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China, India building a new silk road of its own Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands after a signing ceremony following their meeting on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg on June 1, 2017. / DMITRY LOVETSKY/AFP/Getty Images As China encircles India  with its Belt and Road initiative (BRI) — the 2013 rebranding of a longer-standing project to put China at the heart of a new pan-Eurasian economic order — India has a continent-crossing plan of its own. It’s called the North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC), and it aims to better link India in with Iran, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. At root, the NSTC is a 7,200-kilometer multimodal trade corridor that extends from India to Russia, linking the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea. Goods travel by sea from Jawaharlal N

Balochistan: Daughters of abducted Baloch doctor go on hunger strike Karachi [Pakistan], June 28 : The daughters of an abducted Baloch doctor are on a hunger strike at the Karachi Press Club, demanding the safe release of their father karachi  [ pakistan ], June 28 : The daughters of an abducted Baloch doctor are on a hunger strike at the  Karachi Press Club , demanding the safe release of their father. On the night of 28 June 2009, Pakistani security forces abducted Dr.  Deen Mohammad  Baloch, who is also a member of Baloch  National Movement , from Ornach area of Khuzdar Balochistan. His whereabouts still remain unknown since his abduction and his family has been striving for his safe recovery from past eight years. Sammi and Mehlab Baloch, daughters of Baloch, have been struggling for the release of their father and have knocked the doors of every court in Pakistan. They even organised dozens of protests, press conferences, held hu

Pakistani journalist taken from home in Balochistan  In this November 29, 2008, file photo, a member of the Frontier Corps paramilitary group surveys a street in Khar, Pakistan. (AP/Emilio Morenatti) Alerts June 28, 2017 4:35 PM ET New York, June 28, 2017--Authorities in Pakistan should do everything in their power to ensure the swift release of Zafar Achakzai, a journalist for the newspaper  Daily   Qudrat , the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Men in civilian clothes on June 25 took Achakzai, a senior reporter at the Urdu-language newspaper  Daily   Qudrat , from his home in Quetta, in Pakistan's restive western province of Balochistan, according to  local media  and Naimat Achakzai, who is the editor of  Daily   Qudrat  and Zafar's father. Naimat Achakzai told CPJ that the Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force organized by the federal government, told him it had initially detained the journalist, but that they had subsequently refus

The Islamic State finds a friend in Pakistan

by  LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD  June 28, 2017 The Islamic State's local franchise in Afghanistan and Pakistan is the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), where the land of Khurasan represents parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The Pakistani Taliban or Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) began  establishing a presence  in Syria in the late Spring of 2013. By  mid-July 2013 , both  Reuters  and the  Associated Press  reported that hundreds of Pakistanis from the TTP and the virulently anti-Shia Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) joined al-Qaeda and other Sunnis,  including  foreign combatants from places like Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, to battle the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad. After the 2013 split between al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the LeJ's top leadership went to Saudi Arabia and  met ISIS leaders  at an undisclosed location at Saudi-Iraq border. The visiting delegation from LeJ extended an invitation to ISIS l

Baluchistan: A Repugnant Iranian Occupation

12 Nov 2015 Non-Persian peoples in Iran, such as the Arabs, the Kurds, the Azeris, the Turkmen and the Baluchis, are subject to exclusionary treatment that is often tainted by attitudes of racial inferiority in comparison to the Iranian race that runs the country. The Tehran government overthrew the emirates and the leaders of those regions, and annexed their lands to Iran approximately ninety years ago. This started with the overthrow of the emirate of Arabistan in 1925. Its ruler, Sheikh Khuzal Bin Jabir Al-Ka’bi, was arrested and transferred to Tehran, where he remained in prison until his death in 1936. Approximately three months after Arabistan, in 1928, the Iranian regime occupied Baluchistan after the defeat of Baluchi forces at the hands of the army of the founder of the Pahlavi line, Reza Shah Pahlavi. This situation was repeated with the Kurds and Azeris, particularly at the end of the first half of the 20thcentury. This article will focus on the Baluchi question, which is

China #Pakistan and #Iran's dirty game in the region.

By: Waris Baloch Iran and Pakistan both are on same page when it comes the issue of occupied Balochistan because both have invaded Baloch land. During the regime of Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttu, in 1973's liberation struggle of Balochistan was on its peak, lead by Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri and Babu Shero Marri and fellow Baloch guerrilla fighters, Iranian Air force and its army provided fighter jets to Pakistan army which mercilessly killed thousands of Baloch civilians, a huge number of cattle were killed and confiscated. Baloch villages were bombed to ashes. Children, women and entire families were wiped out from the surface of land. Baloch freedom fighters fought 15 day uninterrupted battle with Pakistan army on the mountains of Kohistan Marri. Pakistan army was supposed to declare its defeat but Iranian jets come to rescue the Pakistani ground troops on the mountains of Kujjul and surrounding areas of Kohlu. It was #Iran who backed Pakistan militarily and weekend the Baloch resistanc