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Hindus Are Treated As Second Class Citizens: Dr. Shah Mohammad Marri

  Muhammad Akbar Notezai 7 years ago Hindus Are Treated As Second Class Citizens: Dr. Shah Mohammad Marri Advertisements By  Muhammad Akbar Notezai Dr. Shah Mohammad Marri is a professor at the Bolan Medical College  (B.M.C.), Quetta, and a renowned Baloch historian and intellectual. He is the editor of the progressive monthly magazine, Sangat  [friend[ and the author of  several books . The Baloch Hal  spoke to him exclusively about the state the Hindu religious minorities in Balochistan, their origin and contemporary challenges.  Who are the Hindus living in Balochistan? Hindus are Balochs as like the rest of the Baloch people living in Balochistan. They are the ancient people of this land and belong to this place. And I do not agree with the theory of migration of the Hindus, Balochs, Zikris, and other tribes or religious sects of Balochistan. All of them are indigenous to this land.  They have been living here before the advent of the Maher-Gar civilization which is 11,000 years ol

Balochistan’s undying dream

I.A. REHMAN WHOEVER wishes to understand Balochistan’s political travails, and the aspirations and frustrations of its long-suffering people, should read the history of their political awakening and the formation of their first broad-based political party, the Balochistan and All-India Baloch Conference, 87 years ago. A well-researched account of this party has recently been published as the fourth volume of the history of the Baloch and Balochistan that Dr Shah Mohammad Marri has been compiling for many years. The author traces signs of political awakening in Balochistan in 1917 when several Baloch supported the Red Army in its operations against the Basmachi in Turkmenistan while some others attended the Baku International Conference of Eastern Peoples. He quotes Abdul Qadir Nizamani who had claimed on the authority of P.C. Joshi, the long-time general secretary of the Communist Party of India, that several Baloch figured among the subcontinent’s first communists and one of them, Tar

Balochistan forms human chain to express solidarity with Kashmiris

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: High-ranking government officials, ministers, political workers, tribal leaders and people belonging to different walks of life formed a human chain on Kashmir Solidarity Day on Wednesday to express solidarity with the people of held Kashmir and their support for the freedom movement in the Valley. Those who formed the human chain included Balochistan Governor retired Justice Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani and Minister for Secondary and Higher Education Sardar Yar Mohammad Rind. This year the day was observed following the Indian government’s decision to revoke the autonomous status of held Kashmir and its bifurcation into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in August 2019. Marches, seminars and other programmes were also organised across the province on Kashmir Solidarity Day. “According to the United Nations resolutions, Kashmiris have the right to self-determination. The people of Balochistan stand with them in their struggle for freedom,”

Gwadar to see population balloon to 2 million: Gwadar masterplan Business Hamza Azhar Salam  &  Murtaza Ali Shah February 05, 2020 According to the blueprint, Gwadar is set to become the 3rd largest city in Pakistan by economic output Share Next Story >>> LONDON/QUETTA: Gwadar's population is set to exceed two million people in the long run with high paid expatriate professionals accounting for up to 80% of the population, according to the new Gwadar Smart City Masterplan. High paid jobs, tax-free environment, high-tech industries, mega shopping malls, luxury resorts, man-made islands and Pakistan's largest international airport, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan last year, are all included in the blueprint that will see Gwadar become the 3rd largest city in Pakistan by economic output. The 75-page master plan document, prepared by Chinese state-owned company China Communications Construction Company in conjunction with Pakistan's Minister of Planning, Development & Reform and Gwadar Devel

Investment under CPEC: KHCL still struggling for resolution of issues with AJ&K government  Business Recorder, Pakistan  by  MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN  on  February 6, 2020 Kohala Hydro Company Limited (KHCL) is still struggling for resolution of outstanding issues with the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) to keep investment on track under CPEC, well-informed sources told  Business Recorder. Kohala Hydro Company (Pvt) LTD (KHCL) which will establish 1234MW hydropower project has already provided the draft Tripartite Agreement (TPA) in the light of ECC decision taken in a meeting on October 2, 2019. Subsequently, PPIB in a letter communicated ECC decision on November 8, 2019 in which it was stated that the government of AJ&K will make necessary amendments in the Arbitration Act 1940, in the manner to recognize, enforce and execute foreign arbitral awards by AJK courts. KHCL said that following language was agreed between the parties subject to approval by the Prime Minister AJ&K and the CTGI Board. "It was agreed by the government of AJ&K t

