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Dependence on Chinese CPEC investments may hit Indo-Pak trade: Pak scholar Press Trust of India | Kolkata Jun 10, 2017 04:40 PM IST Photo: Shutterstock Pakistan's political economist Prof S Akbar Zaidi today said the growing dependence on Chinese investment in Pakistan had cast a shadow on Indo-Pak trade prospects. " Currently, the official bilateral trade is stuck at around $2.1 billion and I don't see it going to double in the next five years when Pakistan thinks China is the best friend, " Zaidi said on the sidelines of his lecture at the Bengal Chamber in Kolkata. He believed that the prospect for Indo-Pak bilateral trade was of $10 billion. "With Pakistan treating China as its best friend and putting all eggs in one basket which is unfortunate, I don't see trade is going up" Zaidi said. He indicated that with US cutting aids since the last few years and China's aggressive investment

“Japan’s Official Aid for Pakistan need to be scrutinized” on June 10, 2017 Bolan Times ( Geneva ) : A well known Japanese Human Rights defender and a member of 23 NGOs alliance from Japan said “Japanese tax payer’s money must be scrutinized when it goes for Pakistan in shape of Developments” In his recent interview talking with our correspondent, Japanese human Rights defender Mr. Shunichi Fujiki said that “Japanese Official Development Aid (ODA) which is from our tax payer’s money must be scrutinized when goes for Pakistan. Because we had been told by Japanese Government that money goes for Development of dams, schools and other infrastructures are basically stands in trust basis but once if the money is handed to the Pakistan government, it becomes out of control, which is really surprised us. Japanese government does not know how the aid-money has been used well. This is wrong and irresponsible. We requested to the Japanese government to put conditions su

Three Chinese naval ships arrive in Karachi By  PPI Published: June 10, 2017 Chinese war ship Chang Chun at the Karachi harbour on Saturday, June 10, 2017. PHOTO: INP KARACHI :  Three Chinese naval ships, Chang Chun, Jing Zhou and Chao Hu, arrived in Karachi on Saturday for a good-will and training visit. The convoy is being commanded by Rear Admiral Shen Hao, the deputy commander of the East Sea Fleet. The visiting People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy ships were accorded a warm welcome and received by senior officials of the Pakistan Navy and the Chinese Embassy. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah visited the PLA Navy ships and met Real Admiral Hao. ADVERTISEMENT Chinese naval commander appreciates PN for collaborative security in Indian Ocean On Zakaullah’s arrival on board the Chinese ship, a contingent of the PLA Navy presented him with a guard of honour. The Pakistan naval chief interacted with the ship’s crew and appreciat

Balochistan uplift: BEF calls for reducing reliance on federal divisible pool By  Mohammad Zafar Published: June 10, 2017 A general view of the port before the inauguration of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor port in Gwadar, Pakistan November 13, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS QUETTA :  The Balochistan Economic Forum (BEF) has issued an advisory to the provincial government, asking it to spend budgetary provisions on human resource development and laying the foundation of future economic development of the province. The BEF, a non-government organisation working for economic uplift of Balochistan, has highlighted that the provincial government must find new and dependable sources of income to reduce its dependence on the federal government for its financial needs. It says the financial problems in Balochistan should be an eye opener for the political leadership and economic planners of the province. ADVERTISEMENT Progressive development planning: Baloch

Neo southern front June 10, 2017 For over the past hundred years, West Asia has been the theatre of conflicts and proxies. Most countries in the conflict did so due to history, dynasties and religion that attract attracted invasions from North Africans, Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Turks, French, Germans and Anglo-US forces. Since 1930s, petro dollars have provided the impetus. Nothing is more amusing and weirder. Yemen, a country under armed assault by KSA has cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar through an exile in Saudi patronage. Yemen, the starting point, puts the roots of acrimony between Qatar, Turkey and Iran with KSA, Egypt and the rest in historical and geopolitical context. Yemen, unlike Syria, is more transparent and one can discern who is who. The containment of Eurasia was never the real theatre of conflict. The notion of Middle East was introduced by the American strategist Admiral Mahan eyeing Central Asia in the Great Ga

Analysis: Why is Turkey deploying troops to Qatar? 08 JUNE 2017 Turkey's decision is not necessarily anti-Saudi, but it is definitely pro-Qatari, say analysts. Turkey agrees with many aspects of Qatar's foreign policy vision, according to analysts [AP] by Birce Bora Birce is an online journalist with Al Jazeera English. She mainly covers the Middle East with a focus on Turkey. Only two days after Saudi Arabia,  Egypt , the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain  severed diplomatic relations  with Qatar for its alleged support of "terrorist organisations", Turkey's parliament  has ratified military deals  allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar. Turkish analysts talking to Al Jazeera interpreted the move as "an apparent show of support for Qatar".  WATCH:   Focus remains on mediation to end Qatar's diplomatic crisis (3:10) "Thi

