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How China’s first ‘silk road’ came to life – on the seas ASIA  TIMES More than the overland trail, the maritime route can be seen as an early example of what might be termed proto-globalization. By  DAVID ABULAFIA OCTOBER 7, 2017 9:38 AM (UTC+8) 62 0 Rowers at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing recreate the voyages of Chinese explorer Zheng He. Photo: Wikimedia Commons Few images are more enduring in the historical imagination than that of the train of two-humped Bactrian camels plodding across desert sands from west to east, or vice-versa, across the vast open spaces of Eurasia. Now that China is edging  towards a modern incarnation of the “silk road”  it is worth remembering how this emblem of the ancient world actually came into being. There is no doubt that these overland trading routes existed in the early and late Middle Ages. There is also no doubt that these treks across deserts brought massively important cultural influences from the west

Socio-legal imperatives for CPEC By  Jahanzaib Durrani Published: October 7, 2017 PHOTO: AFP Most of the discussions about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to date have revolved around its socio-economic considerations. The government in power has seldom stated, and hardly ever discussed, the socio-legal challenges attached to the projects. Pakistan is a major developing country in the region, and perhaps one of the ideal places for investment in the world due to its strategic location. Yet it is notoriously difficult to set up and operate businesses in Pakistan. Reason being, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regime of the country appears complex since it lacks unified codification, systematic organisation of legal and regulatory framework and is diffused in the complex structure of economic and policy directives. Hence, if an investor lacks clarity about the legal regime of the host country, it would upset his entire business plan

Scales of Injustice: The Geopolitics of Business, State-Sponsored Extremism and the Fall of Democracy in Balochistan

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], October 7 : World Baloch Organization (WBO) convened a conference on the deteriorating human rights situation in Balochistan and the geopolitical complexities affecting the region. The conference entitled "Scales of Injustice: The Geopolitics of Business, State-Sponsored Extremism and the Fall of Democracy in Balochistan " took place at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. The conference heard speeches from President of Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Nasser Boladai, Sen. District of Columbia Senator Paul Strauss, WBO Bhawal Mengal, Christine Fair from Georgetown University and T. Kumar from Amnesty International USA. Opening the conference, Nasser Boladai welcomed the participants and gave an overview of the history of Balochistan, highlighting the region's geopolitical importance and recent incidents of gross human rights violations perpetrated by Iranian security forces against Baloch civilians. Senator Paul Strauss

CPEC special protection unit approved for GB Jamil Nagri October 06, 2017 0 GILGIT: The federal government has approved the establishment of a special protection unit in Gilgit-Baltistan for providing security to foreigners working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, said GB home secretary Bilal Ahmad Memon on Thursday. The home secretary told reporters here that the appointment of 700 security personnel and release of Rs2.66 billion had been approved for the CPEC special protection unit. He said the country’s enemies were hatching conspiracies against the CPEC project but those conspiracies would be foiled through excellent security measures. Mr Memon said the prime minister had also approved the purchase of bulletproof vehicles for GB Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman and Governor Mir Gazanfar Ali Khan for their security. Home secretary says registration, regulation of seminaries underway He said the National Action Plan on security was being strictly implemented in the reg

Registration licenses of over 3,000 NGOs cancelled in Balochistan National 10 HOURS AGO BY STAFF REPORT Share this on WhatsApp QUETTA :  The registration of 3,250 non-governmental organisations (NGO) working in Balochistan has been cancelled, as per the National Action Plan (NAP). The NAP was put in force by the government after the devastating December 2014 attack on an army school in Peshawar which left over 140, mostly children, dead. Officials said the department of social welfare and department of industries are responsible for registration of NGOs in Balochistan. Prior to the NAP, the social welfare department had registered 2,000 NGOs while around 1,900 were registered with the industries department of which 620 were educational and 1,280 non-educational. As per the NAP, the industries department has cancelled the registration of 1,650 NGOs. Now only 250 NGOs are registered with it

China rejects US criticism of OBOR passing through PoK By PTI | Updated: Oct 06, 2017, 08.14 PM IST India skipped the Belt and Road Forum due to its sovereignty concerns over the CPEC, a flagship project of China's prestigious Silk Road project, officially called OBOR. BEIJING: Claiming UN support for its controversial One Belt One Rod (  OBOR ) initiative,  China  today rejected  US criticism saying the project has not changed its stand that the Kashmir issue should be resolved by India and Pakistan bilaterally. "We have repeatedly reiterated that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an economic cooperation initiative that is not directed against third parties and has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes and does not affect China's principled stance on the Kashmir issue," the Chinese Foreign Ministry told PTI here. The ministry was responding to comments by US Defence Secre

Chinese airline increases flights on Beijing-Islamabad route Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/6 14:54:41 Air China, China's flag carrier airline, on Thursday announced that it has decided to increase flights on the Beijing-Islamabad-Karachi route from four flights a week to seven starting from Oct. 29 this year.  Air China launched the route between China and Pakistan in October 2016, starting with three flights per week and more that 120,000 trips on the route were recorded till September this year.  Hu Haitao, manager of Air China Islamabad Office, said at a route promotion function Thursday that the increased flights will better serve the exchanges between China and Pakistan in trade and culture areas.  Meanwhile, Zhao Lijian, ministerial counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, said that the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has boosted the two countries' ties in politics, economy and science, providing a good opportunity for Air China to extend its busi

Every day six people killed extra-judicially in Balochistan: Ahmar Mustikhan Geneva [Switzerland], Oct.5 : Human rights violations in Balochistan province of Pakistan have drawn concern and criticism globally. The growing conflict between the government of Pakistan and Baloch nationalists result in the rise in enforced disappearances, tortures and killings of intellectuals and activists from the province. Baloch journalist and human rights activist Ahmar Mutikhan claims that Pakistan army is engaged in genocide of Baloch people. Ahmar Mustikhan, a journalist and Baloch activist, said, 📌"This genocide in Balochistan, if you look at the 20,000 killed in the last ten years it is killing like almost six people every day. Extrajudicial killings continue with impunity, no courts, no records to law, no records to justice, their own constitution has been in abeyance in Balochistan. If there has been some reality to democracy then it