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Dangerous trends in Balochistan Dr Noman Ahmed May 21, 2017Leave a comment The high-sounding promises around expected windfalls from CPEC will remain elusive unless basic political issues are resolved The attacks on the convoy of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri in Mastung and labourers in Gwadar district on May 12 and 13 respectively show that all is not well in Balochistan. These tragic incidents almost coincided with the participation of the prime minister and chief ministers in ‘Belt and Road Forum’ in Beijing. But during the past few years, hundreds of innocent citizens have been killed in targeted ambush and bomb attacks. With a less than desirable mechanism of law enforcement in the province, there seems to be no let-up in such incidences, which only add to the discontent in the terror-struck region. The high-sounding promises around expected windfalls from China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will remain elusive unless basic political i

Modi's Approach To China Has Done Us Proud Modi's Approach To China Has Done Us Proud Mihir Swarup Sharma The Narendra Modi government's decision to not send an envoy to China's big Belt and Road Forum (abbreviated, incredibly, BARF) has been the cause of much wailing and gnashing of teeth in New Delhi. Given the fact that India is practically the only large economy to not be represented there - and that dozens and dozens of countries have sent representatives, many the heads of their governments - it has come across to some people as the Modi government deliberately choosing to isolate India. It has been criticised thus as stubborn opposition to an initiative that has seized the world's imagination. Well, if Modi has isolated India on this issue, so be it. He and his foreign policy establishment deserve praise for taking a bold stand of dissent on grounds that are both principled and realist. The government's thinking on thi

Staying of Jadhav sentence due to Nawaz-Jindal meeting: Imran DW Focus National 2 DAYS AGO BY  PAKISTANTODAY   Says leaders are running Pakistan like the East India Company Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has alleged that the Nawaz-Jindal meeting led to the staying of Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Speaking at a rally in Quetta, Khan said the joint investigation team (JIT), formed by the Supreme Court in Panama Leaks case, should investigate Sharif family’s businesses outside the country. “The JIT should also investigate as to who are the Sharif family’s business partners in India,” he demanded. He lamented that the country is being ruled by companies owned by influential political families. The PTI chief said that it was East India Company in the past, but now there’s Sharif family’s company ruling the country. “ Sindh is being ruled by Zardari family’s company, in

How ISI is turning Balochistan into a mass grave How ISI is turning Balochistan into a mass grave By Farooq Ganderbali The notorious intelligence wing of Pakistan Army, the ISI, has been waging a brutal and relentless war against its own citizens in Balochistan. The killings and abductions of innocent Baloch men and women have been so rampant that it has become difficult to hide the figures and the anonymous graves scattered the biggest province of Pakistan. The repression—abductions and killings—have intensified once the Chinese came to the scene, demanding security and unbridled access to the natural resources of resource-rich province in the guise of building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The Chinese have literally hired Pakistan Army as their security outfit to ensure that the $45 billion corridor does not run aground. But facts are startling and cannot any longer been suppressed.In August 2016, for instance, the DIG Investigations and Crime, Balochistan informed a committee of

CPEC is practical picture of Pak-China friendship' May 20, 2017, 6:41 pm Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said on Saturday that several international investors are eager to invest in the country due to economic policies of the government. Addressing National Excellency Awards distribution ceremony organised by the Young Engineers Council on the Engineers Day, he said policies were not responsible for failure but political instability had damaged economy in the past. He said conspiracies against the country had been failed. The minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had approved internship for 20,000 engineers and it was being planned for the next financial year that 100,000 youths would be trained in the field of Information Technology. “The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a practical picture of Pak-China friendship,” he said adding that participation of 65 countries in One Belt One Road (OBOR) Conference was an example of

CPEC to boost agriculture By  M  Ziauddin Published: May 20, 2017 The writer served as executive editor of The Express Tribune from 2009 to 2014 Pakistan’s economy needs to grow at an annual average rate of 10-12 per cent for at least over a decade for the so-called trickle-down theory to prove its economic viability. Indeed, this is the kind of growth rate that is required to be sustained for at least 10 years at a stretch without any break to supposedly make any perceptible dent in the incidence of poverty in the country. One way of accomplishing this is to go around the world again with a hat in hand. This we have been doing since independence, but have done nothing with most of the dole received so far, other than to create false affluence. More of the same is not going to make us behave differently. Our border trade with our immediate neighbours — India, Afghanistan and Iran — has been held hostage since the very day Pakistan came into being

