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Balochistan: A wider strategic context in the Afghanistan debate

by  LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD  June 9, 2017 Yes, the primary mission  is still  to protect the homeland by preventing Afghanistan from being used again as a safe haven for terrorists to attack the U.S. or our allies. And, yes, troop levels and the operational tempo have always been predicated on a single  proposition , to buy enough time so that Afghan security forces can successfully take the lead against the Taliban or any other terrorist entity who plan to use Afghanistan as a training or operational base. But there is a bigger picture. Pakistan created and supported the Taliban as an instrument of its foreign policy and has always viewed Afghanistan as a client state, a security buffer against what they consider potential Indian encirclement and as a springboard to  extend its own influence  into the resource-rich areas of Central Asia. In line with those objectives, Pakistan has an economic incentive to force the U.S. and NATO out of Afghanistan in order to pursue the China-Pakis

ISIS in Pakistan

Already about 26 leadership elements of ISIS have been identified and steps are under way to get them to Pakistan through the Afghan border”, an analyst revealed, warning that India needs to “prepare for this new threat, as it is certain that the Pakistan military will make operations against India the condition for sheltering elements of the ISIS leadership” in Pakistan.

Chinese whispers 10-Jun-17by  DailyTimes China is not known to play coy. It has always been clear about its global ambitions, which started off slowly and steadily in its own near backyard. In direct contrast to the Washington doctrine - Beijing has been happy to invest economically while asking no awkward questions on human rights. This transactional approach underscores what the Chinese have long referred to as their brand of Communism coming complete 'with Chinese characteristics', a term coined during the Jiang Zemin era. That being said, China is understandably playing its cards close to its chest when it comes to the recent Pentagon musings on a possible second foreign military base. Beijing has slammed these as irresponsible. Though, significantly, Pakistan has been identified as the probable location. Despite nothing being confirmed at this stage - the supposition does make sense. China has poured some $52million into th

Enhance connectivity without infringing sovereignty, unite against terror, says PM Modi in veiled message to China, Pak in Astana Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday strongly pitched for coordinated efforts among SCO members to combat the menace of terrorism and enhance connectivity without impinging on sovereignty and territorial integrity. By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 00:16 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday strongly pitched for coordinated efforts among SCO members to combat the menace of terrorism and enhance connectivity without impinging on sovereignty and territorial integrity. In his address at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana, where Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping were part of the audience, Modi without naming any country referred to India’s concerns about Pak-backed terror groups and the Ch

India, Pakistan enter SCO, PM Narendra Modi message to Xi Jinping and Nawaz Sharif HOME  INDIA Written by  Shubhajit Roy  | Astana |Updated: June 10, 2017 9:07 Am Astana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan on Friday. PTI Photo The diplomatic games between India, China and Pakistan were in full play in Astana on Friday, as both India and Pakistan became members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). While Chinese President Xi Jinping started the day by telling Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  that he “liked” the  Aamir Khan -starrer Dangal, sources said he did not raise the One Belt One Road (OBOR) issue — India boycotted the summit in Beijing last month. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who had a meet-and-greet with Modi on Thursday evening, is understood to have met Modi again on Friday, before and after the SCO summit, when the two leaders

KP govt raises special force for security of foreign nationals Mushtaq Yusufzai June 10, 2017  Data of Chinese nationals working in KP being collected PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has raised a special and dedicated force for the security of the foreigners, particularly the Chinese, working on uplift projects in the province. Though the decision to raise this force had already been made, it assumed urgency in the wake of the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals and their subsequent killing allegedly by the militant group Islamic State (IS) in Balochistan. The incident has set the alarm bells ringing among the official circles in Pakistan, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the provincial government has devised the standard operation procedure (SOP) to avert a similar incident in the province that has been beset by acts of sabotage. The two Chinese nationals, who ran a Mandarin language course in Quetta, were kidnapped by uni

