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A woman’s murder has sparked widespread outrage.

June 04, 2020 Protesters gather in Turbat, Balochistan By Mariyam Suleman June 04, 2020 Balochistan Erupts in Protests Over a Murdered Mother and Her Injured 4-Year-Old Protesters gather in Turbat, Balochistan. A viral video shows a 4-year old girl crying and repeating the same word again and again, “Amma” [mother]. She is fresh out of surgery and is still in her hospital bed, barely having any idea her “amma” can now never return. This is little Bramsh, who was seen happily dancing in another of her viral videos. In the time between the two videos, she had seen her mother be taken from her forever. Bramsh and her mother are victims of sheer brutality. In Makran, the southwestern division of Balochistan, political appraisals and systematic violence have been the norm for decades, but it was rare to witness assaults on women and children. This changed in the night of May 26 in Dannuk, Turbat. Three armed men jumped into a house where a family was sleeping under the open

Chinese coronavirus test maker agreed to build a Xinjiang gene bank Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian ,  Zach Dorfman of the Aspen Institute Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios A leading Chinese gene sequencing and biomedical firm that said it would build a gene bank in Xinjiang is supplying coronavirus tests around the world. Why it matters:  U.S. officials are worried that widespread coronavirus testing may  provide an opportunity  for state-connected companies to compile massive DNA databases for research as well as  genetics-based surveillance . The big picture:  Widespread, frequent and accessible testing will be key to containing the pandemic, say experts. But this intense global demand could compromise the data privacy of individuals all over the globe, unless appropriate safeguards are in place. U.S. officials are particularly focused  on BGI, a leading Chinese gene sequencing and biomedical firm, which  has distributed  more than 10 million COVID-19 tests to over 80 countries worldwide. BGI’s tests were approved by the FDA for use within t

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Kazakhstan and Geopolitics

BY  BOLAT NURGALIYEV   in   OP-ED   on  3 JUNE 2020 Astana Times The strategic Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China has a truly global significance and far-reaching geopolitical implications. “Belt” is the “Economic Silk Road” that links China with the Eurasian continent, Africa and the Middle East by the road, railway lines and fiber-optic communication lines by land, while “Road” is “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” that links China with distant markets and raw materials of the area between Arctic and Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans by water. The concept of combining the land and sea parts of the megaproject was first announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his speech within the walls of the Nazarbayev University in September 2013 in the capital of Kazakhstan. Like every other decision of the Chinese leadership, the choice of a geographical location for the presentation of a new strategic initiative to the world community was, in my opinion, deeply thought-out and filled

Lockdown extended for two weeks in Balochistan

Saleem Shahid Updated  June 03, 2020 The decision has been taken in view of the increasing number of local transmission of coronavirus cases across the province. — APP/File QUETTA: The Balochistan government has extended the smart lockdown in the province for another two weeks with effect from June 1, the provincial home department announced on Tuesday. The decision has been taken in view of the increasing number of local transmission of coronavirus cases across the province. The home department in a notification issued late on Monday night said that the disease might cause “devastating consequences, infection and deaths”. The notification said that all shopping malls, markets, shops/ stores outlets would function from 9am to 7pm for six days of the week from Saturday to Thursday. The business community and all minor and major business components will remain closed on Friday. All public gatherings, inter-city and inter-province travel and religious gatherings will remain banned. Strict

Four-year-old girl injured, her mother killed as death squad members attack them in Balochistan

India Blooms News Service  |  @indiablooms  |  02 Jun 2020, 06:32 pm Quetta: Even as the world continues to fight COVID-19 outbreak, it seems torture on people of Balochistan in Pakistan continues and in the latest episode the victim of the barbaric activity is a four-year-old girl, Bramsh. The incident occurred in Turbat city of the country where the baby girl was reportedly shot and hurt by state-backed local gang of robbers. Her mother Maliknaz was killed by the attackers. One of the thugs caught by family members admitted they were sent to Bramsh’s home by Sameer Sabzal, a man who leads one of the many death squads in Turbat for Pakistan’s Military Intelligence and is a member of the ruling party, reported Balochistan Times. Kech has remained  a hotbed of these death squads. The little Bramsh got bullets on her innocent body and wounded, her brave mother embraced martyrdom while resisting against a robbery of Pakistani MI personnel in Dannuk Turbat. This incident is a new chapter i

The ‘Death Squads’ in Balochistan

The ‘Death Squads’ in Balochistan By  Northlines  - May 21, 2020         The ‘Death Squads’ in Balochistan Nilesh Kunwar Maj Nadeem with members of his ‘Death Squad’ (encircled) with weapons supplied by Pakistan army.Note that two of seated persons (second from left and on extreme right) are holding Pakistan army issue H&K G3 Rifles while seated person(second from right) is armed with a H&K MP5 sub-machinegun The Director General (DG) of Pakistan Army’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), informed about the improvised explosive device (IED) attack on a Frontier Corps vehicle on May 8 in Kech district of Southern Balochistan. The explosion  had claimed the lives of six Pakistan army men(including an officer identified as Major Nadeem Abbas Bhatti). What DGISPR didn’t mention was that besides these six security force personnel, three minors who were travelling in the same vehicle were also killed in the

SEZ-ploitation of Balochistan by Pakistan-China nexus

Kunal Chonkar WORLD ,  HEADLINES ,  TOP NEWS May 29, 2020 Beijing brainchild a comprehensive strategy to avail unquestioned, limitless sub-terrain exploration and deep mining rights for Chinese companies across Baloch lands – under the cloak of SEZ policy soon to be implemented by debt-ridden Islamabad New Delhi:  With an intent to invigorate and legalize the surreptitious plundering and exploitation of the resource-rich province of Balochistan, the Pakistani government is set to bring in the new legislation. The legislation would not only identify areas in Balochistan as Special Economic Zones (SEZ), but also, provide a legal cover against any opposition to the industrial activities envisaged under the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework in the province. The legislation – a brainchild of China will be soon tabled in the Parliament to avail companies from Beijing unquestioned,