Skip to main content


Showing posts from October 27, 2017

The Diaries of Sir George Cunningham

The British governor of the Northwest-Frontier Province, Sir George Cunningham in 1940 addressing local tribesmen & mullah clergy from all over frontier province to gain their support against Germans, Japanese & Russians in WW2. In his diaries the British era governors made some stunning revelations like he employed agents to entrust local mosque's mullah to issues decrees against Russians being infidels & to side with the British as they are ahli kitab & even marriage with them are legal while Russians are Bolsheviks enemies of Islam. George Cunningham regularly employed students for thus purpose at Deoband & upon completion their religious education they were employed in local mosques with monthly stipends . Cunningham made three groups among the Maulanas. The smaller Mullahs were handed to the local Khans. Those slightly superior in rank reported through the Deputy Commissioners. The senior ones had a direct line to the Governor Cunningham.Each mulla from

Namibian president commissions Chinese-built naval vessels Source: Xinhua |  2017-10-27 21:41:41 | Editor: Yang Yi New Namibian naval vessels are seen in Walvis Bay, Namibia, on Oct. 27, 2017. Namibian President Hage Geingob on Friday commissioned two Chinese-built naval vessels at the harbor town of Walvis Bay. ( Xinhua /Wu Changwei ) WALVIS BAY, Namibia, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Namibian President Hage Geingob on Friday commissioned two state-of-the-art Chinese-built naval vessels at the harbor town of Walvis Bay. The two submarine chasers, Brukkaros and Daures, boast surface and undersurface targets attacking capabilities. They were donated by the Chinese  People's Liberation Army  and arrived in Namibian waters in August. The Namibian president thanked China for its assistance to the southwestern African country in protecting its territory and maritime resources. "The delivery and incorporation of the two submarine chasers into our naval fleet will add tremendo

India-Indonesia Maritime Patrols Kick Off Both sides launched another iteration of their coordinated patrols this week. By  Prashanth Parameswaran October 28, 2017               This week, India and Indonesia began another iteration of their biannual joint naval patrols. The engagement was one manifestation of the continued efforts by both Asian powers to advance their defense cooperation in the maritime security realm. India and Indonesia, two large Asian democracies, strategic partners, and Indian Ocean littoral neighbors, have been looking to advance their defense ties in recent years, with New Delhi seeing this as part of its Act East policy to advance ties with Southeast Asian states under Narendra Modi. As I have written previously, though there does tend to be sensationalism around this dimension of the relationship, there have been efforts by both sides to deepen ties in some areas, from upgrading their existing defense cooperation

China’s Sunic-Ocean targets regional maritime security roles with SU-H2M UAV Kelvin Wong  - IHS Jane's International Defence Review 27 October 2017 Sunic-Ocean System Tech (Sunic-Ocean), a Qingdao-based research and development company specialising in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and autonomous flight control systems, has completed development of its SU-H2M vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV,  Jane’s  has learnt. The SU-H2M features a 3.81 m-long tadpole-shaped fuselage with a skid undercarriage that carries a two-bladed carbon fibre main rotor with a diameter of 3.2 m. A two-bladed tail rotor is fitted on dorsal and ventral swept vertical tail surfaces towards the rear. The SU-H2M has a small operating footprint, which is intended to support shipborne operations. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong) According to specifications provided by Sunic-Ocean, the SU-H2M has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 110 kg and is powered by a water-cooled fo

APNS concerned at halt of newspapers distribution in Balochistan October 28, 2017 KARACHI -  The All Pakistan  Newspapers  Society expressed its profound shock over the complete breakdown of  distribution  system of  newspapers  in  Balochistan  consequent upon the threats issued by outlawed organisations for the first time in the history of Pakistan. The executive committee of All Pakistan  Newspapers  Society,  at  its meeting held on October 26, expressed concern over the disruption of  distribution  system of  newspapers  in the province despite clear assurances given to the publishers and hawkers by the  Balochistan administration. The executive committee noted that militant organisations are hampering the  distribution  of  newspapers  , adversely affecting the writ of the government. It urged the federal government as well as the armed forces of Pakistan to look into the matter seriously and restore the writ of the state in the province. In

Fruit, vegetable exports from Balochistan to generate $1bn: PFVA By  Staff Report  - October 27, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  In an initiative to give better access to fruit and vegetables of Balochistan in international markets, All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers & Merchants Association (PFVA) completed the consultation process with stakeholders of Balochistan for developing a roadmap for the uplift of the horticulture sector. According to the statement of PFVA issued on Friday, a delegation of PFVA led by Patron-in-Chief Waheed Ahmed had visited the province on October 23-24, 2017 and held meetings with the Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Agriculture Secretary Mohammad Razzaq Khan, local growers and trade organisations of agri-produces and briefed them about developing a national policy on horticulture for speedy progress of the sector on eve of National conference on Horticulture in February 2018. During the

ANP leader, brother killed in vehicle explosion in Balochistan By GEO NEWS   Friday Oct 27, 2017   Image of Razzak's car after the explosion. Photo: Geo News HARNAI: Awami National Party (ANP) leader Abdul Razzak and his brother lost their lives in a car explosion in Shahrag Tehsil of Balochistan's Harnai District on Friday, according to the party’s information secretary. Harnai District Commissioner Abdul Salam Achakzai said that five to six kilogrammes of explosives were planted in Razzak’s car.  Image of Razzak's car after the explosion. Photo: Geo News He said that the deceased were en route to Pishin for the party’s rally when the explosion took place. The ANP is holding a rally at Taj Lala Stadium in Pishin today where the party's chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan, and other party leaders are in attendance. Law enforcement agencies reached the site of the incident and are investigating the attack

