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PAKISTAN: NOT EVEN CLOSE TO NATION BRANDING

S unday, 06 May 2018 | nadeem paracha | in  Agenda In her 2006 essay, “Branding the nation: What is being branded?” Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, Ying Fan writes, “People, culture, cuisines, heritage, celebrities, fashion, history and places of a country build perceptions in the minds of international stakeholders. A collective sum of all these perceptions can be termed a nation's brand.” According to Simon Anholt in the  Handbook on Tourism Destination Branding , “the world is turning into a gigantic market where through nation-branding countries compete with each other to boost their exports, attract tourism and foreign direct investment.” In the last two decades, one can notice a more prominent emergence of ‘nation-branding’ in which Governments hire advertising agencies to advertise their countries as brands to attract tourists and investment. For example, Malaysia promotes itself as being “Truly Asia” which expresses an image of a country tha

Begal’s services for Baloch at a par with Mir Gul, says Bizenjo

APRIL 16, 2018 KARACHI: “ Writers and poets are the real leaders of any nation. Despite facing difficult times, they sacrifice their lives for the prosperity of their nation,” Federal Minister for Shipping and Ports Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo said on Sunday. He was speaking at a ceremony to mark the first death anniversary of renowned Balochi language poet and fiction writer Baig Muhammad Begal at the Arts Council of Pakistan. “ Begal brought smiles on the face of people through with his poetry and fiction. It is a very difficult task and yet he used to do with ease. This makes him different from other poets,” Bizenjo said, adding that Begal was not an emotional poet but he had his own style. “ Due to lack of education, our people remain unaware about their writers and poets, who are the real national heroes. We don’t know them, and we lack academies and institutions needed to highlight the works of our poets and writers,” he said. He further said that Begal’s services for the Baloch

Pakistanis among world’s most intelligent people: Gen Zubair

“Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people and I am not saying this because I am a Pakistani but because I have visited 50 countries across the world and met people there,” General Zubair said. “One of the most intelligent nation on the face of this Earth is Pakistan,” he added. April 24, 2018 QUETTA - Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mehmood Hayat Monday said Pakistanis are among the most intelligent people in the world. “Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people and I am not saying this because I am a Pakistani but because I have visited 50 countries across the world and met people there,” General Zubair said. “One of the most intelligent nation on the face of this Earth is Pakistan,” he added. The CJCSC while citing the example of an eight-year-old girl who expresses herself through poetry said: “This is [an example of] the Pakistaniat we stand up for. This makes you so special,” he added while addressing the crowd. However, General

Indian Prejudice: CPEC & Nepal

N. P. Upadhyaya:     India was playing double with China last month end. This is the Indian habit though and thus nothing to make big of it all. Wh ile a nervous looking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was having several rounds of informal talks with Chinese President, Xi Jinping, in Wuhan, men of the RAW and the Indian security agencies were also having secret talks with the US authorities in Goa, India around the same time. Needleless to say, such surreptitious events must have come to the knowledge of the Chinese authorities whose intelligence agencies perhaps outsmart the Indians. Thus President Xi must have talked with PM Modi in a reserved manner as could be guessed. President Xi served Assam Tea to his Gujarati host and lauded the film Dangal directed by Amir Khan. Modi is a declared Muslim hater, who might not have taken President’s Xi admiration to Dangal movie in a good taste. India believes in domination and bullying which is what smaller neighbors of India have ove

Sage play tells story of Chinese Silk Road explorer

Source: Xinhua |  2018-05-05 16:43:32 BEIJING, May 5 (Xinhua) -- A new theatre play is to debut in Beijing this month, telling the story of a celebrated Chinese Silk Road explorer from the second century B.C. "A Life on the Silk Road" zooms in on the 13-year "great journey to the West" taken by Han Dynasty envoy Zhang Qian, among the first to bring back to the imperial court precious news and products from Central and West Asia. Zhang's travels are remembered as being part of the origins of the Silk Road, which saw the exchange of products, ideas, cultures and religions between the East and the West for the centuries to come. Playwright Wang Jing told press that the play leads the audience into the dreams and imagination of Zhang, showing the Silk Road culture and honoring the spirit of fearless exploration. The play is a joint project of Chinese and French artists. It opens on May 17 at the National Theatre of China

CJP calls for dialogue to assess impact of CPEC

The Newspaper's Staff Reporter May 05, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday highlighted the need for a serious dialogue to assess the impact of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). There must be a consensus among all stakeholders in going forward and evaluating the legal, social, cultural and economic aspects of the multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment , he said. The chief justice stressed the importance of developing capabilities that would address the several legal and administrative complexities — as well as grey areas — which could prove to be stumbling blocks in realising the full potential of CPEC investments. Says bar and judiciary equally responsible for inefficiency plaguing legal system The chief justice was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Judicial Conference organised by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan at the Supreme Court building in Islamabad. CPEC, the chief justice said, brought with it a tr

Pakistan needs to watch out as CPEC-related debt soars

By  Maidah Haris Published: May 5, 2018 ADB and IMF share views on debt risk for countries along BRI. PHOTO: AFP MANILA:  Pakistan has made progress, which is evident from its completion of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) bailout programme, but challenges remain as the country maneuvers its way through worrying economic indicators and depleting foreign exchange reserves. At the 51st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao acknowledged Pakistan has progressed. But he also had words of caution for the over $300-billion economy. “I have visited Pakistan two times, and there has been progress,” Takehiko said during the meeting. The remarks make sense since GDP growth will hit a 12-year high at the end of the current fiscal year, according to official figures. From 4.1% in fiscal year 2014, GDP growth has surged to 5.8%. The PML-N may have missed its target but an improvement has been made. Pakistan’s latest shot at

