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Security forces kill 'high-value target', foil terror bid in Balochistan

The militant was responsible for killing innocent civilians, extortion and attacking security forces, says ISPR News Desk  |  October 31, 2020     ISPR says a large cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered during the operation. PHOTO: AFP/FILE A possible terrorist activity was foiled in southern Balochistan on Saturday when security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO), killing a "high-value target" responsible for killing innocent civilians, extortion and attacking security forces, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The military's media wing said that the operation was conducted in Ketch district's Buleda area on a terrorist hideout of a proscribed organisation. "A high-value target responsible for killing innocent civilians, extortion and attacking security forces was killed during the operation. A large cache of arms and ammunition [was also] recovered," the ISPR said in a statement. It further said that a soldie

Crack Appearing In Pakistan, China Relations As Beijing Demands Higher Interest Under CPEC?

Published   1 day ago   on   October 30, 2020 By   Smriti Chaudhary Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) hailed by Pakistan and supported through the China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC) has reportedly hit a new roadblock. Satellite Image Reveals How China Is Expanding Its Key Airbase, Just 160 KM From Arunachal Border he Main Line 1 (ML-1) is the biggest project under CPEC worth $6.8 billion. Under ML-1, a 2,655 kilometer railway line will connect Karachi in the South to Peshawar in the North of Pakistan. Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that “the project will revolutionize the railway service in Pakistan”,  Dawn  had reported   last month. He added that the project will create 150,000 jobs and a significant surge in the freight business after completion of the ML-1 project.   Meanwhile, China isn’t keen on the one percent interest rate on the loan demanded by Islamabad for financing the project. Reportedly, the project is financed jointly by Bei

BLA takes credit of exterminating 2 secret services personnel

Source: Social Media  Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) fighters shot killed two Pakistani intelligence officials in Noshki on Thursday. Baloch sarmachars attacked Pakistani intelligence personnel on Anam Bostan Road in Noshki city. Both the Pakistani intelligence operatives; Asghar and Shahid were killed on the spot. The Baloch Liberation Army warns those elements active against the Baloch nation and liberation movement that the BLA is aware of the nefarious activities of all such elements who are at the behest of the enemy conspiring to weaken Baloch people by creating conflicts amongst them. These elements are involved in harassing Baloch citizens, extortion, occupying lands and are directly active against the independence movement. If these anti-national elements do not stop their evil deeds, then all these local agents of the enemy will be taught a lesson. The Baloch Liberation Army reiterates its commitment to continue the attacks on the occupying Pakistani army and its local operativ

Cuban academic launches books on Belt and Road Initiative

Beijing, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban academic Jesus Guanche on Thursday launched three books that analyze the Belt and Road Initiative beyond its economic-commercial nature, as well as its incidence on China's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. The expert told Prensa Latina that the books are based on the results of several research works and are included in the syllabuses of some Chinese universities. The books 'Puentes de Cooperacion. La Cultura Latinoamericana y Caribeña en la Iniciativa de la Franja y la Ruta' and 'China-America Latina and el Caribe: Memoria, Actualidad y Perspectiva' deal about the development of relations between those regions from different approaches. They express ideas such as the thesis that Chinese sailors could have arrived in Latin America before 1492, and the evolution of diplomatic relations since 1960, when Cuba recognized the People's Republic of China. Another issue is China's policy on Latin America and the C

Powering Gwadar for future

Peshawar Senator Kauda Babar October 12, 2020 The China Pakistan Economic Corridor is poised to reshape the economic landscape of Pakistan in addition to opening multiple avenues for foreign direct investment. In this regard, Gwadar holds a... Share Next Story >>> The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is poised to reshape the economic landscape of Pakistan in addition to opening multiple avenues for foreign direct investment. In this regard, Gwadar holds a pivotal importance. The development of Gwadar is sine qua non for Pakistan’s development. Ever since the materialisation of CPEC, Gwadar was able to gain significant importance in Pakistan’s political landscape. The representatives from Balochistan in Parliament have being raising the local issues. In this regard, a number of issues related to Gwadar have been resolved or are in the process of getting addressed. The ongoing construction of international airport here will not only allow access to potential investors or

Parliamentary body for early completion of Gwadar projects

Recorder Report   30 Oct 2020 Facebook Twitter Whatsapp ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) emphasized on early completion of ongoing projects at Gwadar pertaining to development of infrastructure, water, health, provision of energy, and security arrangements in view of the importance of Gwadar port. In an in camera meeting of the CPEC chaired by Sher Ali Arbab after receiving briefing from relevant ministries and departments remarked that Gwadar is the most important component of the CPEC, as the success of the CPEC is linked with the effective operationalisation of Gwadar. Therefore, it is mandatory that the ongoing projects at Gwadar pertaining to infrastructure, water, health as well as provision of energy and security arrangements should be completed quickly and effectively, added the committee. The chairman further directed the Ministry of Interior to ensure that the rights of any citizen must not be violated in the name of security a

