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BLA claims responsibility for the attack on Pakistan army in Bolan

Current Balochistan Date:  30 Apr 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Baloch Liberation Army’s spokesman has claimed responsibility of the attack on Pakistani forces which occurred earlier today. The spokeman for the group, Jeeyand Baloch in a presss release said that, The BLA Fighters Targeted a Pakistani military truck with an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), in the Bolan area of Balochistan. “The IED attack was carried out in the “Safar” area of “Sangan” district Bolan, on a patrolling team of Pakistan Army” he added. He said that, The attack left two enemy soldiers injured and one dead, and their patrolling truck was demolished

Pakistan army’s indiscriminate firing kills an adolescent

May 1, 2020   Balochistan Post A teenage boy who was already battling cancer, lost his life by Pakistani forces’ firing According to details received by The Balochistan Post, The adolescent victim Imam s/o Sher Mohammed was traveling along with his uncle and younger brother when Pakistan army personnel opened fire on the vehicle in Aapsikan area of Mand. Imam received injuries in the firing and his brother was taken away by Pakistani forces. As per the reports, Imam died due to the bleeding. It is to be said that forces kept him under custody for a long time without medical treatment. Later the army personnel handed him over to the levies and he was also kept there for some hours. At last when he was taken to the hospital, it was too late. The young boy was already battling with cancer and was receiving financial help from locals for his treatment. Many cases of collective punishment in the past by Pakistan army has been reported in the region. Related topic:  Collective punishment – T

Pakistan military won’t take budget cuts easily, even for Covid. So this man has been hired A lot of Pakistan’s defence budget may get redirected in the post-Covid era, but army isn’t going to let go. It now eyes revocation of a constitutional amendment. AYESHA SIDDIQA 30 April, 2020 10:33 am IST File photo | Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa | Twitter/@AsimBajwaISPR Text Size:  A-   A+ L ike every crisis, Covid-19 will bring its set of challenges and opportunities. For starters, the guns-versus-butter debate may be back on the table. With the overall size of the world economy shrinking, leaders will have to decide how much they are willing to spend on real security of citizens in the form of health and personal development versus traditional military security. How Pakistan calibrates these priorities will be telling. Despite the need for A lot of its defence budget to get redirected in the post-Covid-19 era, this will not be allowed. As it eyes the revocation of a controversial constitutional amendment that stands in the way of the military getting more resources, a recen

Mobilizing the Indo-Pacific infrastructure response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia

Roland Rajah April 2020 DOWNLOAD    Download the full report EXECUTIVE SUMMARY China has become a significant financier of major infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia under the banner of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This has prompted renewed interest in the sustainable infrastructure agenda in Southeast Asia from other major powers. In response, the United States, Japan, and Australia are actively seeking to coordinate their own revamped overseas infrastructure efforts as part of a trilateral arrangement aimed at upholding a free and open Indo-Pacific. Though principally motivated by geostrategic concerns, such international policy efforts are also well-justified on economic grounds — given the persistence of Southeast Asia’s large infrastructure financing gap, low world interest rates, and concerns about structurally weak global economic growth. In addition, China’s approach to infrastructure poses clear risks to governance, as well as economic, environmental, and social su

China faces wave of calls for debt relief on ‘Belt and Road’ projects

Bankers will consider suspending interest payments but writing off loans is unlikely It is estimated that Chinese banks have lent $461bn to BRI projects in 138 countries since 2013 © Luis Tato/Bloomberg      Financial Times April 30, 2020 11:13 am   by  James Kynge  in Hong Kong and  Sun Yu  in Beijing China has received a wave of applications for debt relief from crisis-hit countries included in the “Belt and Road Initiative” as coronavirus strains the world’s biggest development programme.  Chinese policy advisers and bankers told the Financial Times that Beijing was considering a number of responses, including the suspension of interest payments on loans from the country’s financial institutions. But they also warned against expectations that China would forgive debts outright. “We understand a lot of countries are looking to renegotiate loan terms,” said a researcher at the China Development Bank, a Chinese “policy ban

