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We strongly condemn the barbaric killing of Abid Baloch and his innocent son. BNM

Baloch National Movement’s central spokesman condemned the killing of Abid Baloch and his minor son Bahot Jan in Panjgoor with strong words: “We strongly condemn the barbaric killing of Abid Baloch and his innocent son Bahoot Jan” He said, “though it is premature to tell the actual reason for targeting him, but the was also at aim of state, and he was previously detained and tortured.” BNM’s spokesman informed, “Abid Baloch was a close relative and brother in law of BNM’s Chairman Khalil Baloch. State for several years targeting relatives of pro freedom political leaders and activists as policy of collective punishment; Abid Baloch was also targeted several times before with the same context. In his killing, the possibilities of state backing cannot be out rightly rejected, because he was previously abducted and kept in torture cells for one year by Pakistani intelligence agencies. His house was constantly raided by security forces, and his family was continuously harassed. Now killi

Baloch singer goes missing

June 14, 2018      A locally famous Baloch singer has been ‘disappeared’ by Pakistani security forces after he was arrested in Gayab, Mand. According to details received by The Balochistan Post, Lateef Baloch along with a companion Nadil s/o Ismael were arrested by Pakistani security forces on Wednesday. The arrests come after Pakistani security forces were targeted in the area on Tuesday. Locals in Balochistan claim that security forces target and raid civilians areas whenever they are attacked by Baloch armed groups. In another news, three Baloch missing persons have returned home after years of disappearance. Naeem s/o Haji Chakar went missing in May 2016 from Karachi airport on his way back from Germany. He was arrested by FIA and had been missing since then. He was released in Kech, Balochistan today. Naeem was repatriated on 14 May 2016 from Germany after he withdrew his asylum plea in the European country. Similarly, last year in August, security forces had abducted two

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from ground

14/6/2018:- KARACHI :- ▶ On 24 may 2018 Pakistani intelligence abducted Masood S/o Master Karim Dad R/o karki Mashkey from Karachi. He was released today On 14the june from Khuzdar 14/6/2018:- PANJGUR :- ▶From Gichk ,Panjgur Khalid S/o Karim baksh was abducted on January 3 2018 , On 14th June 2018 he was released and reached home 14/6/2018:- KARACHI :- ▶In 29 June 2016 Pakistani army abducted Anwar Saki'Dad S/o Dad R/o kohado Jahoo, Awaran, He was released today from hub chowki 14/6/2018:- KARACHI :- ▶From Germany to Karachi Naeem S/o Chakar R/o Mand Dal'sar was abducted from Jinnah airport on may 2016 after 2 years of torture he was released from kech and reach 14/6/2018:- KECH :- ▶On 5 December 2017 Pakistani army abducted Nurdad S/O miraan R/o Mand Tijaban, he was released today,, On October 2016 from Sary'klag Gowrkup Pakistani army abducted  Mohammed S/O Shahdad R/O Gowrkup ,and Noor Mohammed were also released today. 14/6/2018 AWARAN :- ▶Yesterday

The Motherland shouldn’t be for sale

Sadia Baloch The Balochistan Post It has not been a quite uncanny trend when powerful nations have occupied smaller nations. The world has always witnessed such cruelties at the hands of vicious states. But at the same time, the world has also seen brave nations who have forced the occupier to lick the sand of defeat. No doubt the Baloch nation has succeeded in putting up its name among those nations. Since 27 march, 1948, when Pakistan invaded Balochistan, the Pakistani army and its agencies are engaged in Baloch genocide. They have created destruction and chaos all over Balochistan. The Pakistani army has practiced every formula to keep the Baloch people its slaves and has formed clouds of misery throughout Balochistan. From invasion to testing nuclear bombs to abducting balochs, torturing them and then dumping their dead bodies for wild animals, the Baloch nation has always suffered at the hands of the brutal military of Pakistan. When atomic bomb flashed above the mountains of

