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BNC Strongly condemns the custodial extrajudicial killing of Professor Dr. Hassan Zafar Arif in Karachi

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BNC Strongly condemns the custodial extrajudicial killing of Professor Dr. Hassan Zafar Arif in Karachi , Pakistan. January 15, 2018 Washington D.C — Balochistan National Congress (BNC) Washington D.C chapter Strongly condemns the custodial extrajudicial killing of Professor Hassan Zafar Arif, who was killed the other day in Karachi, Pakistan. “The extrajudicial killings of a University professor without the due process of law shows how the Pakistani state actors are taking the law into their own hands by acting as the “Judge, Jury and Executioner”, bypassing the country’s own laws and constitution”, said Dr. Baloch, the President of BNC. “We demand a full investigation into the murder of the professor and those who were responsible must be brought to justice”, said Dr. Baloch. He said, BNC stands with all the nationalities, ethnic groups and minorities of Pakistan against any injustices or discriminations directed against them. He asked all

GANDHI, PUBLIC DIPLOMAT Oct 1, 2012 by Sarah Ellen Graham India’s great nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi coined the term  satyagraha  as a philosophy of non-violent political struggle in 1906, while he was engaged in the early anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. His political philosophy, refined over subsequent years as he returned to India to lead its struggle against British imperialism, had far-reaching impacts. Gandhi’s philosophy helped to fuel independence struggles not only in South Africa, but in India, a host of other post-colonial countries, as well as the African-American civil rights movement in the United States. Initially framed as “ sadagraha ,” a portmanteau of the Gujarati words  sad  (truth) and  agraha (firmness), Gandhi slightly modified the term to  satyagraha :  satya  meant both truth/soul and love. Today the term is often translated as “non-violent resistance,” and Gandhian philosophy is most readily associated with

Trump Just Cut Aid to Pakistan. Why This Long-Overdue Move Could Have a Real Impact. Jan 5th, 2018 3 min read COMMENTARY BY Jeff M. Smith Research Fellow, South Asia Jeff Smith specializes in South Asia as a research fellow in Heritage's Asian Studies Center. President Donald Trump suspended aid to Pakistan on Thursday, citing the nation's ongoing status as a safe haven for terrorists.MIKE THEILER/UPI/Newscom    Copied They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. It’s a lesson the U.S. government has learned the hard way in Pakistan. Fortunately, the Trump administration’s recent decision to suspend $255 million in aid to Islamabad serves as a welcome injection of sanity into the deeply dysfunctional U.S.-Pakistan relationship. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but li

How China put German rust-belt city on the map Beijing’s effort to knit Eurasia together with rail links depends on a traditional trading hub. By JOSHUA POSANER 1/3/18, 11:00 AM CET   Updated 1/11/18, 4:07 PM CET DUISBURG, Germany — Chinese clothes and toys, German car parts, French wines and Italian textiles have at least one thing in common — they pass through the enormous cargo terminal in this German city that makes for a crucial hub on China’s new rail Silk Road. The city of half a million near the confluence of the Rhine and the Ruhr rivers and close to airports,  autobahns , railway connections and sea ports has been a trade  entrepôt  for hundreds of years, and now it’s key to China’s efforts to tie its sprawling factory cities with European consumers. “Duisburg has become by far the most important hub in Europe for Chinese trains,” said Erich Staake, CEO of the city’s port, chain smoking on a gray morning in his office within the port

Dancing with the bear: Macron in China Commentary François Godement   12th January, 2018 Creative Commons/ Pixabay  (cropped) -  CC BY 2.0 In different ways, Macron and Xi exemplify the rise of individual authority and personal aura over party politics. Macron’s trip to China this week was an unpredictable meeting of two great characters from different scripts: The Artist’s George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) meets Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). One man is all hyperactivity – a virtuoso rhetorician. The other is a nearly immobile rock with a perpetual half-smile, whose strength needs no display. Xi has taken his political opponents, real or potential, to the cleaners, while Macron has broken the French political party game with charm. In different ways, they exemplify the rise of individual authority and personal aura over party politics. As such, the two men should take an interest in each other’s career path, but while George Valentin has c

No reason to doubt China’s ‘good faith’ amid actions in disputed waters – Roque Published January 14, 2018, 12:05 AM By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos Malacañang said yesterday that the government continues to trust China’s good faith in its commitment to not reclaim any islands or build infrastructures in the disputed portions of the South China Sea. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the comment after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday that the Philippines will file a diplomatic complaint against China for reneging on its promise not to undertake militarization on artificial islands in the disputed waters. Roque, in a press briefing in Cebu City Saturday, said the Philippines will continue to rely on China’s good faith on the South China Sea which has seven countries claiming portions of it as part of their national territory. “The general t

‘Proactive diplomacy’ in Mekong River dispute only way to resolve brewing conflict OPINION Richard Heydarian writes that more platforms like the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation system are needed to quell dissent in Asia’s other major water war Richard Heydarian UPDATED : Sunday, 14 Jan 2018, 2:17PM For years, territorial disputes in the South China Sea have dominated Southeast Asia’s security agenda. The ferocity of rows over vital sea lines carrying up to a third of global trade valued at US$5 trillion annually has embittered relations between China and some Southeast Asian claimant states. Meanwhile, external powers such as the United States have jumped into the fray, seeking to keep China’s maritime ambitions in check. While the prevailing narrative tends to be that the South China Sea increasingly has become the main theatre of hegemonic competition between superpowers, this view tends to miss Asia’s other brewing water conflict in the Mekong Delta. D

Pakistan's nuclear capability a 'weapon of deterrence': DG ISPR responds to Indian army chief  |  Naveed Siddiqui Updated January 13, 2018 2020 29 Responding to a  remark by the Indian army chief  that his country's armed forces are ready to call Pakistan’s “nuclear bluff”, the chief of Pakistan Army's media wing has said that India should not harbour any illusion about Pakistan's defence capabilities, while the Foreign Office (FO) warned India against any misadventure. Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had said on Friday that the Indian army would not hesitate to cross the Pakistani border to carry out an operation if ordered by the government,  Hindustan Times  reported . “We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff,” Gen Rawat was quoted as saying. Examine:  South Asian experts rule out Pakistan-India nuclear w