CPEC needs help

Pakistan Today The government must undo the initial damage The tweet by China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Asim Bajwa, saying that the multibillion dollar project had completed its first phase, of energy and infrastructure projects, and would now engage in its second, which would lead to the creation of thousands of jobs, and to an overall increase in prosperity, is to be welcomed. CPEC had been touted as a gamechanger for the Pakistani economy for years, but it had not really played such a role so far. Indeed, at the time of its takeover, the PTI government had criticised it, until it became convinced that was not a gravy train for the previous government to loot, but had far-reaching ramifications for the nation’s economy. However, the present government should not assume that its duty was fulfilled by its setting up the CPEC Authority, of which General Bajwa is head. There is more work that has to be done, most of it by the government. First of

China virus infects Myanmar Belt and Road plans

Asia Times MYANMAR WUHAN VIRUS FEBRUARY 5, 2020 A Chinese tourist wears a protective face mask while visiting the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, February 2, 2020. Myanmar government suspended on-arrival visas for Chinese tourists on February 1, 2020. Photo: AFP Forum via Nurphoto/ Shwe Paw Mya Tin Lethal coronavirus outbreak highlights unforeseen risk of greater connectivity with China By BERTIL LINTNER , CHIANG MAI I Inmid-January, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a historic visit to Myanmar with a pocket full of promises. Xi vowed to build and finance big new infrastructure projects to connect the two neighbors in unprecedented trade-promoting ways in a so-called China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, which if realized as envisioned would serve as a poster child for his wider Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia. Fast forward three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed at least 25 and infected over 24,000 in China, has spread contagion panic worldwide – and has suddenly p

Road fatalities in Balochistan   News desk 1 hour ago Dost Muhammad Barrech ROADS are arguably the symbol of development and connectivity, making headway without roads is nothing more than a wishful thinking. To the contrary, narrow roads of Balochistan, instead of development and connectivity, are causing death and destruction. Traffic accidents in Balochistan have become a buzzword, breeding psychological disorders for already marginalized masses of the province. A recent report of National Highway/Motorway Police shows a gloomy picture. It claims that in Balochistan six thousand people are perishing annually and more than ten thousand are wounded in traffic accidents. Surprisingly, killing of masses in traffic accidents has outnumbered the killing of people in terrorist attacks across the province. A pertinent query to be answered is: why is Balochistan, the largest province areas-wise and smallest province population-wise, confronting with such fatalities? Questionably, Balochistan, being the sma

Beijing to Balochistan – China’s CPEC Quandary

IndraStra By  Dr. Nanda Kishor   and Avishkar Pamnani With the partition and creation of two entities as India and Pakistan, like India, Pakistan too faced the issue of integration of the erstwhile princely states and ethnic groups into the new identity of Pakistan. With the simmering of tension in the underbelly of one of the most significant geopolitical region of Balochistan, it is the largest province of Pakistan by land area and one of the least populated. The coastline of Pakistan is around 1000 km, and Balochistan alone constitutes about 800 km of it. For closer to 70 decades, the Baloch people have protested, confronted and rebelled against  Pakistan’s mistreatment  of its largest and naturally richest province. The unheard voices of the Baloch people across the world have become a topic of interest and study only now due to its newfound importance from the  Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)  and  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)  proposed by China and revival of China-Paki

CPEC phase-II to create massive employment opportunities in Pak: Asim Bajwa

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad | Last Updated at February 05 2020 21:24 IST Photo: Shutterstock The second phase of the  China- Pakistan  Economic Corridor (CPEC) will generate massive employment opportunities and help cash-strapped  Pakistan  to upgrade its key industrial and agricultural sectors,  CPEC  Authority Chairman Lt-Gen (retd) Asim Bajwa has said. Bajwa, the former Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations, the military's media wing, was appointed as the first chairman of the newly-established  CPEC  Authority in November last year. The $60 billion  CPEC  is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China's resource-rich Xinjiang province with Pakistan's strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea. Pakistan, China's all-weather ally, has also raised special forces to protect infrastructure projects as well as Chinese nationals working on CPEC-linked ventures. Bajwa, tweeting from his new Twitter handle for the first time