Experts voice cautious optimism over India-China ties

Border differences, maritime competition among host of issues remaining between both sides despite Modi-Xi meeting in China China’s president Xi Jinping (R), Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi (L) By Ahmad Adil NEW DELHI A meeting between Indian and Chinese leaders last week on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit has rekindled hopes of better ties, but experts say more efforts are needed to bring the countries closer. The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Qingdao came after a year of strained relations in 2017. It followed an informal bilateral summit in Chinese city of Wuhan in April, which took place after a standoff lasting more than two months at the disputed border area of Doklam in Bhutan in 2017. The Doklam crisis began mid-June in 2017 when India opposed the construction of a road by China at the border. Both sides then deployed troops in the border region resulting in a tense standoff. Late Aug

US attitude toward BRI critical to relations

By Yang Lei Source:Global Times Illustration: Liu Rui/GT The historic turning point in Sino-US relations may see some turmoil. The US view of the  Belt and Road  initiative (BRI) has a direct impact on its overall policy toward China. Currently, there are two opposing factions in political and scientific circles in the US.  The first faction belongs to the economic sphere, so it can be called economy. It is really concerned about economic interests and argues that the Sino-US trade war will result in a lose-lose situation. Therefore, it prefers to end conflicts with China and maintain cooperative relations.  As for the BRI, it was criticized for what they called its lack of transparency, because this restricts participation of US companies. The economy faction also argues that the standards are too low for environment protection and sustainable development. Jonathan E. Hillman, a director of Reconnecting Asia Project in CSIS, thinks the BRI is a challenge for US foreign policy, wh

Xiamen makes most of its location on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Last year, 1,145 foreign-invested enterprises were set up in the city Keith Chan UPDATED : Thursday, 14 Jun 2018, 10:49AM As a strategic port of the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, and part of Beijing’s global trade strategy, the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Xiamen has attracted more foreign investment and expanded its business and trade connections with countries along the maritime route and further afield. Last year, 1,145 foreign-invested enterprises were set up in the city, with contracted investment of 32.81 billion yuan (HK$40.3 billion). Actual foreign investment used by these enterprises totalled 16.01 billion yuan, up 11.2 per cent from the previous year. This represents 27.9 per cent of the total foreign investment in Fujian province, making Xiamen the highest of all the cities in the province. Most foreign investment in Xiamen last year was in hi-tech industries, such as the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, aviation and space equipment, and electronics and communication

China pledges $10bn to Silk Road, Arctic projects in Russia

by  Janne Suokas   Yamal, a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker. Christopher Michel   Flickr   CC BY 2.0 China Development Bank (CDB) has agreed to lend up to 65 billion yuan (US$10bn) to Russia’s Vnesheconombank (VEB) for financing projects under Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative and the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The two state-owned development banks signed a framework agreement in Beijing on the sidelines of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s  state visit to China  last week. It follows up on a pledge made by Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2015 to seek an integration of the EAEU and the Chinese trade and infrastructure initiative, according to the Russian bank. Under the agreement, CDB and VEB could co-finance some 70 projects approved by the parties, especially in the Arctic region. “Within this coordination, we have a number of major projects, in particular those on the Northern Sea Route and China-Europe high-speed link. Currently, there are about

City Corporation puts London on Belt and Road map

LONDON, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The City of London Corporation said Wednesday it would launch a publication to promote London as the "natural western hub" of the Belt and Road Initiative, which could add up to 1.8 billion British pounds (2.4 billion U.S. dollars) annually to UK gross domestic product (GDP). City of London Corporation Policy Chairman Catherine McGuinness will present the "Belt and Road: London on the Map" to senior Chinese financial figures during a visit to China next week, where she is travelling to speak at the Lujiazui Forum in Shanghai, said the City of London Corporation in a statement. The publication, to be launched at a Wednesday reception in Beijing, presents for the first time how firms from the UK financial and professional services (FPS) sector are involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, including Standard Chartered, HSBC, Linklaters, Clifford Chance and UK Export Finance, bringing together specific examples of projects underway in coun

India stands to gain the most and risks the least by joining China’s One Belt, One Road initiative

