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Pakistani intelligence behind the assassination of Baloch journalist

Kunal Chonkar May 9, 2020 Social media activists, friends, and former colleagues of Hussain believe that his investigation reports against the CPEC, the Pakistani leg of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that cuts through Balochistan could have triggered his assassination New Delhi:   International press freedom organization – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has held the Pakistani Intelligence Agency – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) as being responsible for the death of journalist-activist Sajid Hussain. The body of Hussain, the editor of the Balochistan Times news website, was found on 23 April from the main river in Uppsala, Sweden. He was last seen on 2 March after traveling there by train from Stockholm, 70 km to the south.  Slain journalist Sajid Hussain The 39-year-old Hussain was living in Stockholm after fleeing from Pakistan in September 2012. In 2017 he was granted political asylum in Sweden, following him receiving multiple death threats on his reporting exposing Pak

India patronising terrorism in Balochistan, seeks regional instability: FM

  –Qureshi says Indian support to terror elements in Balochistan is an open secret ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday said that Pakistan has categorically explained to the world India’s designs to force the region into instability. Commenting on India’s aggressive posturing against Pakistan, Qureshi said that forums like the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have already been briefed on Indian designs for the region and Pakistan. “Indian support to terror and separatist elements in Balochistan is not a secret. Pakistan and its sovereignty were threatened without impunity on Indian television and after a few days Indian-supported militias and proxy elements martyred Pakistani soldiers in Balochistan,” he said. Qureshi said that impetus must be paid to resolving the underlying problems in Balochistan. “I invite Baloch and Pakhtun leaderships to visit the Foreign Office and hold dialogues with us to communicate the problems they might be facing at the moment

58 more new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Balochistan

      - According to Media Coordinator Provincial Health Directorate Coronavirus Cell Dr. Muhammad Wasim Baig, at least 35493 people were screened for the virus till May 9, out of which 58 more were reported positive. As many as 242 affected patients had recovered from the coronavirus so far while 24 deaths were recorded due to the deadly virus, he added

Fawad holds India accountable over interference in Balochistan, Maj. Gaurav Arya

Maj. Gaurav Arya Video and Pakistan minister's tweet. *Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has demanded that India should be placed under sanctions for promoting terrorism in Balochistan.* Dunya News Taking to Twitter, Fawad shared a video of a former Indian military official who claimed during a live transmission that he is in contact with Baloch freedom fighters. “ This shameless admission by former Indian military officer again confirms Indian links with terrorism in Balochistan, civilised world must wake up to this fact #Endia should be placed under sanctions for promoting terrorism and BJP regime should be placed under a travel ban, ” the minister wrote on twitter account. In a video shared in a tweet by the federal minister, the military officer was quoted saying, “ Today on live television, I would like to make a claim that I am in contact with Baloch freedom fighters. I have their contact number on my phone and I am in touch with them every day and I

Delay of Some Belt and Road Projects Should Not Be Politicized, UAE Ambassador to China Says

By  Tian Jiawei  and  Lu Zhenhua United Arab Emirates Ambassador to China Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri. The United Arab Emirates ambassador to China said that the Covid-19 pandemic would delay some Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project in western Asia, but the situation is understandable and should not become a political issue. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, the ambassador to China from the United Arab Emirates, an active participant in the vast China-led infrastructure plan for Asia and Africa, told Caixin in an interview Friday that “there will be some delay” to some BRI projects as the region has not yet returned to normal amid the outbreak. “China (is) now more than 90% back to normal. The issue is in other countries now. There (are) no flights at the moment, no activities,” he said. “I think there are hiccups in the projects in general, because of the size, the sophistication and technical aspects of the projects. “But such a delay should not be catastrophic …,” he continued. “I don’t think this

‘Uzbekistan desires utilisation of Karachi, Gwadar ports’

By   APP  - May 9, 2020 Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umarzakov has expressed his country’s desire to utilise Karachi and Gwadar ports. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce on Saturday, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood and Uzbekistan Deputy PM Umurzakov recently held a video conference wherein both sides agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a ‘Joint Working Group on Trade and Investment’. Uzbek Ambassador to Pakistan Furqat Sidikov was also present on the occasion. The agreement would be ready for signatures following necessary approval from the federal cabinet, the statement read. During the meeting, both the sides expressed the desire to enhance bilateral trade relations by signing joint ventures in the fields of agriculture (fruits and vegetable), textile, pharma, tourism and construction. The countries also agreed on greater utilization of institutions like ‘inter-governmental commission’ and ‘joint busi

Phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan sharpens focus on CPEC

An U.S. soldier keeps watch at an Afghan National Army (ANA) base in Logar province, Afghanistan File photo | Photo Credit:  REUTERS Atul Aneja 09 MAY 2020 12:13 IST UPDATED: 09 MAY 2020 12:13 IST China, Pakistan engaged in firmly pegging Afghanistan with CPEC, say analysts The impending  withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan   is sharpening the focus on the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which appears to have been fused with a larger regional plan involving Afghanistan and Central Asia. Analysts point out that while working together on the second phase, China and Pakistan are engaged in more firmly pegging Afghanistan — the gateway to Central Asia — with CPEC. Unhappy with  CPEC’s anaemic progression   after early 2017, the Chinese have apparently put their foot down, exhorting cash-strapped Pakistan to take some key

Death of ‘Baloch Kafka’ in Sweden; body found in Uppsala River – Ahmar Mustikhan

Current Balochistan Death of ‘Baloch Kafka’ in Sweden; body found in Uppsala River – Ahmar Mustikhan Date:  9 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Death of ‘Baloch Kafka’ in Sweden; body found in Uppsala River Author: Ahmar Mustikhan Current Balochistan    The journalist, who was editor in chief of Balochistan Times — banned on  the internet by the Government of Pakistan– had a sadness in his eyes. Perhaps a reflection of the tragedy that had befallen his native Balochistan, or the land of the Baloch, in southwest Asia. His name was Sajid Husain, 39, but friends called him Kafka because of his love of books.  The voracious reader was last seen headed for the student dorm of the Upsala University March 2 where he was shifting. He had been admitted to the Master’s program with an intent to do his Ph.D. in Balochi language. Husain had escaped Pakistan to save his life from the infamous kill and dump policy of the Pakistan army. He had fearlessly written about enforced disappearances in Balochistan.