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Speech of Prof.Naela Quadri Baloch on the occasion of Baloch Martyrs Day,

For Immediate release World Baloch Women Forum Speech of Prof.Naela Quadri Baloch on the occasion of Baloch Martyrs Day, 13th November 2017, Vancouver, Canada Sohren salam pa me lalen shaheedan, hzara salani Baloch o Kurd tarikh e toka drah shaheedani qurbani a yat kanag e rochen, kol o karar kanage rochen Salute to the fallen Baloch heroes of thousands of years of protecting our motherland Balochistan, today it is occupied by Pakistan that relies on demographic engineering, harsh crackdowns, Chinese investments, and religious extremists to tackle the secular Baloch independence movement. Kidnapping, torture, killing and rape the mode of governance. We would appeal to the Baloch nation to join hands, be united and keep on struggle for freedom. We appeal to the  members of our Baloch family settled outside our motherland, particularly the educated youth, to support our public diplomacy to highlight the plight of the Baloch people and build support for the cause of Baloch independe

Security clampdown bites in China’s Xinjiang region Surveillance overhaul hits almost all aspects of daily life in area 7 times size of UK Paramilitary policemen during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Kashgar earlier this year FT 2 HOURS AGO Emily Feng in Kashgar, China 3 comments Centuries ago merchants criss-crossed the deserts of Xinjiang, a crucial link for Silk Road trade into Central Asia and beyond.  Today the Chinese region is in a state of virtual lockdown after the introduction of a sweeping new security regime that has affected virtually every aspect of daily life.   The clampdown is unsettling not only the majority-Muslim Uighurs who have long been discriminated against in China’s westernmost region — the Han Chinese on track to displace them as the dominant ethnic group are also beginning to worry.  “The traditional ethnic divisions no longer apply,” says one academic at Xinjiang Universi

First trial freight train from China arrives in Bratislava The plan is to dispatch as many as 500 such trains next year The freight train from China arrives in Bratislava. (Source: Sme) A - |A + 0 The first trial train with containers from China arrived on Monday, November 13, at the cargo port in Bratislava. The train’s 11,000-km journey from the Chinese town of Dalian via Russia and the Ukraine to Slovakia lasted 17 days. The train was welcomed by Transport Minister Arpád Érsek (Most-Híd), State Secretary for Finance and Government Proxy for the Silk Road initiative Dana Meager and Chinese Ambassador to Slovakia Lin Lin. The number of such trains should gradually increase and next year their number might be as high as 500. “The fact that the goods travelling across Asia will be transported via the territory of Slovakia in order that they get father into Europe is a huge success and an excellent commercial opportunity,” said Minister Érsek

China's new Silk Road to nowhere The Silk Road moved ideas and technology for centuries and is being remade by China with its One Belt, One Road project. by Philip Bowring The singular contribution of the man now vying for a place next to Mao in the pantheon of Chinese leaders, Xi Jinping, is the One Belt, One Road project. It was a public relations triumph: Mao destroyed the old order, Deng Xiaoping laid the foundations of a modern economy, Xi is making China great again. This plan, now more often known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), to use China's money and know-how to develop relations with a host of developing countries across Eurasia and to the coasts of Africa has proved a political masterstroke at home and abroad. For foreigners, China appears to be extending a hand of friendship, economic development, and trade across half the world. A huge infrastructure investment comes with the promise of commerce, without

China’s Silk Road revival hits rough patch OPINION opinionNovember 14, 2017 01:00 By The Straits Times  Asia News Network  WALINI, Indonesia From a stalled Indonesian rail project to an insurgency-threatened economic corridor in Pakistan, China’s push to revive Silk Road trade routes is running into problems that risk tarnishing the economic crown jewel of Xi Jinping’s presidency. The Belt and Road initiative, unveiled by Xi in 2013, envisages linking China with Africa, Asia and Europe through a network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks. Xi, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, has pushed the infrastructure drive that is central to his goal of extending Beijing’s economic and geopolitical clout. The initiative was enshrined in the Communist Party’s Constitution at its five-yearly congress last month, and some estimates say more than US$1 trillion has been pledged to projects proposed in some 65 countries. But on the ground, it has run into pro

Power plants for Gwadar Free Economic Zone The Newspaper's Staff Reporter November 14, 2017 0 KARACHI: Federal Mini­ ster for Maritime Affairs Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo on Monday approved power and desalination plants for Gwadar Free Economic Zone (GFEZ). The minister took the decision in a meeting with China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC) Chairman, Zhang Baozhong; and Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) Chairman Dost Khan Jamal Deni. Under a plan prepared by the COPHC and GPA, a desalination plant with a capacity of five million gallons per day and a 30MW power plant would be set-up in Gwadar. Giving his approval, the minister said that Gwadar city had been suffering badly due to acute shortage of potable water and power. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD He hoped the desalination plant would improve the situation considerably once it is functional. Mr Bizenjo further said that since concerned departments do not have any plans f