India counts among few nations with an economy and polity deep and strong enough to resist China’s hegemonic designs. by   Girish Shahane Published an hour ago Narendra Modi at the plenary session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Qingdao, China, on June 10. |  @narendramodi / Twitter Google Maps can easily demonstrate the gap between the way India sees itself and the way the world sees us. When one accesses Maps from India and keys in “Gilgit-Baltistan”, one is served an image with sharply defined borders in which the entire erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, including the region of Gilgit-Baltistan, lies entirely within India’s borders. Do the same thing outside India, or through a VPN, and the area loses definition, with a constellation of dashes replacing unbroken lines. ADVERTISEMENT In the past, the gap in perception represented an unresolved bilateral dispute that cost India and Pakistan thousands of lives and lakhs of crores in lost trade. It has now a

Initiative belongs to whole world: Chinese envoy

Ma Zhaoxu, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, speaks during a high-level symposium on the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters in New York June 13, 2018. The Belt and Road Initiative was proposed by China, but the opportunities and fruits it presents belong to the whole world, said Ma Zhaoxu on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Li Muzi) UNITED NATIONS, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu said Wednesday that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China's initiative, but the opportunities and fruits that it presents belong to the whole world. At a high-level symposium, which was jointly sponsored by the Chinese mission to the United Nations, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Health Organization and United Nations Development Programme, the Chinese envoy said BRI aims to synergize the development strategies of various countries, strengthen internationa

China's Belt and Road Initiative commitment to SDGs: UNGA chief

IANS | United Nations | Last Updated at June 14 2018 01:00 IST UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has said that China's Belt and Road Initiative represents a commitment to the the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and multilateralism. Speaking at a high-level symposium on the Belt and Road Initiative and the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Lajcak said on Wednesday that by taking this initiative, China is playing its part in urgent action needed to achieve the SDGs "within our timeframe." "Many countries are already seeing an increase in trade, economic growth and transfer of technology," he was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "These benefits, coupled with the right national policies, lead to the creation of decent jobs, poverty reduction and better infrastructure." The UNGA chief praised the initiative for bringing about partnerships for the SDGs, noting it includes over 100 countries and international organiz

‘Nepal and China will sign some agreements and MoUs’

PRALHAD RIJAL KATHMANDU:  During Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s five-day official visit to China from June 19, 2018, the two countries will sign some agreements and Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said. “During the visit, the Prime Minister is scheduled to hold delegation level bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. Likewise, PM Oli will address Nepal-China Business Forum and think tanks in Beijing,” informed MoFA. According to sources, Nepal and China will sign agreements on building fuel storage sites in Kavre and Nuwakot districts. The Nepali delegation is expected to request China to let hauliers use Chinese highways for transporting goods. Moreover, the focus of Prime Minister’s visit would be on implementation of past agreements including Trade Transit Protocol with China. “Although Nepal has already signed Belt Road Initiative of China, no further discussions have taken place regarding nature of the projects under B

Senator Kakar urges all quarters to address malnutrition in Balochistan

Kakar lauded the contribution of international donors in revamping the health and food plight in Balochistan PHOTO: AFP QUETTA:  Senator Usman Kakar has urged the federal and provincial governments to play their due role in controlling malnutrition in Balochistan, saying the provincial nutrition programme must be expanded throughout the province. “The provincial nutrition programme is limited to only seven districts of the province while the deaths of mothers and children and maternal complexities continue in the rest of the other districts,” said the senator while addressing a one-day seminar held to discuss mother and child mortality in Balochistan on Tuesday. Health secretary for expanding reach of nutrition programme The former parliamentary committee members and political parties’ representatives and members of international donor agencies were in attendance. Kakar lauded the contribution of international donors in revamping the health and food plight in Balochistan and sai

