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Women are Pak's favourite tool to silence dissidents": Naela Quadri Baloch ANI | Vancouver [Canada] Dec 31, 2017 08:31 AM IST The head of the World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF), Prof Naela Quadri Baloch has stated that "Violation of women is Pakistan's favourite tool to silence dissidents at home and "unfortunately, the Baloch story and sufferings are lost in the crevices of geopolitics and grand strategy." "Over the past seven decades, the Baloch of Pakistan have suffered all imaginable crimes against humanity including the dishonour of women. Baloch women have suffered doubly, running their households in the absence of their menfolk and suffering abduction, torture, rape, and murder at the hands of the Pakistan army," she, wrote in a statement. "Until 1971, we were not the only targets of Pakistan's army, though. Our Bangladeshi sisters suffered equally, if not more than us. Their story is well-doc

PROFILE: Nina Swidler May 25, 2017 March 25, 1932–January 4, 2017 Nina Swidler died after a brief illness while visiting her family in Los Altos, California from her home in New York City on January 4, 2017. She was 84. Swidler was born in Washington DC. She attended Columbia University, and earned her PhD in 1969, a year after she joined the staff of Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center. She continued to teach at the College for more than 35 years. During her graduate studies at Columbia Swidler worked with Conrad Arensberg, Margaret Mead, and Morton Fried but it was during Fredrik Barth’s year-long visiting professorship that the direction of her life’s research was set. Barth had done fieldwork in northwest Pakistan and southern Iran, and he was instrumental in Nina and her husband Warren Swidler’s decision to do their doctoral research in Pakistani Balochistan. The Swidlers spent 17 months there in 1963–1965, mostly in a v

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Pakistan risks losing EU economic concession Afnan Khan DECEMBER 21, 2017 BRUSSELS :  European Union might review its economic concessions given to Pakistan over the deteriorating human rights situation, including the wave of abductions of activists reportedly by the security agencies and discriminatory laws against minorities. European Union has warned Pakistan that there can be no place for enforced disappearances and secret detention in the country and government would have to criminalise the practice while also amending the discriminatory laws against minorities under the international law and commitments. Global human rights organizations including Amnesty International had protested against the abduction of peace activist Raza Khan, demanding state authorities to produce the abducted activists from across the country. The rights organizations have also expressed concerns over Pakistani authorities issuing notices to at least 13 Internationa

“If Jinnah is secular than Laden is the world’s best democrat”, Ahmar Mustikhan By  Vikram Khajuria  - December 30, 2017       Ahmar Mustikhan has come in for full support of Kulbhushan Yadav and his family Republish Reprint NEW DELHI:  In a recent Facebook video, Ahmar Mustikhan has communicated his views on the recent meeting of Kulbhushan Yadav with his wife Chetna and mother Avanti. Mustikhan is a renowned writer, analyst, and veteran Baloch journalist. He is also the founder of a non-profit organisation known as ’American Friends of Balochistan’. Through this organization, Mustikhan expresses his views on atrocities of Pakistani army been hammered on Baloch people. Kulbhushan Jadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court. Wikileaks Kulbhushan Yadav is an Indian national, who is been sentenced to death by the Pakistani Army court. The recent emotional reunion between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife and mother ha

Alarming development for India: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to be extended to Afghanistan By Abdus Sattar Ghazali , The Milli Gazette Online Published Online: Dec 29, 2017 In an alarming development for India, after a meeting of foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, in Beijing on Tuesday (Dec 26), Chinese foreign minister Wang said China and Pakistan are willing to find out ways to extend China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the $57 billion project, to Afghanistan. Wang said China hoped the economic corridor could benefit the whole region and act as an impetus for development. Afghanistan has urgent need to develop and improve people’s lives and hopes it can join inter-connectivity initiatives, Wang told reporters, as he announced that Pakistan and Afghanistan had agreed to mend their strained relations. “So China and Pakistan are willing to look at with Afghanistan, on the basis of win-win, mutually beneficial princ

Kapesi: The hidden beach of Gwadar By: Suleman Hashim Kapesi Beach in Gwadar is a gem of a place for tourists. The sight of setting sun is mesmerizing here. It’s a unique place for visitors and people from all over Pakistan come here with their families to enjoy its natural beauty. It’s a blissful refuge from the routine burdens of life. People start gathering here in the afternoon and the beach remains populated well after the sunset. In the evening, you could see students studying in groups, amateur fishermen dragging and wrapping their fishing lines, the beautiful clean red sand, rare tortoises crawling in search of food or burying their eggs in the sand for hatching and a lot of tourist families relaxing on the beach.   The visitors can also view a lot of marine traffic from Kapesi beach. It lies en-route to Iran, Oman, UAE and other ports of the Arabian Sea. People on the beach keep guessing as to where the ships are going.  Rasheed Kiani a v

