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The Struggle in Balochistan — Adaner Usmani OVER THE ELEVEN years that have elapsed since 9/11, Pakistan has found itself in the headlights of the mainstream press for a few, consistent reasons. International audiences have been instructed to worry earnestly about the country’s fate, what with the Army’s “double-game” in Afghanistan, drone attacks in the tribal areas, the Taliban-led insurgencies in the northwest, and suicide bombings in its urban centers. While it’s true that the American adventure in Af-Pak has had real effects on Pakistan, these mainstream narratives have never adequately captured the actual political dynamics of the country. There’s perhaps no better illustration of this than the fact that the country’s most significant armed conflict is not the one in the northwest, but rather the decades-old struggle waged by secular nationalists in the province of Balochistan. The national question ha

Balochistan demands 2.5% share in Sui gas field By  Zafar Bhutta Published: November 28, 2017 Citing national interest, the then Ministry of Petroleum extended the Sui lease on the same terms and conditions for one year as an interim arrangement, which was further extended from time to time. PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD :  The central and Balochistan governments have differed over the grant of fresh development and production lease for Sui field as being the producing province the latter wants a share in the field as well as allocation of gas. According to a senior government official, the Balochistan government is seeking 2.5% share in the Sui field for a provincial holding company and allocation of gas for its consumers in line with Article 158 of the Constitution which gives first right of use to the province where energy has been discovered. Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), the operator of the Sui field, has prepared a field development plan and

Sudan Is Indispensable to China’s Silk Road Vision for Africa By Andrew Korybko Share Tweet Pin Mail The news that China will build a railway from the Red Sea city of Port Sudan to the Chadian capital of N’Djamena proves just how serious Beijing is about pioneering a transcontinental Sahelian -Saharan Silk Road to more easily connect Africa’s largest country of Nigeria to the Eurasian landmass, bringing with it plenty of multipolar opportunities for China’s Pakistani and Turkish partners and showcasing the indispensable position that Sudan is poised to play in making this grand vision possible. The Sudan Tribute  recently reported that its eponymous country signed a deal with China to explore the viability of constructing a railway from Port Sudan to N’Djamena, with an eye on completing a long-awaited connectivity project that had hitherto been held up due to various degrees of regional instability. According to the publication, the original pl

Georgia eyes gains in China's Belt and Road initiative 9 minutes ago Georgia has a free-trade deal with the EU and China [Georgian PM's office] China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been discussed by more than 1,000 delegates from about 50 countries in Georgia's capital Tbilisi, as the former Soviet state aims to become a transit hub of trade between  China  and Europe. A memorandum on the construction of a free economic zone was signed on Tuesday by Georgian and Chinese economic ministers, among other deals made at the two-day Belt and Road Forum hosted by Tbilisi. The BRI, also known as the  One Belt, One Road Initiative  (OBOR), is a development strategy proposed by China's leader  Xi Jinping  that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries. The strategy underlines China's push to take  a larger role  in global affairs, with a China-centred trading network. Advertisement &quo

China taps Africa at Morocco Silk Road investment forum  12:31 28/11/2017 Marrakesh - A two-day investment forum opened in Morocco's Marrakesh on Monday as China seeks to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa. "The question is how to accelerate cooperation in the field of investment," said Wang Yong, vice president of the China-Africa Development Fund. The event brings together 400 business executives including 150 from China. Morocco's Industry Minister Moulay Hafid Ellalamy said China and Africa "share the same quest for development". "The Silk Road initiative will change the map of international trade," he said, adding that trade and cooperation were already at "unprecedented" levels. The "One Belt, One Road" initiative, unveiled by Xi Jinping's presidency in 2013, envisages linking China with Africa, Asia and Europe through a network of por

China looks to new Silk Road through Eastern Europe By Euronews ·27/11/2017 Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Budapest, where he is meeting with leaders of the 16 Central and Eastern European Countries - or CEEC.   Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Budapest, where he is meeting with leaders of the 16 Central and Eastern European Countries – or CEEC. On the agenda at the sixth annual 16+1 summit, China’s “new Silk Road” initiative to expand trade across Asia, Africa and Europe. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is also keen to pursue an “Eastern Opening” policy. “We need external sources both technical and financial in order to improve this region,” Orban said during a speech at the summit. “The European sources are just not sufficient so we welcome the idea of a new economical world order as China wants to get involved in the region’s development process.” The 17 leaders are set to sign 23 cooperation agreements during t

‘Uninformed views’ about Gwadar port pact refuted The Newspaper's Staff Correspondent November 28, 2017 QUETTA: Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) chairman Dostain Khan Jamaldini has refuted generalisations and uninformed views expressed in the media about the port concession agreement. In a statement issued here on Monday, he said such remarks may only damage the pace of work initiated by the China Oversees Ports Holding (COPHC) and GPA inside the port area as well as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the country. He said the Gwadar Port concession agreement was signed 10 years ago in 2007 with the Port of Singapore Authority International (PSAI), the former port operating company. He clarified that the port and its free zone could not be developed by the PSAI as per the agreement on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis till 2013. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD GPA chairman says such remarks may damage pace of work inside port area and on CPEC projects The COPHC, the present p

Pakistan to get 9pc of Gwadar income, 15pc of FEZ: China Listen ISLAMABAD : China on Monday said that Pakistan would be getting 9 percent share out of total income of Gwadar Port and 15 percent of Free Economic Zone exactly on the pattern of agreement signed with Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) which was later on struck down by Islamabad authorities. China has not agreed to include construction of Diamer-Basha dam as part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at the moment not because of territorial dispute with India but its civil work was more expansive than biggest Three Gorges Dam in China having five time more capacity of generating electricity than Basha dam of 4500 MW. “Pakistani government has made very smart move to strike a good deal as they will get 9 percent share out of total income of Gwadar port instead of total earned profits, although, the agreement was signed on Built, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis. The Gwadar port

