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Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the ground

7/10/2018 DERA'BUGTI:- Unkown armed man opened fire in Chattar Road an area of Dera Bugti, due to which 2 brothers namely Saddam Hisan Ramizi Bugti & Nazum Bugti got killed. 7/10/2018 AWARAN:- According to sources yesterday in Peerandar Lop, pakistani military forces conducted an operation, violent military personnel tortured women & childrens , looted houses & abducted a women namely Gull Bahar W/o Martyr_Rasool Bux along with dozen of Baloch civilians. 7/10/2018 DASHT:- On 2 July 2018 Pakistani Forces Abducted Waheed S/o Sheer Mohammd From kashaap, Dasht, According to our updates today he was released From main military camp of district kech. 7/10/2018 PANJGUR:- According to updates yesterday Pakistani forces and Local death squads Started a search operation in Paroom, Panjgur . Civilians told us Pakistani army harassed womens and children and looted many goods of houses while no news of any abduction report yet.

Four women & Several Baloch taken to military camps in Awaran Jhao

Sangar News Several persons including 4 women have been taken to military camps in Jhaoo area of district Awaran. Numbers of people including four women have been arrested and taken to military camps during a freshly launched cordon and search operation in Tobokad area of Jhaoo, on Sunday. “Pakistani forces started a military operation early morning Today in Tobokad town of Jhaoo, and abducted number of civilians including women,” locals alleged. Two of the men have been identified as, Basheer Ahmed s/o Mohammed Hussain and Mohammed Ramzan s/o Badain, whereas, the arrested women were identified as Khair bibi d/o Mohammed Hussain, Mahjan d/o Sulaiman, Sameena d/o Ali Murad and Lal Khathoon d/o Ghulam Mohammed. “The women resisted against the abduction of Basheer Ahmed and were therefore also mistreated and abducted by forces personnel”, local residents said. According to sources, several others were also arrested and taken to the Waja Bagh army camp, however, the identification o


Salman Rashid October 07, 2018 The mound of Shar Ghali as seen from the northwest. Notice its smooth sides resulting from the vandalism | Photos by the writer Something has been happening here in the outback of Duki in Balochistan. And it has been happening for a very, very long time. My friend Aziz Jamali, civil servant and a man of good sense, saw the worst of that happening. In June 2018, as he drove from Kohlu to Quetta via Duki and Ziarat, he spotted the mound south of the road, about 20 kilometres southeast of Duki. Rising like a huge pimple from the dusty landscape, it was immediately recognisable as a cultural mound. Aziz resolved to check it out in detail at some later time but then he saw the mischief: a bulldozer was busily cutting up the mound and spilling the dust of ages over its eroded verges. He inquired and was told the mound was known as Shar Ghali — City of Ghali. In the same hot month 404 years before Aziz, that is, in 1614, the English merchants John Crowther

Myanmar cuts cost of China-funded port project by 80%

Beijing yields as more countries become wary of Belt and Road debt trap YUICHI NITTA, Nikkei staff writerSeptember 28, 2018 13:24 JST A port terminal outside Kyaukpyu in western Myanmar. The development will be built in stages corresponding with demand to guard against overinvestment.    © Reuters YANGON -- Myanmar has agreed to scale down a Chinese-led port project in the western state of Rakhine, slashing the initial price tag to $1.3 billion from $7.2 billion over concerns about excessive debt.  The development is located in the special economic zone of Kyaukpyu, a natural harbor facing the Indian Ocean that is suited for large ships. They already have oil pipelines running to China and a port capable of docking 300,000-ton tankers. "Myanmar has been highly successful in re-negotiating the Kyaukpyu deep-sea port," said Sean Turnell, an economic advisor to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. "Myanmar's model of dealing with Kyaukpyu could be replicated by othe

‘Red Birds’: Mohammed Hanif’s most sorrowful novel is swallowed up by its grief

BOOK REVIEW The writer’s third novel, told by multiple first-person narrators, is set in an unnamed, war-torn Muslim country. by  Supriya Nair Published Yesterday · 08:30 am Wikimedia Commons (CC by SA 4.0) Occupying powers have aerially bombarded the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly a century, since November 1919 to be precise, when the British began bombing Waziristan as  a form of collective punishment  for rebellious tribal populations. For roughly the last fifteen years, human pilots have been surplus to the job. In 2004, American and allied drones began to take out suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters in their courtyards and hideouts, often in the company of people against whom neither these charges, nor any other, had been levelled. It’s taken a hundred years, but a white guy has fallen to the ground at last in the unnamed battlefield where Mohammed Hanif’s third novel,  Red Birds , is set. This angel, lightly singed, falls to earth near a desert town of r

The Baloch who is not missing

Mohammed Hanif February 11, 2012 Qadeer Baloch rallied other families and started an organisation called Voice of the Baloch Missing People. They camp outside the Quetta, Islamabad and Karachi press clubs sometimes for three months at a stretch. Journalists mostly ignore them. They sit behind rows of photos of their martyrs and the missing.—File Photo KARACHI: In the last week of November 2011, Qadeer Baloch, a retired UBL employee from Quetta did something that no grandfather should have to do. He held his four and a half year old grandson’s hand and took him to see his son Jalil Reki’s mutilated bullet-riddled body and made sure the kid got a good look at it. Qadeer Baloch also had a chat with the boy and told him who had killed his father and why. For more than two and a half years Qadeer had been lying to the boy. “When Jalil was picked up he was only two,” says Qadeer Baloch. “He had a hole in his heart and the doctors told us not to put him under any stress. So I kept tellin

