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Optical fibre cable project inaugurated* * July 14, 2018 ISLAMABAD -  While inaugurating the Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable project, Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk said on Friday that the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) was imperative for the socio-economic uplift of any country. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the interim prime minister said the project executed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would provide the first-hand land-based connectivity to Pakistan, minimizing country’s dependence on the submarine cable. The project was jointly organised by the SCO and Huawei. The ceremony was also attended by Minister-in-charge for Information Technology and Telecommunications Yousuf Sheikh and Director General Special Communication Organization (SCO) Maj-Gen Amir Azim Bajwa, Huawei Middle East Region President Charles Yang, and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing. Completed

China, the US and the race for space

12 Jul 2018| Malcolm Davis The head of the Chinese lunar exploration program, Ye Peijian,  has remarked  that: the universe is an ocean, the moon is the Diaoyu Islands, Mars is Huangyan Island. If we don’t go there now even though we’re capable of doing so, then we will be blamed by our descendants. If others go there, then they will take over, and you won’t be able to go even if you want to. This is reason enough. His reference to the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu  Islands) and Huangyan Island (Scarborough Shoal) suggests that China sees space in terms of astrostrategic terrain: the moon and Mars are places of astropolitical importance, rather than simply the focus of scientific exploration. Just as China sees control of the ‘first island chain’ in East Asia as vital to its maritime security, Ye’s comment suggests that these high grounds in space will bear directly on Chinese strategic interests in the coming decades. Astropolitics is  defined  by Everett Dolman as ‘the study of th

ANALYSIS: China's Latin American Belt and Road Chimera

Photo Credit: Reuters / TPG Diálogo Chino Is China simply rebranding existing Latin American infrastructure projects as sparkling Belt and Road successes?    By Ricardo Barrios After several months of anticipation, the blueprints for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) finally include Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). As speculation gives way to reality, it’s a good time to assess what we know about the BRI’s arrival and what it can offer Latin America. Diplomats now consistently refer to [Latin America and the Caribbean] as a 'natural extension' of the Maritime Silk Road and an 'indispensable participant' in the BRI’s construction. Enter Latin America Over the last couple of months, Chinese leaders have endeavored to modify the Belt and Road discourse to include LAC, with noticeable success. Diplomats now consistently  refer  to the region as a “natural extension” of the Maritime Silk Road and an “indispensable participant” in the BRI’s constructio

Dr Bengai makes a case for Balochistan

  ABDULLAH NIAZI Book review: A Cry for Justice: Emperical Insights from Balochistan Balochistan cries for justice. The province has, for seventy years, suffered a situation where the country has taken much from and given little to it. That the province can be rich in natural resources and yet abjectly poor is a testimony to the long years of neglect and exploitation. It is a saga of resource transfer on a massive scale, a saga of colonial style political and economic management.  From the epilogue of Dr Bengali’s ‘A cry for justice.’ Dr Kaiser Bengali is a man that needs little if any introduction. One of Pakistan’s preeminent economist, he has built an international reputation that breeds little argument. Thoughtful and precise in his insights, his no nonsense approach to problems and development makes him someone that people look to for clarity on muddled subjects. In the past he has remained advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh for Planning and Development. He was also th

Violence in Balochistan: Over 1,050 killed in 52 major terror attacks in past 12 years

ISLAMABAD: Balochistan remains the worst victim of terrorist attacks in past two years, revealed officials statistics collected by this correspondent. Over 1050 innocent persons were killed and 1570 were injured in some 52 major terrorist attacks in comparatively most troubled province Balochistan in past 12 years. Residents of Mastung, Quetta, Dera Bugti and Awaran witnessed the worst kind of violence during the said period. Baloschistan left behind Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which once remained worst victim of terrorism after 9/11. Friday’s Mastung suicide blast proved worst terrorist attack in history of the province where at least 135 innocent people were killed where around 30 persons were in very critical condition in different hospital of the province. In 2018, around 129 innocents lost their lives in eight terrorist attacks, around 73 people died in seven major attacks and more than 224 people killed in 2016, the worst year in history of Balochistan. In 2013, around 107 persons we