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Dignity in foreign relations

Muhammad Amir Rana August 25, 2019 The writer is a security analyst. THE desire for dignity, self-esteem and appreciation motivates humans and nations alike, significantly impacting their behaviours. This desire partially originates from a fear of humiliation. Dignity is capital that a nation earns through a cultured polity, strong economy, and its geographical and strategic strengths. Eventually, it determines the friends and foes of a nation. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s statement on the silence of the Muslim ‘ummah’ over India’s oppression of Kashmir reflects that Pakistan lacks some essential component to develop equal and robust bilateral relations with other nations. Fed with the narratives of the ummah and Muslim brotherhood since the country was founded, many in Pakistan wonder why the ummah only showed solidarity with their country when it was internally and strategically strong. It also vindicates the view that religion and ideologies do not provide any founda

Blacklisting rumours

EditorialAugust 25, 2019 IT is by now sufficiently obvious that rumours of Pakistan having been ‘blacklisted’ by the regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force was malicious fake news, floated initially by the Press Trust of India. From there, the word was amplified by prominent Indian journalists on social media, and it then echoed large in various other Indian news outlets. The news was deliberately angled to make the real outcome of the meeting appear to be something that it was not. The language used by the Indian media was that Pakistan was placed on an ‘enhanced blacklist’ by the Asia Pacific Group, the regional affiliate of FATF, whereas the reality was that Pakistan had been placed in a category called ‘enhanced follow up’. The word ‘blacklist’ was added to warp the meaning of the story into something altogether different. In fact, the APG does not maintain any ‘blacklist’, and FATF is not scheduled to make any decision on Pakistan until October. In the meantime,

Another youth has gone missing from Gwadar.

Aug 24, 2019 Current Balochistan Another youth has gone missing after Pakistani forces arrested thim from Gwadar on 22 of August. According to the sources, Pakistani forces have arrested and subsequently disappeared a Baloch youngstar from Gwadar district. Who has been identified as Adil Kalmati S/o Ismail Kalmati. It is pertinent to mention that many students and civilians have gone missing in recently launched operations and raids by Pakistani forces in different areas of Balochistan. In 2009, Pakistan government and security establishment adopted the notorious policy of “Kill and Dump” which has resulted into the enforced disappearance of more than 20,000 political dissidents and extra judicial execution of 7,000 people.

China’s belt and road initiative needs more oversight to prevent corruption and abuse

The Denver Post OPINION OPINION COLUMNISTS Nanda: China’s belt and road initiative needs more oversight to prevent corruption and abuse Bay Ismoyo/ Getty Images This photograph taken on November 2, 2017, shows the construction of a toll road from Jakarta to Lido, the planned location for a theme park linked to companies with business interests tied to US President Donald Trump, in West Java province. A billion-dollar Indonesian real estate development with ties to Donald Trump has become the latest project in China’s globe-spanning Belt and Road infrastructure project — just as Washington and Beijing are tussling over trade. A subsidiary of Chinese state-owned construction firm Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC) signed a deal with Indonesia’s MNC Land to build a theme park outside Jakarta as part of the ambitious project, the company said in a statement on May 10, 2018. By  VED NANDA  | Columnist for The Denver Post August 23, 2019 at 12:01 pm 0 Critics contend that Ch

Belt and Roadlocks

Yogesh Gupta AUGUST 23, 2019 00:15 IST Belt and Road Initiative Given mounting criticism of BRI, will China incorporate best practices in the project? China’s raging trade war with the U.S., mounting criticism of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and growing schism in its Politburo on handling these issues has compelled the Chinese leadership to review the ininitiative. The BRI was conceived as a response to the vast overcapacity in infrastructure-related industries due to credit-fuelled growth in China in 2008 following the global economic recession, when its exports started dwindling. In 2009, former Deputy Director of China’s State Administration of Taxation, Xu Shanda, came up with a proposal called the Chinese Marshall Plan which suggested that China should utilise its vast foreign exchange reserves, expertise in building infrastructure, overcapacity in iron, cement, aluminium, glass, coal and shipbuilding industries and unemployed labour to meet the infrastructure demand i

CM Balochistan inaugurates several projects in Gwadar

1 Web Desk  On  Aug 23, 2019  Last updated  Aug 23, 2019 QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan on Friday inaugurated several projects in Gwadar, ARY News reported. As per details, CM Jam Kamal inaugurated different projects in Gwadar worth Rs 4 billion. The several projects inaugurated by Balochistan CM included Dam to Gwadar pipeline, Admin block of newly built college, parks and different roads. Jam Kamal also performed a groundbreaking ceremony of ‘Green Energy’ building. Meanwhile, All Parties leaders met CM Balochistan and expressed concern over the master plan. The CM ensured the leaders that locals would be benefited most from the new master plan. Jam Kamal Khan while addressing ceremony of Pak-China Youth Conclave in Gwadar, said that China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) project has created new employment opportunities for youth as they [youths] are valuable assets of our country. Read More:  CM Balochistan calls upon PM Imran Khan, discuss development undert

Taliban, US agree on troop pullout time frame

ISMAIL KHAN PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban and the United States have reached an agreement on a time frame of pullout of foreign forces from Afghanistan, Taliban chief spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said on Friday. “We have an agreement on a time frame for the withdrawal”’ he told Dawn from Doha over the phone. “Discussions are now focused on its implementation mechanism.” “We have had general discussions today,” he said about the day two of the ninth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban representatives that started on Thursday in Qatar. “Tomorrow, we shall have discussions on the implementation part.” The US and the Taliban have held eight rounds of negotiations in the past year on issues, including a US troop withdrawal, a ceasefire, intra-Afghan negotiations to follow and Taliban guarantees that Afghanistan will not be a launch pad for global terror attacks. Doha talks focused on implementation mechanism, says Taliban spokesperson The Taliban refuse to reco