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Chinese firms working on belt and road projects at risk of international disputes, say lawyers

Hong Kong has seen a huge jump in dispute resolution cases involving parties from nations covered by China’s global trade strategy Eric Ng  UPDATED : Sunday, 3 Jun 2018, 9:08AM Ten years ago China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach), one of the country’s largest international engineering contractors, found itself in hot water in the Philippines when the government suddenly scrapped a US$1 billion railway project just as construction was about to start. It was not until late last year that the matter was settled out of court after arbitration proceedings in Hong Kong, initiated by Sinomach in 2012 as they sought US$100 million in costs and damages. Work on the 80-kilometre rail link that promises to more than halve the travel time between the capital, Manila, and Clark in Central Luzon, could finally begin, albeit at an estimated cost that had by now spiralled to US$4.9 billion. The project, which had stalled because of legal questions over the contracts and allegatio

‘Parts of Balochistan be merged with KP’

PESHAWAR: Qaumi Watan Party has welcomed the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and suggested that next target should be the merger of parts of Balochistan province with KP so that Pakhtuns could effectively raise voice for their rights. Talking to party workers at QWP secretariat here on Friday, provincial chairman Sikandar Hayat Sherpao said that the Fata-KP merger was a good omen for Pakhtuns because it was a longstanding demand of the people. He said that the Pakhtun-dominated areas of Balochistan should also be included in KP so that the people could raise voice for their rights in effective manner . He said that successive governments never bothered to pay proper attention to development of the Pakhtun-dominated areas. He said that both KP and tribal districts were badly affected due to militancy and suggested that the province should be given financial support to overcome the basic problems being faced by the people. He said that education a

Child Marriage: How the childhood of girls is robbed in Balochistan

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch   The month of March in Balochistan’s winter zones comes with some interests for school going children when their schools open after winter vacation. The new classes, new reading writing materials, new school backpacks increase curiosity of students for going school. However, for Sankina, 13, in the village of Iskalkoo, district Kalat , the school going month came with surprise when she was asked for not going to school as her marriage was scheduled on 15 th  of March. Rather than having school materials for new school year she was dressed bridal and remained unable to refuse. Shockingly, she was married to 50 years old Abdul Ghani, the man whose daughter had already married to Sakina’s elder brother and Sakina’s marriage was cause of exchange relationship.        Though one of the brothers of Sakina resisted this wedding but he was asked to be silent for the sake of family honor.  Sakina is not the first prey to early child marriage in Balochistan but there

Businessmen ask parties to elucidate policy on CPEC

LAHORE - The Lahore Businessmen Front, the opposition group of traders and industrialists at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has urged the political parties to elucidate their policy regarding China Pakistan Economic Corridor in (CEPC) their economic agenda to the business community before the forthcoming general elections. FPCCI standing committee chairman and LBF senior leader Sardar Usman Ghani criticised the government for not taking into account the concerns of local businesses regarding the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said the corridor has a deep rooted implication for the region stretching from Pakistan, China, Iran, Central Asia to USA and India. He said that the inflow of Chinese investment and business enterprises will adversely impact the interests of Pakistani business communities, urging the government to announce the same incentives to the local investors declared for foreign investors of China Pakistan Economic Corridor in  projects. He said that s

The intensity of Pain

By Basheer Shohaz Baloch , Translated from Baluchi to English ↗ We are not familiar with the intensity of Pain. If you pick up the mobile and write pain or finish the ink of our pen. Comrade Yousaf’s one brother and two sons have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Balochistan. Comrade has buried his younger brother with teary eyes but didn’t even have the opportunity to pay his last respects to his both sons. These feeling cannot be put into words. Shahsawar has witnessed the burial of his five sons’ right before his eyes. What would have been his feeling at that moment? Who knows? Ghulam Qadir could not even attend the burial and funeral of his three sons. How does one measure such feelings? A friend told me: ‘after a month of the murder of Shaheed Dawood Baloch. we went to see his father and informed him about the death of his son [Dawood] that his son has become a martyr for Balochistan. He looked at me, laughed and then said: ‘I walk with the help of a walking stick oth

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from Ground

20 Jun 2018 AWARAN :- On the name of Iftaari state's agents are busy for brain washing people for readyness of elections ▶In girls School of Mashi, Awaran on the name of Iftaari party NGOs on behalf of Azad Foundation held a programme on the name of Orphans, but their main target was to fool the public and make them ready for state's elections, the main role for launching this program were : {Dr. Hanif s/o Muhammad Bux, Ali Muhammad s/o Muhammad Kareem, Muhammad Afzal including some women} due to up coming elections soon, on one side the Pakistani invader state and increasing military operations, trying to torture and voliate the public in order to convince them for voting, on the 2nd side on the name of Meer and Cheifton, agents are working very effectively, so we appeal to BLF to take action urgently in order to adjust the right direction of these sleeves Snakes. 02/6/2018 KECH :- ▶Baloch freedom fighters have attacked pakistani military forces check'post in Niwano

Seventy-five percent in Sistan and Baluchistan are in food poverty

By   IranHRM   Alim Yarmohammadi, representative of Zahedan in the parliament, concluding with an implied statement given by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) journalist about the severe poverty and eating of cat’s meat in the villages of Zabul that 75 percent of the people in Sistan and Baluchestan province are in food poverty. According to the representative of the parliament, the people do not have bread to eat, healthy water to drink, and live in an unfavorable situation that you may think of from any points of view. The debate over the livelihoods of the people in this province was followed after a few days ago in which, Hassan Shamshadi, a journalist of IRIB with a post on his Instagram page, published a photo mentioning: “What you see here is the food of a family. What do you think the food they are eating, contents? This family and many other families are eating cat’s meat”. Based on the official statistics of state institutions, Sistan and Baluchestan prov

NEPAL: Private sector bats for BRI financing for investment in hydro, infra

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE  Kathmandu :  Underscoring the need for huge investment in the hydropower and infrastructure sectors for the country to achieve its economic growth targets, private sector representatives have floated the idea of tapping into the financial pool of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Speaking at a programme organised by Management Association of Nepal (MAN), Gyanendra Lal Pradhan, treasurer of Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI), said that the government should accelerate the process of roping in Chinese investment through BRI. “The BRI vision is critical to expand trade, investment relations and for broader economic cooperation in South Asia and with other partners of the region,” Pradhan stated. Pradhan’s comments have come at a time when International Monetary Fund Chief Christina Lagarde had told Chinese policymakers last month that while Belt and Road finance could provide much needed infrastructure, ‘ventures can also le

78 years old father of slain leader pleas for news of another abducted son

It is more than 10 days that Mr. Jumma Khan Kurd, a resident of Mach Balochistan waits for news of his son, Abdul Hai Kurd. Abdul Hai Kurd was whisked away by the security forces from Mach town on 21 May, in what amounts to be a case of enforced disappearance. He was sitting in Koh Baash restaurant when two Vigo pick-ups with more than 20 army personnel accompanied by intelligence agencies, encircled the restaurant and took Abdul Hai with them. Abdul Hai was blindfolded and his hands tied before being escorted to one of the waiting pick-ups. Aged 35, he was a farmer and was the only supporting member of a large family already devastated by the previous enforced disappearances. Since 2005 the security forces have been carrying out enforced disappearances in Balochistan with complete impunity. Mr. Jumma Khan himself is also not new to the experience of waiting for a loved one who is forcibly disappeared. His another son, Ali Sher Kurd, an accomplished lawyer and a columnist was forcibl