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A Cry for Justice: Empirical Insights from Balochistan PKR 1,075 Qty: ORDER Empirical Insights from Balochistan Kaiser Bengali Balochistan is clichéd as the largest province of Pakistan with the smallest population and with vast natural resources. This is indeed true. It is also true that with just 1.5 million families, Balochistan—at one job per family—needs just 1.5 million jobs. Yet the province is abjectly under-developed, with virtually absent physical infrastructure and abysmally low social development indicators. Unemployment and poverty, even hunger, is rampant. Local discontent and anger over the state of affairs has repeatedly boiled over into insurgencies, with one under way currently. A Cry for Justice  empirically documents five different aspects of under-development and deprivation in Balochistan: ✔gas pricing, ✔federal development expenditure, ✔federal social protection, ✔federal civil service, and ✔structure of electoral representation. It is the first at

‘Balochistan has no say in national policy making’ ‘Balochistan has no say in national policy making’ Given that many often question the truth about the conditions in Balochistan, economist Kaiser Bengali’s ‘ A Cry for Justice: Empirical Insights from Balochistan’ was launched at the Karachi Literature Festival to debunk myths and mysterious surrounding the country’s largest province. Moderated by journalist Hifza Shah, the panel discussion at the book launch included veteran human rights activist IA Rehman and former diplomat Ashraf Jehangir Qazi . Commending the book, Rehman said it was a departure from the past when sweeping statements were often made about the province, but now there was empirical evidence to show that Balochistan has suffered and continues to suffer systematic economic exploitation, discrimination and neglect. Sharing information from the book, Bengali said that according to the estimate of the year 2011, the approximat

Are China’s games in Maldives Doklam II? The door for Indian action is shutting fast K C SINGH  10 February, 2018 Maldives President| President's Official Website If Chinese naval vessels suddenly appear off Maldives to ostensibly protect their interests, the door would shut on Indian intervention. The evolving situation in Maldives challenges the Indian government at multiple levels. First, the post-independence Indian version of the Monroe Doctrine, under which US forbade European powers from interfering in the internal affairs of Latin American countries, has made India defend its immediate periphery zealously over the last seven decades. Second, we have the Narendra Modi government’s nationalistic credentials, articulated periodically by the prime minister and his supporters and then bandied over social media. Since 1947, Indian governments have defended core interests along India’s maritime and land frontiers. In the 1950s, India acted to restore King T

China targeting Sri Lanka with maritime silk route Brigadier Arun Bajpai ( Retd ) 11 February, 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping was all in praise of Sri Lanka and China-Sri Lanka friendship in his recent message to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, M Sirisena, this Sunday, on the occasion of Sri Lanka's 70th Independence Day. Praising the current Sri Lankan strategic cooperative partnership with China, Jinping said that he wants to further improve this cooperation between the two countries. Chinese premier Li Keqiang was also very profuse in praising China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperation and friendship to his counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in his message of congratulation. In Focus The thrust of both these Chinese leaders' messages was that within the framework of the initiative of One Belt One Road (OBOR) and Maritime Silk Route (MSR), China wishes to consolidate its traditional friendship with Sri Lanka to strengthen m

China’s Polar Silk Road Offers the West a Chance to Escape Post-Industrial Rot By Jonathon Ludwig Share Tweet Pin Mail “China, as a responsible major country, is ready to cooperate with all relevant parties to seize the historic opportunity in the development of the Arctic, to addresses the challenges brought by the changes in the region” –Chinese White Paper January 25, 2018. China’s January 25 th  unveiling of the  “Polar Silk Road”  has created a wonderful opportunity for Northern development not seen for decades. This opportunity not only extends China’s incredibly successful growth model to North America, through a revolutionized system of arctic shipping, and infrastructure development, but also provides for a new spirit of diplomacy founded not upon militarization of the Arctic  as desired by neo-con utopian throwbacks of the Cheney and Obama eras , but rather cooperation, respect, development and trust. With Global Affairs Canada respon

