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BALOCHISTAN: Crude reality of Iran

Below article was published 44 years back, but the Iran monitors  developments in Pakistan side of  Balochistan very closely. In an interview Former shah of Iran said , in case Pakistan collapse they will take protective action , that is seize Pakistani BALOCHISTAN. Daily Record, Ihursday, April 26, 1973 Belief in 'Crude Real if y' i:f ' Yi By C L. Sulzberger TEHERAN Iran today finds itself wedged between two of the world's tensest crisis areas. To the west lies Iraq, with which it is on very bad terms, and the festering Middle East, already riven by wars. To the east lies Pakistan, which shows signs of coming apart. Therefore Shah Mohammad Reza is implacably building up his national military establishment to achieve a capability of self-defense against anyone in non-nuclear war. '"That is my ultimate aim," he says. "Some people laughed when I started off this program. But now I estimate we are only about five years away from our goal." The b

Japan, Vietnam to bolster maritime security cooperation By MARI YAMAGUCHI, ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO — Jun 6, 2017, 11:22 AM ET Email The Associated Press Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, listens to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech at their dinner in Tokyo, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP) more + Japan and  Vietnam  agreed Tuesday to bolster their security ties through Japanese-funded projects including the upgrading of Vietnamese coastal patrol capabilities, defense equipment and technology transfer amid concerns about China's increasingly assertive activity in regional seas. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Japanese counterpart,  Shinzo Abe , held talks in Tokyo and shared "deep concern over the complex developments" involving China in the South China Sea. They urged China — without referring to it by name — to avoid taking actions to

Cyprus can play important role along the Maritime Silk Road: Chinese Ambassador Source: Xinhua |  2017-06-06 23:44:14 | Editor: yan NICOSIA, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Cyprus, located along the ancient Silk Road, can play an important role as a stepping stone at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa in the implementation of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, said China's ambassador to Cyprus Huang Xingyuan on Tuesday. The ambassador was talking at a thematic seminar of the Belt and Road Initiative. Comprised of the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond. China, the biggest developing nation in the world, and Cyprus, one of the smallest countries of Europe and the world, are a unique example of cooperation in both the political and economic sectors. Huang stressed that there is a huge potential for Cyprus and China to build on this pote

China welcomes Abe’s interest in Silk Road initiative JUN 6, 2017 BEIJING – China said Tuesday that it welcomes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s interest in cooperating with Beijing’s initiative of trying to build closer economic links along and beyond the ancient Silk Road trade routes. “We believe the One Belt, One Road initiative can be a new platform and a testing field for China and Japan to achieve mutually beneficial cooperation and common development,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a news briefing, referring to the project by its official name. “We welcome Japan to explore cooperation with China under the framework,” she said, a day after Abe said Japan is prepared to contribute to the initiative if certain conditions are met. At a forum on Asia’s future in Tokyo, Abe said the plan put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping has the “potential to connect East and West as well a

Shahbaz discusses CPEC projects with Weidong Staff Reporter Islamabad Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif met with Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Sun Weidong at the Embassy of China here Tuesday. He termed Pak-China friendship as a glowing example of love, peace, cooperation and warm feelings. Shahbaz said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project will augur well for the economic development of Pakistan. He welcomed Chinese investment on CPEC projects and expressed the satisfaction that the volume of investment between Pakistan and China is all-time high. “There is no doubt the CPEC is a game changer which has opened new avenues of development in Pakistan, while others countries will also benefit from the CPEC. The Chief Minister maintained that Pakistan is among one of the rapidly emerging economies of the world under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and added that this has created new opportunities of business and job-generation. He said that Pa

Gilgit-Baltistan Region: An indispensable part of CPEC Arhama Siddiqa THE Gilgit-Baltistan region is a part of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir, which was divided between India and Pakistan, and is directly ruled from Islamabad. It does not enjoy the constitutional status similar to, for example, the Punjab province, which has representatives in the parliament of Pakistan. Pakistan has been deliberating on whether to elevate the constitutional status of northern Gilgit-Baltistan region in a bid to provide legal cover to the multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment plan – the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This move could signal a historic shift in the country’s position on the future of the Kashmir region. The multi- billion dollar Chinese investment merits legal cover on an urgent basis for the greater long-term interests of the entire region. CPEC may very well provide the impetus for the whole nation to be on the same page for once. Although there are leg

Travel the Silk Road at your peril By Jonathan Rogers VIEWPOINT There’s no doubting China’s immense ambition in the project finance stakes, centred around its grandiose One Belt, One Road (or Belt-Road) scheme to revive the old Silk Road which used to connect China with the West in ancient times. The brainchild of premier Xi Jinping, unveiled in 2013, the project aims to rope in the big investment banks to share the burden of financing what represents the biggest infrastructure project yet conceived. Requiring US$4-8 trillion of investment, it is pitched at around 30 times the size of the Marshall Plan which rebuilt Europe after the ravages of the Second World War. And there is no shortage of takers from the Western banking sector. The latest to sign up has been Deutsche Bank, which last week signed a memorandum of understanding with China Development Bank to commit to work to

3 Must Read Asia Markets Stories: China’s Silk Road Faces Hurdle In Qatar Spat, China’s Debt Isn’t That Scary, and Why Asia’s Sovereign Wealth Funds Are Hot For Tech By Robert Guy June 5, 2017 8:51 p.m. ET The spat between Qatar and its Middle East neighbors adds another flash point to an increasingly messy geopolitical landscape and could complicate China's ambitions to create a new Silk Road. The South China Morning Post    has a story that says   Beijing's ability to manage relationships in the region , which is its biggest source of oil, just got a whole lot more difficult: The nations are involved in Xi Jinping’s ambitious “Belt and Road Initiative”, which stretches across 65 countries and encompasses Asia, Africa and Europe. The Arab peninsula is the top source of oil for China, the world’s biggest oil importer. Global prices rose in early trading on Monday. Pang Zhongying, a senior fellow at the Ocean University of Chi

