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Baloch leader confirms Jadhav was picked up from Iran, sold to ISI

By ABHINANDAN MISHRA | New Delhi | 28 January, 2018 The elusive leader of a major rebel group fighting for the independence of Balochistan, Dr Allah Nazar Baloch has gained iconic status in Balochistan province. In his first interview to any Indian media organisation, the head of the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) said over phone from an undisclosed location that Kulbhushan Jadhav was never arrested from Chaman on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, contrary to the claims made by Pakistan. According to him, Jadhav was picked up by mercenaries and smugglers from Chabahar in Iran, and then sold to a terrorist group, which, in turn, sold him to ISI. Q: You are the only leader who is fighting for an independent Balochistan while staying in Balochistan. The other leaders are in “exile”. How do you justify your armed struggle, in which, as per your own admission, 2,000 Pakistani security personnel have been killed? A: Not only me, but my colleagues, who are on the ground, are also fig

India, Cambodia to boost maritime, defence cooperation The joint statement was issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Cambodian PM Samdech Hun Sen, one of the longest elected leaders in the world, in power since 1985. Written by  Shubhajit Roy  | New Delhi |Published: January 28, 2018 4:22  PM Modi with Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen in New Delhi on Saturday. (Express photo by Amit Mehra) Cambodia on Saturday signed a joint statement with India, where it mentioned “safety and security in the Indo-Pacific region”, and supported “complete freedom of navigation and overflight” and “peaceful resolution” of maritime issues based on international law. Cambodia is one of China’s closest allies among the Association of South East Asian Nations ( ASEAN ). The development assumes significance not just because this was issued in a joint statement in Delhi, but also because Cambodia blocked any reference to the international court’s rulin

Joint Research Projects Help China Consolidate Power, Peacefully, at Sea January 27, 2018 0:43 AM Ralph Jennings FILE - A Malaysian navy vessel patrols waters near Langkawi Island, May 16, 2015. Malaysia is buying four ships from China to help it patrol its coastline. Share See comments TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  An increase in Sino-foreign joint maritime research, particularly in the disputed South China Sea, is helping China improve its regional reputation by contributing to the health and utility of international waterways, analysts say. China helped Malaysia with atmospheric studies on the high seas last year, among other marine science projects, the Southeast Asian country’s chief news service Bernama reported in December. This month and next, China will work with the Philippines on exploring an underwater plateau, and Beijing’s official Xinhua News Agency said a vessel of Chinese scientists had reached port in Myanmar on Jan. 17 for joint oceanographic research. Analysts say

Eye on China, India ups maritime game by signing agreement with Seychelles Geeta Mohan New DelhiJanuary 28, 2018UPDATED 08:36 IST India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar HIGHLIGHTS In October 2017, Jaishankar had made an unannounced visit to Seychelles to iron out differences between the two nations.Meanwhile, Seychelles-China cooperation has been growing exponentially.The visit comes at a time when there has been increased engagement by China in this region. India and Seychelles on Saturday signed a revised agreement for the Development, Management, Operation and Maintenance of Facilities on Assomption Island. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Secretary of State of Seychelles, Barry Faure signed the Agreement. The visit comes at a time when there has been increased engagement by China in this region with many high level visits, including establishment of a Chinese naval base in Djibouti. A senior official told India Tod

A shared future under CPEC Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri  January 28, 2018 Leave a comment Pakistan, China, and the rest of the world under CEPC — this is the model to go forward inShare 0 After initial hiccups, finally, there is a broader consensus in Pakistan that CPEC would create a shared future for the federating units of Pakistan. The increased flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) and completion of some of the early harvesting programmes is a good omen. However, the concept of “special economic zones” (SEZs) under CPEC umbrella has led to some murmuring, especially around the “fear of unknown” among the private sector of Pakistan. Nine sites have been identified as SEZs under CPEC. These sites would be established in all the four provinces, federal areas, and Gilgit-Baltistan. Contrary to the federal government’s assurance that these sites would be open to domestic as well as (all) international investors, the apprehension that Pakistan’s domes

Balochistan card will not work in PU: Sarfraz Bugti Lahore 11 HOURS AGO BY  HASSAAN AHMED JI demands constitution of Senate committee to probe PU clashes Asma Jahangir demands judicial commission over PU clashes, demands resignation of PU vice chancellor   LAHORE:  As the incident of the clashes between the activists of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and students of Baloch and Pashtun unions of Punjab University (PU) echoed in the Senate the other day, the Balochistan government intervened on Saturday to resolve the matter amicably. As per the details, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti visited the Punjab University on Saturday on the directives of the Balochistan chief minister and had a detailed meeting with the university administration over the clashes between two student unions that took place on Monday and Tuesday earlier this week. Over two-hundred students were arrested after the clash

Terrorism related violence declines in Balochistan By  AREEBA FALAK  | NEW DELHI | 27 January, 2018 People attend a funeral ceremony of policemen who were killed in a suicide blast in southwest Pakistan’s Quetta, in Balochistan, on 10 January. IANS Balochistan recorded 26 fatalities till 21 January this year. Despite the long standing discontent between the ethnic Baloch and Pakistan’s federal government due to its oppressive policies, terrorism-related violence has declined in the province over the last seven years. However, experts say that the reasons that destabilised the province still exist.  According to partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), this year till 21 January, Balochistan recorded 26 fatalities out of which seven were civilians, 14 were Security Force (SF) personnel and five were militants. During the corresponding period in 2017, Balochistan had registered 11 fatalities out of which three were