Opposition of CPEC growing inside Pakistan; separatist groups fighting government united, say sources

Srinjoy Chowdhury | National Affairs Editor Updated Oct 29, 2020 | 17:00 IST In the third quarter of 2020, 132 people were killed, 76 of them in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 23 in Baluchistan and 19 in Sindh. Representational Image Opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC is growing inside Pakistan, in Baluchistan, Sindh and the North-West Frontier Province.  Separatist groups fighting the Pakistan government have united, sources said. In Baluchistan, all the groups have united under the banner of the BRAS or the Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar. This includes the Baloch Liberation Army or the BLA.  The BRAS and the Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army or SRA have joined hands. Meanwhile, in the NWFP, now called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Tehreeke Taliban or the TTP have joined hands with the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar or JUA and the Hizb-ul-Ahrar. This has not only led to stronger protests against the CPEC in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but also in Karachi, where the JUA, which has ISIS links, is well entrenched.

How Army generals turned Pakistan into an ‘international jihadi tourist resort’

Author Mohammad Hanif explains how Army generals turned Pakistan into an ‘international jihadi tourist resort’ The Pakistan Army has cultivated the image of 180 million people of Pakistan with nuclear devices strapped to their collective body threatening to take the world down with it, said Pakistani author Mohammad Hanif. Updated: Oct 28, 2020, 10:43 IST By Asian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal Author Mohammad Hanif(Wikipedia) The Pakistan Army has cultivated the image of 180 million people of Pakistan with nuclear devices strapped to their collective body threatening to take the world down with it, said Pakistani author Mohammad Hanif. In an opinion piece, Hanif, the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008), explains how generals of Pakistan Army turned Pakistan into an international jihadi  tourist resort He said that the Pakistan Army, throughout its history, has refused to take advice from politicians as well as thinking professionals from its own ranks. Talking ab

Pakistan unveils first metro line under China's Belt and Road Initiative amid mounting debt

MoneyControl    •  Oct 28, 2020 02:43 PM IST By  Moneycontrol News Beijing has invested more than $50 billion as part of the CPEC to upgrade infrastructure, power and transport links across Pakistan. Travel time across Lahore, a congested city with 11 million residents, has been cut to 45 minutes. Pakistan opened its first metro line in Lahore, following years of delays, on October 26. The Orange Line Metro was funded in part by Chinese investment and provides a major fillip to the country's underdeveloped public transport infrastructure. The project is the first large-scale technologically advanced  rail transit project  under the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Dawn reported. Stretching 27 kilometres and dotted with more than two dozen stations, the Orange Line will cut travel time across the congested city in Punjab province from two-and-a-half hours by bus to 45 minutes on the metro. The metro cost more than 300 billion rupees ($1.8 billion

Crossing red lines in Quetta

Editorial Updated 28 Oct 2020 IN Quetta, the Pakistan Democratic Movement  ventured  into forbidden territory. At its Gujranwala and Karachi rallies, the PDM leaders highlighted the people’s economic hardships and the misery caused by skyrocketing prices of essential food items and medicines, and rightly so. But it was at the mammoth gathering in Balochistan’s capital last Sunday that the speakers also addressed the issue of enforced disappearances, and gave voice to the grief of the families of the missing. By calling Adeeba Qambrani — a young Baloch woman whose three brothers have been disappeared — to the stage, Maryam Nawaz put a face to that grief. ”No longer will husbands and brothers go missing, people of Balochistan,” she vowed. PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif said: “I am aware of the Baloch people’s problems, Nawaz Sharif knows [...] the missing persons issue is still there. I feel pain when I see the victims.” 🔴  In political terms, bringing up the issue of enforced disappearance

Pakistan Belt and Road railway hits snag as China nixes low rate

Islamabad turns to G-20 for debt relief after Beijing reluctant to negotiate A laborer digs in preparation for the replacement of concrete sleepers along a railway track in Karachi in Jan. 2018.   © Reuters ADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writer October 27, 2020 15:36 JS KARACHI -- The Main Line 1, or ML-1, railway project, the largest in China's Belt and Road Initiative in Pakistan, has run into trouble as Beijing is reluctant to finance the project at the 1% interest rate demanded by Islamabad. ML-1 is the biggest initiative in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, with a price tag of $6.8 billion. With 2,655 km of track, it connects Karachi in the South to Peshawar in the North of Pakistan. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the federal minister of railways, claimed that ML-1 will provide jobs for 150,000 people in Pakistan. The country will invest 10% of the project cost as equity, and will bear the remaining 90% through a Chinese loan under the CPEC framework. Only Chinese companies are

