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Balochistan National Congress (BNC) welcome the U.S Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s statement of support for the Baloch people

Balochistan National Congress (BNC) welcome the U.S Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s statement of support for the Baloch people and other oppressed nationalities in Pakistan. PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 13, 2017 Washington, D.C:  - Balochistan National Congress (BNC) welcome and thank the U.S Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for his support to the oppressed Baloch people in Pakistan occupied Balochistan.  Rohrabacher, speaking in the US House of Representatives, said that,”the US should support the Baloch people and other oppressed groups in Pakistan, who are being subject to grave human rights violations for demanding the right to self-determination”. "We thank Dana Rohrabacher for his continues and unwavering support to the oppressed Baloch people of Pakistan occupied Balochistan", said Dr. Baloch, the President of BNC. Dana Rohrabacher is a member of the U.S House of Representatives representing California's 48th congressional district and is servin

World Bank boosts Belt, Road - USA By Zhao Huanxin in Washington | China Daily USA | Updated: 2017-10-13 11:25 World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim (right) applauds comments by AIIB President Jin Liqun (left) at a panel discussion at the World Bank headquarters on Thursday. ZHAO HUANXIN / CHINA DAILY The World Bank supports the Belt and Road Initiative and will work with countries to leverage the initiative's full benefits, President Jim Yong Kim of the 189-member global body said on Thursday in Washington. "I think two things that the world needs very much right now are strong leadership and an embrace of multilateral approaches to solving difficult problems, and the BRI is both of those things," Kim told a discussion that is part of the ongoing annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. During the annual meetings, an array of leaders expressed strong support and optimism for the Belt and Road init

Interview: China's unique development path works, benefits world -- Serbian president Source: Xinhua 2017-10-14 01:35:09 A bullet train drives in Liuzhou City, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, July 15, 2017. China has built one of the world's most extensive high-speed rail networks in just a few years. It has the world's longest high-speed rail network, 22,000 km as of the end of 2016, or 60 percent of the world's total, and the mileage will increase to 45,000 km by 2030. Guangxi joined the networks of high-speed rail in 2013. (Xinhua/Li Xin) by Nemanja Cabric, Wang Huijuan BELGRADE, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) has managed to create an impressive model of success that fits China's realities, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said ahead of the upcoming CPC congress. Meanwhile, that unique development path has allowed China to generate enormous opportunities for other countries, added the president, who also leads the ruling Progressive Party o

Land Mafia in Gwadar October 14, 2017 Land mafia has found simple ways to occupy lands of poor illegally in Gwadar and its adjoining areas. Reports have shown that these land grabbers get open support by settlement department in Gwadar in record tampering in original documents of land owners. This is a business in the area against payment of a demanded amount. This has boosted corruption in the government department as well. These lands are source of income for the people of area. However, their rights are being violated.   High Court of Baluchistan’s Chief Justice is urged to take suo moto actions against illegal occupation and corrupt officers and their servants as soon as it is possible.   AQIL BABA,   Turbat, October 6.

CPEC Project: Undermining Pakistani sovereignty Published at October 13, 2017 11:40 PM 0Comment (s) 564views It is against the interests of Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan Administered Kashmir   Dr Shabir Choudhry     drshabirchoudhry Gilgit Baltistan was disputed before the China Pakistan Economic Corridor was initiated. However, I am pleased that now the Trump administration has also realised this fact. It will be pertinent to assert that according to the UN Resolutions, the entire former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir is disputed since late 1940s. Different countries change their stand on this matter in accordance with their interests. The US Defence Sec­retary James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that  “The One Belt, One Road also goes through disputed territory, and I think that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate.” Both the Defence Secretary James Matis and Chairma

Neoglobalization, China’s Silk Road and the Middle East October 13, 2017 1:00 pm By: Prof. Dr. M. S. S. El- Namaki - Dean, Victoria University, School of Management, Switzerland The concept of globalization, as known over the past few decades, is becoming opaque. Foundations established most notably during the Reagan era, including free markets, open economies, small governments, private initiative and corporate dominance, are losing coherence. The ongoing shift in economic growth diverts away from manufacturing and services towards disruptive technologies, as much as the gradual shift in economic drive away from Western economies towards China and its environs, have hastened the blur. Politics in the United States echoed protective noises and Brexit followed. One Belt One Road Initiative (BRI) took shape. BRI and neoglobalization The BRI framework was first made known by President Xi Jinping in October 2013. Fine details followed and the most authoritati

