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Pakistan should be tried for genocide of Baloch people in the ICJ Activist Hailing the verdict by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Baloch Diaspora France President Ali Akbar Mengal said the decision is a ? Fri, 19 May 2017-7:55am, ANI      Hailing the verdict by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Baloch Diaspora France President Ali Akbar Mengal said the decision is a ?victory for humanity." Describing the ICJ verdict as a major victory for India and also a victory for justice and human rights, Mengal said, "The Pakistani government, intelligence agencies and the Army have been carrying atrocities and acts of genocide against the Baloch people.? Urging the United Nations and the the International community to understand the double game of Pakistan, Mengal said," Pakistan is a hub of terrorism as it is producing Islamic

China is building its way to an empire China is building its way to an empire Noah Feldman |  May 18, 2017 10:43 PM IST The American obsession with President Donald Trump and the investigation into untoward Russian influence is distracting us from China’s bid to displace the US when it comes to global leadership. The latest major step is the “Belt and Road” initiative, which officially kicked off this week. Aimed at building infrastructure to connect China to a range of Asian countries, it’s sometime described as a Marshall Plan. But that analogy doesn’t go far enough. Infrastructure is how you dominate. Thus, Belt and Road is more like the 19th-century creation of railroads across continents — or an effort to build an Eisenhower Interstate System for an entire region of the planet. China hopes for economic benefits, to be sure. But its geostrategic ambitions are equally or more important to Belt and Road. While

ICJ : Kulbhushan Jadav 18/05/2017  -  NEW  2017/22 - Jadhav Case (India  v.  Pakistan) - Provisional Measures - The Court indicates to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that it must take “all measures at its disposal” to prevent the execution of an Indian national, Mr. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, pending final judgment of the Court   245 Kb    17/05/2017  -  NEW  2017/21 - Jadhav Case (India  v.  Pakistan) - Request for the indication of provisional measures - The Court to deliver its Order tomorrow on Thursday 18 May 2017   60 Kb    15/05/2017  -  NEW  2017/20 - Jadhav Case (India  v.  Pakistan) - Conclusion of the public hearings on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by India - The Court to begin its deliberation

Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict at ICJ a diplomatic win for India, political win-win for Narendra Modi India Sreemoy Talukdar May, 19 2017 07:39:40 IST Thursday's verdict by the International Court of Justice to hold the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav — sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan — is no doubt a big diplomatic and legal victory for India at the highest level. More than that, though, it is a huge political win for Narendra Modi. India has allowed herself to be bogged down by hesitations of history in dragging bilateral disputes with Pakistan to international forums. Despite his enormous political capital, the prime minister and his Cabinet colleagues couldn't have taken lightly the decision to knock on ICJ's doors, much less foreseen the verdict. Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, addressing a press conference after ICJ verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday. PTI Bear in

Gwadar fisherfolk worry about One Belt One Road Zofeen T. Ebrahim | The Third Pole |  May 18, 2017 02:24 PM IST As Gwadar develops in the background, the fisherfolk of Gwadar seem to have no space [image by: Zofeen T Ebrahim] A stray dog snoozes under a red boat lying next to a rickety teashop at Sur Bandar’s quay, where a few dozen small boats are bobbing in the Arabian Sea. The water is clear and a school of fish is swimming near the shore. It is Friday, and instead of going to sea, the fisherfolk have headed to the nearby mosque at midday. The harbour front is very quiet compared to the one at Gwadar, some 20 km away, where a Chinese deep sea port is under construction, promising to transform the sleepy town into a global trading hub. In contrast, at Sur Bandar’s quay the fisherfolk gather and chat over endless cups of a strong, sweet concoction they call “doodh-patti“, or just watch the world go by. I

Analysing non-kinetic actions in Balochistan BY  FAISAL ALI RAJA Countering extremism and terrorism will take clear, level heads   In Balochistan, both Kinetic and Non-Kinetic Actions (NKAs) have been going on for last 15-20 years. By NKAs we mean employing diplomatic, economic, technological, social, cultural, informational and psychological tools to bring about changes in tactical and operational strategies of the target state. In other words, it impairs the national will through exploiting the existing fault lines in different dimensions. Some of the NKAs with respect to Balochistan will be focused on Effect Based Operations (EBOs) as discussed below.   First, creating bad borders to induce bad blood among people of the two countries seems to be the overarching policy of the Hostile Intelligence Agencies (HIAs) in Balochistan. The recent episode of cross border firing at  Bab e Dostee  at Chaman points towards this strategy. The m