Pakistani interest in Gwadar project fully considered: COPHC November 28, 2017   By: Samaa Web Desk Published in  Economy   BEIJING :  The Chinese company that is developing the Gwadar Port and the Gwadar Free Zone has said it has fully considered the interests of Pakistani side and has also agreed to share revenues from those projects although it wasn’t originally required to do so. An employee from the China Overseas Ports Holding Co (COPHC) told the Chinese newspaper ‘Global Times’ that the company had agreed to turn over nine percent of the revenues from the Gwadar Port as well as 15 percent of the revenues from the Gwadar Free Zone to the Pakistani side. The employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was responding to some media reports that 91 percent of the revenues from the Gwadar Port, which is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) belong to China, and the Gwadar Port Authority would only get nine percent for the nex

Balochistan's issues need to be resolved through dialogue: Raisani's-issues-need-to-be-resolved-through-dialogue:-Raisani   Last Updated On  28 November,2017  12:55 pm Aslam Raisani says CPEC is not in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Balochistan. QUETTA (Dunya News) – Former chief minister Balochistan and PPP leader Nawab Aslam Raisani while talking to Dunya News on Monday said that Balochistan s issues need to be resolved through dialogue. Nawab Aslam Raisani said that former president Asif Ali Zardari pressurized me to award Reko Diq contract to Tethyan Copper Company and my refusal resulted in differences with the party. He said that the future of Balochistan is very bright and the people of the province have the capability to handle the Gwadar Port. He said that the reservations of Balochistan will increase further when China will pocket 91 percent of Gwadar Port income and the rest will go to the federal government. Nawab Aslam Raisani further said that China-Pakistan

Balochistan: Ethnic Carnage Tushar Ranjan Mohanty Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management Facebook Google Twitter Pinterest Five bullet-riddled bodies of ethnic Punjabis were recovered by Levies Force personnel in the Tajaban area of Turbat tehsil (revenue unit) in the Kech District of Balochistan on November 18, 2017. The Levies Force disclosed that all the victims had received multiple bullet injuries and belonged to the Gujrat District of Punjab. Three days earlier, 15 bullet-riddled bodies were recovered by Levies Force personnel in the Buleda area of Turbat tehsil in the Kech District on November 15, 2017. Makran District Commissioner Bashir Ahmed Bangulzai said that all the victims apparently belonged to various districts of Punjab, and were allegedly en route to Iran through an infrequent route illegally. Each of them received multiple bullets wounds from a close range. According to District Commissioner Kec

Balochistan’s nationalists want their rights within Pakistani framework: Malik ▶▶ Balochhouse ✔ I s this a background work for the return of all Five Frustrated Feudal Lords who are now been designated as terrorists by Swiss and others? The return if these Five Feudals do not stop the movement, because the movement is not in their hands. Past four movements we're in the hands of Sardars, now it is led by, dominated by common people. ✔ The example cited by parliamentarians as good nationalist is a Feudal and almost a nonentity. The real power is in the hands of common baloch who will decide the destiny of baloch nation. Probably these worthy senator should understand that the Contours of the movement has changed from tribal led movement to a very broad based middle class educated movement. Tribal affiliations are no more relevant in this modern era and these "Five Frustrated Feudal" Lords have learned little late that their daddies, granddad

Mushahid Hussain rejects rumours China will occupy Pakistan through CPEC Senators says less than 20,000 Chinese nationals are working in Pakistan'Some elements spreading rumours due to shift of balance of power from West to East' Pakistan by  Mahmood Idrees  | Published on November 28, 2017 (Edited November 28, 2017)  🔗 ISLAMABAD – Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has rejected the impression that China will make Pakistan its colony through the ongoing multi-billion dollar project, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) The senator was speaking at the third CPEC media forum in the capital city. He clarified that less than 20,000 Chinese nationals were working in Pakistan. He said that China and its companies were running 300 projects in the country, adding that 9,000 Chinese were working on CPEC related projects and around 10,000 on non-CPEC. Dawn News quoted the Senator as saying “The fact is no country is willing to invest in P

Chinese envoy underlines media’s role in successful implementation of CPEC NNI NOVEMBER 28, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  Ambassador of China to Pakistan Yao Jing on Monday said integrated cooperation between the two countries in the fields of media and culture could play crucial role in successful implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. Addressing the 3rd CPEC forum , the newly appointed Chinese envoy in Islamabad said CPEC has become an important element of Pak-China friendship and its success would be greatly depending upon dissemination of positive news regarding the corridor by media persons from both countries. The forum was organised by Pakistan-China Institute in collaboration with Chinese Embassy in Pakistan. The event aimed at focusing on promoting information and cultural corridor through the media to support and supplement CPEC projects. Yao Jing said CPEC is not only meant for a strategy to boost cooperation between the two

Hon. Dana Rohrabacher on Balochistan

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 2:30 p.m., in room 2200, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Dana Rohrabacher (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding. Mr. Rohrabacher. I call this hearing of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to order. Today's hearing is about a part of the world and a people that most Americans know nothing about, Baluchistan, an area inhabited by the Baluch people who trace their history back for centuries. Baluchistan deserves our attention because it is a turbulent land marked by human rights' violations committed by regimes that are hostile to America's interests and values. It holds a very strategic location in an area of intense international rivalries. Baluchistan comprises about 800 miles of coast at the head of the Arabian Sea between I