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India’s opposition to CPEC on shaky ground POSTED IN OPINION Neither of New Delhi's two main justifications for opposing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor stands up to scrutiny By  ADNAN AAMIR APRIL 1, 2020 Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 3, 2018. Photo: AFP / Jason Lee Speaking during Raisina Dialogue 2020 in January, Indian Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh claimed that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor impinges on India’s sovereignty. This was a repetition of India’s stand against CPEC, which is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Indian government also opposes CPEC because it considers Sino-Pakistani cooperation a threat. However, the Indian opposition to CPEC on these two points does not hold ground. There are two major reasons that drive the Indian opposition to the  US$50 billion CPEC initiative . The first reas

Security situation in Balochistan reviewed

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: With proper efforts by law enforcement agencies, the law and order situation in Balochistan is being maintained adequately amid the coronavirus outbreak, says the provincial home minister. “Security forces, police and other departments are alert and the overall state of affairs in the province is being monitored,” said Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs Mir Ziaullah Langove while presiding over a meeting held here on Tuesday to review security situation in the province. Published in Dawn, April 1st, 2020

Balochistan CM promises relief for industries, daily wage earners soon

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that his government would soon announce tax exemption for industries in the province. Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, he said the industries would get incentives through exemption in service tax and reduction in other taxes which would help them to continue their production. The chief minister said the industries would be given tax relief so that its benefit could reach the people who were suffering badly due to the coronavirus outbreak. He said the provincial government was aware of the difficulties of daily wage workers who had been rendered jobless because of lockdowns and a package for them and other needy people would be announced within a week. The departments concerned were preparing that package, he added. “We are evolving a ration distribution system in consultation with welfare organisations so that food items could reach every deserving person,” Mr Alyani said. He expressed anger over negat

Balochistan CM accuses centre of not providing adequate assistance

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has alleged that the federal governm­e­­nt, the National Disaster Manage­ment Authority (NDMA) and other provinces have not provided required assistance to Balochistan for coping with the situation created after people returning from Iran were required to put in quarantine centres at the Taftan border due to outbreak of Covid-19. Talking to reporters here on Monday, he said the provincial government used its own resource to deal the situation at the border. He said no financial support had so far been received from the federal government to deal with the situation at the Taftan border. The NDMA only provided 1,200 tents, blankets and plastic sheets, he added. The chief minister said the Balochistan government had so far released Rs2 billion for making arrangements to stop the spread of Covid-19. Provincial Finance Minis­ter Mir Zahoor Ahmed Bule­­di, Home Minister Ziaullah Langove, Health Secretary Waheed Mudassar M

Balochistan reports two more coronavirus cases, provincial tally reaches 154

SAMAA |  Muhammad Atif Ali Posted: Mar 31, 2020 | Last Updated: 37 mins ago Photo: AFP Two more cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Balochistan on Tuesday taking the total number of those affected in the province to 154. According to Balochistan Government Spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani, of these, 15 were local transmissions and the remaining patients had travel history. “So far, a total of 1,854 people have been tested across the province,” he confirmed. One patient of the virus has been discharged and reports of 60 people are awaited, Shahwani added. More than 400 people have been quarantined. Following the increase in the cases, the Balochistan government has closed Pakistan’s Taftan and Chaman borders with Iran and Afghanistan. A lockdown has also been imposed across the province and Section 144 has been imposed

2,400 medical stores go on strike in Balochistan

by  RECORDER REPORT  on  March 31, 2020 More than 2,400 medical stores across Balochistan including Quetta shut down their businesses on Monday due to the complete strike in protest against sealing of three medical stores by the authorities in Quetta. The Assistant Commissioner sealed the three medical stores a day earlier. In protest, the medical stores owners association Balochistan announced complete strike in Quetta city over the non-cooperative attitude of the city administration. "The pharmacies are being prosecuted," the medical store owners said. The association said more than 2,400 medical stores across Balochistan would be closed until the government allows us to open the pharmacies without any interruption.

