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Why are Pakistan's generals taking up top civilian posts?

By S. Khan (Islamabad)   |   28.05.2020 Members of the powerful Pakistani military have grabbed many civilian posts in the past two years, raising concerns that Prime Minister Imran Khan's civilian government is ceding most of its power to generals. The recent crash of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane has ignited a debate about whether military officers should hold important civilian jobs. An aircraft carrying 91 passengers and eight crew  crashed into a residential area  near the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on May 22. Ninety-seven people were killed and two survived when flight PK8303 from Lahore went down close to the city's international airport. Initial investigations revealed that both engines of the plane were damaged after they scraped the runway during the pilot's first landing attempt. But some reports suggest the aircraft was in poor condition before it took off from Lahore. Read more:   Survivor of Pakistan plane crash recounts horror This has

CPEC criticism: What needs to improve?

By  shakeel ahmad ramay  Jun.01,2020 Pakistan must not engage in rhetoric, pay attention to developing projects ISLAMABAD:  Since the inception, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been under attack. Leading powers see it as a geostrategic initiative and continue to engage in criticism. The story is still going on without any interruption. Western think tanks also keep producing material to lash out at CPEC on one pretext or the other. They have found a good partner in the region in the form of India. Unfortunately, the potential huge economic benefits are undermined in this campaign. Pakistan and China have been striving to highlight benefits of the economic corridor for the region and beyond for the past six years. At the same time, Pakistan needs to be cognisant of the fact that there are some areas that need to be focused on to silence the CPEC detractors. First of all, the country needs to understand that CPEC is an economic initiative and not a charity programme or ai

Modi-Trump nexus and CPEC

By  dr talat farooq  Jun.01,2020 It is therefore not surprising that China’s action in Ladakh is stronger than usual After the recent skirmishes between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh and North Sikkim, Chinese troops moved into sensitive areas along the eastern Ladakh border that India claims to be its territory. The point of contention is the illegally constructed Indian defence facilities across the Chinese side of the Galwan Valley region. These facilities could also be used to threaten G-B and the Karakoram Highway that connects CPEC to China. Given India’s illegal claim on G-B and AJK, it is quite obviously a planned move by New Delhi. Emboldened by the lukewarm US and western response to revocation of Article 370, the subsequent lockdown and continued human rights violations in IOK, the RSS-BJP combine is shaking the status quo over contentious issues. Accordingly, the rollback of Article 370 has been follow

Balochistan: Son killed parents wounded in Iranian forces firing

NEWS    31st May 2020 DOZZAAP (Zahedan) Iranian intelligence agencies opened fire on a family car on Friday, May 29 killing a youth and injuring his parents in Shaston (Saravan) district of Iranian Occupied Balochistan (IOB).    According to details, the Iranian officials stopped and searched the vehicle of Khalid Sephai son of Ashur resident of Jalq village at a checkpoint in Saravan city.   However, after the search when he [Khalid] moved his car, the officials opened indiscriminate fire at them killing Khalid’s son on spot and injuring himself and his wife.   Eyewitnesses said that the incident happened in Sinokaan region of Saravan city when the agents of intelligence agencies stopped Khalid’s care, inspected it and allowed him to move but then opened fire from behind.   A source present at the scene said, “After inspecting Khalid’s car, he continued on his way, but the Intelligence officers opened fire on his car from behind, killing his son on the spot and seriously wounding him

Another doctor dies of coronavirus in Balochistan

SAMAA |  Muhammad Atif Ali Posted: May 31, 2020 | Last Updated: 24 mins ago Doctors in Quetta protest against non-availability of protective gear in provincial hospitals. Photo: SAMAA TV FILE Another doctor died of coronavirus in Balochistan on Sunday, taking the death toll in the province to 47. Dr Shah Wali had been working as a child specialist at the Mastung District Headquarters Hospital. He was diagnosed with coronavirus last month and had been under treatment at the Bolan Medical Complex’s isolation ward. Confirming the death of Dr Wali, Balochistan Health DG Saleem Abro paid him tribute for his services. The virus has so far affected 4,193 people in the province, while 1,471 have recovered from it.

Thar coal power plants could cause 29,000 deaths from pollution, says new study

Khurram Husain Updated  May 30, 2020 AN open pit mine in Tharparkar.—File photo KARACHI: A cluster of coal-fired power plants in the Thar desert, some of which are already operational, could expose around 100,000 people to harmful acidic gases exceeding safe limits established by the World Health Organization and 29,000 people could die from air pollution related causes over the 30-year operating life of the plants, a new study by an independent research organization shows. The study was released in an online presentation on Friday by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean A ir (CREA), which describes itself as “an independent research organisation focused on revealing the trends, causes and health impacts, as well as the solutions to air pollution.” The lead author is Lauri Myllyvirta, whose bio on the CREA’s website says he has “ served as a member of the Technical Working Group on regulating emissions from large combustion plants in the EU and currently serves as a member of th

Commentary: What's behind China's controversial Health Silk Road efforts

The idea of a Health Silk Road predates the coronavirus outbreak and is a part of a growing Chinese brand of medical diplomacy, says Ngeow Chow Bing. Chinese medics posing for a group photo after landing on a China Eastern flight at Rome's Fiumicino international airport from Shanghai, bringing medical aid to help fight the new coronavirus in Italy. (Photo: STRINGER/ANSA/AFP) By  Ngeow Chow-Bing 31 May 2020 09:19AM (Updated:  31 May 2020 09:20AM KUALA LUMPUR: China’s Health Silk Road (HSR) first appeared in a speech given by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016 in Uzbekistan. But the concept can be traced back to a document prepared by China’s health authorities in 2015. Advertisement The document laid out a three-year proposal to promote the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) through cooperation in the healthcare sector. READ: Commentary: China billionaires a force

Premier makes wrong turn on Belt and Road

By The Age's View May 29, 2020 On the global stage, there is no other foreign policy platform that comes close to its scale and ambition. China's Belt and Road Initiative is worth hundreds of billions of dollars in investment across more than 60 nations. But as Beijing attempts to surpass an increasingly divided US, President Xi Jinping’s grand plan has come to encapsulate the promise and pitfalls of dealing with the Asian giant. The Age  agrees with the federal government, which has expressed no firm views on the merits of the initiative except that it will not sign up. Many countries have borrowed heavily from China to invest in new projects, and as a consequence of that debt, China now owns a port in Sri Lanka. The state of Victoria has taken the unusual step – for a state or local government – of committing to Belt and Road. It is unlikely to suffer the same fate as Sri Lanka, but this is not the same sort of benign trade deal our states usually sign with other countries. H