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Russian, Chinese and US involvement in South Asia,-the-bad-and-the-ugly.html Introduction Although the South Asian region is halfway around the globe from the Western world, the ongoing violent conflicts, the rising potential of a nuclear confrontation in the region, growing radicalization among the youth and the presence of terrorist groups, must be addressed on an international scale since the events that take place there, inevitably impose a danger and affect the stability of the rest of the world. A successful approach for accomplishing such regional equilibrium needs to consist of constant and rigorous attention, conscious diplomacy, promotion of adequate educational programs, investment of substantial resources and more importantly, a realistic standpoint. South Asia remains one of the most polarized regions in the world. The juncture of its various complexities exacerbate the differences between people who inhabit the region, even further. For example, the two nuclear

CPEC construction evident of Pak Army selling sovereignty to China: Report ANI | Amsterdam [The Netherlands] Jul 28, 2017 06:17 AM IST Amid the ongoing Panamagate controversy, China and the Pakistani Army are trying to ensure that the construction of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) does not face any disruption, thus, making it clear that their interests are more important than the hard-earned money of Pakistani tax-payers, said a recent report by the European Foundation For South Asian Studies. The Panama Leaks fallout on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has imposed a challenge over the construction of the CPEC. Although the two countries have agreed to move the CPEC project forward, regardless of the Panamagate issue, the Chinese leadership's instruction was that the Pakistani Army-driven Joint Investigation Team (JIT) needs to guarantee that the project remains the country's main priority. The rep

6,900 laptops given to students from Balochistan 28-Jul-17by  Staff Report ISLAMABAD :  The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has distributed 6,900 laptops among students belonging to Balochistan under the Prime Minister's Laptop Scheme. The students have been enrolled in various universities and technical colleges across the country, said an HEC report. Under the PM's Laptop Scheme, students from any income class, area have equal opportunities to win laptops based on the eligibility criteria and academic results. "However, exceptional interest of students from Balochistan have been observed and more than 6,900 laptops have been already been distrusted to students of Balochistan," the HEC report said. The report also said that students who had domiciles of Balochistan were eligible for all HEC scholarships schemes. "Under the Aghaz-e- Haqooq-e-Balochistan package, only those students who have studied in local ins

Traditions are the identity of our province: Chief Minister Balochistan QUETTA : Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has said that traditions such as brotherhood, tolerance, hospitality and respect for each other were the identity of our province. “Keeping all these traditions alive and intact is our joint responsibility,” he added. Chief Minister Balochistan expressed these views during a traditional ceremony of nomination of newly designated Sardar (Chief) of Jattak Baloch tribe, Sardar Ali Muhammad Jattak here on Thursday. Senator Mir Niamatullah Zehri, representative of Khan of Kalat Prince Yaya Jan, MPA Prince Ahmed Ali Baloch and Sardar and notables hailing from Jjalawan area of Balochistan attended the ceremony. Chief Minister said that it was the responsibility of all Sardars to work for the welfare and development of their people adding that Sardar Asad Khan Jattak set a great example by designating his son the new Sardar

Italy Detained , Secretary General of Uyghur in Rome at “China Request” on July 27, 2017 Bolan Times ( Italy ): Italian Government detained famous Uyghur Secretary General Dolkun Isa on Wednesday in Rome at “Chinese Request ” Dollkin Isa ,Secretary General Uyghur , reached Rome to attend a Press Conference which was going to be held in senate Building of Italy. According to the details , Wednesday Morning while Secretary General of Uyghur , Dolkun Isa was going to attend the press conference in Senate Building of Italy Rome , at 11:45 AM around 20 italian Special division police , Divisione Investigazioni Generali Operazioni Speciali ( DIGOS ) approached him in civil dresses and asked Dolkun Isa to accompany them for identification process in nearest police station in Rome. During detention in Police ( DIGOS ) custody , the Uyghur Human Rights Activists informed them that he came to italy to speak at in Press Conference at the senate Building , The press co

Islamic State unlikely to expand in Afghanistan

Source: Oxford Analytica Thursday, July 20, 2017 The group has failed to win numerous recruits and is now fighting on all fronts Source: Media reports, Oxford Analytica Outlook Islamic State’s ‘Khorasan’ or Afghan offshoot emerged in public in January 2015, and brought together disparate elements: Pakistani Taliban, dissident Afghan militants, some Uzbeks and others. It was soon targeted by Afghan government troops, US aircraft and parts of the Taliban which resented the encroachment. That has prevented it from expanding beyond a stronghold in Nangarhar province. US defence officials believe IS’s fighting capacity is severely degraded. A similar, somewhat separate IS force has operated in northern Afghanistan since at least 2016, and it, too, is battling both the Afghan army and hostile Taliban. The links to IS in Syria are genuine although few combatants seem to have transferred from that conflict. Impacts The Pakistani military is alarmed by the idea of IS militants crossing