Balochistan’s civil hospital faces PPE shortageBy ​ our correspondent

 Apr.30,2020 Young Doctors Association has been protesting against the lack of protective equipment in government hospitals QUETTA:  Balochistan’s second largest government hospital faces shortage of protective equipment, as MS Civil Hospital requests health secretary Balochistan to provide necessary protective equipment at an emergency basis. Medical Superintendent of Civil Hospital Quetta has written a letter to the provincial health secretary, saying that hospitals face acute shortage of protective equipment for doctors and healthcare staff. According to the letter, MS requested the secretary to provide, 15,000 pairs of gloves, 15,000 face masks, 1000 liters of sanitizers and 2,000 disposable gowns. “The requested equipment is for the 15 days demand,” the letter read. Young Doctors have been protesting against the lack of protective equipment in the Civil Hospital and other government hospitals. A number of doctors and paramedic staff have also been infected with the coronavirus up

Heyday for CPEC with induction of new faces

World INP April 30, 2020 ISLAMABAD: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is likely to have heyday with the induction of new faces in the Federal Cabinet, which unleashes a fresh dynamism in the execution and progress of... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is likely to have heyday with the induction of new faces in the Federal Cabinet, which unleashes a fresh dynamism in the execution and progress of all projects in future. Commenting on the new induction, China Economic Net (CEN) stated in a report on Wednesday that Senator Shibli Faraz, a strong supporter of CPEC has been appointed as the federal minister for Information and Broadcasting and CPEC Authority Chairman Lt-Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa as Special Assistant for Prime Minister on Information. Both of them are touted as professionally diligent in performing their tasks in quickest and smooth manner as per vision envisaged by National Action Plan on priority areas especially C

Military choppers arrive in Sibi; air operation suspected.

By admin April 29, 2020 In the past few days, various operations have been carried out in different areas of Balochistan. The security forces have allegedly been assisted by military choppers and numerous enforced disappearances have also been reported in these operations. According to the information received by The Balochistan Post; the influx of military personnel in district Sibi is continuing uninterrupted. Military helicopters have also landed in the area. The local sources have stated that the security forces are entering in Tili area of Sibi en masse from the past few days, whereas four armed helicopters have also been seen circling the region. The sources suspect that the mass arrival of security forces and helicopters means an operation is underway. No relevant information has been received from the district authorities regarding the mass presence of armed forces and military helicopters in the area. In an operation yesterday, four persons were apprehended in Awaran and moved


COVID-19 AND EUROPE-CHINA RELATIONS 29 APR 2020 - 10:23  DOWNLOAD PUBLICATION     A COUNTRY-LEVEL APPROACH This  report  'Covid-19 and Europe-China Relations' published by The European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) contains 19 chapters from European countries. Ties Dams, Frans-Paul van der Putten and Monika Sie Dhian Ho contributed the chapter on the Netherlands (p.43). The Covid-19 crisis has hit at a time when debates over the need to adopt more coherent strategies towards China have been emerging across Europe. In many ways, the current crisis has become a catalyst for a number of trends that have been shaping Europe-China relations in recent years, while in other ways it has turned the tables. It has simultaneously brought Europe and China into closer cooperation, pushed them further apart, and seemingly underlined the fractures that exist within Europe on how to approach an increasingly influential China. Netherlands: Tough questions, stronger answers in the face of C

China's 'Hub-and-Spoke' Strategy in the Balkans

As China’s funding for infrastructure and other investments expands along its Belt and Road Initiative, its economic and political influence is growing in the Western Balkans, a strategically contested area on the EU's periphery. This report, part of a two-year effort to track Chinese economic influence in the region, draws from a new CSIS dataset to identify key trends, including China's geographic and sectoral priorities, low project completion rates, and an emerging second wave of digital investments. Read the full report  here .

