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One Belt, One Road has no basis in China’s history China is seeking to legitimize One Belt, One Road by invoking the Silk Road, but the initiative more closely resembles European imperial engagement with Asia in the 19th century   Deepak Nayyar One Belt, One Road is a stepping stone for China’s aspirations of global leadership by creating a rival to the transatlantic economic area with the US at its apex. Photo: Reuters China celebrated its “One Belt, One Road” (Obor) initiative with a coming-out party in Beijing last month. The conference, with 68 participating countries, was attended by 28 heads of government, while the others were represented at ministerial or lower levels. European leaders were missing. The rich countries were largely absent. India stayed away in protest against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a component of Obor, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, citing its sovereignty over the ter

Pakistan: Other banned outfits on Facebook The list below contains all banned outfits on Facebook aside from the big three - ASWJ, JSMM, SSP - that are available in the main story in the first tab above Arranged in order of size of online presence Baloch Student Organisation Azad (BSO-A) Pages and groups: 54Pages with 500+ members: 7Groups with 100+ members: 3Users who ‘like’ org: 43 Founded by Allah Nazar Baloch in 2002, the organisation is known to indoctrinate the youth of Balochistan in a struggle for an independent Balochistan. Proscribed on March 15, 2013 on the basis of spreading anti-state sentiment through strikes and processions, they remain active online and in student communities in Balochistan. Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan (SMP) Pages and groups: 45Pages with 500+ members: 2Groups with 100+ members: 6Users who ‘like’ org: 27 Although reports vary, it is believed that  Maulana Mureed Abbas Yazdani founded SMP  in 1993. Formed as a Shia outfit to counter the militancy of Sipah-

Banned outfits in Pakistan operate openly on Facebook DAWN.COM Banned outfits in Pakistan operate openly on Facebook Activity of 41 sectarian, terrorist, anti-state organisations is accessible to every user on the social network. JAHANZAIB HAQUE  |  OMER BASHIR Updated Jun 05, 2017 02:27pm BANNED BUT SOCIAL OUTFITS ON FB METHODOLOGY They exist in plain sight, just one search and one click away from any of Pakistan’s 25 million Facebook users. An investigation carried out by  Dawn  across the month of April 2017 has revealed that 41 of Pakistan’s  64 banned outfits  are present on Facebook in the form of hundreds of pages, groups and individual user profiles. Their network, both interconnected and public, is a mix of Sunni and Shia sectarian or terror outfits, global terror organisations operating in Pakistan, and separatists in Balochistan and Sindh. For the purpose of this investigation, the names of all banned outfits – including acronyms and small variations in spelling – were searched on F

CPEC: There is no drinking water in #Gwader

There is no drinking water in #Gwader Pakistan Occupied Balochistan

Kurds going​ for independence referendum on, September 25, 2017 President Barzani Meets with Kurdistan Region's Political Parties to Set the Date for the Referendum  |  | 07/06/2017Salahadin, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ( President Masoud Barzani held a meeting today with the representatives of the political parties across the Kurdistan Region. During the meeting, President Barzani and the attendees discussed several salient issues including the upcoming parliamentary elections, the current political and economic situations and the issue of the independence referendum.  The President, along with the representatives of the political parties and slates decided that the date for the independence referendum shall be Monday, September 25, 2017. It will be on that day when the people of the Kurdistan Region, as well as those living in the disputed areas, will cast their votes on whether they accept independence for the Kurdistan. The political parties also

Baloch Martyr

سرباز (ریپبلکن نیوز) مغربی بلوچستان میں فائرنگ کے واقع میں اہم گوریلا کمانڈر عابد زامرانی شہید تفصلات کے مطابق آج مغرب کے بعد مغربی بلوچستان کے شہر اشار سرباز میں عابد زامرانی پر اس وقت فائرنگ کیا گیا جب وہ اپنے بچے کے ہمراہ کسی دوست کے ہان افطاری کیلے جارہا تھا فائرنگ کے واقع میں پاکستانی قبضہ گیریت کے خلاف متحرک ایک مسلح تنظیم سے وابستہ عابد زامرانی موقع پر شہید ہوگئے۔ یاد رہے کہ مغربی بلوچستان میں گزشتہ سال بی آر پی کے رہنما شاہنواز زہری کو بھی آئی ایس آئی کے کارندوں نے فائرنگ کر کے شہید کردیا تھا جو وہاں پناہ گزین کی حثیت سے رہائش پزیر تھے۔

Will China fill the vacuum left by America? Not as long as Chinese officials remain shy of the world stage  Print edition | China Jun 8th 2017 EVEN analysts who make a living predicting a great shift of wealth, power and global leadership from the United States to China never anticipated the speed with which Donald Trump appears to be marginalising his homeland. Last week Mr Trump announced he would pull America out of the Paris accord on climate change. At an annual China-EU summit under way at the time, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, declared that China and Europe together would demonstrate “solidarity with future generations and responsibility for the whole planet”. Others have gone further: it will be to China that the world will now turn for leadership on the issues that matter. China appears to have advanced on other fronts. The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, an annual tal