Balochistan cabinet consists of businessmen, retired officials

Saleem Shahid QUETTA: The cabinet of the caretaker government of Balochistan mostly consists of businessmen and retired officials. Here is brief information about them. Imam Bakhsh Baloch is a retired banker who served the National Bank of Pakistan as a senior vice president. He also worked as the head of the NBP in Balochistan. He has been given the portfolio of finance. Agha Muhammad Omer Bangulzai belongs to a political family. His father Mir Naseer Ahmed Bangulzai was associated with the Pakistan Peoples Party. However, Omer Bangulzai has remained close to the PML-N. He is a graduate of the National Defence University and will serve as the minister for law and parliamentary affairs, sports and culture. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Abdul Salam Khan is a retired government officer. He has discharged his duties as secretary of irrigation and chief engineer, besides holding other important posts related to the irrigation department. Malik Anayatullah Khan Kasi comes from a politi

China Bolsters Pakistan’s Growth

June 14, 2018Alexander MondorfRegional Head Indian Subcontinent & ASEAN and Country Relationship Manager, Financial Institutions at Commerzbank Trucks stand on a pontoon during the opening of a trade project in Gwadar port, in Pakistan. China is helping build a trade route linking Gwadar to the Chinese city of Kashgar as part of a multi-billion-dollar project to jump-start economic growth across Asia. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images SHARE THIS ARTICLE      This is the third story in a weeklong series on topics related to China. The previous installments can be read here ,  here , and  here . Pakistan’s economy faces some short-term challenges—chief of which is its fiscal strength. It seems that the December 2017 5 percent depreciation of the national currency, the rupee, was not enough to curtail the high current account deficit—which jumped to 4 percent of GDP at the end of 2017, up from 0.9 percent the year before. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned th

CPEC to play immense role in development of remote regions: Secretary planning By Staff Report  - June 13, 2018 0 81  ISLAMABAD:  The Secretary Planning, Development and Reform (PD&R), Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has said that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being a long-term national project has to play a huge role in the development of remote regions of the country, particularly Balochistan. He expressed these views while chairing a meeting on CPEC related issues on Wednesday here at Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. The meeting was attended by CPEC Project Director, Hassan Daud Butt, officials from the Ministry of Energy (Power Division), Government of Balochistan, and the Government of Sindh. Secretary PD&R called for making all-out efforts for the resolution of outstanding issues. Siddiqui, while highlighting the importance of Gwadar development as a modern world-class port city, emphasized on creating اa conducive environment for investment as the investors are keenly watching development at Gwadar. On this occasion, representative of Balochistan Government intimated that the process of issuance of NOCs and land acquisition for 300MW Coal Power Project has been expedited. “Completion of the process is expected shortly that would facilitate the power project to enter into implementation stage”, he informed. Officials from the Ministry of Energy apprised regarding the progress of power projects under CPEC. The chair instructed for expediting procedures to ensure smooth implementation of CPEC projects and win investors’ confidence.

CPEC to play immense role in development of remote regions: Secretary planning ISLAMABAD :  The Secretary Planning, Development and Reform (PD&R), Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has said that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being a long-term national project has to play a huge role in the development of remote regions of the country, particularly Balochistan. He expressed these views while chairing a meeting on CPEC related issues on Wednesday here at Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. The meeting was attended by CPEC Project Director, Hassan Daud Butt, officials from the Ministry of Energy (Power Division), Government of Balochistan, and the Government of Sindh. Secretary PD&R called for making all-out efforts for the resolution of outstanding issues. Siddiqui, while highlighting the importance of Gwadar development as a modern world-class port city, emphasized on creating اa conducive environment for investment as the investors are keenly watching developme

CPEC to play role in remote regions’ development

Mohammad Arshad Islamabad The Secretary Planning, Development & Reform (PD&R), Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being a long-term national project has to play a huge role in the development of remote regions of the country particularly Balochistan. While chairing a meeting on CPEC issues here, he instructed for making all-out efforts for resolution of outstanding issues. The meeting was attended by Project Director CPEC, Hassan Daud Butt, Officials from Ministry of Energy (Power Division), Government of Balochistan and Government of Sindh. While highlighting the importance of Gwadar development as a modern world-class port city, Siddiqui emphasized on creating Ça conducive environment for investment as the investors are keenly watching development at Gwadar https://pakobserver.net/cpec-to-play-role-in-remote-regions-development/

