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Tahira Safdar becomes first female chief justice of Balochistan High Court

Justice Tahira made history in 1982 when she became the first woman civil judge in Balochistan Pakistan by  Usman Arshad  | Published on July 23, 2018 (Edited July 24, 2018)  🔗 Facebook Twitter Reddit ISLAMABAD – Justice Tahira Safdar has been nominated as the first ever woman chief justice of a Pakistani high court. Justice Tahira will take charge of her new role following the retirement of incumbent Balochistan High Court (BHC) Chief Justice Mohammad Noor Muskanzai as Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday announced her nomination. Balochistan High Court (BHC) Chief Justice Mohammad Noor Muskanzai reaches superannuation on August 31, reported Dawn News. Justice Tahira Safdar will work as the chief justice of the BHC till October 5 next year. Justice Tahira Safdar, born on Oct 5, 1957, in Quetta, is the daughter of renowned lawyer Syed Imtiaz Hussain Baqri Hanafi. She is currently a member of the three-judge special court conducting the trial of forme

Baad: A Cruel Tradition in Balochistan

Image Credit:  Bethann Hunt (Senior Airman, U.S. Air Force) Balochistan’s women suffer at the hand of an old tribal cultural practice. By Hizbullah Khan July 21, 2018   Jamila still remembers the day when she became the victim of an inhuman local marriage custom in Harnai District of Balochistan; she was taken to her husband’s home screaming. Her marriage was neither for love nor an arranged one. She was given in “enmity,” to rescue her brothers from death. The dispute was ultimately settled between the two families, but Jamila’s humiliation in the process would continue until her last breath. In 2009, Jamila’s brother fired a bullet and killed a villager over a land dispute. In order to settle the dispute, the elders of the area called a  jirga  that decided that Jamila, the sister of the accused, would be married to the deceased brother. She was given a punishment for a crime that she hadn’t committed. Enjoying this article?  Click here to subscribe for full access. Just $5

Lessons from Mastung

On July 13, a suicide bomber wreaked havoc in the Mastung district of Balochistan. Targeting the election gathering of Siraj Raisani, the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate, the suicide bomber took the lives of 149 people and injured 186 people, as per official sources. Local sources believe the death toll is over 220. This suicide attack proved, among many things, that the security situation is still abysmal in the province. In addition, the Mastung massacre has once again proved many things that the government in Balochistan is not willing to accept. First, it once again negates the claim made the government that the backbone of terrorism has been broken. While, over the years, the capacity of Baloch insurgents to carry out acts of sabotage has been curbed to a great extent, the striking capability of militant organisations – such as the LeJ and TTP as well as the Islamic State – has, contrary to the government’s view, increased. This is, indeed, a troubling sign for the peo

Rwandan president says Rwanda-China ties stronger, Belt and Road Initiative promotes world development

Rwandan President Paul Kagame speaks during an interview with Chinese media in Kigali, Rwanda, July 17, 2018. The Rwanda-China relationship has grown stronger and the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has promoted development worldwide, including Africa, and achieved win-win outcomes, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said in the interview. (Xinhua/Lu Tianran) by Xinhua writers Lyu Tianran and Zhang Gaiping KIGALI, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The Rwanda-China relationship has grown stronger and the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has promoted development worldwide, including Africa, and achieved win-win outcomes, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said in a recent interview. China has actively participated in infrastructure construction in East Africa, especially in key projects such as the standard gauge railways, highways and power plants, which has benefited Rwanda, Kagame said in an interview with Chinese media ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the African coun

Belt and Road Initiative increases sovereign debt risks in Tajikistan

     by Yueyi Chen , July 23, 2018 At the People’s Bank of China-IMF joint conference in Beijing back in April,  IMF head Christine Lagarde  warned about potential debt risks for countries involved in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This grand development initiative aimed at dismantling foreign investment barriers and improving international logistics has provided much-needed infrastructure support to its recipient countries. However, the BRI-related project loans may cause a problematic increase in sovereign debt in certain host countries.    Debt risks posed by BRI-related financing   As one of the poorest countries in Eurasia, Tajikistan is assessed by the IMF and World Bank to have a  “high risk” of debt distress . However, as the “first leg” of overland infrastructure projects of BRI, Tajikistan is still planning to increase its external debt to pay for infrastructure investments in the energy and transportation sectors. The Tajik government recently issued $500 m

Pakistan-China post-election: Will Pakistan be forced to rethink its approach towards infrastructure?

Source: Reuters  What do Pakistan, Montenegro and Kenya have in common? The debt-to-GDP ratio of all three countries exceeds 70%; and in each case a significant proportion of that debt is owed to Chinese financiers who have lent money to fund infrastructure projects. In recent months, however, there has been  growing concern  that some countries have borrowed too much from the Chinese; and that their participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has only resulted in the build-up of unsustainable amounts of debt.  In our previous blog piece , we outlined the potential ramifications on costly BRI infrastructure projects if such concerns are left unchecked and newly-elected governments come into power. In the case of Malaysia, this fallout means that Chinese BRI projects worth around $20 billion risk getting scrapped.  Pakistan will have fresh elections next week on July 25. The question that needs to be asked is; might Pakistan be the next in line to reassess its approach towa