Should Pakistan be partitioned like Yugoslavia?

by  LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD  June 6, 2017 After World War II,  Yugoslavia was organized  as a federation of six republics, with borders drawn along ethnic and historical lines: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia with the two autonomous Serbian provinces of Vojvodina and Kosovo. The Yugoslav federation  worked successfully  largely due to the strong leadership of president-for-life Josip Broz Tito, but after his death in 1980, a weakened central government could not cope with the growing ethnic and nationalist tensions. Likewise, Pakistan is not so much a country, but an  artificial political entity  created by the British during the partition of India. It is founded on the ideology of Islam and is primarily composed of five ethnic groups that never coexisted - the Bengalis, Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Baloch. It is ironic that the father of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah,  reportedly  an atheist, who argued for a secular and inclusive Pakis

Sights and sounds along CPEC’s Balochistan route Sights and sounds along CPEC’s Balochistan route Ghulam Dastageer Updated about 21 hours ago A man obtains water from a hand pump on the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan | Photographs by Ghulam Dastageer Balochistan is all about expanse — vast, inaccessible, inhospitable expanse. That partly explains why the rest of Pakistan sees it as a dangerous, even hostile, territory. Distance and remoteness have the ability to turn the usual into the unusual and the unfamiliar into the mysterious. The case of Balochistan’s northern districts is even more curious. Cut off from most parts of the country by virtue of their high hilly terrain and almost no communication links, they have experienced less strife in recent times (compared to Pakhtun areas north of them and Baloch areas south of them). Yet, mentioning them does not evoke anything but a sense of ignorance and foreboding among Pakistanis living elsewhere. Now that many of these districts find thems

China lauds Pakistan's efforts for smooth implementation of CPEC projects June 6, 2017 BEIJING: While appreciating Pakistan's efforts in building China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, China Tuesday reiterated it would work with Pakistan to push forward smooth progress on the corridor to bring more economic benefits for the two countries as well as the entire region. " We appreciate and applaud Pakistan's efforts it put in during building of the CPEC which has now entered a stage of implementation with the concerted efforts of China and Pakistan," Spokesperson of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying said during her regular press briefing held here. " China will work with Pakistan to push forward smooth progress in building the CPEC, " she said while responding to a question asked by the APP correspondent that Pakistan government has allocated US$ 1.7 billion for CPEC and its supporting pro

Pakistan is still a sanctuary for the Taliban and Haqqani network

CIIS Report *Pakistan is still a sanctuary for the Taliban and Haqqani network and more of a threat than an ally. There has to be a better strategy and a better approach to both the military and civil dimensions of the war to provide a reason to stay, and no commitment should be open ended. The Afghans have to do far more, and do it far better, to justify each future year of U.S. commitment. *Finally, the United States should make it clear to Pakistan that it faces a total end to aid, and the imposition of sanctions, if it continues to support the Taliban and tolerate the Haqqani network. Russia should be told that any end to U.S. sanctions will depend on it not supporting the Taliban, and the Unites States should reach out to China to make it clear that Chinese cooperation in dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan can serve both Chinese and U.S. interests*

Pakistan's ISI attacked a Baloch refugee camp in Spin boldak area of Kandhar

Pakistan's ISI attacked a Baloch refugee camp in Spin boldak area of Kandhar province in Afghanistan. 3 dead including 2 children. 8 wounded پاکستان غیر اعلانیہ جنگ مسلط کررہا ہے، افغان صدر Jun 6, 2017, 3:57 pm کابل(سنگر نیوز) افغان صدر اشرف غنی نے پاکستان کو تنقید کا نشانہ بناتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ وہ ان کے ملک کے خلاف ’غیر اعلانیہ جنگ‘ مسلط کر رہا ہے۔ان کا مزید کہنا تھا کہ ’پاکستان کو اس بات پر کس طرح قائل کیا جاسکتا ہے کہ ایک مستحکم افغانستان ان کو اور خطے کو مدد فراہم کرے گا‘۔فرانسیسی خبر رساں ادارے اے ایف پی کی رپورٹ کے مطابق یہ سخت اعلان انھوں نے کابل میں افغانستان کے حوالے سے ہونے والی بین الاقوامی امن کانفرنس کے دوران کیا اور اس موقع پر گذشتہ ماہ کابل میں ہونے والے ٹرک بم دھماکے میں ہلاکتوں کی تعداد 150 تک تجاوز کرنے کے حوالے سے خبر بھی دی۔اس کانفرنس میں دنیا کے دو درجن سے زائد ممالک، نیٹو اور اقوام متحدہ کے نمائندے موجود ہیں۔امن کانفرنس کے موقع پر کابل میں سخت سیکیورٹی انتظامات کیے گیے تھے، جس میں کابل کی سڑکوں کو بکتر بند گاڑیاں موجود تھیں جبکہ اس موقع پر فضائی نگرانی بھی

Pakistani ISI attacked Bugti Refugee camp in Kandahar

#BREAKING: #Bugti Refugee camp attacked by #Pak ISI sponsored terrorists in Kandahar, #Afghanistan. 3 killed, 8 wounded…

Picture of the day: Claudia support Baloch Movement