Child labour in Balochistan    Save  An issue which is troubling the Baloch nation for a long decade is child labour which is yet not resolved. We find small children quitting their study and joining a local garage, workshop, store or something of this ilk for the purpose of feeding the family. Some people send their children despite the presence of elders in the family and some send under compulsion. But mostly, I witness the ones who have elder brothers and even fathers. But they show no mercy for their children and despite sending them to school, they are sent in garages. How one feels seeing dirty clothes worn by himself and the school’s uniform the other child? So sad. I got confused confronting a child of age 7, working in a Zarang car (A local car which is a source mostly used in transportation business). He was so small but still doing job in a car. The most shocking thing for me at that very moment was that he was working with his elder brother who wa

BEYOND Balo­chis­tan : Story of a brave women 0 By  Web Desk  on November 14, 2017 BEYOND Balo­chis­tan, news regarding the beleaguered Hazara community is usually about their security, because a number of community members have lost their lives in sectarian violence over the decades. But there can be grains of hope in the ocean of despair: Hamida Ali Hazara has an inspiring vision — the economic empowerment of women affected by violence. Situated in the heart of Hazara town in the western side of Quetta, the picture presented by Hazara Restaurant, which is run by Hamida Ali in the Aliabad area, is perfect. Entering her restaurant on a chilly evening, she welcomes us warmly, saying: “Thank you for coming here.” Thankfully, there is no rush, so we can chat at ease. In Balochistan’s patriarchal society, it is amply clear that the imprint of women is non-existent. During their lives, they are not allowed to do anything, except perhaps the dis

The nuances of CPEC By  Yasir Masood Published: November 12, 2017 The writer is currently working as deputy director media and publications at the Centre of Excellence-China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He is a visiting faculty at Quaid-e-Azam University and National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad The jumbo-sized component of infrastructural investments made by China in Pakistan may have dazzled the region and brought an air of optimism into the country, the global community is asking some probing questions about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s long-term effect on the debt burden Pakistan is currently shouldering. CPEC, a component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aims to modernise, secure, and link various transport corridors throughout Asia and improve supply lines for imports and exports. It is expected to bring economic benefits to all the states through which it will pass. Already, CPEC is set to achieve some key m

‘Efficient logistics can give impetus to economy under CPEC umbrella’ By Razi Syed  in BusinessOn November 14, 2017 KARACHI :  Compliance of standards in the logistic industry would enable Pakistan to get huge benefit from influx of opportunities in the milieu of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)) project. Changes were absolute and would take place in Pakistan’s economic and logistics infrastructure. It is clear that logistics sector, in terms of transportation, will get a great boost as a result of influx of Chinese transporters. This calls for proper measures to be taken to safeguard local interest. Improved transport and sound logistics services are two key factors in the promotion of economic development. People belonging to the sector have stressed the need for an outstanding logistics and transport infrastructure so that goods and business in economic sector have speedy movement. The CPEC has opened many vistas for logistics sector. Now

Chinese firm halts CPEC project over fund issues with Pakistan By ANI | Updated: Nov 13, 2017, 05.27 PM IST The 878km Lahore-Matiari transmission line is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). (Representative image) LAHORE: A leading Chinese company has drastically slowed down work on USD 2 billion 660kV high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line from Lahore to Matiari. The work was halted over differences with the government. The Chinese firm has cited the size of revolving fund, delay in building of power plants as main reasons for the slowdown. The 878km Lahore-Matiari transmission line is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (  CPEC ). It is also  Pakistan 's first project based on direct current (DC). According to Dawn, the Pakistan Government will not enter into a new agreement

Baloch abductions scorch Pakistan Baloch abductions scorch Pakistan Sandhya Jain 14 November 2017   Days after being selected to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 October 2017, Pakistan suffered a huge embarrassment when its growing crimes against the Baloch, especially the phenomenon of “enforced disappearances”, blew up in its face. The dispute centres on Baloch inability to reconcile to the annexation of Kalat State (core of Balochistan) by Pakistan in 1948.   The current crisis was triggered by the abduction of close family members of two prominent leaders, Dr Allah Nazar (Baloch Liberation Front) and Ustad Aslam Baloch (Baloch Liberation Army) from Quetta on October 30. Nawaz Ata Baloch, information secretary of the Baloch Human Rights Organisation, was abducted the same day. Many more abductions of women and children occurred in the same week.   Sources said Allah Naz

PAKISTAN: Universal Periodic Review , Statement by India STATEMENT BY INDIA at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group (28th Session) on the 3rd UPR of Pakistan – Interactive Dialogue Monday, 13 November 2017   *STATEMENT BY INDIA*   *Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group (28th Session)* *3rd UPR of Pakistan – Interactive Dialogue* Monday, 13 November 2017, 09:00 am - 12:30 pm    Thank you, Mr. President We welcome the delegation of Pakistan. We recommend the Government of Pakistan following : 1. to provide freedom to the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir by ending its illegal and forcible occupation; 2. to dismantle Special Terrorist Zones, safe havens and sanctuaries and take verifiable actions, including on terror financing; 3. to bar military courts from trying civilians and allow their monitoring by international observers and human rights organisations; 4. to allow due legal processes and judicial review by the High Courts and Supreme Court for cases tried by Mil