China’s New Silk Road Project May Be Too Big To Succeed The initiative could be the most significant coordinated development undertaking in history. But success is far from certain. 06/09/2017 09:55 am ET NIKLAS HALLE’N VIA GETTY IMAGES A woman holds Chinese and British flags as she watches the first freight train to travel from China arrive in London’s Barking depot, a journey of 18 days and 12,000 kilometers. Jan. 18. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s massive “One Belt, One Road” project is more expansive and inclusive than any other modern undertaking by a single country. If successful, it could transform the face of the developing world. But the endeavor has many potential pitfalls. The Belt and Road initiative covers a huge part of the world and promises to thrust China into the center of the globalization process. Developing countries that lack infrastructure can theoretically obtain much-needed roads, railways and ports. The Belt and Road initiative could represent the mo

China's Bases in Pakistan Will Have Strategic Ramifications for India - Expert ASIA & PACIFIC 14:01 09.06.2017(updated 15:58 09.06.2017)Get short URL 1 61050 India has downplayed a US report which warned that China could set up military bases in Pakistan. Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said India has its own assessment and will not make any strategy on the basis of the US report. © AFP 2017/ MONEY SHARMA India Says Defense Preparedness Necessary for Peace in the Region New Delhi (Sputnik) — The US report claimed that expanding international economic interests are forcing China to operate in more distant maritime environments to protect its interests. “It is an assessment which is there in the US report. We have our own assessments. Let us see what happens in the future,” Admiral Lanba said on the report released by US Department of Defense on China’s military prowess this week. “China most likely will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with whic

ISLAMIC STATE KILLINGS: SIGN OF THINGS TO COME FOR CHINA IN PAKISTAN? BY  TOM HUSSAIN 9 JUN 2017 As Beijing’s investment in the country grows with its New Silk Road ambitions, so too will the threat faced by its citizens   A soldier stands guard near the site where two Chinese-language teachers were kidnapped by gunmen in Quetta, Pakistan. Photo: Reuters The reported murder of two Chinese citizens by Islamic State terrorists in Pakistan on Thursday underscores the complications Beijing faces by massively expanding its economic and diplomatic presence in Southwest Asia. The two Chinese language teachers were kidnapped on May 24 from the western city of Quetta, the dusty capital of Balochistan province, a fault line of regional geopolitics that Beijing is increasingly becoming involved in as a consequence of its  Belt and Road Initiative  outreach to the Middle East and Africa through the strategic port of Gwadar. Highway to sell: How $55b

Two Chinese nationals killed in Balochistan: China concerned, but says won't affect CPEC World IANS Jun, 09 2017 17:09:38 IST Beijing:  China on Friday said it was "gravely concerned" about the killing of two Chinese citizens in Pakistan's restive Balochistan. "According to initial information from the Pakistani side, the two Chinese citizens kidnapped may have already unfortunately been killed," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. Representational image. Reuters "We have taken note of relevant reports and we express our grave concern. We have been trying to rescue the two kidnapped hostages over the past days," Hua said. A Chinese man and a woman, who taught Mandarin in Balochistan, were kidnapped from Jinnah in Quetta last month. The Islamic State terror group has reportedly owned up responsibility for killing the two Chinese nationals. However, Beijing said that it stands by Pakis

Enhance connectivity without infringing sovereignty: PM Modi at SCO PTI | Updated: Jun 9, 2017, 03.38PM IST   Terror a threat to humanity, says PM Narendra Modi HIGHLIGHTS PM Modi said India has extensive cooperation with SCO nations.Terrorism is a major threat to humanity, PM Modi said at the summit.PM Modi thanked all SCO members for their support. ASTANA: Prime Minister Narendra  Modi  on Friday strongly pitched for coordinated efforts among  SCO members to combat the menace of terrorism and enhance connectivity without impinging on sovereignty and territorial integrity. In his address at the annual summit of the  Shanghai Cooperation Organisation  (SCO) in the Kazakh capital, Modi hoped that India's entry into the SCO family will give a new momentum to the grouping in dealing with terrorism. "Terrorism is a major threat to humanity," Modi said, adding that there was a need for coordinated efforts to defea