China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road” BY AMRITA JASH Feb. 12, 2018  |     |   0 comments      On January 26, 2018, China released its first ever official White Paper on “ China’s Arctic Policy .” Claiming itself to be an important stakeholder in the Arctic affairs, and most importantly, identifying itself to be a “Near-Arctic State”, Beijing categorically expounded that “the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road (Belt and Road Initiative), an important cooperation initiative of China, will bring opportunities for parties concerned to jointly build a ‘Polar Silk Road,’ and facilitate connectivity and sustainable economic and social development of the Arctic,” and therefore, China will “jointly understand, protect, develop and participate in the governance of the Arctic, and advance Arctic-related cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.” The Chinese agenda is to build the “Polar Silk Road” through developing the Arctic shipping

China to set up “international courts” for Belt and Road disputes First publishedon ZOOM Big is best: the proposed 24km ShenZhong Link will connect the Chinese cities Shenzhen and Zhongshan in Guangdong province (photo courtesy DISSING + WEITLING architecture) China plans to set up an “international court” for settling disputes among companies participating in Belt and Road transportation infrastructure work, according to Chinese media. The Global Time newspaper – with strong links to the communist government – reported that Chinese companies are facing more foreign-related lawsuits as they step up investment and business in countries covered by Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. The report called Belt and Road “a brainchild of Xi”, referring to Xi Jinping, president of China and head of the Communist Party of China, the country’s government since the 1949 revolution.

Letter to Khan Kalat from Lord Linlithgow

Viceregal Lodge Simla. 10th June, 1939. My Dear Friend, Sir Aurthur Farsons has written to your highness officially informing you of my decision to remove certain limitations on the powers and dignity of the Khan of Kalat. I am very glad that my confidence in Your Highness’ ability and good sense has enabled me to reach this decision. I understand that Your Highness is anxious for some kind of formal reaffirmation of the Treaty of 1876. I can, however,assure you that such reaffirmation is unnecessary, that  I recognize the Treaty of 1876 is fully vaild in every respect and that it will henceforth form the basis of the relations between the British Crown and Government and the Kalat State. I trust Your Highness will live long to enjoy the results of the changes which have now been introduced.                                  Yours sincerely                                   Linlithgow                                  Crown Representative. Captain His Highness Beglar Being, Si

Pasni’s ‘Goast Hospital’ ! By: Badil Baloch The residents of Pasni city have been hoping against hope for a better health care facility for the past fourteen years ever since the construction of a hospital building was initiated in 2004. Pasni is a coastal city along the Arabian Sea in Gwadar district of Balochistan province offering poor health services to its residents. The building worth 184 million rupees that took ten long years to complete in December 2015, still remains non-operational. The hospital is built with the assistance of the government of Oman but remains redundant owing to poor governance of the provincial government. This is the first-ever hospital building of its kind in the underprivileged city of Pasni sprawling over the area of one acre. District Health Officer, Sher Dil, when contacted by PakVoices, was unaware of the district government’s plans of making the hospital functional. However, he assured this scribe of his utmost effor

Earthquake threat in Gwadar Port puts CPEC at risk BEIJING :  Nearly 40 geologists from China and Pakistan have teamed up to survey the Makran Trench in Balochistan following Beijing’s concerns over the possibility of a massive earthquake affecting the strategic Gwadar port in the volatile province, a media report said Saturday. The trench is the meeting point for two tectonic plates and is close to the Pakistani deep-sea port of Gwadar which China has acquired on a 40-year lease. Gwadar forms part of the important link for the over $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) connecting to China’s Xinjiang province through the Kashmir area of Pakistani. “It has been more than 70 years since the last big earthquake shook the Makran Trench off the south coast of Pakistan but if and when the next catastrophic one happens, it could disturb more than the landscape,” the Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post reported. Any potential disaster in

FC nabs 20 suspected terrorists in Balochistan By Web Desk Sunday Feb 11, 2018 The recovered items included weapons and ammunition. Photo: ISPR  RAWALPINDI: The Frontier Corps (FC) conducted intelligence-based operations in Buleda, Gish Kaur, Tratha and Pishin areas of Balochistan and apprehended 20 suspected terrorists, said the army's media wing, ISPR, on Sunday.  According to the ISPR, a cache of arms and ammunition, including RPG rockets, sub-machine guns and sniper rifle ammunition, laptops, GPS and other communication equipment was recovered in the operation.  FC Balochistan arrest 11 suspects, recover arms On February 6, in a similar operation, the FC had apprehended 11 suspects and recovered weapons and ammunition, including explosives, mines, detonators and fuses, mobile sims and communication equipment. The operations were conducted in Surkhab, Kanak Valley and near Moro River.  Both operations were conducted as part of Operati