Why a ban on Qatar may not be in the interest of the countries joining forces against them US President Donald Trump (L) and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud gesture during a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. PHOTO: AFP While the announcement that several Middle Eastern counties including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Yemen were outright   banning all relations   with Qatar, the fact that they actually did it has had reverberations across the globe. Saudi Arabia declared a complete ban on all air, sea and land routes into and out of Qatar while UAE and Bahrain demanded the expulsion of Qatari diplomats from their countries. At last count, Libya and Maldives had  joined  the growing chorus against Qatar. Qatar is a tiny emirate jutting out as a peninsula from Saudi Arabia towards Iran. While  it is a member  of the international oil supplying nation group Organisation of the Petroleum E

Why Pakistan needs to remain neutral in Qatar-Gulf rift?  BY  MARIA AMJAD  JUN 07, 2017 Keeping Pakistan’s strong diplomatic relations with the Middle Eastern countries, it is in best favor of Pakistan to keep a balanced stance of the current Qatar-Gulf rift. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Maldives, Yemen and United Arab Emirates have  cut off their  diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism. Yemen, Maldives joins Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt in suspending relations, whereas, Qatari nationals given two weeks’ notice to leave the UAE. Qatar says that this move by the Gulf countries is "unjustified" and expresses "deep regret" over the decision. According to experts, tensions between the Arab Gulf states and Iran will not only have an effect on the Middle East, but the fallout from these diplomatic tensions will also affect South Asi

The Qatar Crisis: A Diplomatic Curveball for Pakistan The rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may pose difficult choices for Pakistan’s foreign policy. By  Kunwar Khuldune Shahid June 07, 2017   Following the  ongoing row  that has seen Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and even the Maldives formally sever their ties with Qatar, Pakistan has found itself in an unlikely diplomatic fix. It was only a couple of weeks ago that Pakistan was conspicuously  shunned at the Riyadh summit,  prompting rumors that former Army Chief Raheel Sharif would  pull out of the Saudi-led Islamic military alliance  that he commands. To address the  growing criticism at home , Islamabad even suggested that its participation in the Saudi-led alliance  wasn’t final yet , citing anti-Iran rhetoric and the ensuing sectarian tinges of the coalition, as the concern. But there’s little doubt that it was the  humiliation  jointly orchestrated by the United States

Progressive literature finds avid readership in disaffected Balochistan By   Hizbullah Khan October 1, 2016 Quetta: As elsewhere in the country, the relics of Balochistan’s “progressive” or leftist politics and culture may have ceded space to globalization and the commercial and capitalist ethos it brings, albeit grudgingly. Café and chai khanas – tea shops – that were once patronized by local politicians, activists, intellectuals and common people, resounding with political debate and left-leaning views on social issues, have turned into tiny temples to capitalism: banks, malls and shops. Revolution, as advocated by the left remains very much the stuff of literature however, available in bookshops in the form of translated texts. “ The culture of reading revolutionary literature has developed in Balochistan in response to widespread deprivation, tribalism, unfair distribution of resources, violation of fundamental rights and conflict,” Hameed Khan, who

Gul Khan Naseer: revolutionary Baloch poet From the Newspaper Published Dec 18, 2011 09:27pm DECEMBER 6 was marked as the 28th death anniversary of Mir Gul Khan Naseer who enjoys an unparalleled position in the pantheon of Baloch poets. With his inspirational verse, he gave a new dimension to modern Balochi revolutionary poetry in the post-partition period. Born in 1914, at Nushki, Balochistan, Gul Khan made his first appearance in the realm of literature in the early 1940s during the heyday of the Progressive Movement. He was among the few progressive Balochi writers who stayed committed with the ideology of the movement till their last breath. Initially, he used Urdu as the medium of his poetic expression, but soon he diverted his attention from Urdu and began inking poems in his first language, Balochi. ‘Gulbang’, the first collection of his Balochi poetry appeared in 1951. It is also marked as the first-ever collection of modern Balochi verse. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD As he drew i

Literature: Baloch poets and their inspirational poetry By Shahjahan Zehri Poetry is one of the most precious assets of Baloch land and its inhabitants. The tree of that poetic tradition has grown up, witnessing the wars throughout the history, the pain is so deeply rooted that even the entire war-torn history could not  uproot the Baloch poetic spirit; it has always smiled in the face of inevitable. Balochi poetic heritage is intimately connected with people’s daily lives: it’s rich and beautiful. Themes incite talk of tribe, love, beauty, wars and religion. There is mention of morals, values and their history as people. It’s both didactic and aesthetic in nature. This land has given birth to celebrated and dynamic poets like Attah Shad and Sayed Zahoor Shah Hashmi, to unsung poets like Naseer Kubdani and Murad Awarani, whom the history has consigned to oblivion. To progressive and revolutionist poets like Gul Khan Naseer and Yousaf Ali Khan Magsi, t