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China might be interested in seeing stability in Afghanistan, South Asia: Official By PTI | Updated: Aug 26, 2017, 02.47 PM IST The initiative, known as the revival of the ancient Silk Road trading route, would link Asian markets with economic groups in Europe. WASHINGTON: China might be interested in stability in  Afghanistan  and South Asia as it is building an ambitious infrastructure network in the region, a senior Trump administration official has said after Beijing backed Pakistan when the  US president  sternly warned it against providing safe havens to terrorists. Donald Trump, who announced his Afghanistan and South Asia policy on Tuesday, slammed Pakistan for providing safe havens to "agents of chaos" that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists. "I think we see China is interested in seeing stability in this region. They

Petroleum Division to execute Rs190m new projects in Balochistan 6      Islamabad Ministry of Energy’s Petroleum Division would execute two new projects worth Rs 190 million for coal exploration and evaluation in different localities of Balochistan besides carrying out a survey for underground water in Quetta. “Out of total Rs 190.033 million estimated cost, an amount of Rs 88.023 million has been allocated to carry out two new schemes for coalexploration and evaluation in Nosham and Bahlol Areas of Balochistan, and the underground water survey,” official sources said. Answering a question, they said the ministrywould spend Rs 554.291 million, under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP 2017-18), to execute four ongoing and two new projects to step up exploration activities of natural resources for achieving self-reliance in the energy sector. An amount of Rs 415.807 have been earmarked to acquire four drilling rigs and their accessories for the Geologi

Army accelerates intelligence-based operations in Balochistan August 26, 2017 The Balochistan FC has increased intelligence-based operations (IBO) throughout the province in the past four days "on confirm[ed] intelligence", Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army's media wing, said on Saturday. "Over the past week, IBOs were carried out under  Operation Raddul Fasaad  in different areas of Quetta, Kleri Dhal, Dera Bugti, Dashat areas of Balochistan," the ISPR said. The security forces through these operations foiled at least one major act of terrorism in Balochistan, according to the ISPR. “Various suspects were apprehended during these operations … [while] a large cache of arms and ammunition — including explosives, IEDs, grenades, rockets, detonators and communication equipment — were also recovered from the terrorists' hideouts.” ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD On June 4, 12 “hardcore terrorists” were  killed in a gun battle  during an IBO carried out by securit

Balochistan –from rags to riches Columns   Comment 24 SECONDS AGO BY  MIAN ABRAR It’s going according to plan Development of Free Economic Zone is already in the process at Gwadar Port with a cost of US$32 million. Under the project, 100pc private investment inside Free Zone would be ensured    Once a sleepy fishing town located on the shores of the Arabian Sea next to the Pakistan-Iran border, Gwadar is a busy settlement today with construction activities in a full swing. Located at the face of the Iranian Plateau, Gwadar is a doorway to the oil rich Persian Gulf which leads to the Central Asia, Africa and Europe. The significance of Gwadar Port could be gauged by the fact that almost 97 percent of world trade passes through the same Persian Gulf in the Strait of Hormuz. The features which make Gwadar surpass other compatriots are all natural. Gwadar has a deep, clean and warm water coast which is without parallel in the entir

Suspects arrested, heavy ammunition recovered in Balochistan IANS | Islamabad Aug 27, 2017 03:00 AM IST Several suspects were arrested and a heavy cache of arms and ammunition were recovered by Pakistani security forces during last four days in an ongoing operation in different areas in the country's Balochistan province. The intelligence based search and hunt operation in the province is part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad was launched by the Pakistan Army in support of local law enforcement agencies to de-weaponise the society and to eliminate the hidden terrorist sleeper cells across the country on February 22 this year after a series of lethal terrorist attacks. During the last four days, Frontier Corps conducted intensive operations in areas of Summany, Kleri Dhal, Dera Bugti, Dashat and also in the provincial capital of Quetta after secret agencies alarmed that terror

Trump's new Afghan strategy is actually a ploy against CPEC, claims Russian journalist By  News Desk Published: August 26, 2017 The CPEC map. PHOTO: File The recently-unveiled Afghan strategy that President Donald Trump has announced is a ploy against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a Russian political analyst and journalist has claimed. In an opinion piece for Global Village Space, an online forum, Andrew Korybko argues that Trump’s new Afghan strategy is much wider than just Afghanistan. It “ includes components of a reworked approach to South Asia as a whole”. The US president had earlier this week backtracked from his earlier position of pulling out of Afghanistan and cleared the way for more American troops on the ground in the war-torn country. Although Trump didn’t specify any figure, official announcements came from the White House that it had been agreed that up to 4,000 more troops would be deployed. ADVERTISEMENT Ad Russia warns

FTA with China: a loss-making deal for Pakistan

By  Shahram Haq Published: August 26, 2017 A truck drives along the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway before the Karakorum mountain range near Tashkurgan in China's western Xinjiang province. PHOTO: AFP LAHORE:  The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and China has had a significant impact on the amount of trade between the two countries. This has prompted a shift from higher productivity to lower productivity in firms, which is far from optimal in the context of Pakistan’s growth strategy. The relationship between the two countries has a long history and over the last few decades this relationship has been accompanied by significant economic interactions, which include the 2006 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and China as well as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC According to study conducted by the LahoreS Schoolof Economics, Pakistani tariffs on Chinese goods have negatively affected productivity in those sectors that have become more vulnerable to C