Afghanistan vital to economic development in region

Farooq Awan The participation of Afghanistan in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will not only be a key confidence-building measure for Pakistan-Afghanistan troubled relations but also help bring the much-needed and long-awaited peace in the region. China is in planning phase to connect Afghanistan with China-Central and Western Asia Economic Corridor using CPEC as a medium. According to Chinese foreign minister, as an important neighbour of China and Pakistan, Afghanistan has an urgent desire to develop its economy and improve peoples’ lives for which it is willing to integrate itself into the process of regional interconnection. On February 28, 2018, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani while speaking at a peace conference in Kabul offered peace talks ‘without preconditions’ to the Taliban after 16 years of war. He also declared that his government wants to make a fresh start as far as relations with Pakistan are concerned. As China is always concerned about maintaining peac

Will Pakistan’s CPEC dream turn into a nightmare?

BY   David Brewster China’s huge infrastructure investments as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have the potential to change the strategic dynamics of the entire region. The BRI’s “flagship” project is the US$62 billion China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that is planned to run from one end of Pakistan to the other. This has led to overinflated expectations that seem unlikely to be met.   Pakistan’s new cargo cult The CPEC is considered a game changer by the Pakistani elite, who expect it to supercharge the country’s sclerotic economy and transform it into a regional economic hub. China is widely considered to be a benign and reliable partner, in great contrast to the “unreliable” US, and there is much talk of win-win cooperation and of China’s purely economic strategy. Indeed, for many in Pakistan, the CPEC has come to resemble a cargo cult: a belief that buckets of Chinese cash will magically descend from the heavens, bringing salvation to Pakistan without the ne

Delayed 300MW power plant at Gwadar to enter implementation stage soon

 Process of issuance of NOCs and land acquisition expedited for coal-based early harvest project under CPEC   Fawad Yousafzai ISLAMABAD - The main hurdle in the implementation of 300MW coal power project has been removed as the federal government has been told by Balochistan government that the process of issuance of NOCs and land acquisition for project has been expedited and the project will soon enter into implementation stage. Gwadar coal  power plant  was amongst the early harvest projects under CPEC and its frame work agreement had already been signed but it was facing delay because the Balochistan government was delaying the issuance of NOCs and land acquisition, official source told The Nation. A meeting on CPEC issues was held here at Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms. The meeting, which was presided over by secretary planning Shoaib Siddique, was attended by Project Director CPEC Hassan Daud Butt, officials from Ministry of Energy (Power Division), gov

400 vocational training institutes to be set up for CPEC

Islamabad : The government, in view of increasing demand of skilled manpower, plans to establish 400 vocational training institutes on cost sharing basis with Provincial governments all over the country. This will also bridge supply and demand gap of technical manpower required for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. Official sources while listing different development projects proposed to be executed during next fiscal year, said infrastructure was very important not only to attract foreign investment but also to reduce the cost of doing business. Accordingly, infrastructure sector has been earmarked 62 per cent of the total development budget. Highest priority has been accorded to transport and communications sector with an allocation of Rs400 billion. This includes Rs310 billion for national highways, Rs39 billion for Railways and Rs44 billion for other projects including Aviation schemes like Gwadar International Airport. Railways which remained neglected for d

Growth, not development: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Mishele Ijaz “This will be my first visit to Pakistan, but I feel as if I am going to visit the home of my own brother.” – President Xi Jin Ping during his visit to Islamabad to finalise CPEC (2015) In 2015, China and Pakistan officialised CPEC, a $46 billion (now estimated $62 billion) investment by China into various sectors of Pakistan’s economy. This investment includes interest free loans, soft loans, and export credit (Ramay 2018). The government of Pakistan has termed CPEC a ‘game changer’ for Pakistan, and leaders of both countries have signed over 50 project files for the initiative. The plan aligns with the Pakistan development vision for 2025, as well with China’s national 5-year plan (Government of Pakistan, People’s Republic of China 2017). The corridor links the city of Kashgar in western China with Gwadar Port that lies on the Arabian Sea in the south of Pakistan; the intention is to promote connectivity and boost growth across the country through networks of highwa