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Protests erupt across Balochistan to demand justice for 4-year-old minor

ANI |  Updated:  Jun 02, 2020 18:23 IST Turbat [ Pakistan ], June 2 (ANI): Protests have erupted across Balochistan to demand justice for four-year-old Bramsh, who was shot along with her mother in Turbat city by  Pakistan   Army -backed criminals. Baloch people worldwide also joined the protest by launching online campaign  #JusticeForBramsh  on social media. The incident happened in the wee hours on May 31, when some criminals barged into the house of Malik Naz in Dannuk area and started firing. Naz was shot dead and her four-year-old daughter Bramsh got seriously injured. After hearing the gunshots, the residents captured one of the criminals, identified as Altaf Mazar. Altaf revealed the link between his gang with a group of 'death squads'. Death Squads is the term used for groups which are supported by  Pakistan   Army  and intelligence agencies, the ISI and MI. These groups are being outsourced by the  Army  for killing and abducting Baloch people. "We were still con

Pakistan: Communal tensions in Balochistan as a mob of 400 lynch a man to death, protests erupt across Quetta

OpIndia Staff   | 2 June, 2020 Family members of the victim demanding justice in Quetta/ Image Source: Balochistan Express Large scale protests and communal tension have  erupted  in Balochistan’s capital Quetta city after a mob of 400, most of them believed to be from Shia Hazara community,  brutally lynched  a Pashtun youth and severely injured his two friends. According to the reports, a young man named Bilal Khan was lynched at a hair dresser’s shop in Hazara town area of Quetta on Friday night. Two other men, Nayaz and Khalil have been severely injured after a mob attacked the three in the city. Reportedly, the horrific incident was filmed on mobile phones and the footage was shared on social media, triggering massive protest in the Baloch capital. Following the incident, the city of Quetta remains tense and partially shut down on Sunday. The locals of the city alleged that the mob tortured three youths in the presence of police. The video of the incident, which has now gone viral

China’s New High-Security Compound In Pakistan May Indicate Naval Plans

China’s New High-Security Compound In Pakistan May Indicate Naval Plans H I Sutton Contributor Aerospace & Defense I cover the changing world of underwater warfare. Analysts have been watching for the first signs of a long-expected Chinese naval base at Gwadar in Pakistan. The base, to complement  an elaborate one in Djibouti , would strengthen China’s foothold in the Indian Ocean. Recent satellite images appear to show that several new complexes have been built in the last few years. One of them, identified as being used by a Chinese company involved in port development, has unusually high security. The confirmed Chinese high-security compound is at H I SUTTON (IMAGERY FROM SENTINEL HUB) Located at the western end of Pakistan’s coast, Gwadar is expected to be a major port in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. This will allow Chinese goods to shortcut through Pakistan, instead of sailing all the way around South Asia. China was first reported to be planning a naval base there  in Ja

China to construct power project in Pok under CPEC despite India's objection

2 min read   .   02:46 PM IST.  PTI The details of the Kohala hydropower project was presented in the 127th meeting of the Private Power and Infrastructure Board chaired by Energy Minister Omar Ayub on Monday The CPEC passes through PoK, over which India has conveyed its protests to China Topics CPEC China under the multi-billion-dollar CPEC will set up a 1,124-megawatt power project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir despite India's objection to it, according to a media report on Tuesday. The details of the Kohala hydropower project was presented in the 127th meeting of the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) chaired by Energy Minister Omar Ayub on Monday. The Express Tribune reported that the meeting was informed that a tripartite agreement has been finalised among China’s Three Gorges Corporation, the authorities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the PPIB to implement the 1,124-megawatt Kohala hydroelectric power project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

12,464MW electricity to be added to national grid through IPPs’ projects

By   APP  - June 1, 2020 ISLAMABAD:  As many as 12,464 megawatts of electricity would be added to the national grid through 25 projects of Independent Power Producers (IPPs), which are in various stages of development. Sources told APP that these projects were being facilitated by the Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) and would be operationalised gradually between 2020 to 2028. Giving the breakup, they said a 1,263MW RLNG project, being set up near Trimmu Barrage in Jhang, would be ready by 2020. Similarly, five projects having an accumulative capacity of 2,047MW would be made operational in 2021. These include two 330MW Thar coal power plants, 660MW Thar coal power plant, 7.08MW Riali-II hydropower project and 720 Karot hydropower project. Moreover, four projects with a total capacity of 2,160MW would be ready by 2022 and these would include 330MW Thar coal power plant, 1,320MW Thar coal power plant, 870MW Suki Kinari hydropower project and 300MW imported coal power plant. Lik

As Pakistan’s Energy Crisis Worsens, Have Chinese Investments Failed Islamabad?

As Pakistan’s Energy Crisis Worsens, Have Chinese Investments Failed Islamabad?  Leaving aside alleged corruption and financial transgressions, the power projects being developed under the CPEC will utilise the same distribution and transmission networks plagued with issues of pilferage and losses. 7 hours ago | Vaishali Basu Sharma         Technicians are silhouetted as they fix cables on a power transmission line in Karachi, Pakistan January 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Akhtar Soomro Successive official reports on Pakistan’s power sector indicate that the country suffers from a shortage of power generation, transmission losses, lack of planning and inappropriate policies leading to an escalating energy crisis. This power crisis in Pakistan is the direct result of massive institutional and governance failure in the form of reckless energy policies over the last three decades. This begs an answer to the question: what has be

Leader of Afghan Taliban Said to Be Gravely Ill With the Coronavirus

Leader of Afghan Taliban Said to Be Gravely Ill With the Coronavirus “Nearly all the Taliban leadership in Doha has the bug,” a senior Afghan official said. BY   LYNNE O’DONNELL ,   MIRWAIS KHAN   |   JUNE 1, 2020, 3:20 PM Taliban prisoners walk in line during their recent release from Bagram prison near Kabul on May 26.  WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES The supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban has contracted COVID-19 and has possibly died while receiving treatment, according to Taliban officials. Confirmation that Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada had contracted the virus, which has stricken a number of senior Taliban leaders, came Monday from a senior military official of the Islamist movement, Moulawi Muhammad Ali Jan Ahmed. “Our leader is sick, but he is recovering,” Ahmed told  Foreign Policy  in an interview. However, three other Taliban figures in the Pakistani city of Quetta, who spoke on condition