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Two-stage approach to revive the Belt and Road Initiative

Updated 2020.05.08 19:24 GMT+8 Pradumna B. Rana and Ji Xianbai Alibaba Cloud logo is seen at 2019 Hangzhou Apsara Conference, September 25, 2019. /VCG Editor's note: Pradumna B. Rana is a visiting associate professor at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Ji Xianbai holds a doctorate from RSIS. They are coauthors of the forthcoming book entitled "China's Belt and Road Initiative: Impacts on Asia and Policy Agenda." A version of this article has appeared earlier as RSIS Commentary. The article reflects the authors' opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. In the shadow of COVID-19, the global economic outlook has become dismal. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently noted that the economic contraction this year will be so bad that only a handful of people in the world will have experienced a similar event in their adult lifetimes. Against this backdrop, the physical infrastructure compon

Work on Gwadar Airport starts: Asim Bajwa

by  on  May 8, 2020 Asim Bajwa said the containers of machinery that were stalled on the Gwadar Port were also cleared while labour working on the project had also been mobilized. He said the labour working on the project were also educated on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) on novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting General (Retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa has said that all pending issues of Gwadar International Airport have been resolved and the physical work on the project has been started. SAPM Asim Bajwa, who is also Chairman of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said in a tweet the containers of machinery that were stalled on the Gwadar Port were also cleared while labour working on the project had also been mobilized. He said the labour working on the project were also educated on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) on novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Bajwa said the cost of the project

‘Relaxed curbs will mean 1.1m cases by July’

By  mohammad zafar  May.09,2020 Balochistan seeks 15 to 20-day curfew to control virus QUETTA:  The Director General Health of Balochistan Dr Saleem Abro said, without implementing a strict lockdown, the total positive cases in Balochistan would reach 300,000 by the first week of July but if the situation isn’t controlled then the number would climb up to 1.1 million by the second week of July in Balochistan, urging the masses to avoid unnecessary traveling and movement in the cities during the prevailing pandemic. He shared these views on Thursday while addressing a news conference with the President of Quetta Press Club, Raza ur Rehman in Quetta. “Being a medical expert I am warning that if we continue our non-serious attitude against Covid-19 and keep violating lockdown guidelines then by December more than 9.5 million people in Balochistan would become active cases of Coronavirus,” Dr Abro said, adding that we can’t predict how many people would die or turn critical. He further sai

Pakistan Navy, ANF seize 100kg of crystal drug worth Rs3b in Balochistan

      May 08, 2020 Pakistan Navy and Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) have seized 100 kilograms of crystal drug worth three billion rupees in a joint operation at Pasni coastal area of Balochistan. A Spokesperson of Pakistan Navy, in a statement, said timely action against smuggling of narcotics is a result of effective surveillance of maritime limits of the country by the Navy. He said Pakistan Navy is determined to thwart nefarious designs of criminal elements

Balochistan’s 20,000 tons of iron ore put on sale

Business Javed Mirza May 09, 2020 KARACHI: The joint venture firm of Balochistan government and Pakistan Petroleum Limited has put the second lot of 20,000 metric tons of mined iron ore on sale, it was learnt on Friday.Officials... KARACHI: The joint venture firm of Balochistan government and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) has put the second lot of 20,000 metric tons of mined iron ore on sale, it was learnt on Friday. Officials said Bolan Mining Enterprises (BME) is selling iron ore on ex-mine basis. BME started mining of iron ore from its mining lease in Pachinko of Chagai district, and this is the second lot put on sale, according to the officials BME was formed through a joint venture agreement signed on June 1, 1974 between the two for 30 years to mine, grind and market baryte deposits in Gunga near Khuzdar and other minerals in Balochistan. PPL was designated as operator under the agreement

Balochistan’s economic challenges amid Covid-19 discussed

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: The meeting of a resource committee has reviewed economic challenges arising out of the lockdown imposed in Balochistan to contain coronavirus. The meeting was presided over by Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani and attended by representatives of donor agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organisations). They discussed the province’s economic challenges and tried to find ways to mitigate their negative impact on the people. Mr Alyani said that the lockdown would increase economic woes of the people as it could cause unemployment and poverty in the province. “ The province has to bare economic challenges by next five to six years as the coronavirus pandemic has halted provincial economic growth,” he chief minister said. He said the provincial government was trying to make policies with the support of donor agencies and through public-private partnership projects for creating economic opportunities. Coordinator to Resource Comm

Death in Balochistan

EDITOR'S MAIL It is heartbreaking to hear the news that Balochistan, once again, lost two innocent souls in shape of Shahdad Mumtaz and Ehsan Baloch. They were the students of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Even once they raised their voice for Baloch students when they were beaten badly by Quaid-i-Azam university’s security guards and Islamabad Police force. Their only mistake was they were Baloch and raised their voices for their rights. Due to their voices for their rights, they were targeted and now martyred. However, Article 3 of Human Rights says ‘Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person’. So, my question is, where are these laws being applied? Situations are worsened by the culprits, why are Baloch students targeted and killed? Where is Human Rights Commission in Pakistan? Our government is silently watching everything. Why do not the authorities set commissions to survey why do Baloch M.phil scholars take a gun and turn to mountains. Where are the

Balochistan allows business activities under ‘smart lockdown’ from Monday

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: The Balochistan government decided on Friday to convert the lockdown into a ‘smart lockdown’, allowing the business community to resume activities from Monday across the province. The provincial government had announced extension of the lockdown for two more weeks, but traders’ organisations rejected the announcement and announced opening of shops and markets after May 9 without waiting for any government approval, saying they had already suffered losses of millions of rupees. The decision was announced after talks between a team of government officials and traders’ representatives. The government team comprised provincial minister Mir Saleem Ahmed Khosa, parliamentary leader Asghar Khan Achakzai, Quetta deputy commissioner retired Major Aurangzeb Badini and leaders of Anjuman Tajran Balochistan. The meeting discussed details of smart lockdown and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Later, members of the government team and representatives of provincial traders’

BLA claims responsibility for killing six personnel, including army major

sangar publication  - 08 May, 2020 at 10:11 pm   Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) fighters bombed a convoy of Pakistani army vehicles and motorcycles at Kallag, in Tigran area of Kech District. A vehicle in the convoy was completely destroyed when it was hit by an IED installed by Baloch fighters, as a result of which six personnel, including Major Nadeem Abbas, an officer of the Pakistan Army, were killed on the spot and several others were injured. The Pakistani military has advanced operations in Tigran and other areas of Turbat over the past several days, targeting Baloch civilians, including harassing women and children. Major Nadeem, who was killed in the attack, was directly involved in the formation and leading of so-called death squads of criminal gangs operated by Pakistan army in Kech district of Balochistan, including targeting civilians in military operations in the area. Major Nadeem was providing security to drug dealers in the area and was involved in arming them against Ba

Major Nadeem with Head of Local death squad Yasir Bahram

Major Nadeem with Head of Local death squad Yasir Bahram

India Telecasts weather forecast of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Northern Areas to deliver multiple messages

Game on: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had conceived the plan to telecast weather forecast of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Northern Areas to deliver multiple messages in a weather bulletin on a daily basis The central point of NSA Ajit Doval’s proposal is that “this is my area and I am asserting my sovereignty by taking all the steps”(PTI) Updated: May 08, 2020 20:12 IST By Shishir Gupta , Hindustan Times, New Delhi The Centre’s decision to ask television channels to include  weather reports and forecasts for Pakistan-occupied Kashmir  and the Northern Areas signals a significant shift in India’s strategy on Imran Khan’s Pakistan, people familiar with the development told Hindustan Times on Friday. The move was conceived by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval “some time back”, a top government official said. The formal proposal, crafted a little over three months back, went out from Deputy National Security Adviser (Strategic Affairs) Rajinder Khanna’s office on 3 February to

Playing with fire

Playing with fire I.A. Rehman May 07, 2020 THE establishment’s assault on the 18th Amendment and the NFC Award is not a matter of recent origin. It is the result of the ruling elite’s search over a considerably long time for a strategy to revive the highly centralised polity that authoritarian rulers, civil as well as military, in the past promoted and which was consistently opposed by democratic opinion. The official spokesmen argue the 18th Amendment is not a revealed document that cannot be touched. Nobody has claimed to the contrary. Indeed, the Constitution as a whole is not a sacrosanct document. At best, it represents a consensus that cannot be trifled with by whim and caprice. The same is true about the 18th Amendment. The significance of this amendment lies in the fact that it represents the first attempt at establishing a federation that Pakistan was supposed to be from the day the Lahore resolution was adopted. Consensus on the amendment was a compromise between federalists

