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Insecure Forces In Balochistan – Analysis

 October 29, 2019    SATP   0 Comments By  SATP By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty* A blast targeting a Police van wounded nine persons including three Policemen on Spinny Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on October 21, 2019. Police disclosed that the blast took place as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) planted on a motorcycle. One Policeman was killed and 10 others, including five Policemen, sustained injuries in an explosion in the Double Road area of Quetta, in the evening of October 15, 2019. Quetta Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema stated that the target of the blast was a Police mobile unit. Unidentified militants had planted an IED in a motorcycle parked on the roadside. A Policeman was killed and three persons sustained injuries in a suicide attack on a Police vehicle in the Loralai District of Balochistan on September 30, 2019. One suspected militant blew himself up and another one was killed by the Police during an exchange o

CPEC and the wages of mismanagement

By  durdana najam  Oct.16,2019 This corridor has a cost to it, which Pakistan will have to pay off During Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China, on October 8, 2019, no particular mention was made on the halting pace of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Though Khan expressed his desire to emulate the Chinese model of beating corruption, through either hanging or incarcerating the fraudulent, he could not openly confess about the CPEC becoming victim of corruption itself. Corruption has become both an anomaly and a noose that could choke Pakistan’s efficiency to deliver on economic front. Ever since the drive against the so-called corrupt bureaucrats, a reluctance to perform has made them incapacitated. A general perception is that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has unleashed a witch-hunt in the name of accountability. It is too early to predict the effectiveness of the CPEC Authority in materialising the government’s objective of executing the CPEC projec

'Punjab secured only two major CPEC projects’

By  shahram haq  Oct.27,2019 Economist talks about province’s investment share in CPEC LAHORE:  Punjab has been in the spotlight for getting the lion’s share of investment under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), but an official of the planning and development department has opposite views. “The province has secured only two major CPEC projects,” said Punjab Planning and Development Chief Economist Dr M Amanullah. “The province faced much criticism from across the country for allegedly securing more projects and infrastructure development loans under CPEC. However, the truth is that Punjab has managed to secure investments only in the Orange Line Train and Allama Iqbal Industrial City (AIIC),” Amanullah said while talking to The Express Tribune. He said all other projects including highways, motorways and energy schemes fell under the federal government purview. “Even in the energy projects implemented under the CPEC programme during the previous government’s tenure,

JCC of CPEC to meet on November 6: Pakistan to request China for financing ML-1 project under soft conditions

Mehtab Haider October 30, 2019 Pakistan will ask China to provide phased wise financing for ML-1 for period of 10 to 15 years with spread over period of 30 years and with minimum interest rate. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to make fresh request to China for getting lucrative package of over $8.5 billion for construction of much-awaited railways Mainline (ML-1) from Peshawar to Karachi. In the upcoming Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting under much-trumpeted China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) scheduled to be held here in Islamabad on November 6, 2019, Pakistan will ask China to provide phased wise financing for ML-1 for period of 10 to 15 years with spread over period of 30 years and with minimum interest rate. So Islamabad could only move ahead for construction of ML-1 with lenient conditions despite having remained under the IMF arrangement. Without soft conditions for financing from China, the ML-1 financing will become difficult when Pakistan is currently under

China's Belt & Road Initiative out-lends MDBs, sees itself as 'global public good'

By  Adva Saldinger   @AdvaSal // 23 October 2019 A woman checks her mobile phone next to a poster promoting a project of the Belt and Road Initiative in Colombo, Sri Lanka at the China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, China. Photo by: REUTERS / Jason Lee WASHINGTON — In its first five years, loan commitments by China’s Belt and Road Initiative surpassed combined lending by the  World Bank Group ,  Asian Development Bank ,  African Development Bank , and the  Inter-American Development Bank  in a similar period, according to a new report. BRI, which now includes some 132 countries, up from 65 at its start, committed or dispersed between $580 billion and $600 billion in loans between 2013 and 2018, outstripping the $490 billion lent by the group of multilateral development banks between 2013 and 2017, said the  report from the Emerging Markets Forum . “President Xi made very clear we want to really support a high-quality BRI … more will be done to ensure quality