Dr.Allah Nazar Baloch's latest message

Below is latest message from Dr.Allah Nazar Baloch, head of Baloch Liberation Front, this is a text we have converted from video message. We apologise for any Errors in the below message in advance . . BalochHouse ▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶▶ My Baloch nation and respected listeners! Today Pakistani forces have been defeated on moral as well as military grounds. The Pakistani occupation of Balochistan has been further been weakened. However, now the enemy has resorted to evil designs. Hopefully, Baloch nation will also counter these tactics with sincerity, patriotism and with love for freedom. Few sardars from Jhalawan and Sarawan on behest of Pakistani state, army and ISI are trying to create differences on the fake pretext that Balochi and Brahvi are two different nations. We would like to tell them that they will be unsuccessful in this conspiracy too. Balochi and Brahvi are two languages of Baloch nation. From North to South and East to West wherever the Baloch inhabit on this land we m

Resolution passed for setting up 6 Dar-ul-Amans in Balochistan By  Mohammad Zafar Published: August 26, 2017 PHOTO: REUTERS QUETTA :  The Balochistan Assembly on Friday passed a resolution demanding that the provincial government set up Dar-ul-Amans in six divisional headquarters of the province so that women suffering from domestic violence could seek shelter there. The resolution was moved by Yasmeen Lehri of the National Party in the house during the session presided over by Speaker Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani. The resolution was passed when only 14 out of 65 members were present in the house, while for a complete quorum at least 17 members were required. ADVERTISEMENT None of the members from the opposition or the treasury benches pointed out to the chair that the quorum was incomplete during the session. Little space for women lawmakers in Balochistan Speaking on her resolution, Lehri said, “Dar-ul-Amans are not available in Sibi and other di

SBP launches refinance and credit scheme for women of Balochistan   Last Updated On  26 August,2017  10:41 am A ceremony in this regard was held in Quetta. QUETTA (Dunya News)- State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Tariq Bajwa on Friday unveiled ‘Refinance and Credit Guarantee Scheme’ for women entrepreneurs of backward areas in Balochistan. A ceremony in this regard was held in Quetta. The SBP governor stated that allocating 20pc funds in the scheme for Balochistan’s women principally intended to provide them opportunities for establishing new business and extending the old ones in far-flung areas of the province. This is the first scheme of its kind in Pakistan. The maximum limit for return of loan is five years which includes six month grace period whereas maximum limit of loan stands at Rs1.5 million. Chief guest Balochistan Assembly Speaker Raheela Durrani extolled step taken by SBP and said such measures would help in eradication of poverty in unde

More women shelters in Balochistan urged Saleem Shahid Updated August 26, 2017 QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution asking the provincial government to set up Darul Aman to provide shelter to women who were victims of domestic violence in the six divisional headquarters. The resolution was moved by Yasmin Lehri of the National Party in the session presided over by Speaker Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani. The resolution was passed when only 14 of the 65 members were present in the house, while quorum requires at least 17 members. None of the members from the opposition and treasury benches pointed out that the quorum was not sufficient to pass a resolution and the assembly proceedings continued despite the shortfall. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Addressing the house, Ms Lehri said that Darul Aman facility was not available in Sibi and other districts of Balochistan for victims of domestic violence who were forced to leave the

All That Glitters August 26, 2017 The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a project that both neighbouring countries hail as a game changer for this entire region. However, there are voices that we do not hear often, and these voices are sceptical of the official narrative. Should the state brush their concerns aside and label them as anti-national? What the Pakistani state needs to do is to hear the legitimate concerns of smaller regions and provinces regarding CPEC. In a report published in Dawn yesterday, the locals of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) have expressed fears that the CPEC project has little to offer to the people of the region. The concerns that local small businesspeople express carry weight, as they feel uneasy with the arrival of big Chinese and Pakistani companies in the area. Despite the tall claims made by both sides regarding CPEC, no one has cared to explain how the project is going to bring positive change to the liv

CPEC: CONNECTIVITY OR PERSECUTION OF UYGHURS Saturday, 26 August 2017 |  Dolkun Isa  | in  Oped The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) has been touted by China and its supporters as a groundbreaking initiative, which will bring Central Asia together with increased connectivity and historic prosperity for all. It has been heralded by  China  as the flagship programme of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, now called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a massive infrastructure project seeking to create a 21st century “Silk Route” connecting Asia with Europe through building and upgrading transportation and communication infrastructure. CPEC is a central component of this plan and consists of constructing a vast network of roads, railway and pipeline stretching some 3,000 miles from Gwadar in Pakistan to East Turkestan. It includes a promised investment of $60 billion from China, over three times the amount of foreign

The tale of CPEC and Balochistan Columns   Comment 14 HOURS AGO BY  MALIK MUHAMMAD ASHRAF Much done, much still to do   The success and implementation of CPEC depends largely on restoration of peace in Balochistan to facilitate the development of the necessary infrastructure. The federal government and the military establishment have been working relentlessly on a two-pronged strategy to restore writ of the state in the province and ending the decade old insurgency. The first is the use of the military muscle, as part of the National Action Plan, to quell the foreign supported and funded insurgency. A number of operations have been carried out against insurgents and terrorists leading to considerable decline in sabotage and terrorism in the province. The second is the initiation of a special plan known as ‘Pur Aman Balochistan’ which has already started producing results as  fararis  and armed men are surrendering before the authoriti