Ahsan rubbishes rumours about CPEC Staff Reporter Lahore Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was really a game-changer, but some foreign powers and people having vested interests were trying to scandalise it. He was addressing the 14th CEO Summit Asia 2017 and the book launch of 100 performing CEOs, leaders and companies of Pakistan, which was held here at a local hotel on Thursday. The theme of the event was “Reshaping the Future: Build Greater Pakistan”, which was addressed by Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Punjab Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghous Pasha. Hundreds of CEOs, business leaders from Pakistan and around the region participated. Ahsan Iqbal, rubbishing rumours and apprising the business community of facts about CPEC, said that Long-Term Plan (LTP) for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project had been approved by the government and Chin

GB people to get exemplary benefits from CPEC      Staff Reporter Islamabad Dr Nadeem Shafiq Malik, Chairman, National Council of Social Welfare, has said that China’s vision of One Belt One Road will change the fate of Pakistanis especially Gilgit-Baltistan which is the gateway of CPEC and Pakistan has become the most geo-economic important country due to the successful financial policies of present government. He was addressing a seminar titled ‘Social Impact of CPEC and Vision of One Belt One Road on Gilgit-Baltistan’ which was organized by National Council of Social Welfare. Dr Nadeem Shafiq Malik, Chairman, National Council of Social Welfare chaired the seminar while Iqbal Hassan, Minister for Information, Planning and Development, Gilgat-Baltistan was the chief guest. Dr Nadeem, in his presidential address said Pakistan is about to become the hub of financial activities because of CPEC

China evokes Panchsheel to address India's concerns over CPEC By PTI | Updated: May 18, 2017, 08.13 PM IST The first principle of Panchsheel enunciated by India and China in 1954 speaks of "mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty". BEIJING: Skirting questions whether it is willing to rename the USD 50 billion  CPEC  traversing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,  China  today said it believes in the Panchsheel  principles of "mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty".  "We have expressed our position on the China  Pakistan  Economic Corridor (CPEC)," Foreign Ministry spokesperson  Hua Chunying  told media here when asked whether China plans to rename the corridor as proposed by its envoy to New Delhi.  She was also asked questions about a top BJP leader's article in a newspaper, describing CPEC as  India 

What the government’s not saying about CPEC Columns   Comment 7 HOURS AGO BY  FARAZ TALAT We, the people, deserve to have all the cards on the table Let’s be clear: CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) is not ‘colonialism’. The Chinese are not taking over. The left must resist being swept up by hysteria. However, liberals and conservatives alike must refuse to be placated by government’s promises of ‘development’ alone. There is much that the government isn’t telling us, and it is impossible to make a democratic decision on this regard until we know exactly what we’re giving away, and in exchange for how much. An exclusive report appeared in Dawn recently, exposing previously unknown details of the CPEC master plan. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms – Ahsan Iqbal – promptly slammed the article as being dishonest, and based on old, unapproved drafts of the CPEC plan. But if that’s true then whose job is it to inf

Inside Chabahar, the Iranian port city that borders Pakistan and where alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was based By ET CONTRIBUTORS | May 14, 2017, 06.40 AM IST t far from Chabahar in Iran, the Pakistanis are developing the Gwadar port with Chinese assistance as a gateway to Afghanistan and Central Asia. In Pic: A partial view of the Kalantari port in Chabahar The first thing an Indian would think landing now in Chabahar, Iran, is that it is hot unlike Tehran . It’s like the worst of  Delhi  before the rains.  The second thought may be: Hey, am I in Pakistan  as it does not seem like Iran? Men are wearing salwar suits and some are actually talking in Urdu. One of the first people I spoke to in Chabahar opened with that most pressing question: Have you seen Baahubali 2 ?  The third thought that went through the mind of this pa