Iranian foreign policy will be internally divided Tuesday, July 25, 2017 The military priorities of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps could undercut the foreign ministry’s soft diplomacy Source: Oxford Analytica Outlook Foreign policy control will be divided in Tehran. The moderate government of President Hassan Rouhani will focus on preserving the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, despite threats from US President Donald Trump. Rouhani needs an influx of foreign direct investment to provide the 1 million new jobs required annually by the young population. By contrast, the conservative Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) will control regional policy and the involvement in local conflict zones through proxy militias. That risks undercutting Rouhani’s diplomacy by worsening Sunni-Shia tensions. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei will mediate these two trends, leaning towards the conservative side. Impacts IRGC hardliners could p

China Won’t Get Port for Naval Base, Sri Lanka Assures India ASIA & PACIFIC China will not be able to use the Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka as a naval base and limit its presence to commercial activities as part of a revised agreement approved by the Sri Lankan government on Tuesday, allaying strategic concerns raised by India. © REUTERS/ ALY SONG World's Largest Automated Port to Become Operational In China By Year's End New Delhi (Sputnik) — As part of the revised pact, the Sri Lankan government has limited the role of the Chinese to just commercial operations, while retaining oversight of security operations at the port. The earlier terms of the agreement had sparked a controversy and protests in the island nation. “Some [diplomatic] missions here were worried that the port would be used as a military naval base. As per the revised agreement, Sri Lanka will manage the port security. Our foreign policy today is reaching out to everyone and not

The real role of AIIB in China's new silk road Jin Liqun, the first president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), bows toward Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) after speaking during the opening ceremony of the AIIB in Beijing on January 16, 2016. MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at first glance appear to be two hands connected to the same body.  But this has been far from the case . However, this misconception can be easily forgiven. As Remy Stuart-Haentjens  recently pointed out  on Frontera News, both the BRI and AIIB were started up by the same leadership of the same government in the same year for a similar purpose: to improve infrastructure and, by extension, economic connectivity throughout Asia. Advertisement “That's one of the things that we're often asked,” sa

China buys up Strategic Srilankan Seaport February 10, 2015, a Sri Lankan official looks at cars standing at the port facility at Hambantota. From a multi-million dollar airport ignored by airlines to a lavish cricket stadium rejected by players, Sri Lanka's new government is mulling the future of a string of white elephants. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images A deal between China and Sri Lanka over the Hambantota deep sea port may be done — finally. After nearly a year-long showdown that brought China and India into the ring and  sparked tensions  and even  outright violence between the various facets of Sri Lanka’s political spectrum, the toboggle may now be over . . . at least on paper. According to a July 25th  press release  from China Merchants Port Holdings Co., the state-owned port operator will agree to pay $1.12 billion for an 85% share of the

NAB to investigate former Balochistan minister for corruption By  News Desk Published: July 27, 2017 The top anti-corruption watchdog in the country on Wednesday decided to launch an investigation against a former provincial minister of Balochistan for acquiring assets beyond his known sources of income. The decision was taken during an executive board meeting (EBM)of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday. Chaired by the NAB chief Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, the EBM decided to file a corruption reference against Riaz Qadeer Butt, the chief executive officer of Mecca Sugar Mills (Pvt) Ltd and others. They are accused of deliberately undersupplying sugar to the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) and Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan while misappropriating money taken as advance. The EBM also authorised four Investigations. The first investigation was against Amin Umrani, former minister for excise and taxation in the Balochistan gov

Development of Balochistan remains govt’s top priority: Marriyum July 27, 2017, 12:47 pm Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb, yesterday said that the development of Balochistan is the top priority of the PML (N) government. She was speaking at a dinner hosted for journalists from Balochistan, where she added that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has a strong believe that the development of the province is inextricably linked to the development of the entire country. Highlighting the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), she said that this project is not only important for Pakistan, but for the entire region due to its economical benefits. The backward regions of Pakistan, particularly Balochistan would be its biggest beneficiary, she added. The project she said would create linkages and connectivity between South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East. And Balochistan would play the role o

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