Balochistan growing household income faster than other provinces, PBS survey

SAMAA | Samaa Money Posted: Apr 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 mins ago samaa Balochistan has the lowest average household income, yet it grew that number faster than any other province in the last five years, reveals the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) Survey 2018-2019. The survey, which is conducted by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, showed the average household income in Balochistan grew by 21% since June 2014 when the last edition was published. This is the highest growth rate for any province, but it remained at the bottom with the lowest household income of Rs36,387 per month. Punjab led with Rs42,861 closely followed by KP while Sindh was in the middle of the two extremes, shows the Household Integrated Economic Survey, which was launched in 1963 and became part of PSLM in 2004. The overall trend for average monthly income at the household level showed an increase of 16.5% to Rs41,545 in the five years under review. The report also shows incomes of the fi

NDMA delivers fourth consignment of protective gear to Balochistan, GB

Web Desk   On  Apr 29, 2020 QUETTA: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Wednesday dispatched the fourth consignment of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for doctors and health workers of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, ARY News reported. According to NDMA Spokesperson, these PPE include surgical masks, N-95 masks, protective gowns, gloves, shoe covers, surgical head covers, face shields, protective goggles, and sanitizers. The consignment included 38798 surgical masks, 1600 N-95 masks, 7292 protective gears, 2240 surgical gloves and 1303 shoes to be used in intensive care units of hospitals. It also contained 1676 surgical caps, 318 protection glass, 808 face shields and 200 thermal guns, bottles of sanitizers. Similarly, 29098  surgical masks , 1200 N-95 masks, 5469 protective gears, 1680 surgical gloves and 997 shoes have been dispatched to Gilgit Baltistan hospitals. The spokesperson said the provision of PPEs is also continuing to hospitals of Punjab, Sindh, an

Balochistan government hiring microbiologists, virologists to increase testing capacity

SAMAA |  Health Posted: Apr 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 9 mins ago Photo: AFP The Balochistan government is hiring microbiologists, molecular biologists and virologists to increase its coronavirus testing capacity. Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani tweeted that 12 people are going to be “immediately inducted” in the province’s labs.  A six-month contract will be given. The health department has called for interested candidates to come for a walk-in interview.  The salary, as per the government advertisement shared on Twitter by Shahwani, will range from Rs75,000 to Rs90,000 depending on the applicant’s qualifications.  The recruitment is being done purely to work on COVID-19 PCR labs. You can apply till May 5.

On the Asian Century, Pax Sinica & Beyond (X): Coronavirus: Why Beijing’s ‘Wolf Warrior Diplomacy’ will fail

 On the Asian Century, Pax Sinica & Beyond (X): Coronavirus: Why Beijing’s ‘Wolf Warrior Diplomacy’ will fail By Siegfried O. Wolf. 28 April, 2020 ISSN NUMBER: 2406-5617  DOWNLOAD PDF Siegfried O. Wolf Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research at SADF (Coordinator: Democracy Research Programme); he was educated at the Institute of Political Science (IPW) and South Asia Institute (SAI), both Heidelberg University. Additionally he is member (affiliated researcher) of the SAI as well as a former research fellow at IPW and Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi, India). Relations with China are complex, particularly since the Presidency of Xi Jinping and the launch of his signature project the Belt and Road Initiative/BRI (Joshi, 2020, April 4; Wolf, 2019). With the outbreak and global spread of the Coronavirus, a critical perception of China as an inter

NDMA dispatching fourth consignment of PPE for health workers of Balochistan, GB April 29, 2020 National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is dispatching fourth consignment of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for doctors and health workers of Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan. According to NDMA Spokesperson, these PPE include surgical masks, N-95 masks, protective gowns, gloves, shoe covers, surgical head covers, face shields, protective goggles, and sanitizers. He said that fourth consignment of PPEs to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already been sent. He said provision of PPEs is also continuing to hospitals of Punjab, Sindh, and Azad Kashmir.