Building China’s Belt and Road Initiative BIT by BIT

27 October 2020 Authors: Zachary Haver, Washington DC and Wendy Leutert, Indiana University China is actively promoting international investment, trade and infrastructure connectivity through Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s hallmark Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Once wary of international investment law as a threat to domestic sovereignty, Beijing is embracing bilateral investment treaties (BITs) to protect investments associated with the BRI. As of October 2020, 138 countries have  signed  agreements to participate in the BRI. These  bilateral accords  may identify specific areas of cooperation or simply express a shared intent to collaborate.  According  to the World Bank, the 71 economies along key BRI transport corridors, including China, account for 35 per cent of global foreign direct investment, 40 per cent of global merchandise exports and 60 per cent of the world’s population. BITs provide the primary legal framework governing Chinese investments under the BRI. In these treaties

Webinar highlights investment opportunities in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Chinese investors were told about huge investment opportunities in Pakistan, particularly Balochis­tan, at a webinar organised by the Con­sulate General of Pakistan in Shanghai on Tuesday. The webinar on trade and investment opportunities in the country was hosted by Pakistani Consul General in Shanghai Hussain Haider and attended by CEO of Balochistan Board of Investment and Trade Farman Zarkoon, Vice President of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Ye Yuhua, President of Sialkot Chambers of Commerce and Industry Qaisar Baryar and St Fulin Group senior partner Echo Lee. Chinese investors and representatives of business fraternity also participated. Mr Haider gave a presentation about the investment potential of Pakistan, saying that the country had a liberal trade regime and freely allowed import and export of all products. He said that there were strong reasons for investing in Pakistan, including its large market siz

Call for ‘independent Balochistan’ from Pakistan’s all-party platform

    Tue, Oct 27 2020 01:31:25 PM By Ateet Sharma New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS):  Facing death and discrimination at the hands of Pakistani authorities for decades, the Baloch freedom fighters have their chests all pumped up after a top leader demanded yesterday the creation of an "independent Balochistan state" during a massive rally which was also addressed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chief chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif via video link from London. Addressing the 11-party Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM's) third march against the Imran Khan government in Quetta, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP) leader Maulana Shah Owais Noorani has put his stamp of approval on Balochistan's separation from Pakistan. " We want Balochistan as an independent state. Today, Balochistan looks like an underdeveloped

Pakistan Inaugurates First Transport Project Worth $2.2 Billion Under CPEC

Pakistan Inaugurates First Transport Project Worth $2.2 Billion Under CPEC Punjab province Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Chinese officials inaugurated the projected which has been completed in six years at the cost of over USD 2.2 billion. Pakistan and China flags PTI UPDATED ON: OCTOBER 27, 2020, 11:43 IST FOLLOW US ON: The first transport project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was inaugurated here on Sunday. Punjab province Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Chinese officials inaugurated the projected which has been completed in six years at the cost of over USD 2.2 billion. The overhead Lahore Orange Line Metro Train will operate between Lahore's Dera Gujjran to Ali Town on 27Km stretch from Monday. As many as 250,000 people will be able to commute daily using the Orange Line trains. Advertisement China said Orange Line Train is also a symbol of Pakistan-China friendship and a gift for the people of Lahore. Experts from China have trained Pakistani drivers on h

Explosion at a religious seminary in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar has killed at least eight people

Children among those killed after explosives hidden in bag detonate Shah Meer Baloch  in Islamabad Tue 27 Oct 2020 04.20 EDT An explosion at a religious seminary in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar has killed at least eight people and injured 110 others. The deadly blast took place at about 8.30am at the Jamia Zuberia religious school   in Dir Colony, where about 500 students were gathered to hear a lecture by influential cleric Rahimullah Haqqani. Most of them were between 20 and 30 years old and from the Khyber Pakthunkwa and Balochistan regions of Pakistan, as well as some from Afghanistan. A police superintendent, Waqar Azeem Kharal, said the explosion had been caused by high-quality explosives brought into the lecture hall in a bag. Kharal said that ball bearings were also used in the explosives. “It shows the attackers planned for mass casualties,” he said. Police superintendent Rajab Ali of the counter terrorism department confirmed it was being treated as an act of terroris

The Three Seas Initiative:A European answer to China’s Belt and Road?

DAVID MORRIS A quest to modernise dilapidated infrastructure in Central Europe has quickly transformed into a geopolitical contest. Świnoujście, Poland, on the Baltic Sea (Getty Images) Published 26 Oct 2020 15:30    0 Comments     Europe   Multilateral Institutions A new infrastructure connectivity initiative in Central Europe is the latest stage for a geopolitical contest. A diverse group of European Union member states in the traditional “buffer zone” between Western Europe and the East have long suffered lagging living standards and weaker economies. Their poorly connected energy and transport infrastructure reflects their history, in particular their separation from Western Europe by the Iron Curtain during the long decades of the Cold War. Nevertheless, in recent years, at least until the Covid-19 crisis, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe were among the fastest growing economies in Europe. All suffer constraints from significant infrastructure deficits. But rather than