IS Attacks Show Iran's Vulnerability to Terror June 07, 2017 5:15 PM Mehdi Jedinia Members of Iranian forces take cover during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran, June 7, 2017. Share See comments Tehran has bragged for years that Islamic State could not deeply penetrate inside Iran, saying it kept a chokehold on any IS roots by arresting possible suspects and monitoring movements along its borders. But Wednesday's attacks, claimed by IS, on Iran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that left at least 12 people dead, exposed Iran's vulnerability, analysts say. It shows, too, that IS will follow through on its threats to terrorize Iran, which it sees as a battlefield enemy and religious persecutor. IS has long accused Shiite-led Iran of executing thousands of the Sunni minority in the country. Iraq's Iran-backed Shiite paramilitary force has inflicted hundreds of casu

ISIS-kills-two-abducted-Chinese-nationals-in-Balochistan Thu, 8 Jun 2017-09:20pm , ANI The Islamic State has reportedly killed two Chinese nationals held in Mastung district of Balochistan, Pakistan. The SITE Intelligence Group said that the ISIS, through its Amaq news agency, has claimed that its fighters in Pakistan have killed two Chinese nationals held in Mastung. The development comes days after Pakistani forces said that they have killed a number of key commanders of the Islamic State group in an operation carried out in the mountainous Mastung district after intelligence reports said the group was holding the Chinese nationals kidnapped on May 24 from Jinnah Town of the provincial capital Quetta. Jinnah Town is one of the affluent residential areas where Chinese NGOs teach Mandarin. The Chinese presence in Pakistan has increased in the past few years due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and the Pakistani government has de

Pakistan demands Baloch terror suspects in exchange for Mullah Baradar

By Hasan Khan 2010-03-19 ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani government has demanded that Afghanistan hand over wanted Baloch terrorism (Baloch political Refuges in afganistan) suspects living in Afghanistan in return for Mullah Baradar and other Taliban leaders arrested in Pakistan.  Highly reliable intelligence sources told Central Asia Online March 19 that Pakistan has asked Afghanistan to expel Brahamdagh Bugti, Durkhan Marri, Riaz Gul and Rahimo Bugti, all of whom are said to be in Afghanistan.  They are all wanted in Pakistan on charges of committing acts of terror in Balochistan.  Pakistan contends that the men have taken refuge in Afghanistan and are using the country as a base to launch terrorist attacks in Balochistan.  Pakistan arrested Baradar — the Taliban’s No 2 man — in Karachi in February. It also captured other key Taliban members — including Mullah Amir Mohammad, Mullah Abdul Salaam, and reportedly Mullah Kabir.  Soon after those arrests, the Afghan government demanded

Pictures of Baloch killed by Pakistani millitary

U.S. Warns of China's Cyber Strategies file photo By  MarEx   2017-06-06 20:28:55 The U.S. Department of Defense has released its annual report,  Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China , highlighting China's attempts to gain military advantage. China is undergoing a military modernization program that is targeting capabilities with the potential to degrade core U.S. military-technological advantages, states the report. “To support this modernization, China uses a variety of methods to acquire foreign military and dual-use technologies, including cyber theft, targeted foreign direct investment and exploitation of the access of private Chinese nationals to such technologies.  “Several cases emerged in 2016 of China using its intelligence services, and employing other illicit approaches that violate U.S. laws and export controls, to obtain national security and export-restricted technologies, controll

New Pentagon Report Finally Drags China’s Secret Sea Weapon Out Of The Shadows  Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogan during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily∧ RYAN PICKRELL China/Asia Pacific Reporter 4:59 PM 06/07/2017 The Pentagon’s new report on China’s developing military capabilities exposes the fighting force on the front line of China’s quest to control the seas. The Chinese Maritime Militia (CMM), a paramilitary force masquerading as a civilian fishing fleet, is a weapon for gray zone aggression that has operated in the shadow of plausible deniability for years. Supported by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) “grey hulls” and Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) “white hulls,” the CMM “blue hulls” constitute China’s third sea force. The CMM engages in “low-intensity coercion in maritime disputes,”  acc

China, not US, is the lawbreaker in South China Sea ‘Freedom of navigation operations’ are crucial to curbing Beijing’s maritime claims © AFP by: Aaron Connelly The destroyer  USS Dewey  recently sailed within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese air base on Mischief Reef, in the South China Sea, in what the US called a “freedom of navigation operation”. The Chinese foreign ministry said the incident on May 25 amounted to “trespassing” and “muscle-flexing” that was “not conducive to regional peace and stability”. Yet there is nothing inherently provocative about such  operations . They are conducted on a routine basis around the globe without incident, and usually without comment. An examination of China’s claims helps to explain its sensitivity. The country has long made ambiguous claims to sovereign and economic rights within a U-shaped line covering nearly all of the South China Sea, an area extending 1,300km from the Chinese mainland. Other littoral states have also m

China is likely to set up military base in Pakistan: Pentagon By PTI | Jun 07, 2017, 05.47 PM IST "China most likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan," the report said. WASHINGTON:  China  is likely to establish additional  military bases  in  Pakistan  and other countries with which it has longstanding friendly ties and similar strategic interests, a new Pentagon report said today as the world's largest army increasingly flexed its muscles.  In its annual report to the Congress on China's military build-up, the US Department of Defence said China's construction of military base in the strategic location of Djibouti is just the first of what will likely be an ongoing expansion in friendly foreign ports around the world.  China is expanding its access