Pakistan confirms chinese nationals dead Pakistani protesters condemn the suicide bombing at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, in Lahore, Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2017. Pakistani forces killed and arrested dozens a day after a massive suicide bombing by the Islamic State group killed dozens of worshipp Share See comments ISLAMABAD —  Islamic State has released a video showing the bloodied body of a captive Chinese national the terrorist group claimed to have killed along with his female partner in southwestern Pakistan. A provincial government official confirmed to VOA that the man who seems to be taking his last breaths in the video is one of the two Chinese kidnapped last month from Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province. Mastung, Pakistan The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he said that authorities have not yet found the bodies of the Chinese nationals, and he would like to abstain from making any official assertions on the

India exploiting Baloch to settle scores: Ghazan Marri 09-Jun-17by  Marvi Sirmed ISLAMABAD :  India is using the Baloch resistance to settle its score for Kashmir with Pakistan and funnelling money to the Baloch fighter groups for militancy. Ghazan Marri, the Baloch leader who has been in self-exile since last 18 years, expressed these views while talking to Daily Times from his UAE apartment. “ How else are they surviving and leading such lavish lives?” he hinted towards Brahumdagh Bugti, the rebel son of slain Baloch leader Akbar Bugti, who has publicly resorted to Indian Prime Minister Modi for help in ‘Baloch cause’. Ghazan Marri is the son of revered Baloch nationalist leader, late Kher Bakhsh Marri, and is accused of being the co-founder of now proscribed Baloch Liberation Army (BLA). “It was my brother’s organisation, not mine, and I distanced myself from BLA following my father’s teachings of non-violent and peaceful resistance,” M

Beijing “gravely concerned” as reports say Chinese couple abducted in Pakistan killed The couple was kidnapped from Balochistan last month, triggering concerns over the CPEC trade corridor project. The incident may dominate talks between Xi Jinping and Nawaz Sharif at Astana         Pakistani soldiers stand guard at the site where a Chinese couple was kidnapped in the neighbourhood of Jinnah town in Quetta on May 24. (AFP FILE) Updated: Jun 09, 2017 12:36 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing China said on Friday it was “gravely concerned” over reports that two of its nationals in Pakistan were killed recently after being abducted last month. “We have taken note of relevant reports and we express our grave concern. We have been trying to rescue the two kidnapped hostages over the past days,” foreign ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying said. A young Chinese couple teaching Mandarin in Baloch

CPEC: Pakistan prostrating before Chinese imperialist designs, Pak scholar says in Kolkata China Pakistan Economic Corridor has sparked off fears of China ‘taking over’ his country, Pakistani author S Akbar Zaidi tells HT.         S Akbar Zaidi is one of Pakistan’s leading political economists and a firm believer in the power of cricket to improve Indo-Pak ties.(HT Photo) Updated: Jun 09, 2017 12:51 IST By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times Professor of political economy in Columbia University and Karachi University, S Akbar Zaidi, who lives in Karachi is one of the Pakistani intellectuals who are opposed to his country’s China strategy. In Kolkata to deliver a lecture on ‘Has China Taken Over Pakistan? arranged by the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Zaidi spoke to HT. Q. Let’s start with the title of your talk. Has china taken over Pakistan? A.  China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a Chinese

Can't allow our seas to turn into zones of contention: India By PTI | Updated: Jun 09, 2017, 11.21 AM IST The Ocean Conference, which opened at the world body's headquarters on June 5 and will wrap up today, is the first ever such summit convened by the UN. UNITED NATIONS:  Seas  cannot be turned into zones of  contention ,  India  has said as it reiterated the importance of freedom of navigation on the high seas and resolving maritime disputes by peaceful means.  "The rapid and sustained  economic  growth across oceans is proof that the world's economic engines are purring to a new tune in the 21st century. We must turn this into the harmony of a great choir, where each of us is an equal voice," Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar said yesterday, addressing the  UN  Ocean Conference in the General Assembly here.  The  Ocean Conference , which opened a