Balochistan’s Students Take to the Streets

Protests at one of Pakistan’s largest universities continue to widen after a surveillance, harassment and blackmail scandal broke open. By  Mariyam Suleman October 25, 2019 Credit:  Pixabay ADVERTISING  “We boycotted classes this Monday. There are protests in [the] university and fear all around especially for us [female students],” says Alia Baloch, a final year student at the University of Balochistan.  Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan by area, is also one of the most conservative and least developed regions in South Asia — women are its most vulnerable population. According to the UN, Balochistan scores highest in terms of female illiteracy, gender disparity and unemployment amongst its provincial counterparts.  In a society where the honor of women matters a lot more than food on the table and where men have all the decision-making powers, not many women get to university. Those who do are burdened with the responsibilities of maintaining the honor of their com

Under CPEC: ML-I’s PC-I worth $9.23 billion sent for approval: Rashid

By  TAHIR AMIN  on  October 25, 2019 Pakistan Railways submitted the PC-1 of Main Line (ML-1) Railways project, worth around $9.23 billion, under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework to the Planning Ministry for approval. This was announced by Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in a video message on Thursday. Rashid said that a meeting was held on Thursday with Prime Minister Imran Khan and he apprised the Prime Minister of the achievement regarding the submission of PC-1 to the Planning Ministry. He said that the Prime Minster has directed to complete the track as soon as possible. The minister said that it is a huge achievement in Pakistan's history that PC-1 of 1,800 kilometers long track at a cost of $9.2 billion has been submitted for approval. Rashid has already invited the Prime Minister and transport minister of China to witness the historic project initiation of ML-1 under which 1,800 kilometers track would be upgraded. After getting approval from

Imran inaugurates power plant under CPEC

Prime minister says government conscious of challenges faced by Karachi residents 20:37 October 21, 2019 Agencies Hub: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday inaugurated a 1,320 megawatt China Hub power plant, one of the primary projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) plan. Addressing a ceremony on the occasion, Imran said all facilities would be make available to assist the joint project. The prime minister said that the joint projects under the CPEC are a positive sign, adding that it is recommended that more coal is brought from Thar to be utilised for this power plant. “There are 6,000 Pakistani workers associated with the project,” said the prime minister. Imran said that electricity was being produced from coal in Thar, and that the country was progressing due to CPEC. Ad The prime minister said that Pakistan’s biggest issue is corruption, which kept people at bay from making any investments. Imran earlier arrived in Karachi for a daylong visit during, whi

Protest in Gwadar

By  ​ our correspondent  Oct.26,2019 They said the UoB students have been disgraced through secretly recorded videos Ad QUETTA:  Leaders of different political parties, trade associations and civil society staged a protest demonstration outside the Gwadar Press Club against alleged sexual harassment and blackmailing of students at the University of Balochistan (UoB). The participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with different slogans. Addressing the protesters, National Party’s district president Faiz Nigori, BNP’s Abdul Rehman Pir Bakhsh, PPP’s Ejaz Hussain, PTI’s Maula Bakhgh Mujahib, Anjuman Tajiran leader Ghulam Hussain Dashti and others strongly condemned the scandal and said this act was a crime against the whole society and humanity. Senate panel orders UoB to remove unnecessary CCTVs They said the UoB is the main educational institution of the province where boys and girls are getting education for their bright future but in the name of security, thes