Documentary Indus Blues explores Pakistan's forgotten music

UPDATED OCT 03, 2018 10:11AM OMAIR ALAVI The event’s highlight was the presence of two maestros. Pakistan has a history of making documentary films that have won international awards for their unique subject and treatment. Director Jawad Sharif’s upcoming documentary  Indus Blues — The Forgotten Music of Pakistan  has all the ingredients to win accolades for the country since it tackles a very uncommon subject. The trailer of the documentary was unveiled on Monday at an event that was attended by enthusiasts of folk and lost music of Pakistan. Sane Mela hosted the event held at Alliance Française de Karachi and introduced the team behind the film, before revealing the impressive trailer of the production. The event’s highlight was the presence of two maestros, Fakeer Zulfiqar and Mumtaz Ali Sabzal, who not only performed live in front of the audience but also spoke about their dying art. Fakeer Zulfiqar’s speech was quite moving as he talked about the history of the instrument n

Silk Road animation to screen in China

Source: Xinhua |  2018-10-07 13:48:16 | BEIJING, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The animated series "Legend of the Silk Road," introducing historical stories from along the ancient Silk Road trade routes, will be screened in China Monday. According to the chief producer Zhuang Dianjun, the first two parts of the series to air will focus on stories of two historical figures, Zhang Qian and Wang Dayuan. The " Legend of the Silk Road: Zhang Qian the Envoy" tells about Zhang Qian, a royal emissary of China's Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD), traveling westward around 140 B.C. and opening the Silk Road, an overland route linking the East and the West. The "Legend of the Silk Road: the Great Chart" tells the story about Wang Dayuan, a navigator in China's Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) in the 14th century, making voyages along the coasts of Asian and African countries. The animations present the historical, geographical, cultural and social conditions of ancient China ex

Trump’s “Principled Realism” Versus China’s Belt And Road Initiative

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a United Nations Security Council briefing in New York, on Sept. 26, 2018. (Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg) BloombergQuintOpinion Raj Bhala Oct 06 2018, 9:54 AMOct 06 2018, 9:54 AM Lost amidst the comedic moments in President Donald Trump’s September 25 address to the United Nations General Assembly was a concept, “principled realism,” and a context, American foreign assistance in a world presented with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This concept, and how it is manifest in this context, is no laughing matter. It will determine whether America offers the world a better path of economic growth and development than China. As the President stated, “principled realism” is how America engages with the world, and thus how it is rethinking foreign aid strategy. The concept has the potential to transform the economies of the Indo-Pacific region, and counter China’s BRI, if it is expressed and executed wisely. Debunking The Conventiona

CM Balochistan concerned over delay in NFC award announcement

By  APP Published: October 7, 2018 CM Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan. PHOTO: EXPRESS QUETTA  :  Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has assured the provincial assembly that he would take up the issue of delay in the announcement of National Finance Commission (NFC) award with the federal government. Speaking at the floor of House, the chief minister said he would discuss the matter of share of Balochistan in NFC award with the prime minister. “Lack of funds was hampering development in the province.” The increased funds would put the province back on track, he added. Kamal stressed it was the collective issue of the people and the opposition members’ positive suggestions could not be ignored. He assured the members that reports about the NFC award would be presented in the assembly on annual basis. Earlier, the provincial Information Minister Zahoor Ahmed Buledi told the House that the province had been facing shortage of funds for development projects. There was about Rs

Murad vows to expedite CPEC projects

Listen Islamabad: Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed Friday directed authorities concerned to expedite construction work on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other projects without any compromise on efficiency and quality standards of the project. The state minister during his visit to Hakla-D I Khan section of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) junction and Hassanabdal-Hazara Motorway E-35 received briefing on the progress of construction work of the projects. Murad vowed to complete the ongoing projects particularly CPEC schemes on priority basis and said zero tolerance would be bore against encroachers on the motorways and highways. The minster during his visit also observed anti-encroachment operation on Tarnol Motorway N-5 and Cut Vegetation Works operation. He also interacted with the victims of the encroachments and ensured prompt redressal of their grievances. The anti-encroachment operation against the violators of Right of Way (ROW) would c

PM Imran vows greater CPEC share for Balochistan

By  Mohammad Zafar Published: October 6, 2018 PM Khan says Balochistan to be paid more than its due share in CPEC projects. PHOTO: PPI QUETTA:  While vowing to give Balochistan more than its due share in the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the CPEC projects are being reviewed to safeguard rights of people of all provinces. “Progress of the country is linked with development of Balochistan. The federal government will extend all possible cooperation to Balochistan to overcome its financial crisis and eliminate poverty. Balochistan would be paid more than its due share in the CPEC projects,” PM Khan said on Saturday. The premier was chairing a Balochistan cabinet meeting in Quetta during his first visit to the province after since taking oath as the prime minister on August 18. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi, provincial