUCH debate has swirled around the pros and cons of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being launched in Pakistan. Its economic potential is discussed at length and it is considered a “game changer.” The net result of regional connectivity is invoked that would ultimately benefit the entire region. Scarcely mentioned are possible socio-cultural implications of the project along the eastern and western regions where the CPEC routes would traverse. China describes itself as a “socialist country with Chinese characteristics.” It advocates “peaceful development.” Confucian norms and roots in Buddhism also help shape China’s cultural life. Can China radiate some of its value systems in Pakistani society in the next decades while completing the momentous CPEC project? Confucian values epitomi

PoK & Gilgit-Baltistan Are Part Of India: Islamic Body Tells Govt Sushant Talwar Today, 6 hours ago     On 26 March, the Chairman of Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool, Moulana Syed Athar Hussain Dehlavi has urged the Central government to bring a resolution reiterating the 1994 Parliament declaration that PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan are part of India. The GoI should bring a resolution in this session of the Parliament and unanimously pass it reiterating its stand that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, including PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan...It is time to pass the resolution of 1994 again and show our resolve on Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. Dehlavi said that passing the resolution would foil the designs of Pakistan to make Gilgit-Baltistan its province. Also Read:  Gilgit -Baltistan: A Story of Ambiguity and Oblivion On 23 March, the British Parliament saw a  motion tabled,  which slammed Pakistan’s move to name Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province. The mo

The Itch in the Northern Areas By  Zafar Meraj  -   Published at: Mar 27, 2017 646 Views If Pakistan goes ahead with the merger of Northern areas, there may well be nothing left of the Kashmir dispute      It is now almost certain that Nawaz Sharif government is working on the plan to merge Gilgit-Baltistan also known as Northern Areas with Pakistan and make it the fifth province of the country. In fact the Pakistan government had been mulling the merger of these areas for a long time but the dream project of CPEC launched by China seems to have expedited the issue as the latter, which has invested billions of US dollars into the project does not want to take any kind of risk that could otherwise be there with the disputed status of Gilgit-Baltistan, a part of erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. The formal merger of the Northern Areas with Pakistan, to a large extent can allay the fears of China. Notwithstanding the ‘assur

Open letter to Captain, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Columns   Comment 1 DAY AGO BY  ASHIQ HUSSAIN BHAT Don’t let Kashmir be doomed! The people of Kashmir are of the opinion that no power on earth can deny the people of Baltistan and Gilgit their right to self-determination. However, there is a flip side to the coin   Revered Captain Imran Khan of PTI, this concerns a momentous issue about the future of Kashmir and the lives of millions of Kashmiris who are already endangered species. Since January 2016 reports started pouring into Kashmir that the government of Pakistan led by Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif of Muslim League has been working on a weird plan to merge Kashmir state territories of Gilgit-Baltistan with the Federation of Pakistan as its 5 th  province. According to these reports, the justifications cited for the move are that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have been all along in favour of such a step; and that they claim that B

British Parliament resolution accuses Pakistan of ‘illegally occupying Gilgit-Baltistan’ March 27, 2017, 1:42 pm An early day motion number 1107, sponsored by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman was tabled in the  British Parliament Session  2016-17 on March 23. It was passed as condemnation for Pakistan with regards to the plans to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth Province. The resolution contends that the area is a legal part of Jammu & Kashmir which has been a disputed territory since 1947. The motion reads: " Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.” The motion further claims that attempts to change the demography of the region was in violation of State Subject Ordinance and that the 'forced and illegal construction' of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) further interfered with the disputed territ

Baloch People want Freedom, nothing else, Dilshad Baloch

Japan needs to bolster ‘maritime coalition’ 5:00 am, March 27, 2017 By Yuichi Hosoya / Special to The Yomiuri ShimbunThe world situation is increasingly confusing. In northeast Asia, North Korea has become more reclusive and hostile to the international community. Across the Pacific, U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is still so unpredictable that many allies of the United States remain baffled. How should Japan proceed with its foreign policy when the global geopolitical environment is as opaque as it now appears? I am of the opinion that a “three-stage” approach should be considered. 3-stage approach essential The first stage is to accurately grasp the prevailing trends in the international situation. The second stage is to conceive a new international order that can fit the new world situation and follow the current one in which the stability of the world is collapsing. The third stage is for Japan to devise and implement a foreign policy that can contribute

Demonstration : Free Balochistan movement

🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴 Germany: Activists of Free Balochistan Movement will organise a demonstration and awareness campaign in front of Berlin gate on 27 March against illegal occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan. The FBM activists will also distribute pamphlets against Pakistani brutalities in Balochistan. Time and Place :  27, March 2017 at 12:00 midday in front of Berlin Gate, Germany. 🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼🌼