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Dashed dreams

Irfan Husain September 07, 2019 RECENT events in our region have served to puncture the myth of the Muslim ummah. When Raza Rabbani, the PPP senator, suggested we should leave the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), he was just stating the obvious. Far from being part of a vast, united brotherhood, Muslims have proved to be their own worst enemies. Over the centuries, they have spilled each other’s blood with a ferocity unmatched by any of their non-Muslim enemies. And as the last few years show us, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Yemen are continuing the murderous pattern established in the Islamic world since several hundred years. Pakistan, too, has contributed its share of killers and victims. Despite this continuous mayhem in the Islamic world, we remain convinced — blind to the mountain of evidence before us — that Muslims around the world are part of a brotherhood, and that they will come to each other’s help when the need arises. ARTICL

Ditched by the ummah

Pervez Hoodbhoy September 07, 2019 The writer teaches physics in Lahore and Islamabad. FOR five weeks, day after day, Pakistanis have been tearing their hearts out complaining that the world has turned a deaf ear to India’s forcible annexation of held Kashmir. They were shocked when some of Pakistan’s closest allies — including the United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — appeared to either side with India or stay silent. When PM Khan invited the foreign ministers of KSA and UAE to “explain Pakistan’s position”, many hoped that things would be reversed. So what happened? Not much, it seems. The foreign ministers met with PM Khan and COAS Bajwa in Islamabad on Wednesday. Thereafter FM Qureshi is reported to have said, “We are hopeful that [both countries] will not disappoint us. The ministers of both countries have listened to our stance”. There could not have been a blander statement. No one expected much, but for all three countries it was a good photo-op: Pakistan cou

Balochistan gets first-ever solar power generation licence from Nepra

  RECORDER REPORT    SEP 6TH, 2019    ISLAMABD Enertech Quetta Solar has been granted a generation license by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on August 30th, 2019, for a 50-MW solar power project to be built on a Build, Own, Operate & Transfer (BOOT) basis in Pishin, Balochistan. This will be the first renewable Independent Power Producer (IPP) project in 22 years to be developed in Balochistan - and thus it has a landmark status. Enertech Holding is wholly owned by National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC) which is a fully owned subsidiary of Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) - the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Kuwait. KIA is one of the oldest and largest sovereign wealth funds in the world. It is pertinent to applaud the Government of Balochistan for this achievement and important to highlight the role of Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan in attracting one of the most sophisticated investors to Balochistan. This will duly send a

Twin Blasts Kill One, Injure 12 People in Pakistan's Balochistan Province

The first blast went off near the office of a transport company, while a motorcycle packed with explosives parked near the canteen of the company was used in the second blast. PTI Updated:  September 6, 2019, 5:35 PM IST Representative Image. (Image: Reuters) Karachi:  Two powerful blasts rocked Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on Friday, killing one person and wounding 12 others, including two police officers, according to a media report. The blast shook Kharotabad and Khaizi Chowk areas of Quetta, the provincial capital and the largest city of Balochistan. The first blast went off near the office of a transport company, while a motorcycle packed with explosives parked near the canteen of the company was used in the second blast. Due to the twin blasts two police officers, at least one person was killed while rescue officials and many journalists were wounded, Geo News reported, quoting rescue sources. The injured were shifted to Civil and Bolan Medical College Co

With Kulbhushan down, India's anti CPEC is.not over

One can argue whether the timing of giving consular access to Kulbubshan Jadhav — the ringleader of Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)’s Balochistan network — is bad optics when Pakistan and India are eyeball to eyeball on IHKashmir. But Kulbushan is a living testimony to India’s clandestine proxy war being waged against Islamabad. Pakistani security agencies have more than once uncovered networks by the RAW to fan violence and lawlessness in the country. The Jadhav network was focused on Balochistan supporting separatists and staged spectacular attacks on Pakistan’s armed forces. As time passes by new details are emerging of how Pakistan is facing a non-conventional warfare being waged by the intelligence duo — RAW-NDS in Afghanistan. Their modus operandi is becoming clearer and the main vulnerable transit route for their allied "assets" into Pakistan is the Pak-Afghan border region in Balochistan. Recent reports suggest the RAW is very much in charge of running te

Pakistan parliamentary panel rejects plan for CPEC authority

Work on CPEC has slowed down under Imran Khan's government: Reports By PTI September 06, 2019 20:59 IST (File) The 3,000-km-long CPEC is aimed at connecting China and Pakistan with rail, road, pipelines and optical cable fiber network | Reuters In a jolt to the Pakistan government, a parliamentary panel on the  $60 billion  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  has unanimously rejected a plan to bring the whole CPEC-related work under one umbrella, according to media reports on Friday. The CPEC, which connects China's Xinjiang province with the strategic Gwadar Port in Balochistan, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The 3,000-km CPEC is aimed at connecting China and Pakistan with rail, road, pipelines and optical fibre cable networks. The Parliamentary Committee on the CPEC on Thursday opposed the government's proposal to set up the CPEC Authority, terming it an unnecessary move that will create more con

Doctors seek Indian visa to go to occupied Kashmir

Ikram Junaidi Updated September 06, 2019 〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰  ▶Drama queen Pakistan at its best. Don't have essential medicines due to trade ban on India. Haven't been able to ensure 100% Polio coverage, but want to treat the world. Net exporters of terror, polio and, of course, melodrama. They also have the opportunity to go to Yemen and Syria. But no volunteers for that in Pakistan. 〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰 The doctors are concerned about public health and healthcare situation in occupied Kashmir. — AFP/File ISLAMABAD: Represen­ta­­tives of Pakistani medics on Thursday reques­ted the Indian High Com­mission to give them access to occupied Kashmir with medicines on humanitarian grounds. “I met the Indian High Commission’s First Secre­tary (Economics and Com­merce) Ashish Sharma and handed him an application to issue visas to 21 doctors who want to go to occupied Kashmir so that medical treatment would be provid

Afghanistan: Ahmad Massoud seizes father’s torch

AFGHANISTANAHMAD MASSOUD SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 Asia Times Eighteen years after the assassination of legendary anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, his only son is hoping to continue the mission against the insurgents by jumping into Afghanistan’s chaotic political fray. Photo by Wakil Kohsar AFP Afghanistan: Ahmad Massoud seizes father’s torch Son of famed commander Ahmad Shah Massoud steps into political arena as US says it is on the verge of an accord with the Taliban ByALISON TAHMIZIAN MEUSE, BEIRUT In the heart of Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, before thousands of devotees of his late father, Ahmad Massoud on Thursday put himself forward as the figure capable of unifying the Afghan people and challenging an ascendent Taliban.  “At this moment, [the Taliban] are intoxicated. They think they are victorious,” Massoud, 30, told Asia Times ahead of the gathering.  “Someone needs to detox them to bring them to reality that it is no longer their way, and will never be their wa