Education, health and drinking water prioritized in budget: CM Balochistan

PARVEZ JABRI  MAY 5TH, 2018   0  VIEWS: 28 QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo on Friday said incumbent government has allocated special funds for provision of standard education, better health care and clean drinking water facility throughout province in current budget, mounting these sectors would restore public confidence on government. He expressed these views while addressing the news conference along with Chairman Khuzdar district Agha Shakeel Ahmad Durrani at Agha House Khuzdar. The CM said that Chief of Jhalawan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri and District Chairman Khuzdar Agha Shakeel Ahmad Durani are our elders and we respect their all opinions and suggestions. The CM said that more money has been allocated for construction and renovation of primary schools in the province, no school in the province would remain without ceiling, He added. He further said that government is trying to improve the basic infrastructure of educational institutions in all distr

A bleak outlook for press freedom in Balochistan

By: Mariyam Suleman Although, Pakistan has constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech, expression and press, according to Amnesty International 2017-18 report ,the crackdown on freedom of expression is growing. With no improvement, this year Pakistan again ranked 139 th  out of 180 on annual  World Press Freedom Index  released last month. As much as cases of attacks on journalists and threats to media houses in provinces with larger population have contributed to this deteriorating situation, Balochistan, as one of the deadliest places for journalists, has also contributed equally for such instances. In its annual report,  Freedom Network , a Pakistan-based media rights watchdog, said that out of every ten cases of attacks and violations against media and journalists in Pakistan, two cases were from Balochistan. In the last two decades, press freedom in Balochistan plunged to worst levels where journalists faced violence, prosecution, and assassination. Several newspapers were

Balochi Embroidery: A significant facet of Balochi culture

By: Maham Yaseen Baloch All provinces of Pakistan have their own cultural significance and uniqueness, while the handicrafts done by Baloch female are yet very gorgeous and admirable. The embroideries are done on Pashk(shirt) covering the front of the dress, the cuffs of trousers and sleeves and on a large pocket(goptan or pandol) stretching from waist to the hem of the dress. Well, it is an important part of our culture which denotes the beauty and handwork of Baloch female. It is made by the females and worn by them too. This art is said to move on from generation to generation successfully and now-a-days, getting blend with modern designs and look trendier. It is believed that the art originated from Mehrgarh civilization back in 700 BC. Mehrgarh is located near the Bolan Pass, to the west of Indus valley and between the two cities of Quetta: Kalat and Sibi. It is one of the oldest civilizations of Pakistan. It is said that same kinds of motifs were excavated from Mehrgarh site

Normal for China to push Belt and Road Initiative, says envoy

Normal for China to push Belt and Road Initiative, says envoy Addressing a seminar on ‘Wuhan Summit: Sino-India Relations and its Way Forward’, China’s envoy to India Luo Zhaohui said the BRI would benefit all countries, including India, in the age of globalisation. By:  Express News Service  | New Delhi |Published: May 5, 2018 2:38:51 am Luo Zhaohui, China's ambassador to India (Image source: Chinese embassy in Canada/Files) TOP NEWS IPL Live Score SRH vs DD: SRH bowl as DD win toss, elect to bat in Hyderabad IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets CGBSE 10th, 12th results 2018 expected to be released next week at cgbse.net China on Friday said it was “quite normal” for it to push ahead with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but also said that the two “major powers” could find a way to cooperate, especially after the Wuhan summit. Addressing a seminar on ‘Wuhan Summit: Sino-India Relations and its Way Forward’, China’s envoy to India Lu

Belt & Road Initiative offers great opportunities to Japan, say experts

TOKYO, May 5 (Xinhua) -- China's Belt and Road Initiative offers great opportunities for Japanese enterprises and will help the country restructure its economy, say experts. Proposed by China in 2013, the B&R Initiative aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond based on ancient land and maritime trade routes. Jin Jianmin, a senior fellow at Fujitsu Research Institute in Tokyo, said that with population aging and low fertility, Japan is particularly dependent on global free trade for its economic development. The infrastructure projects along the Belt and Road route will present great business opportunities for Japanese enterprises, especially with efficient access to rising Eurasian economies, he said. "Japan has been trying to reach free trade agreements with Europe and countries in the Asia-Pacific region, but lacks efficient access to the Eurasian area which now enjoys relatively fast development," said Jin

The Trajectory of Baloch Resistance

Pakistan has been playing, since its inception, a dangerous game by doing injustice, denying political rights, committing gross human rights violation, exploiting precious natural resources without providing due share to the Baloch populace, torturing, killing, and abducting their leaders. The establishment has convinced itself about occupying the land and other natural resources even at the cost of Baloch people. The present Baloch resistance is widely supported by the middle class and internally generating resources to continue fighting against the armed forces of Pakistan. Baloch Diaspora too is helping the movement in a great way. Given the resolve of the Baloch people, this time it may not to be easy for Pakistan to manage the movement. Download