Belt and Road paves way for China’s new global role Thursday, May 18, 2017 The One Belt One Road (OBOR) summit in Beijing this month has focused the world’s attention on China’s ‘grand strategy’ Source: American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation, Oxford Analytica Outlook Countries that are not part of OBOR do not separate neatly into winners and losers -- many will be both. For instance, trade-related infrastructure may benefit nations that are not themselves part of OBOR. Not being part of OBOR will not mean a country gets less Chinese investment. The majority of Chinese investment is likely to be in sectors and countries that are not part of OBOR, nor will overall Chinese investment be concentrated in the OBOR countries. However, the boundaries of OBOR are ill-defined and flexible, and will expand to encompass planned or current projects that were not originally part of it. Impacts OBOR may reshape world politics as muc

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Forget One Belt One Road, India should worry that China’s competitor to Boeing, Airbus has taken off The maiden flight of C919, China’s first domestically produced passenger jet, signals the country is well on the road to technological prominence. Akshat Khandelwal Published 3 hours ago.   AFP India’s boycott of the China-led One Belt One Road or OBOR initiative last week  betrays an anxiety  on part of the Indian establishment. As a culmination of the unprecedented economic rise of the Middle Kingdom, OBOR is China’s version of the Marshall Plan – the extremely successful business stimulus launched by the United States to power West European recovery following World War II. OBOR seeks to  fund over  a trillion dollars’ worth of projects in more than 60 countries across Eurasia and the Asia Pacific. New Delhi’s  concerns are not  limited to the $50 billion Chinese Pakistan Economic Corridor – a product of OBOR – which blatantly challenges India’s se

OBOR: Why India needn't worry about China The post-1990s India is far more self-confident and has a number of strategic and economic options. TRIDIVESH SINGH MAINI   @ tridiveshsingh Ever since India did not attend the  One Belt, One Road  (OBOR) summit in Beijing last week, it has been constantly criticised by the Chinese media for being "rigid and obstructionist". There are some in India who have criticised the government’s move. India will eventually be an important player in the OBOR, and it can not avoid the mega-project since initiatives like the BCIM Economic Corridor will bolster India’s Act East Policy. Yet, New Delhi was left with no option, given the fact that China did not take India’s concerns regarding the CPEC project passing through disputed territory (Gilgit-Baltistan) seriously. × It is not just PM Modi, but even his predecessor Manmohan Singh unequivocally pitched for strong ties with China. Th

Caught between Pakistan’s claim on Kashmir and China’s OBOR, India must stand on its own | Opinion India should prepare for a two-front military deterrent capability, and reach out to Japan and South Korea to strengthen its position in Asia         Leaders of India, Pakistan, China, and Russia meet pose for a photograph during the 2015 SCO summit in Ufa.(PTI file photo) Updated: May 20, 2017 16:38 IST By Shishir Gupta When Pakistan National Security Advisor Nasir Janjua met his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval in Bangkok on December 6, 2015, he was told that no less than 79 Pakistani nationals were languishing in Indian jails on terrorism related charges. Doval told Janjua that there were documented records, including valid passports, to prove they were Pakistanis. While Janjua tried to fob off the charges as irrelevant to the discussion, one of the delegates in the meeting asked him to show one Indian incarcerated in Pa

Gwadar's fisherfolk worry about how CPEC will impact lives IANS |  May 20, 2017 01:22 PM IST A stray dog snoozes under a red boat lying next to a rickety teashop at Sur Bandars quay. It is Friday, and 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. 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 ask some if they have heard of the much-touted China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), but all shake their heads. CPEC is a 3,000-km corridor from Kashgar in western China to Gwadar in Pakistan on the Arabian sea. It slices through the Himalayas, disputed territories, plains and deserts to reach the ancient fishing port Gwadar. Huge Chinese-funded i

NEW SILK ROAD: WHY CHINA SHOULD BE WARY OF OVERCONFIDENCE CHINA BRIEFING WANG XIANGWEI CHINA BRIEFING BY  WANG   XIANGWEI 20 MAY 2017 Underneath the excitement for President Xi Jinping’s ‘project of the century’ lie dangers and risks not often discussed Chinese President Xi Jinping with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Belt and Road Summit. Photo: AP The optics tell it all: a confident and smiling  Xi  Jinping  ( 習近平 ) stood in front of a giant landscape painting titled  This Land is So Rich in Beauty  and shook hands with more than 30 heads of state and international organisations lining up in the Great Hall of the People on Sunday night. Broadcast live on national television, and repeated numerous times in prime-time newscasts over the weekend, those images encapsulated China’s growing political and economic influence on the world stage as it hosted the two-day summit on the  “Belt and Road Initiative”  last week. In hi