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WB to launch livelihood project in Balochistan

AMIN AHMED ISLAMABAD: The World Bank will assist the Balochistan government in launching a livelihood and entrepreneurship project aimed to create employment opportunities for rural communities and achieve sustainability of enterprises in eight districts, including the five affected by the prolonged presence of Afghan refugees. Rates of poverty in the eight districts of northern Balo­ch­istan — namely, Zhob, Chagai, Nushki, Sherani, Killa Saif­ullah, Killa Abdullah, Pishin and Mastung — are high since long and the presence there of refugees for about 40 years, has put an unsustainable strain on resources of the province. A World Bank report says that the $50 million project expected to be approved next month by the bank’s executive board, includes grant assistance worth $35m from the International Development Association (IDA) and another of $15m from MDTF, the World Bank-administered trust fund for crisis-hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. According to the relevant

Is CPEC a game changer for Baloch?

Is t he One Belt One Road (OBOR) is kind of a revival of the centuries-old silk route that connected the world to the centre of the globe (areas surrounding the Mediterranean and the Caspian Sea). This was once a hub of linguistics, culture, commerce, trade and religious activities. Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province in terms of landmass and enjoys an important geostrategic position because of its proximity with the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia and the Indian Ocean. With the recent developments ahead in sight of the CPEC, major world powers are shifting their focus to Gwadar, which is the central piece, or in my words, Koh-e-Noor, of the whole CPEC project. It is, geographically speaking, quite close to the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20 per cent of the total global oil production passes through. The likely CPEC network of roads and rails would provide China with an easy and much shorter trade route to the markets of Europe, Gulf and Africa. Given the significanc

Naya Pakistan, same old begging: Islamabad asks for Rs 294 crore loan from China for CPEC

6 November 2019, 6:44 AM UTC Islamabad : Pakistan on Tuesday sought a USD nine billion loan from China to finance road and infrastructure projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). At the conclusion of the ninth Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting of CPEC here, the two sides approved Gwadar Smart City Master Plan and signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for cooperation in the field of health and trade, Dawn reported. They also inaugurated the 392 km Multan-Sukkur Motorway completed with a funding worth (Pakistani Rupee) Rs. 294 billion from China. The JCC was co-chaired by Pakistan's Planning Minister Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar and China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Vice Chairman Ning Jizhe. The Committee formed a joint group to formally engage in project financing arrangements on Main Railway Line (ML-1), said Bakhtyar, adding that the groundbreaking ceremony for the multi-billion dollar plan was targeted within the ne

BLF has taken the responsibility of the attack on forces in Kech.

Nov 06, 2019 (Current Balochistan) Pakistani Security forces were attacked by unkown armed group in Mand, kech on Monday. BLF an armed organization claimed responsibility. According to the details, Balochistan Liberation Front's spokespersons Major Guhram Baloch accepted the responsibility of killing a military personnel in District Kech and said that on 4th November our freedom fighters have attacked on the military checkpoint with sniper rifle, killed an army personnel. Major Guhram Baloch said that these attacks will be continued till the independence of Balochistan.

BSO Azad believes in peaceful politics, banning it is the violation of international laws: BSO Azad

The Central Spokesperson Baloch Students Organization Azad (BSO-A) termed the ban over the organization as unconstitutional, unlawful and violation of international laws, and said that BSO Azad is the organization which solely represents the Baloch students and he organization believes in peaceful politics. The manifesto of BSO Azad is political. All members of organization are bound to their organizational constitution and are struggling in accordance to it. But the state of Paksitan banned it and restricted its political and educational activities. That move of state is incomprehensive. Since the last ten years the leaders and members of organization have been extrajudicially arrested and killed under the “Search and Destroy Policy.” And several other leaders and members of organization are still incarcerated in the torture cells of the state institutions.  The Spokesperson added that leaders and members of BSO Azad continued their peaceful struggle despite most difficult ground