Fixing Gwadar’s governance structure  BR RESEARCH     OCT 13TH, 2017   0  VIEWS: 133 Islamabad may be under a political storm, but things look quite serene down south in Gwadar. The progress in Gwadar, as this column informed earlier this week is satisfactory by most accounts (read  “ Gwadar : look at feel,” published October 11, 2017 ). The question is how far and how long will the pace of development of Gwadar City as a successful special economic zone (SEZ) continue in a manner that is self-sustaining in the long run. Some of the key ingredients to Gwadar’s satisfactory report card so far are as follows. The army has managed to ensure security in the last few years creating an enabling environment for commercial activities and residential life. It’s another thing the military establishment now needs to think of a modern way of providing security because umpteen check posts with manned gunmen, troop patrols, and guarded delegation-visi

US should support independent Balochistan: American lawmaker By IANS | Updated: Oct 13, 2017, 08.47 PM IST Rohrabacher said the Muhajirs do not want to be subjugated by "this corrupt, militaristic, pro-terrorist" government of Pakistan. WASHINGTON: The US should support the Baloch people and other oppressed groups in  Pakistan , who are being subject to grave  human rights violations  for demanding the right to self-determination, a senior  American lawmaker  has said. Congressman  Dana Rohrabacher  said Pakistan needs to remember what happened in 1971, referring to developments in then East Pakistan which later on became Bangladesh after years of Pakistani human rights abuses and persecution of the local population. Resource-rich Balochistan, Pakistan's largest but least populated province, has been wracked by a long-running separatist insurgency which has seen brutal repression by Paki

Blew up a bridge at CPEC route,continue attack with more intensity. BLF

(Daily Sangar )Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) spokesperson Gwahram Baloch in his statement claimed the responsibility of blowing up a bridge with explosives in Sham area of Kulanch District Gwadar, Balochistan, from an undisclosed location and said that, Baloch Fighters blew up a bridge with explosives at Sham area of Kulanch District Gwadar, Balochistan around 8:00 PM on October 10th. This bridge was a part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. After the agreement of this project the local population around the route were forcefully evacuated. Millions of people were displaced, thousands abducted and hundreds of them were extrajudicially killed. Baloch nation has rejected this project from the first day of it's beginning. Without the consent of Baloch people, no projects in Balochistan can reach its completion. Under this project, Pakistan is trying to convert Baloch into a minority by settling millions of non-Baloch in Balochistan. Baloch nation is engaged in r

Kashmiri activists hail U.S. Defence Secretary Mattis' remarks on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  PM Brussels / London [U.K.], October 13 : Kashmiri activists have hailed the remarks by U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis, who recently told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was controversial as it passed through a disputed territory. The USD 56 billion CPEC project, which is part of China's grand vision, known as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, passes through Pakistan's northern areas, which India says is part of the undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir. Jamil Maqsood, Central Secretary, Foreign Affairs of the United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP), said, "We appreciate his (Mattis) statement that he has warned Chinese imperialists forces that they are crossing from a disputed territory." While criticising Pakistan's and China's investmen

Oxford historian's 'Silk Roads' talks about 'age of Asia' 2017-10-13 08:56 China Daily  Editor: Wang Zihao The Chinese translation of Peter Frankopan's The Silk Roads: A New History of the World. (Photo provided to China Daily) Oxford University history professor Peter Frankopan says historians should be brave: "Otherwise, there is no point of writing history." In his latest book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, he has tried to narrate the history of the world from a different perspective-from what "kept being told of the importance of the Mediterranean as a cradle of civilization, when it seemed so obvious that this was not where civilization had really been forged", as he writes in the preface. "The real crucible, the 'Mediterranean' in its literal meaning-the center of the world-was not a sea separating Europe and North Africa, but right in the heart of Asia." At the end of the 672-page book, Frankopan concludes "we are seeing the

Direct China-Britain freight train likely to reshape trade, says logistics chief Xinhua | Updated: 2017-10-13 10:17 LONDON — The direct China-Britain freight train is likely to shake up traditional trade patterns as speed and reliability are the key in modern supply, said Nichola Silveira, general manager of Logistics of DP World London Gateway. The first China-bound freight train carrying British products left DP World London Gateway terminal on April 10 and arrived at eastern China's Yiwu city known as China's "world supermarket" after a 19-day journey. "This was the pilot run and now we are working to establish a weekly service that will touch many provinces in China... and come directly into the UK," said Silveira, whose company boasts the largest rail terminal in Britain, told Xinhua in an interview at London Gateway logistics park, some 48 kilometers east of central London. The direct train service, a significant part of the Belt and Road Initiative propose

Athens forum emphasises Kazakhstan’s role in Silk Road of the 21st century BY ALMASBEK ZHUMADILOV  in   INTERNATIONAL   on  13 OCTOBER 2017 ASTANA – The Economist and the Greek-Eurasian Business Council brought together over 500 representatives of governments, universities, transnational and logistics companies in Athens Oct. 9-10 for discussions on the development of transport and the commercial flows of goods and services between Europe and Asia during the first of its kind EU-Eurasia-China Business Summit titled “Building Bridges from East to West”. Speaking at the opening panel session of the event, Kazakh Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Roman Vassilenko noted that due to its geographical position, Kazakhstan is crucial for the success of the Silk Road of the 21st century and was appropriately called by foreign experts a “buckle” in China’s famous Belt and Road Initiative. Underscoring the interconnection of Nurly Zhol infrastructure developm

