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The US has many levers against Pakistan’s perfidy Pakistani leaders know well the limitations that could arise from having just one patron, China Livemint A significant section of American academia argues that the US has minimal coercive leverage over Pakistan. Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint It wasn’t the best start to the new year for the Pakistani establishment as US President Donald Trump chose to target their country via Twitter on the first day of 2018. Trump expressed his extreme annoyance with Pakistan’s “lies and deceit”, even though it had received more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years. After his tweet, other spokesmen and officials of the US government, including Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, have indicated that the $255 million of foreign military financing (FMF) that has been withheld for a few months may not actually be disbursed at all. Other elements of security aid and coalition s

US places Pakistan on a special watch list 'for severe violations of religious freedom' January 04, 2018 The United States has placed Pakistan on a special watch list "for severe violations of religious freedom", a  press release by the US State Department  said on Thursday. The move comes days after US President Donald Trump said Pakistan had given the US  nothing but lies and deceit , despite Washington giving it more than $33 billion in aid. "In far too many places around the globe, people continue to be persecuted, unjustly prosecuted, or imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief," Thursday's release read. "Today, a number of governments infringe upon individuals’ ability to adapt, change, or renounce their religion or belief, worship in accordance with their religion or beliefs, or be free from coercion to practice a particular religion or belief." The statement also re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Tur

Existence of Pakistan is a bad omen for humanity

– Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch (Sangar News) The Baloch pro-independence leader, Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, in a statement, dubbed the silence of the United Nations and other universal human rights organizations regarding the ongoing military operations in Balochistan and all out genocide of Baloch nation as a dark chapter in human history. He said the state forces, in collaboration of its proxies, are engaged in Baloch genocide. At present no area of ??Balochistan is spared of oppression and abuses. Here, on the daily basis, looting of general population, military operations, violence and kidnappings are a routine. Similarly, the occupational forces have even brought an increase to the custodial killings, he added. Yesterday, the body of Noor Ahmed Baloch, who was martyred after being kept in custody for one and a half years, was found in District Kech. The conspicuous silence of the human rights organizations on the war crimes of the state clearly indicate that, either they are partner in

Why this indifference towards Baloch?

January 3, 2018 Why this indifference towards Baloch? Written by: Rahim Baloch On August 4,1947, a conference was held in Delhi, presided over by Viceroy of the British India, Lord Mountbatten, and attended by the ruler of Balochistan, the Khan of Kalat, and representatives of the proposed state of Pakistan for determining the status of the Kalat state (Balochistan). The three parties had agreed that Kalat was not a part of India, rather an independent state having treaty relations with Britain; therefore, not bound by the partition act to join either India or Pakistan. However, the status of Baloch areas of the British Balochistan province was not finalized. That issue was left to be decided by the proposed Pakistan and Kalat state in future after the creation of Pakistan. The Khan of Kalat declared full independence of Balochistan on August 11, 1947. The founding fathers of Pakistan later changed their mind towards Balochistan on instigation of British authorities. Ins

Two more Baloch students ‘disappeared’ from Karachi January 4, 2018      Mumtaz Sajidi is a student of International Relations at Karachi University Two more Baloch students have been ‘disappeared’ from Karachi, their brother has claimed. The two brothers, Mumtaz Sajidi and Kamran Sajidi were picked up from Karachi, their brother Naeem Karim Sajidi posted on Facebook. The brothers, who originally hail from Khuzdar in Balochistan, were picked today at 4am local time by men in plain clothes from their flat in Madho Goth on University road. The Balochistan Post has learnt that Mumtaz Sajidi is a Masters student in International Relations at the prestigious Karachi University. Mr. Sajidi has no affiliation with any political parties but has remained vocal for civil rights. The two brothers are not the first to go missing from Karachi. On 21 November, 2017 personnel of Pakistani Intelligence officials whisked away Sagheer Ahmed from Karachi University. Mr

'Indian diplomat yelled at my mother,' says spy Kulbhushan in new video

Dawn Naveed Siddiqui Updated January 04, 2018 Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, in a video released by the Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday, said he "saw fear" in the eyes of his mother and wife when he met them in Islamabad on December 25, 2017, adding that an Indian diplomat accompanying them was "yelling at them". "The Indian person or diplomat accompanying my mother and wife started yelling at them as soon as they stepped out of the meeting," said Jadhav in the video, which was played during a weekly press briefing at the FO. Jadhav's Christmas meeting with his family in Islamabad was widely criticised in the Indian media. Indian officials had claimed that the  spy's mother and wife were humiliated by Pakistani authorities before and after their meeting with him. Explore:  ‘Restrictions’ on Jadhav’s family trigger new spat "I have something very important to say here to the Indian people, the government and the Indian navy: I am a commiss