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Balochistan: Spiral into chaos Muhammad Akbar  Notezai August 16, 2017 1 he writer is a member of staff. HISTORICALLY speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he is merely a functional figure. But this is now changing. There are two dominant forces in the province: the state and the Baloch. The perennial conflict between these two has had dire consequences. Extremism is one of them. During the Afghan war, money was pumped into Balochistan, especially central Baloc­histan, which led to a breakdown of the social fabric. Before, the Baloch were not aware of differences between Shia and Sunni. Today, they are divided on the basis of sect and creed. Wahabism was alien to Balochistan but, largely through preaching activities, it is influencing increasing numbers of people, especially the youth. While the seeds of extremism in Balochistan were sown during Gen Zi

Dubai and Gwadar: the silent economic war in the Gulf of Oman The expansion of Gwadar port in Pakistan is a game-changing venture that would reformulate the economic agenda of the entire region. A free zone co-built with China in construction at the Gwadar port in Pakistan. Picture by Xinhua/Sipa USA. All rights reserved.Many economic analysts believe that Gwadar is another Dubai emerging on the world’s map. The controversial issue here is that an economically powerful Gwadar threatens the strategic influence of Dubai in the region. This challenging point, recently, has caused a silent economic war in the Gulf of Oman between two groups of countries. Pakistan, China and Qatar on one side. India and the UAE on the other. Dubai  is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. It is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai has invested in infrastructure to overcome its poor natural r

No support after PM’s last year speech

The Hindu India Kallol Bhattacherjee NEW DELHI,AUGUST 13, 2017 22:33 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 13, 2017 22:33 IST A year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned Balochistan in his Independence Day speech, a senior Baloch activist has said that there is disappointment over the lack of Indian support. Speaking to  The Hindu ,a representative of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) based in Europe said that India has not responded to asylum requests from the leaders or activists of the Baloch movement. 🔷 BalochHouse :  It is better to forget asylum for now, there are other leaders who are safe and happy living abroad, why he need asylum in India? “ There has not been any formal communication with the Baloch leadership from the Indian authorities, ” said Azizullah Bugti, explaining that India has not moved on the request to grant asylum to the exiled leader of the Bugti tribes of Balochistan, Brahumdagh Bugti. “ The India government is not ready to practically help us,” he added

Powerful explosion kills 6 troops in Balochistan on Pakistan's Independence Day I slamabad:  A powerful road side bomb blast targeting security forces killed at least six paramilitary troops and injured three others in Pakistan's southwestern restive Balochistan province on Monday. Representational image. AP The vehicle of the Frontier Corps was on a routine patrol in Khost area of Harnai district when the bomb exploded. Security official said that the bomb was planted on the side of the road and badly damaged the vehicle. "Six soldiers were killed and three other injured," the officials said. It was second attack on the security forces in the last two days after a suicide bomber rammed his motorbike into an army truck on Saturday, killing 15 people including 8 soldiers. Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri strongly condemned the blast and directed the officers to bring the perpetrators to book. "We w

Mushahid presents parliamentary body report on CPEC to PM Abbasi By  News Desk Published: August 15, 2017 Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed presented on Tuesday a parliamentary report on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. According to a statement released by the PM House, Syed, who is the chairman of the parliamentary committee on CPEC, called on PM Abbasi at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad. The senator congratulated Abbasi on assuming office of the prime minister. “CPEC is a game changer not only for Pakistan but the entire region,” the prime minister was quoted as saying in the statement. “CPEC projects are testament to the ever strengthening China – Pakistan relations and will also go a long way in securing a bright future for Pakistan.” CPEC – an opportunity for equitable development The PM appreciated the committee’s role in building a national consensus over CPEC projects. The projects,

China, Pakistan partners of strategic cooperation: Wang By:  ANI Updated: 14 Aug 2017 04:30 PM    Beijing [China], August 14 (ANI):Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang met Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said China and Pakistan are "iron friends" and all-weather partners of strategic cooperation who always support each other and pledged to deepen their pragmatic cooperation in various fields so as to ensure early harvests in the CPEC project. Wang, who attended the flag hoisting ceremony and activities marking the 70th anniversary of Pakistan's independence at the invitation of the Pakistani government at Islamabad's Convention Centre, said China and Pakistan had stood by each other in difficult times and "this friendship will stand the test of time and grow with coming generations",the Global Times reported. China and Pakistan should further tap the potential in bilateral economic and trade cooperation,

Pakistan, China to promote cooperation in all field 16      Islamabad Vice Premier of China Wang Yang Sunday called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at PM House wherein both the leaders held comprehensive discussions on all issues of bilateral, regional and international interest. The prime minister warmly welcomed Wang Yang and said Pakistan and China were all weather friends and strategic partners. “Pak-China bilateral ties are time tested; our relationship has attained new heights after the CPEC that is a game changer for the region and beyond,” the prime minister stated. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction over the progress in implementation of CPEC projects. Vice Premier Wang Yang congratulated the prime minister on Pakistan’s 70th anniversary celebrations and stressed that his visit demonstrated the close strategic relations between the “iron brothers”, Pakistan and China, and China’s strong support for Pakistan. He thanked Pakistan for its consis