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Kurdish Questions: An Interview With Yaniv Voller Posted by  SusSec Team Dr. Yaniv Voller is a Lecturer in the Politics of the Middle East at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent. Prior to that he was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. He gained his PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, his MSc in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and his undergraduate degree at Tel Aviv University. His current research examines the impact of colonial-era legacies and practices on the strategies of the liberation movements and the governments involved in these wars, focusing on the liberation wars in Iraqi Kurdistan and Southern Sudan. His previous book,  The Kurdish Liberation Movement in Iraq: From Insurgency to Statehood , was published in 2014 as

Baloch Freedom Fighters

Baloch Freedom Fighter some where in mountains of occupied Balochistan,

Pakistani gov bulldozing houses #Balochs in Loralai Balochistan

Pakistani gov bulldozing houses  #Balochs in Loralai Balochistan

60 percent of Phase-1 construction of Gwadar’s free zone completed Beijing: APP April 4, 2017 9:49 pm Chinese and Pakistani engineers have completed 60 percent of the first-phase construction of Gwadar’s free zone which was expected to be completed by the end of this year, Deputy General Manager of Gwadar Free Zone Company Hu Yaozong said. “Chinese engineers and their Pakistani counterparts are working round the clock in the construction site with the hope of seeing the free zone is open to operation as early as possible,” he told ‘China Daily’ in an interview on Tuesday. The free zone is a key step towards developing the Gwadar Port into an important regional hub that will benefit not only south Asia, but also the countries in Central Asia and the Middle East. The free zone covers about 923 hectares of land and will be developed in four phases. It is designed to take advantage of Balochistan’s rich fishery and mineral resources to develop relevan

CPEC increased strategic importance of KP: Khattak Islamabad 8 HOURS AGO BY  AZIZ BUNERI   Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said CPEC has enhanced the strategic importance of KP opening it to both domestic and foreign investment. The provincial government has already planned the natural advantages of the province to be the economic base of the province. It opened all the potential advantages of the province to the investors and gave a policy for investment facilitation including introduction of one window operation and other unmatched incentives to investors, he added. He was sharing details with media about three MoUs signed with the Malaysian investment team led by the ex-premier of Malaysia Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at Chief Minister House Peshawar on Tuesday. Advisor to Chief Minister for Industries Abdul Karim Khan, Advisor on Planning and Development MianKhaliqurRehman, Provincial Chief Secretary Abid Saeed, Administrat

CPEC a journey towards economic regionalisation: Governor April 05, 2017 LAHORE -  Punjab Governor Malik Rafiq Rajwana Tuesday said that CPEC was not just a framework of regional connectivity but also a journey towards economic regionalisation in the new world. “It is China's ambitious initiative that is leading a new wave of globalisation and is expected to divert international financing and investment to Pakistan,” he said while addressing to the participants of Punjab Economic Forum 2017 organised by Punjab Planning & Development Department here at a local hotel. The governor said that CPEC was being touted as game changer for Pakistan with vast avenues of investment in the development sector. The enhancement of geographical linkages will enhance understanding through regional knowledge, lead to higher volume of flow of trade and businesses and is a win-win model which will result in well connected, integrated region of shared dest

Governor praises navy for foiling ‘vicious designs against CPEC’ Zubair says era of economic prosperity is about to start in Sindh  Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair has said the Pakistan Navy has been discharging an important national duty of safeguarding the maritime borders of the country by preventing the smuggling of weapons, narcotics and other contraband through sea routes. He stated this as he met the Karachi commander of the navy, Rear Admiral Ather Mukhtar, at the Governor House on Tuesday.  The governor said that the Pakistan Navy on the basis of its professionalism had a distinguished place in the entire world. He said the enemies of Pakistan were not at all in favour of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor getting developed as they had tried to spread anarchy in the country by using the maritime routes, but the Pakistan Navy had timely acted and foiled their vicious designs. Owing to operations of the navy, the maritime frontiers o