Disappearance of Sajid Hussain creates environment of mental uncertainty among asylum seekers in Europe. Dr Murad Baloch

Disappearance of Sajid Hussain creates environment of mental uncertainty among asylum seekers in Europe. Dr Murad Baloch Date:  30 Mar 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Dr. Murad Baloch, the Secretary-General of the Baloch National Movement said that the Swedish government, organizations of journalists and other international human rights organizations should play their role in finding senior Baloch journalist and writer Sajid Hussain. Sajid Hussain has gone missing since 2nd March and his whereabouts are unknown. Dr. Murad said that Sajid Hussain is one of the gifted journalists of Balochistan. He had worked in renowned Pakistani daily newspapers, ‘The News’ and ‘Daily Times’ as assistant news editor and city editor respectively. Due to the abduction and killing of several journalists in Balochistan by Pakistan army, Sajid Hussain facing threats of persecution escaped from there and sought asylum in Sweden. Sajid Hussain is The Chief Editor of the online magazine “Balochistan Times” and he has be

BLF slams additional Pakistani troop deployment in Balochistan under the cover of Covid-19

Date:  30 Mar 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) spokesman Majo Gwahram Baloch said in a media statement that the move to send additional Pakistani troops to nine districts of Balochistan in response to the global outbreak of Corona virus is a shameful act. Major Gwahram Baloch added that he wants his beloved and brave Baloch people, and the whole world to know that this deployment of additional Pakistani troops across occupied Balochistan was not being done to stop the spread of Coronavirus but to suppress the Baloch movement under the cover of combating this global pandemic. “This is a disgusting plan to intensify military operations against Baloch mass,” Maj. Gwahram Baloch said. He explained that during this global pandemic, the Pakistani military generals and their civilian puppets are trying to repeat the same inhumane tactics with renewed intensity against the Baloch nation as they did after the devastating earthquake of 2013 in the areas of Mashkay, Jhao,

The Impact Of COVID-19 On China’s Belt And Road Initiatives In Africa A new report by Economist Corporate Network, supported by Baker McKenzie and Silk Road Associates,  BRI Beyond 2020  (report), shows that the ripple effects of COVID-19 are affecting the nature, pace and scope of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) activity in Africa, mostly for the short term. The report also explains how the virus has led to an increased interest in digital programmes in BRI countries, as well as a heightened focus on sustainability, including workforce health. The BRI is China’s multi-billion-dollar plan to link Asia, Europe, and Africa. “The COVID-19 epidemic definitely has a dampening effect on BRI activities as Chinese companies focus their resources and efforts on dealing with the various types of the impact caused by such an epidemic. However, this effect will likely be relatively short term and we are already seeing the resumption of BRI activities by our Chinese clients. It is also heartening to see foreign sellers and partners adjusting t

Screening Of Fishermen Held For Corona,4 Suspected Patients Shifted To Gwadar Hospital    24 seconds ago    Mon 30th March 2020 | 04:11 PM The Pakistan Coast Guard screened as many as 4256 fishermen for corona virus in the sea and 4 suspected patients of the virus were taken to Gwadar Hospital KARACHI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Mar, 2020 ) :The  Pakistan  Coast Guard screened as many as 4256 fishermen for corona virus in the sea and 4 suspected patients of the virus were taken to  Gwadar  Hospital. According to a press release issued here on Monday, 600 personnel and officials of the force participated in the said operation utilizing 20 big and small boats. The PCG also distributed ration bags among underprivileged population living in far flung areas of  Balochistan  Including  Pasni ,  Gwadar , Jiwani and Manora  Karachi  also. Besides, awareness was also created among the masses about the outbreak of pandemic corona virus.