Trade with China Editorial Listen Betting our economic future on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was always going to come with a certain amount of risk. The infrastructure development required for various projects required Pakistan to take on loans from China to import capital goods that would eventually have to be repaid. The only way we can afford to repay these loans and reduce our growing trade deficit is by increasing our overall exports. Naturally, we are now looking to China, with whom we have a large trade imbalance, to be more receptive to Pakistani exports. The two countries have now reportedly finalised the second phase of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, which is expected to be signed next month and provides Pakistan with the same tariff concessions which are given to Asean nations. Our aim is an immediate increase in exports, something the country desperately requires as an engine of economic growth. In the 10 years

Pakistan, China gear up to tackle latest threat to CPEC in Gwadar port By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Feb 11, 2018, 15:04 PM IST Experts have raised an alarm over the safety of the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project in Gwadar port off the coast in Pakistan. Experts have raised an alarm over the safety of the multi-billion  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC) project in Gwadar port off the coast in Pakistan. According to them, the project in Gwadar port could be under threat if a catastrophe strikes the region. Gwadar, located close to the Makran Trench, witnessed a huge earthquake of 8.1 magnitudes in 1945, w hich triggered a tsunami that battered Iran, Pakistan, Oman and India and killed around 4,000 people. The trench is the meeting point for two tectonic plates. To prevent such catastrophe, a team of 40 researchers from China and Pakistan boarded the Experimental 3 vessel for the trench in January and did a 'CT s

China’s construction tycoon terms Pakistan his second home Sun Ziyu says his company, China Communication Construction Company, is one of world’s largest port designers and constructors, leading designers and constructors of highways, bridges and well-known comprehensive city developer Pakistan by  Web Desk  | Published on February 11, 2018 (Edited February 11, 2018)  🔗 BEIJING – Terming Pakistan as his second home, China Communication Construction Company’s Vice President Sun Ziyu has believed that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would also bring socio-economic benefits to the neighbouring countries and world. “I believe, the CPEC, a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping for the shared prosperity of humankind, will benefit China, Pakistan, neighbouring countries and the world,” Ziyu said while talking to APP in an interview. He informed that CCCC, dedicated to the construc

CPEC: beware of thieves OP-ED Organised crime in Pakistan, often in collusion with lower rang police and bureaucracy, is also a reality that officials in big cities such as Lahore and Karachi are wrestling with 8 Shares Imtiaz Gul FEBRUARY 11, 2018 The new-found Pakistan-China friendship faces multiple pressing challenges; some stem from the geo-political contest in the region, and others from an array of socio-political factors in both countries. The Indian, Japanese and US displeasure over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), manifest in greater synchronization of thought and action, are meanwhile pretty evident. This alliance, clearly at variance with China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR), took a formal shape after President Donald Trump’s new South/West Asia strategy. One would assume that the core of decision-makers in Beijing/Islamabad and Rawalpindi are taking care of this. Non-political challenges, equally important, flow from domesti

The Sharp-Edged Pendulum Of Expanding Threats From Abroad Looms Over The U.S. LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 9:39 PM 02/07/2018  Within months of their defeat, during the summer of 2002, the Taliban began infiltrating back into Afghanistan from their safe havens in Pakistan. Despite the presence of U.S. and NATO troops for sixteen years and billions of dollars in investment, the Taliban control or influence at least fifty percent of Afghanistan. The same fundamental question remains. Do troop levels, counterinsurgency or nation building determine whether or not the United States achieves its goals in Afghanistan? The answer is “no” because the strategic conditions prevent those means from being successful. The conventional wisdom in Washington DC and Islamabad states that the U.S. cannot win in Afghanistan without the assistance of Pakistan, which is part of the rationale for continuing a policy, which, at best, can only produce a