HNA ditches vanity purchases for Silk Road commodity deals to vie for Beijing’s support By shifting to target commodity and logistics assets in ‘Belt and Road’ nations, HNA says it can benefit from government policies  Elaine Chan UPDATED : Sunday, 28 Jan 2018, 8:40AM To mark the completion of its US$1 billion takeover of a Singaporean warehouse and delivery business, HNA Group chose to celebrate at a swanky hotel by the city’s Clifford Pier, the historic landing point for many seafaring immigrants, including those from the buyer’s home base of Hainan. The January cocktail reception for 300 guests could have been just another event in HNA’s schedule of frantic takeovers and global shopping spree, where it has lavished an estimated US$40 billion of debt-fuelled leverage since 2015 buying assets from an aircraft leasing company in Ireland to 25 per cent of Hilton hotels to land in Hong Kong. Yet CWT marked something else. Along with HNA’s US$775 million purc

CPEC discovering country’s hidden wealth Chinese investors not getting special incentives: Ahsan Zahid Chaudhary Islamabad Multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) has started unearthing hidden treasures of the country, stated Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal while speaking in the Senate on Friday. He said that five billion dollars of investment has been mobilized for exploitation of Thar coal which values more than the cumulative energy reservoirs of Saudi Arabia and Iran but could not be exploited over the last seventy years. The Minister said that several road infrastructure projects are being executed under the CPEC whilst full ownership has been given to the provinces for the establishment of special economic zones. He said that road shows will also be conducted in China to attract investment in the zones. This phase of zones will be completed from 2020 to 2025. The Minister clarified that the Chinese investors are

CPEC a reality, says MD AWT Staff Reporter Rawalpindi Army Welfare Trust is the first to serve Pakistan’s heirs and martyrs of Pakistan and army officers and soldiers said Brigadier retired Zaheed Ud Din Baber Managing Director Army Welfare Trust. He was addressing the participants of AWT and SHINS in joint meeting held in Army Welfare Trust here on Friday. He said Pakistan has become a safe Pakistan. This is the result of the sacrificial sacrifices of our brave hearts. CPEC is a reality and it requires the whole world to be beneficial. He added that Indian attacks on Pakistani economy are not hidden now, but local and international investors are on the way to Pakistan for better investment opportunities. He added, large number of investors, companies and institutions of the world are free to invest in AWT Sangjani D-18 in Islamabad. Brigadier retired Zaheer ud Din said that AWT Sangjani is the best site for external investors, where investments are creating s

DISAPPEARED CHINESE ENGINEER HOLDS TIES WITH PAKISTAN HOSTAGE BY  JAMES M. DORSEY 27 JAN 2018 Amid a breakdown in relations with the US and questions over China’s commitment to its Belt and Road investments, the suspected kidnapping of Pingzhi Liu could not have come at a worse time for Islamabad  1 Chinese Premier Li Keqiang with Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president in 2013. Photo: AFP Chinese engineer Pingzhi Liu went missing almost a month ago. It took Pakistani authorities three weeks to classify Liu’s disappearance as a probable kidnapping that could have significant political and economic consequences. Identifying the mysterious disappearance as a kidnapping is not only embarrassing because Liu was one of thousands of Chinese working in Pakistan who are guarded by a specially created 15,000-man Pakistani military unit. It is also awkward because it coincides with apparent Chinese questioning of aspects of the US$56 billi

The all-inclusive CPEC Comment 7 HOURS AGO BY  DR AHMAD RASHID MALIK Who wants to be on board? The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is all inclusive in its nature and scope. The project does not exclude any country or company. The flagship project draws inspiration from the vision of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that aims to build six economic corridors across Asia, Europe, and Africa. The connectivity even goes beyond Oceania and Latin America that signifies the inclusive nature of the BRI involving over 69 countries. With the same token, the bilateral economic corridor of the CPEC also invites regional countries bordering Pakistan and the Middle East and Central Asia to participate in this multinational project of connectivity and unimpeded trade cooperation. In the past 32 months, Pakistan has completed a number of CPEC projects related to energy production and road infrastructure development under the Early Harvest Pr

Senators upset over Chinese company’s tax and duty exemptions Iftikhar A. Khan January 27, 2018 ISLAMABAD: The controversial duty and tax exemption given to M/s China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited set off alarm bells in the Senate on Friday, with members warning that it could severely affect the local industry. The company has been exempted from paying federal excise duty and sales tax on imported construction material and goods which will be used for the Karachi-Peshawar Motorway (Sukkur-Multan section). Speaking on a calling-attention notice, the senators asked why the exemption had been given to a particular company. Senator Murtaza Wahab of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that an exemption could only be given across the board. “I wonder what prompted the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to give an exemption to the tune of Rs10.98 billion to the Chinese firm,” he said. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Ilyas Bilour claimed that the issuance of a stat

China to create Belt & Road courts: report By Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2018/1/25 21:38:39 Mechanism to handle complex international legal disputes China will establish courts in three Chinese cities to deal with  Belt and Road  initiative disputes in a move to benefit all participating countries while respecting their legal systems, experts said.   The Supreme People's Court  will set up international courts in Beijing, Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province and Shenzhen, China Business News reported on Thursday.  The Xi'an court in Northwest China will serve the  Silk Road , the paper said, while the Shenzhen court in South China handles Maritime Silk Road disputes. Beijing will be the headquarters.  The courts will weigh litigation, arbitration and mediation; providing legal support and solving initiative disputes, the Beijing-based paper reported, citing an anonymous source. The plan to establish a mechanism to legally resolve trade and investmen