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US-based Baloch organisation condemns Pak's 1998 nuclear tests

BNC Banner ANI | Updated: May 29, 2018 08:28IST Washington D.C. [United States], May 29 (ANI):  Balochistan  National Congress ( BNC ), a U.S based Baloch body, strongly condemned  Pakistan 's nuclear tests that were conducted on May 28, 1998, in  Balochistan . "On May 28, 1998,  Pakistan conducted five simultaneous underground nuclear test at Ras Koh Hills in the  Chagai  District of  Balochistan  against the Baloch  citizen 's will and  mandate , a crime against humanity and against all international laws," the  statement read. Due to the after effects of those nuclear tests, thousands of local Balochs suffered due to diseases, such as  blood   cancer  and birth defects, caused by the spread of radiations in the air. The underground water resources were disappeared and thousand Baloch  citizen s lost their livestocks and livelihood, and were forced to leave their homes and were displaced without any compensation. " Pakistan  should be held accountable fo

"The more you get hurt, the more you scream"

Shah Meer Baloch Photo by White Star Balochistan’s first chief minister, Sardar Attaullah Mengal, is said to be the fourth pillar of Baloch nationalism, and the only one alive today. The other pillars were Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri and Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. Born in 1929, Mengal spent his childhood in Lasbela and later moved to Karachi. He was declared the chief (sardar) of Mengal tribe in 1954. Mengal was introduced to politics by Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, a founding member of the National Awami Party (NAP) – who also briefly served as the governor of Balochistan in 1972-73. In 1962, Mengal was elected to the West Pakistan provincial assembly; Bezinjo ran his election campaign. After Zulfikar Ali Bhutto overthrew the NAP’s provincial government in Balochistan in 1973, he called a meeting of politicians including Mengal, Bizenjo and Marri in Murree. Bhutto informed them that he would restore the provincial government after his return from a trip abroad

The Belt and Road’s Biggest Impact

Small, High-Risk Markets May 29, 2018|By Christian Zhang Photo credit: JASON LEE/AFP/Getty Images China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will have its biggest impact on small, high-risk, frontier markets in South, Southeast, and Central Asia. As measured by BMI Research’s Key Projects Database, the value of prospective, planned, and ongoing China-backed infrastructure projects in countries like Laos, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan dwarfs their historic spending on infrastructure development, and indeed even their current gross domestic product. These countries stand to benefit from improvements to their transport and power infrastructure assets, but the sheer size of proposed projects raises questions about their suitability for the market and the risky business environments of emerging markets mean that projects will not be immune to financing, logistics, and political difficulties. Most countries along the BRI have urgent infrastructure development needs and many are consider

Ports Under Heaven

China’s Strategic Maritime Infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific May 3, 2018|By Devin Thorne & Ben Spevack Photo credit: MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—Beijing’s $1  trillion  infrastructure program that includes the Maritime Silk Road—has caused waves in the international community. Chinese firms have pledged billions of dollars to develop maritime ports and related projects across the Indo-Pacific, bringing much needed public goods to developing nations. At the same time, increasing Chinese military presence in the region and recurring accusations of economic coercion have caused international onlookers to  question  the BRI’s underlying motives. In spite of the central role of maritime security in Chinese  strategy , official BRI and Maritime Silk Road policy documents very  rarely  discuss the security implications or potential geostrategic rationales of the Initiative. Addressing concerns over ulterior motives, Chinese officials  explain  that

Building the New India

Building the New India Focusing on State Infrastructure   The Indian central government has unleashed a series of programs to boost infrastructure development across the country with the potential for tremendous economic gains. However, these developments will require access to land, water, and power – areas where India's states hold considerable sway. To better understand these issues, on May 22, the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies hosted a conversation with representatives from the Asian Development Bank, USAID, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, institutions that are working with India to help turn its infrastructure ambitions into a reality. Watch the full event  here . 

CPEC: Political instability, financial issues cast shadow over further development

China, Pakistan see progress in CPEC 2018-05-30 13:19:14 Global Times Li Yan Political instability, financial issues cast shadow over further development The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has developed faster than expected, but political stability in Pakistan will be the backbone of future sustainable growth, experts said.  The recent inauguration of a superhighway project under the CPEC will improve regional connectivity, which will be a positive outcome of the multi-billion-dollar project, Zhou Rong, a senior research fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, told the Global Times.  "The development of the CPEC is getting better and better, as improved infrastructure will help link upstream and downstream businesses," he said.  Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday inaugurated the Sharqpur-Rajana section of the Lahore-Abdul Hakeem Motorway, or M-3, in Rajana Town near the textile city of Faisa

China-Pakistan Relations:  Challenging US Global Leadership

Image Credit:  ISPR Insights from Harrison Akins. By  Mercy A. Kuo May 30, 2018 Trans-Pacific View  author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy.  This conversation with Harrison Akins  –  Research Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee who specializes in South Asian politics  –  is the 141st in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.”  Explain the rationale and impact of the U.S. decision to stop military financing to Pakistan.     The underlying point of contention for the U.S. decision is Pakistan’s long-standing support for the Taliban in Afghanistan against NATO forces, leading them to stop military financing and push for Pakistan to be placed on the Financial Action Task Force’s watch list for states deemed noncompliant with regulations against terrorist financing. Pakistan, largely through the ISI

China fears political instability in Pakistan could hurt CPEC

File photo By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: May 30, 2018, 16:34 PM IST China recognises that the future of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) depends much on the political stability that Islamabad can ensure and the country's financial climate in the time to come. Pakistan's political stability has been a matter of international spotlight for years and critics of CPEC have repeatedly pointed towards it as one of the biggest risks in CPEC. It is a risk that experts in China too are well aware of, apart from the obvious shortcomings of the economy. "In the past few years, investors from both China and Pakistan got too excited about the CPEC, and they overlooked the problems with the Pakistan economy," Mei Xinyu, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Cooperation, told the state-run Global Times. "Now, they need to carefully assess potential risks in some projects, and Pakistan's ability to repay its debts." (Also read:

CPEC 2018 Summit: Pakistan's third chance

By Ahsan Iqbal Pakistan has already missed two big development opportunities; CPEC brings with it a third. It is a moment of opportunity we cannot afford to miss, writes Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister, Planning, Development and Reform. TIMES are changing, the world is transforming, and Asia remains at the epicentre of this 21st century transformation. The centre of economic power is shifting from the West towards the East partly because of the global economic recession of 2008-09, and partly because of the implementation of futuristic visions by China in the form of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) serves as the flagship project of BRI and this vision. CPEC, which is one of the seven economic corridors of BRI, provides Pakistan and the surrounding countries enormous opportunities as it gives an integrating platform for over three billion people in Central, West and South Asia, as well as in the Middle East and Africa. The surge in trade,

Facts and fiction

Zahid Hussain Updated May 30, 2018// The writer is an author and journalist. LIES and deception have often been used to cover up blunders, conspiracies and military misadventures spanning Pakistan’s 70-year history. Facts are hidden from the nation though known otherwise. Failure is celebrated as victory. As a result we could never learn from our mistakes and wrongdoings. What happened in the  1965 war  and the causes behind the dismemberment of the country in 1971 have not been acknowledged publicly. Mystery continues to shroud the  presence of Osama bin Laden  in a high-security garrison town and the raid on his hideout by the US forces in May 2011. Enquiry commission reports on all these incidents have been consigned to the back room in the name of national security. More shocking is the fact that some of these reports were leaked through foreign sources, though they may still not depict the whole truth. This situation has caused a widening trust deficit between the public a