Chinese medical supplies donated to GDA Hospital

6 hours ago In wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan, Chinese Companies have donated medical supplies to Gawadar Development Authority Hospital. On Monday Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, tweeted: Chinese companies are together with Pakistan in fighting coronavirus: Gwadar East-Bay Expressway Project in collaboration with  @COPHCofficial   and Chinese Red Cross medical team in Gwadar donated medical supplies to GDA Hospital in the fight against COVID-19  #ChinaPakSolidarity

Fears grow for Pakistani journalist missing in Sweden

Sajid Hussain, who escaped Balochistan province in 2012 and was living in self-imposed exile, went missing on March 2. by  Kiyya Baloch 4 hours ago Fears are growing for a Pakistani journalist who, having escaped the South Asian country for safety reasons in 2012, has gone missing in Sweden where he was living in self-imposed exile. Rights groups are concerned the disappearance of Sajid Hussain, 39, could be related to his reporting. More: Egypt expels Guardian reporter for challenging coronavirus count Pakistan government's new social media rules draw criticism Journalism in Kashmir in 'state of repression': Media watchdog Hussain's family, however, said they did not want to accuse anyone, adding they hoped the Swedish authorities will provide them with answers. On Friday, the Balochistan Times, an online magazine published by Hussain,  announced  that he went missing from Uppsala, a city near Stockholm, on March 2. In the magazine, Hussain reported on alleged human ri

Trade suspension weighs heavily on Balochistan

MUHAMMAD AKBAR NOTEZAI Balochistan, particularly its five bordering districts, is heavily dependent on the trade with Iran. There has been a smooth flow of Iranian edibles into Balochistan through regular and irregular border points for years. One such point is in Panjgur, which is located in the Makran division. The irregular border point through which Iranian edibles are imported is called Chedgi, near the Mashkel River in Panjgur. It generates handsome revenue for the customs department every year. I recently had an opportunity to visit the said border point. I saw a number of Iranian edibles coming in. Zamyad vehicles are used to transport oil and diesel from Iran. The road between Chedgi and the Panjgur town is in bad shape. Hence, one prefers the dirt road to the main road. The distance between the Panjgur town and Chedgi is around 95 kilometres. But it took us more than three hours to reach there, although we were in the deputy commissioner’s Toyota Hilux Vigo. This raises the q

Balochistan is unprepared for the worst of COVID-19

Balochistan is unprepared for the worst of COVID-19 PakistanMuhammad Ejaz KhanMarch 30, 2020 As of March 30, there are 144 cases of the virus in the province, which is Pakistan’s poorest and most under-developed Panic is setting in, as the number of coronavirus cases spike in Balochistan and the provincial government comes under heavy criticism for its handling of the pilgrims returning from Iran. As of March 30, there are 144 cases of the virus in the province, which is Pakistan’s poorest and most under-developed. For now, Balochistan has imposed a three-week “partial” lockdown to contain the spread of the infection. But the measure seems to be more of an afterthought - once the rest of the country shut down - rather than a preemptive decision. The province has been in the international headlines a lot lately for how it bungled up the screening and testing of thousands of pilgrims, many of whom later tested positive. Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Dr Zafar Mirza, the ministe

HRCB urge the Swedish authorities to immediately find missing Baloch journalist, Sajid Hussain.

Date:  28 Mar 2020 Author:  Admin 0 In a statement released by The Human Right Council of Balochistan (HRCB) on Saturday said that “We are deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of senior Baloch journalist and writer, Sajid Hussain, who mysteriously disappeared from Uppsala, Sweden on March 2, 2020”. Mr Hussain was living in Stockholm and decided to shift to a private student accommodation in Uppsala on 2nd of March because of his work and studies. After reaching Uppsala, he remained in contact with his friends until 2:00 pm. However,  his phone went off and he was unable to be reached by his family and friends after that. Further statement stated that, HRCB is aware that his friends have informed the Swedish police in Uppsala about his disappearance on 3rd March and officially registered a case on 5th march, but the police did not provide any information on the well-being and whereabouts of Sajid Hussain to his family and friends so far. The case was registered with Missing

Unexplained disappearance of Mr Hussain in Sweden – Kachkool Ali Advocaat

sangar publication  - 28 Mar, 2020 at 10:17 pm It is the obligation of the Swedish government, police and the authority of university to trace out him, and demonstrate their efficiency in this regard, otherwise their passively attitude constitute a constructive vicariously guilty and culpability. Sweden has ratified and singed International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 2 of the Covenant holds that each state party to present Covenant undertakes to respect and ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, birth or other status. 2. Where not already provided for by existing legislative or other measures, each state party to the present Covenant undertakes to take necessary steps, in accordance with its constitutional processes and with the provisions of the