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Suspected prostitution ring: FIA arrests 14 more Chinese nationals, recovers girls and weapons

Shakeel Qarar Updated May 08, 2019 At least one hand gun, a meat cleaver and a sword can be seen among the things confiscated during the raids conducted on Wednesday. — Photo by author Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Anti-Human Trafficking Cell on Wednesday recovered three Pakistani girls and arrested another 14 Chinese nationals in continuation of its crackdown on the gangs involved in fake marriages with Pakistani girls for trafficking them to China allegedly for organ removal and sexual exploitation. According to well-informed sources within the FIA, the arrests and recoveries were made during raids conducted in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The suspects wanted to smuggle the girls abroad under the pretense of marriages, the sources said, adding that for the first time weapons were also recovered from the Chinese nationals. The FIA sources further said that the detained suspects were being transferred to the agency headquarters, where they expect to extract more informat

The China-Pakistan ‘nexus’ to exploit tons of gold from the mines of Balochistan

Two mines in Balochistan are connected with small, unlisted airstrips, indicating that flights to the locations cannot be monitored. COL. VINAYAK BHAT (RETD)  Updated: 6 May, 2019 11:48 am IST China has emerged as a big player in mining in the restive Balochistan province of Pakistan | Col. Vinayak Bhat (Retd) Text Size: A- A+ 546 Shares New Delhi:  China has emerged as a major player in mining in the restive Balochistan province of Pakistan and is suspected to be helping Islamabad surreptitiously export tons of gold from there. Despite being rich in minerals, Balochistan, the largest Pakistani province by area and the site of an active movement for independence, remains poor. As home to the Gwadar port, it is central to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one of the flagship projects of Beijing’s showpiece Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), but  reportedly has little to gain from the multi-billion-dollar initiative. All Pakistani governments are believed to have cons