The incident of the University of Balochistan is a deliberate assault on human dignity: Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch

sangar publication - 23 Oct, 2019 at 10:15 am Sangar News Baloch leader Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch has condemned the harassment of students in the University of Balochistan saying that such stories of oppression and humiliation are not new in Balochistan. This incident is a part of the same old strategy of brutalities and humiliation. It is not only an attack on the honour of Baloch people but also a deliberate assault on human dignity. Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch said that the occupiers have employed all means to keep the Baloch people away from acquiring education. Most of the schools in Balochistan are directly under the control of the Pakistan Army. Similarly, the University of Balochistan is converted into a military camp, which is by no means less than a Nazi concentration camp where hundreds of military personnel are deployed; tasked to humiliate and mentally torture students, and this has been happening for a decade. The leader said, “Regardless of the mental and psychological to

CHINA: Party Watch, Weekly report

Weekly Report 3|3 10.12.2019-10.18.2019 David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Jake Eberts, Brock Erdahl, Sandy Lu, and Daniel Shats Highlights Xi Jinping spoke about poverty alleviation work on National Poverty Relief Day (see Senior Leaders section).   People’s Daily  issued a commentator article about the importance of achieving food security (see Propaganda Work section).   The CCDI and NSC held a seminar for African anti-corruption officials (see Party Discipline section). Senior Leaders Xi Jinping Holds Talks with Nepalese Prime Minister Xinhua   10.13  Xi Jinping held talks with Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in Kathmandu, Nepal. During the meeting, Xi pointed out that China and Nepal have always been “good neighbors, good friends, and good partners” throughout history. Expressing China’s willingness to  “promote friendly cooperation between China and Nepal on a new level,” Xi announced that he and Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari had agreed to establish a “strate

Alienation and Insurgency in Baluchistan

Geopolitical Monitor BACKGROUNDERS  - October 21, 2019 By  Dr. Rajkumar Singh The government of Pakistan has been dealing with animosity among the tribes of Balochistan since the time the country came into existence in 1947. The causes of the conflict with Balochistan include a strong ethnic nationalism along with feelings of economic and political exclusion. Demographically, though it constitutes a mere 3.6 percent of the total population of Pakistan, the region is strategically extremely important to the country because of the high concentration of natural resources there, including gas, oil, copper, and gold. However, despite this wealth in natural resources, Balochistan remains the poorest province in Pakistan. In addition, following the capture of Kalat on April 1, 1948, cases of military atrocities have been a recurrent occurrence in the province. Ill treatment by officials in the region have included torture, arbitrary arrests, executions, and acts of indiscriminate violenc

Pakistan’s General Problem.

An article by a Pakistani, about Pakistan Army. An impressive and telling Govind -------------------- - How Pakistan’s Generals turned the country into an international jihadi tourist resort BY Mohammad Hanif (Mohammed Hanif is the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes(2008), his first novel, a satire on the death of General Zia ul Haq) What is the last thing you say to your best general when ordering him into a do-or-die mission? A prayer maybe, if you are religiously inclined. A short lecture, underlining the importance of the mission, if you want to keep it businesslike. Or maybe you’ll wish him good luck accompanied by a clicking of the heels and a final salute. On the night of 5 July 1977 as Operation Fair Play, meant to topple Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s elected government, was about to commence, then Army Chief General Zia ul Haq took aside his right-hand man and Corps Commander of 10th Corps Lieutenant General Faiz Ali Chishti and whispered to him: “Murshid, marwa na daina.” (G

India's finance minister: ‘We made our position very clear’ on China's new Silk Road

Aarthi Swaminathan  and  Akiko Fujita October 20, 2019, 2:36 PM UTC As China continues to court more countries to join its massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), India has made its position “very clear” that it won’t be participating because of a territorial dispute, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Yahoo Finance. Indian neighbors  Nepal  and  Pakistan  recently deepened their relationships with China by signing on to the country’s massive trillion-dollar infrastructure plan dubbed the  new Silk Road . But BRI has been a thorn on India’s side. China has been courting partnerships with several of India’s neighbors — from  Maldives to Bangladesh.  And India has taken offense at one specific project in particular: The  China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The CPEC is a $60 billion infrastructure program that China launched as part of the BRI that’s  supposed to link  China’s Xinjiang region to Pakitan’s Gwadar port. Map locating the route of the China-Pakistan