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Democracy in Balochistan is an illusion

By Mariyam Suleman One of the bloodied attacks in Balochistan on 13 th  July during an election campaign took more than hundred lives and injured more than hundred others. Recalling all such attacks in the last one decade in the province, one can find thousands of people killed and injured. What makes it easy for the terrorists to target the same places again and again is simple; the failure of law enforcement agencies and the democracy that claims to protect lives of citizens. Few of the political parties sympathized with the victims of last week and cancelled their electoral rallies in different cities of Balochistan. Though such attacks have now become common in the province, there is something that is different this time – Parliamentary elections in Balochistan for July 25 are winning general acclaim and acceptance after almost two decades of insurgency, yet a circumnavigation of the political and social dynamics in Balochistan would be useful to review how democracy is limited

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the ground

Source: Baloch Social Media groups 20/July/2018 CHAMAN Today in Chaman unknown had planted a bomb Where more than 4 Police men were injured. According to district police offices the bomb was planted on a motorcycle , It fractured when police car was crossing over. 20/July/2018 KUZDAR The search operation in kuzdar is still continued  ,according to updates pakistani army abducted Haji Abdullah S/O Haji barkat  R/O Sakna Kalla  ,an area in kuzdar. 20/July/2018 DASHT According to updates at moring pakistani forces started a military operation in kashaap ,dasht ,,Where occupying army tortured womens and children and abducted 4 Teenage ,Namely Hanif S/O Saleem , Adnan S/O Abdul rasool , mumtaz S/O kadir baksh , and Silah S/O kadir baksh . 20/July/2018 KECH According to recent updates security forces occupied a school in kalatuk before 3 days  and today she occupied a high school in menoo ,these two high schools are occupied for upcoming election where forces will force to civili

Pakistan Elections: Millitary's influence Casts a Shadow Over Pakistan’s Election

Image Banners and flags of different political parties ahead of elections, in Karachi, Pakistan.CreditShakil Adil/Associated Press By  Maria Abi-Habib  and  Salman Masood July 21, 2018 LAHORE, Pakistan — The phone calls started last month, said Rana Iqbal Siraj: intimidating, anonymous demands that he defect from the party that governed Pakistan for the past five years and tried to curb the power of the military. Soon, he was summoned by state security officials who delivered the same message. Mr. Siraj, a candidate for the legislature in Punjab Province, stayed with his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which was built decades ago around former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Then in June, roughly a month before Election Day, security officials raided his business at the behest of the military, Mr. Siraj said in an interview. “They are trying to ruin me financially by raiding my warehouse and beating my staff,” he said, adding that he was considering moving his family abroa

UAE, China sign 13 agreements and MoUs

Last updated on July 20, 2018 at 06.15 pm His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; and President Xi Jinping of China, have witnessed the signing of 13 agreements and memoranda of understanding, between the two countries with the aim to strengthen strategic partnerships and bilateral cooperation across various sectors. A number of Sheikhs, ministers and senior officials, as well as Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, Ambassador of the UAE to the People's Republic of China, and Ambassador Ni Jian of China to the UAE, also attended the signing of the agreements and MoUs. The Agreements and MoUs included: - Two memoranda of understanding between the UAE and the People's Republic of China on the construction of embassies and other buildings, as well as the establishment of cultural centres

 CPEC and issues of Gwadar 

'Painfully, the public had protested multiple time regarding power and water crisis, education and city's issues but no one has taken a single action, till today the people are crying and dying for drinkable water and electricity, as water is as much expansive that poor public can't afford to buy, because a truck's water costs more then two thousands rupees, how can it be possible to survive in such city' Shakeel Phullan JULY 20, 2018 The development of Gwadar under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects seem to be a major challenge for the China to reach at a successful conclusion where the development under the precious projects, like improvement of education sector, water and power crisis including the broken roads are not listed yet. The Gwadar’s way has multiple check posts of Pakistani force, Police, Levies including coastal guards who have maintained their strict rules and regulations of checking the visitors. Recently, we had visited Gwad

General Election 2018: Internet services suspended in Balochistan's six districts

By GEO NEWS   Friday Jul 20, 2018   Internet services have been suspended in six districts of Balochistan due to upcoming General Election 2018, which have been scheduled for July 25. Photo: file ISLAMABAD: Internet services have been suspended in six districts of Balochistan due to upcoming General Election 2018, which have been scheduled for July 25. According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the internet services in Pishin, Killa Abdulla, and Mastung will remain suspended till July 31, adding that services in Awaran, Keech and Kalat have been suspended since February 2017. The internet has been disabled on the instructions of the Minister of Interior Affairs. The suspension of internet services will affect the result transmission system of the Election Commission of Pakistan, the PTA noted. Moreover, the suspension of the internet can also affect the ECP's voter verification system. PTA has also informed the ECP regarding the suspension of the inte

Xi Jinping, Senegal, and China’s West Africa drive

BY   Cornelia Tremann Xi Jinping’s choice of Senegal for a state visit on 20–21 July, his first visit to West Africa, en route to the BRICS summit in South Africa, suggests that China seeks to deepen cooperation in a region that has seen comparatively less Chinese engagements than elsewhere in Africa. In using Senegal as a springboard, China seeks to advance strategic goals: bringing West Africa into the “Belt and Road” orbit and consolidating influence in a historically French-dominated region.  China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been targeted at rail, road, and port developments in Eastern Africa, but its focus is increasingly turning towards West Africa. During his visit to Beijing in June, Senegal’s Foreign Minister Sidiki Kaba underlined that: the Belt and Road Initiative … will bring opportunities for the development of all countries in the world. Senegal is willing to take an active role in it. In addition to having significant infrastructure plans for Senegal, includ

Charles Stevens : I’m a Geographer

Charles Stevens With fellow student Tom Micklethwait, Charles is travelling the route of the New Silk Road to explore the impact the initiative is having across the region I study history, but specific interests are  the historic Silk Road, the relationship between geography and history and questions related to global leadership. My interest in  China’s Belt and Road Initiative  is a manifestation of this interest. The Belt and Road Initiative represents China’s foreign policy centrepiece and both an economic and geo-political attempt to return to a position of predominance as a regional and, eventually, global agenda setter.  The New Silk Road Project is interested  in understanding this. We will document the ongoing infrastructure integration via the people, places and companies forging this network, gauge perceptions of China’s growing global presence and interview the key thinkers and actors at the individual project level to see how the separate components differ from its over

PPL finds meagre gas reserves in Balochistan

Hub X-1 drilled down to the depth of 4,555 metres to test the potential of Cretaceous and Jurassic reservoirs. PHOTO:FILE KARACHI:  Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) has made a meagre discovery of natural gas from exploratory well Hub X-1 located in District Lasbela, Balochistan, which makes insignificant commercial impact. “ During testing, the well flowed 0.08 mmscfd (million standard cubic feet per day) from 2730-2760 meter interval,” PPL said in a press statement. “Moreover, from 2250-2375 metres, continuous gas was observed at surface with the rate of 0.02 mmscfd. This rate may be uncertain due to very low flow rate. Growing gas demand can be tackled by building storages in Pakistan “ The Hub X-1 discovery is too meager to have any commercial significance. However, it has academic significance and may cast favourable impact on the future of exploration in the area. The true extent of the discovery will only be known after substantial appraisal work,” it added. PPL’s share pr