Pakistani army continues it barbarism in Balochistan: Dil Murad Baloch

Nov 07, 2019 (Current Balochistan) Pro-independence Organization Baloch National Movement Central Information Secretary Dil Murad Baloch issued the monthly report of October 2019 in which he stated that the atrocities and operations of Pakistani forces are continuously being carried out in occupied Balochistan. The state-sponsored death squads are inflicting atrocities under the umbrella of the Pakistan army. The situation of Balochistan is in the worst condition and the Baloch nation is looking towards the international community for help. The report states that the Pakistani army conducted 28 military operations in the month of October; 30 people were enforced disappeared. 24 dead bodies were discovered in this month. 7 of them were killed by security forces and one person was killed by the death squads. Two elderly persons and two women were killed in Ormara. The women were killed in front of their children, whereas the two elderly men were shifted into the military camps, whe

Beijing is determined to reshape the globe

BY  HAL BRANDS BLOOMBERG NOV 4, 2019 WASHINGTON – Of all the factors that shape a country’s global fortunes, geography is the most immutable. A country is where it is. The advantages and disadvantages that come with its location typically shift slowly, if at all. That’s what makes China’s bold effort to remake the strategic landscape of Eurasia so remarkable. Beijing is placing a trillion-dollar wager that it can transform its strategic geography from a constraint into a powerful geopolitical asset. This would be quite a turnaround, given all the liabilities of China’s geography. On its maritime periphery, it faces U.S. treaty allies and strategic partners that provide a springboard for the projection of American power into the Western Pacific. To the north, there is an ambitious Russia, which has more often been an enemy than a friend. On China’s western and southern flanks, there are countries such as Vietnam and India, which can be expected to oppose Beijing’s rise, and the Cen

Distanomics of CPEC combined with RCEP will be devastating for India

Indian manufacturers will find it very difficult to beat the scale that China will bring in via Xinjiang Monday November 4, 2019 12:48 PM, Robinder Nath Sachdev and Dr. Vivek Gupta, IANS Share As the 16 nations in Asia are marching towards closure on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) discussions in Bangkok, it will be a major step if India signs up to the deal. But there are questions, and a raging controversy back home in India about the pros and cons of the agreement in its present form. One glaring factor that has been missing in all debates so far is any assessment of the "distanomics" in India-China trade. Critical insights emerge when we study India-China trade by using the lens of distanomics, defined by the authors, as the "impact of distances on the economics of production and transport, for exports". China's meddling in Kashmir This article therefore seeks to evaluate the economic impact of the distances as enabled by the China

China expands BRI outreach in South Asia to beat US in trade war

Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects in South Asia, like other continents, not only use Chinese capital but also Chinese labourers, raw material and finished products, thereby fuelling growth in the Chinese economy. Chinese construction compani... By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau | Nov 03, 2019, 08.21 PM IST Agencies The Chinese leadership feels that new projects and exports under the BRI in South Asia could help generate additional revenue for China. NEW DELHI:  China  is expanding the reach of its  Belt and Road Initiative  ( BRI ) in India’s neighbourhood, as part of Beijing’s efforts to beat economic slowdown following its trade war with the US. The Chinese vice minister of commerce announced that the country would establish new pilot project Free Trade Zones (FTZs) in six provinces across the country, especially in the border regions, to help improve trade ties with neighbouring countries, expand the reach of the BRI and support  local economies . The move is aimed

India should tie up with China beyond BRI

India, unwilling to alarm China, has rejected the militarisation of Quad. It is another matter that the US wants India to go beyond being a net security provider against non-traditional threats in the Indian Ocean. The US objective was joint combat naval patrols with the Indian Navy. But not naming China publicly will make Quad a mere talking shop. PRAVIN SAWHNEY NOV 06, 2019 India China US Security Provider Quad Indian Ocean Talking Shop Indian Navy Patrols Combat     Pravin Sawhney Strategic affairs expert As part of the ninth Beijing Xiangshan Forum held recently in China, I participated in a round table on how to promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. The discussion was about two competing security architectures: the Asia-Pacific architecture, which is China-inspired, and the US-led Indo-Pacific architecture. India, unfortunately, has not positioned itself well with either narrative.  The roadmap and means to accomplish the Chinese architecture are enshri