Lahore Corps Commander Summons Meeting In CM Secretariat On Corona Crisis

Naya Daur   May 6, 2020 Lahore Corps Brigadier (Internal Security) Muhammad Asim Imran wrote to Punjab Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik and summoned a meeting of government officials on the Corps Commander’s behalf to ‘discuss the efforts undertaken to combat covid-19’ and ‘wheat procurement’ in the province. “A special meeting may be convened on May 5, 2020 at 1130 hours in Chief Minister Secretariat to discuss/review the efforts undertaken to combat COVID-19 pandemic in Punjab province,” the notification issued by Headquarters 4 Corps Lahore Cantonment read. The notification also mentioned progress of wheat procurement and roadmap for achieving its set target as meeting’s agenda. The deadly coronavirus has claimed 526 lives in Pakistan, while 6,217 patients have recovered successfully and have been discharged from the hospitals. The national tally of coronavirus confirmed cases has risen to 22,823, with the provincial governments of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan c

Balochistan: Dozens ‘forcibly disappeared’, Military operations underway

Current Balochistan Date:  8 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 During raids Pakistani security forces have arrested and dissperanced several person from Kech and Gwadar, Miliatry operation underway in Balochistan. According to details, Pakistani forces have arrested dozens persons in raid during Iftari time in Mand, Buleda areas of Kech Balochistan and large-scale military operation underway in different areas of Balochistan. Late at night, Pakistani forces conducted a search operation in Maheer area of Mand and forcibly disappeared two person. who have been named as Mehar, Javid S/o Ayoub and Najeed S/o Beeri. Whereas, another houses to houses raid was conducted in Balochabad area of Mand, whereas four persons were repoted to have been arrested and dissperanced by the forced. They were identified as Lateef S/o Haji Adam, Hassan S/o Hamid, Majid s/o Hussain and Javid S/o Gwahram. A local told CB team, forces raid the house of Javid, where he was not there at that time, forces looted the valuab

Pakistan to establish think tanks for influencing control on Baluchistan

Kunal Chonkar Fearful of  adventures, Pakistan will take all the help, including the establishment of think tanks and advocacy groups, from China to maintain their grip on Baluchistan New Delhi:  Recognizing the need to instrumentalize soft diplomacy tools to shape hardcore strategic plans, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed his government to establish think tanks for the region of Baluchistan. Khan’s statement came after his government was internationally criticized, last week for arresting over 150 doctors and paramedic staff from the region. They were protesting against the shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), medical supplies and essential commodities amid the outbreak.  The region of Baluchistan has reported over 230 positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and two deaths. “Agriculture, economic activities, and employment in the province (Baluchistan) must be promoted. We must establish think-tanks to promote the region. We will devise

Sibi: Two policemen were injured in a firing incident

Current Balochistan Date:  8 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Unknown assailants opened fire on a police outpost in Sibi. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Police teen-Talab outpost, located in Sibi area of Balochistan last night, injuring ASI Hamid and cop Mengal. The assailants on a motorcycle fled, while the injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital by Edhi Ambulance. Police and district officials rushed to the hospital after the incident was reported. Police said the number of attackers is said to be two. Officials further said that ASI Hamid’s condition is said to be critical. Whereas, The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claims Police foiled a terror bid and arrested an alleged suspected man with explosive materials including hand grenades in Khuzdar district on Thursday. According to the CTD spokesperson, the police, acting on a tip off, conducted a successful raid and apprehended the suspect apart from recovering huge quantities of explosive devices from his possession. “The arrest

Sindhi separatist JSQM-A and 2 militant groups to be ban by Pakistan

Current Balochistan Date:  8 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 According to details, The federal government has decided to formally ban a Sindhi separatist political entity Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (Arisar) or (JSQM-A) along with two militant groups, all three actively working in Sindh. The sources claim that besides the JSQM-A, the SindhuDesh Revolutionary Army (SRA) and Sindhu Desh Liberation Army (SLA) are also approved for banning under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997. The sources claim that the intelligence agencies had approached the Interior Ministry for banning the above-mentioned groups. According to reports of the agencies, SRA and SLA are actively involved in activities in different parts of Sindh and Balochistan. Intelligence agencies believe that both the militant groups are provided political support by the JSQM-A. Another source claimed that these militant groups are also a threat to the CPEC projects. The project is a “central pillar” of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)