Blast hits passenger train in Balochistan; six injured October 27, 2017   By: Samaa Web Desk Published in  Pakistan   QUETTA : A bomb planted on the track injured at least six train passenger in Balochistan on Friday. According to security officials, the improvised explosive device exploded as the Akbar Bugti Express passed over it in a remote area of Balochistan’s Bolan district. Four passengers were wounded and moved to hospital. A section of the track was destroyed by the bombing, which hit one of the carriages. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Akbar Bugti Express is new name of Quetta Express which runs between Lahore to Quetta daily. The blast came hours after a local leader of Awami National Party (ANP) died and his brother sustained wounds in a landmine explosion in Balochistan’s Nasirabad district. Police said it was and IED blast. – Samaa

Balochistan’s Journalists Sandwiched Between Militants and State as Newspapers Distribution Terminated In Balochistan, local and national newspapers’ distribution has remained suspended for the consecutive two days after the banned militant organizations threatened journalists, imposing a ban on delivery. The newspapers hawkers and news agencies responsible for the distribution of copies have come under increasing attacks in the last two 24 hours. The newspapers are being printed but people’s access to information has been stifled due to lack of distribution throughout the province. According to the reports, on Thursday afternoon a newspaper shop in Turbat has come under attack after the grenade attack on Hub Press Club on Wednesday night. The Pak News Agency’s office was targeted by a grenade as the agency continued to release the newspapers disregarding the banned outfits’ boycott. Due to intermittent access to the internet in most parts of Balochis

Pakistani journalist attacked in Islamabad; three attacks on media groups in Balochistan October 27, 2017 5:56 PM ET New York, October 27, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to swiftly investigate and bring to justice perpetrators of multiple attacks against journalist and news organizations in the country this week. Journalist Ahmed Noorani was badly beaten in Islamabad, and three different attacks were reported in the southwestern Balochistan province amid threats to news organizations and distributors from militant groups. "These repeated brutal attacks show once again that nowhere is safe for journalists or news workers in Pakistan," CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler said from Washington D.C. "Pakistani authorities must assure that these attacks on press freedom come to a halt by swiftly finding and punishing those responsible." Six unidentified assailants on motorcycles today pulled Noorani and his driver, Mumtaz

Six injured as blast hits train Reuters/Quetta Friday، 27 October 2017 11:09 PM At least six people were wounded yesterday when a bomb went off along railway tracks in southwestern Pakistan, halting train service in the region, security and railways officials said. The train was travelling from Baluchistan’s capital of Quetta to the eastern metropolis of Lahore when a blast on the main railway track damaged one of its cars. “One train bogie was damaged in the blast and a portion of the tracks blown up,” said railways official Aammir Baloch, adding that Quetta’s train services had been suspended. Security officials said six passengers were injured in the blast. The Taliban and sectarian groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group also operate in the strategically important region, which borders Iran and Afghanistan. Baluchistan is at the centre of infrastructure projects that form part of China’s Belt and Road initiative, which has

Editorial: CPEC long-term plan EditorialOctober 28, 2017 AFTER suffering from a series of delays, the long-term plan, or LTP, for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is now ready for finalisation at the seventh meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee to be held in Islamabad on Nov 21. At the last JCC meeting held in December 2016, the plan was discussed and both sides agreed that the “LTP shall be finalised and approved by March 31, 2017, at the latest” according to the minutes of that discussion. But that date came and went, and we were told that the document was awaiting the signature of the then prime minister who was a bit caught up in his Panama Papers-related entanglements. Then we were told that the LTP would be finalised during the One Belt, One Road summit held in Beijing in mid May. But the government delegation returned from the summit promising that the plan would be finalised in a couple of weeks. Since the details of the plan had already been published by Dawn wh

2013 elections: Voter turnout in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD, 2013, May 16: The overall voter turnout in the recent elections was impressive, but not in most of the constituencies in Balochistan. In PB-41 ( Awaran ), the turnout was 1.18 per cent and Abdul Judoos Bizenjo of the Pakistan Muslim League was declared winner with only 544 votes. Mir Hidayatullah of the National Party, who bagged 95 votes, was the runner-up. Of the 57,666 registered votes in the constituency, only 672 were cast. What is surprising was that despite this dismal situation the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced the unofficial results, instead of deciding to ordering a repolling. The turnout was similar in many other mainly Baloch constituencies. In PB-50 (Kech), Akbar Ashkani of the PML-N won the seat with 1,385 votes against his nearest rival Mohammad Akram of NP who secured 1,331. The other seven candidates collectively polled 994 votes. The number of registered voters in the constituency is 59,097, but only 3,712 of them exercised their rig

Old Interview: Sanaullah Baloch

A former Pakistan government minister on the increasingly severe situation in Balochistan. By Adnan Aamir December 05, 2014               Sanaullah Baloch comes from the Kharan district of Balochistan. In the 1997 Pakistan general elections, he was elected as the youngest member of National Assembly in the country’s history, at the age of just 26. He subsequently served as parliamentary secretary for the Interior and Narcotics. Baloch was elected senator from Balochistan in 2003, resigning from the Senate of 2008. Today, he is working with UNDP and helping African countries develop their constitutions. Baloch also writes regularly for leading English dailies. Adnan Aamir of  The Balochistan Point  recently spoke with him. You are a senior constitutional advisor of UNDP. Can you tell us more about what that entails? Since most Baloch representatives have been forced to live in exile since 2005 due to the very  bloody military operation in Balochistan , I decided not to rema