Xi's Silk Road Dream May Need Lot More Than One Dollar-Debt Sale By  Lianting Tu October 13, 2017, 9:25 AM GMT+5:30 A one-off dollar bond sale by the Chinese government may not be enough to pull down costs for the nation’s quasi-sovereign issuers, especially if they are to support the world’s biggest infrastructure  initiative . For Andy Seaman, chief investment officer at Stratton Street in London, a 30-year bond would help provide a better benchmark for notes from the nation’s state-owned enterprises, which are expected to ramp up dollar debt issuance for President Xi Jinping’s One Belt, One Road initiative. So far, more than 60 countries have signed on or appear inclined to participate in Xi’s signature ambition to deepen China’s economic ties with Asia, Europe, and Africa. China’s Ministry of Finance  said Wednesday that it will sell $1 billion of five-year notes and the same amount of 10-year debt “soon.” A person familiar w

Balochistan government suspends 140 doctors for absence, negligence Balochistan government suspends 140 doctors for absence, negligence Syed Ali Shah October 12, 2017 284 2 The Balochistan government has suspended 140 doctors across the province for being absent and showing negligence in performing their duties, provincial health secretary Asmatullah Kakar informed  Dawn  on Thursday. Show-cause notices were also issued to 180 doctors in various hospitals of the province, he said. The doctors had remained absent for a long time and failed to turn up at their duties despite repeated notices, he said. Most of the suspended doctors were posted in remote districts of the province. Kakar said seven cases for termination of senior doctors and 45 cases for determining penalties have been forwarded to chief secretary for further action. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Despite the Balochistan government allocating more than Rs25 billion for health for the ongoing financial year, the health sector in Balochistan paints a bl

No compromise on CPEC: Bajwa

Message to ‘opposing voices’ | Asks neighbours to join regional project for ‘rising together’ | Advises entrepreneurs to pay for security as economy hinges on it | Calls for tax, judicial, madrassa reforms. October 12, 2017 KARACHI - The CPEC is future of Pakistani people and there will never be any compromise on it, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday about the China-financed mega initiative that is central to country’s long-term economic and region plans. “This [China Pakistan Economic Corridor] is the future of our people, a vital national interest on which we will never compromise, regardless of the loudness of opposing voices,” he said while addressing a seminar on ‘Interplay of Economy and Security’ here. The seminar was organised by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in collaboration with Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The statement from the head of the army, which is thought to enjoy sweeping influence on country’s foreign

CPEC shifting gears to industrial parks The Newspaper's Staff Reporter Updated October 13, 2017 KARACHI: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is about to shift gears and enter its next phase as the industrial working group on  Special Economic Zones (SEZs) is going to finalise its recommendations on Tuesday and decide which SEZ will begin first. Towards that end, a team from China International Engineering Consulting Corporation (CIECC) arrived in Karachi and began a round of consultations with provincial authorities as preparation for the final round to be held in Islamabad early next week. Also read:  CPEC SEZs : myth and reality The CIECC is a state-owned consulting firm that will carry the final recommendations from its meetings in Pakistan back to the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) in Beijing. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD The first round of consultations with provincial authorities began in Karachi on Thursday at an event organised by the Sindh Board of In

'Islamabad must allay Washington’s concerns over CPEC' By  APP Published: October 13, 2017 Defence analysts, academicians suggest joining Russia-China bloc to counter the US. PHOTO: REUTERS ISLAMABAD :  As Washington casts doubt over the intentions behind the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which top US officials this week said “passed through a disputed territory,” analysts in Islamabad have called on the government to allay concerns. This was discussed in a seminar on “US policy — new design towards Afghanistan, Pakistan and India: Commencement of the Trump era — an analysis” arranged by the International Relations Department of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Thursday. CPEC will allow Pakistan to become global leader ADVERTISEMENT Ad Former Defence Secretary Lieutenant  General (retired) Naeem Khalid Lodhi said that Pakistan should either remove or address the concerns US has over CPEC. He a

Pak asks U.S. to not view CPEC from India's perspective ANI |    Oct 12,2017 , 04:44 PM IST Pak asks U.S. to not view CPEC from India's perspective Islamabad:   Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday asked the United States to not look at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) from India's perspective. This comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said India was unleashing a baseless propaganda against the CPEC. U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis had earlier said to the Senate Armed Services Committee: "The One Belt, One Road also goes through the disputed territory, and I think that it itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate." He added that in a globalised world, there are many belts and many roads, and no one nation should put itself into a position of dictating the 'One belt, One Road'. Iqbal urged the Washingto