Govt lethargy stalls Gwadar’s projects, Senate body told Kalbe Ali Updated December 30, 2017 ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Planning and Development was informed here on Friday that lethargic attitude of the Balochistan government was responsible for delaying water supply projects in Gwadar. The committee was told that a master plan for Gwadar would be finalised by August next year, but the local authorities were already issuing no-objection certificates (NOCs) for building commercial and housing schemes in Gwadar which should be stopped. The committee’s meeting, presided over by Senator retired Col Syed Tahir Mashhadi, was informed about the serious water shortage in Gwadar. Taking part in the discussion, members of the committee said the current requirement of freshwater in Gwadar was around 6.5 million gallons per day (MGD), but only 2MGD was available. By 2022, they said, the demand for water was expected to reach 13MGD. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Planning Secretary Shoaib Siddiqui t

NAB chief takes notice of irregularities in Gwadar land allotment By GEO NEWS   Saturday Dec 30, 2017 ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has taken notice of irregularities revealed in land allotment in Gwadar Industrial Estate Development Authority (GIEDA) – an autonomous body formed by the provincial government to develop and manage Gwadar Industrial Estate. According to a notification dated December 30, NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has taken notice of irregularities disclosed on an extensive scale in allotment of industrial and commercial plots in GIEDA, which resulted in losses running into millions of rupees to the national exchequer. The GIEDA put the development of Balochistan on stake; instead of being an industrial development authority it turned into an estate agency, reads the notification. The authority, instead of allotting plots to genuine investors, distributed the land to relatives and othe

Tanker mafia selling Rs 800 million water daily to Gwadar city Islamabad 16 HOURS AGO BY APP ISLAMABAD :  Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms was informed here on Friday that the water mafia in Gwadar city was very active and was supplying 2 million gallons of water to the city daily which costs the consumers over Rs 800 million . 🔴 “At present, total demand of water in the city is around 6.5 million gallons per day, however, it is being supplied only two million gallons of water per day and the tankers fetch water from far off Mirani Dam, therefore one tanker costs over Rs15000 to the consumers,” Balochistan Planning and Development (P&D) Secretary, Muhammad Ali Kakar informed the committee. He said that construction work of the nearby Aakra Dam was ready which was designed to provide 2.5 million gallons of water daily but there was no water in the dam due to fewer rains during the previous four years.

Navy fully cognizant of challenges in wake of CPEC: Naval Chief December 29, 2017 Listen KARACHI: Pakistan Navy Fleet Annual Efficiency Competition Parade for the year 2017 was held at PN Dockyard. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi graced the occasion as Chief Guest.   The Efficiency Competition Parade is conducted annually by Fleet Command of Pakistan Navy to mark the culmination of its operational year in which efficiency shields are awarded to selected Fleet units based on their overall performance throughout the year. While addressing the officers and men, Chief of the Naval Staff commended Pakistan Navy Fleet on successful accomplishment of operational objectives. The Naval Chief highlighted that Pakistan Navy is entrusted with the sacred duty of safeguarding the national maritime interests under the challenging internal and external security environment. The Admiral further said that Pakistan Navy is fully cogni

CPEC progress commendable in 12 months Listen Suspension of funding for few China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure projects was the most shocking news of the year for Pakistan, as China is solely financing the CPEC projects. Experts however point out that CPEC is more crucial for China and funding would resume soon. Barring this setback at the end of this year, the progress on CPEC has been commendable in the past 12 months. Four mega power sector projects, each of over 1,300 megawatt became operational in 2017. The project would be entering its second phase in 2018 with the formal opening of Gwadar port and energising of the CPEC road link to take thousands of containers to and from Kashgar to Gwadar. China has already committed to finance different CPEC projects worth $62 billion and the route is being touted as a game changer for Pakistan. This is one of the largest mega projects ever undertaken globally. CPEC involves dev

Kulbhushan Jadhav Was Never Arrested From Balochistan': Baloch Leader

A Baloch leader said Kulbhuishan Jadhav was never arrested from Balochistan He said he was abducted from Iran by Pakistani state-sponsored religious proxies and handed over to Pakistani forces He further said that Pakistan is a poisonous snake. Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri has stated that Kulbhushan Jadhav was "never arrested from Balochistan", in fact he was, "abducted from Iran by Pakistani state-sponsored religious proxies and handed over to Pakistani forces." "The Indian citizen Jadhav was never arrested from Balochistan. He was, in fact, abducted from Iran by Pakistani state-sponsored religious proxies and handed over to Pakistani forces. There have been numerous such incidents in the past where religious extremists abducted Baloch refugees in Afghanistan or on their way to Afghanistan and sold them to ISI and army," said Marri. READ| Make Arrangements For 578 Indian Prisoners In Pakistan To Meet Kin: Lok Sabha Member To Centre "In the