Four Chinese firms competing for USD 8 B CPEC railway project Tue, 4 Apr 2017-04:27pm , ANI Four top Chinese companies are reportedly keen on clinching multibillion contracts to upgrade Pakistan?s dilapidated railways infrastructure. According to the Express Tribune, these contracts come under the USD 8 billion ML-I project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The China Railways Group, a Fortune 500 company known as CREC, and the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), the largest international engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contractor of Asia, are among the four Chinese companies competing for the ML-I project. Pakistan Railways to renovate 31 more stations. Pakistan would pick one of them to complete the project in two phases. Officials from these two companies recently briefed South Asian media representatives in Beijing about their interest in investing in Pakistan. The Express Tribune quoted F

Leading French enterprises keen to heavily invest in Pakistan’ ‘ By  Web Desk Posted on April 4, 2017 ISLAMABAD : The world leading French enterprises from different sectors, mainly, information technology, energy, infrastructure and others are keen to heavily invest in Pakistan. A delegation of Pakistan France Business Council expressed this interest on Tuesday, in a meeting with Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal at Planning Commission in Islamabad. French Ambassador to Pakistan Martine Dorance was leading the delegation. Prof. Ahsan Iqbal welcomed the French businessmen and apprised them that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has created new and favorable opportunities for investment in different sectors. He said that French companies should invest in Pakistan’s robust industrial sector and bring in new technologies. “It will help to add value on different levels of production processes & increase production in gener

France eyes business opportunities offered under CPEC ISLAMABAD: France is keen to invest in various economic sectors of Pakistan in order to avail business opportunities in the country in view of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, a foreign delegation said on Tuesday. “French companies are interested in investing in infrastructure, energy, agriculture, defence, and digital technology sectors,” said Thierry Pflimlin, president of Pakistan France Business Council. “Everyone wants to benefit from new business opportunities being offered under the CPEC framework.” Pflimlin, at a meeting with the planning minister Ahsan Iqbal, said economic reforms have increased investment opportunities.  He was leading a French business delegation visiting Islamabad and Karachi to explore investment opportunities. Minister Iqbal said French companies should invest in Pakistan’s robust industrial sector and bring in new technologies.  “It will

Minority provinces get too little farm loans

https :// MOHIUDDIN AAZIM UPDATED  Sindh, Balochistan and KP continue to get a little more than 10pc of the total bank loans for agriculture. Punjab consumes the bulk of such loans — over 89pc while two other federating units — AJK and Gilgit Baltistan — get less than 1pc. Shocking stats! Indeed! “Well, let’s accept this. And let’s move on. Banks realise that this has to change. We’re working on it. From the next fiscal year banks will have district-wise credit disbursement targets,” a central banker informed this writer. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD “The SBP governor has already taken note. We assure all that geographical and sectoral discrepancies in agricultural credit disbursement will soon be a thing of the past.” “We should hope so. But enough is enough. Sindh has long been receiving less than 10pc of agricultural loans. Why? Does it not have an impact on the province’s agricultural and overall economic growth?” complains a senior member of Sindh C

Indian Minister congratulating organisers of Baloch seminr

Census controversies Sanaullah Baloch April 5, 2017 A census is a quiet affair for most people in politically stable and institutionally strong countries, where the national head count runs relatively smooth and is reliably decennial. But in Pakistan, the national census is always met with suspicion, reservations, boycotts and charges of fraud. For instance, in a housing count carried out in 2011, a precursor to the census, “a district in the north of Quetta, Qilla Abdullah, is said to have grown by more than 500 percent between 1998 and 2011 – from 370,000 residents then to over two million”. This was confirmed by the former chief census commissioner, Habibullah Khattak, in his briefing to the National Assembly Committee on Economic Affairs and Statistics in January 2012. He also testified that a systematic over-counting of houses occurred in the Pakhtun areas in Balochistan while there was undercounting in the ethnic Baloch areas in the province. Why is the inflat