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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