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BLF releases six months report and armed activities against Pakistani forces

Source: Sangar Publication  - 15 Jul, 2020 at 11:22 am BLF SIX MONTHS REPORT AND ARMED ACTIVITIES AGAINST PAKISTANI FORCES DURING JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY, AND JUNE 2020     BLF is striving for a free Balochistan since its inception   The core reason for the establishment of the organization has always been to reinstate the separate Baloch identity and regain motherland’s sovereignty from the occupier Pakistan.   With the founding of the organization, BLF along with armed struggle, began to create political and ideological awareness to Baloch nation and has endeavored to bring Baloch people from all walks of life together to join the armed struggle, so that the masses consciously, politically and ideologically get involved in the resistance. Because, the struggle for independence is impossible without the participation of masses.   On the fundamental principle of freedom of occupied Balochistan, BLF is educating the Baloch nation to be ideologically and politically aware. I

Three soldiers martyred in Balochistan ambush

Eight others including an officer injured when attacked in Panjgur News Desk  |  July 14, 2020         Terrorists opened fire on security forces during routine patrolling. PHOTO: PPI/FILE Three soldiers of Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom and eight other including an officer were injured in an ambush on their convoy near Gichak valley in Balochistan’s Panjgur district on Tuesday, the military said. Terrorists opened fire on security forces during routine patrolling, military media wing, the ISPR, said in a statement. “Five injured are critical,” said the Inter-Services Public Relations, adding that the injured have been evacuated to Combine Military Hospital (CMH), Quetta. The attack came two days after the martyrdom of four soldiers during an Intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's North Waziristan district. According to ISPR, all four terrorists were shot down by the security forces during the operation which took place in Vezhda Sar, some eight kilometres sout

Let China’s Belt and Road Initiative Expand to Accelerate Its Undoing

Dan Mikhaylov   in  Opinion The Belt and Road Initiative cover over 70 countries. Photo: Wang Zhao/AFP Chinese investment remains lucrative and difficult to resist, even amid the  controversy surrounding the coronavirus pandemic . For many global industries’ supply chains, cooperation with Chinese producers and manufacturers is irreplaceable. The nation’s economic rise has prompted concerns about relying on its goodwill, all the more given its recent moves in the  Indian-administered Himalayan region of Ladakh  and  Hong Kong . These criticisms often revolve around the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a loosely defined Chinese infrastructure investment scheme in over  70 countries . The West has met the project with resistance, with many opinion-makers accusing China of debt-trap diplomacy, imperialism, and interference in other states’ affairs. This has caused hostile attitudes towards Beijing and reinforced the belief that China must be confronted with force. However, this fixation ha

BLF fighters ambush Pakistani forces, 20 soldiers killed.

Date:  14 Jul 2020 Pakistani forces convoy was attacked by militants in Panjgur, earlier at this morning. According to details, Pakistani forces convoy came under heavy attack by militants as a result multiple casualties were reported. Attackers safely escaped from the scene. Local journalists confirmed the attack, whereas, Government officials have not yet issued any official statement. Baloch Pro-freedom Militant group, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) has claimed responsibility for today’s attack. BLF’ spokesman Major Gwahram Baloch while talking to media from an undisclosed location said that this morning Sarmachars (Freedom fighters) attacked the convoy of five military vehicles of Pakistan Army in Gichk area of ​​Panjgur district. At Mok-e-Kandag, Sarmachaars ambushed the occupying forces with rocket launchers, automatic and heavy weapons. He further added that the attack damaged all five vehicles and killed more than 20 personnel, including an officer on board. The Pakistani a

China's blockbuster deal with Iran

      PRESENTED BY OURCROWD   Axios World By Dave Lawler ·Jul 13, 200 Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios   China and Iran have negotiated a deal  that would see massive investments flow into Iran, oil flow out, and collaboration increase on defense and intelligence. Why it matters:  If the proposals become reality, Chinese cash, telecom infrastructure, railways and ports could offer new life to Iran’s sanctions-choked economy — or, critics fear, leave it inescapably beholden to Beijing. The deal has not yet been finalized, but both sides acknowledge it’s in the works (though China has been more circumspect). A leaked draft envisions Chinese-built "airports, high-speed railways and subways," as well as "free-trade zones" in regions of Iran,  per the NYT . The deal extends to cyberspace — with China offering "greater control over what circulates" — as well as to defense. The projects total an eye-watering $400 billion over 25 years. Reality check:  If that figure

Is China colonising India's neighbours with arms deal and hefty debts?

Chinese President Xi Jinping Photograph:( ANI ) Jul 13, 2020, 09.34 PM (IST) China is arming India's neighbours and turning the region into a very dangerous place. First, Beijing buried India's neighbourhood under debt. Now it is supplying weapons. The string of pearls is being militarized and converted into a noose. China will supply four-armed drones to Pakistan. It's not so much for Pakistan as for protecting Chinese assets in the country more specifically China’s Belt and Road projects. The drones will guard two investments - the China-Pakistan economic project (CPEC) and the People’s Liberation Army’s base at the Gwadar port. China likes to describe the BRI as an economic project, a development project with peaceful intent but the fact is China's projects are all strategic. The infrastructure deals always have a military dimension and that is what poses a bigger worry for India. Last year, China had gifted a warship to Sri Lanka. A frigate called “P-625” something

The implementation of the BRI project at sea: South Maritime and Arctic Silk Roads

Modern Diplomacy EAST ASIA   July 13, 2020 By   Maria Smotrytska In 2013, China started to launch a global system of transport corridors that should connect China with the entire world – the countries of Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. Within the Framework of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI), it was planned to build roads and railways, open sea and air passages, lay pipelines and power lines. Thus, China decided to involve 4.4 billion people – more than half of the world’s current population – in its orbit of influence through the new geopolitical initiative. Launching BRI land corridors, the PRC created an additional branches of the project – the “Maritime Silk Road of the XXI century” (MSR) and the “Polar (Arctic) Silk Road”. On March 29, 2014, in Nanyang city (Southeast Asia) was hosted a  Symposium of East Asian States , dedicated to building the community of China and the ASEAN countries and implementing the regional “MSR project in the

Govt proposes more powers to CPEC Authority

CPEC Authority Bill 2020 lays out role of PM in its affairs Shahbaz Rana  |  July 14, 2020         A view of the port city of Gwadar. PHOTO: REUTERS ISLAMABAD: The federal government has proposed to give more administrative, financial and punitive powers to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority A draft prepared by the government in this regard also lays out the role of the prime minister in the authority’s affairs. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr Jehanzeb Khan on Monday held the first meeting of all government stakeholders to review the proposed CPEC Authority Bill 2020. They said the Foreign Office representative raised the issue of implications of the changes for the CPEC framework agreement, signed between the two countries over five years back. But the changes have been proposed to make the CPEC Authority more effective in execution of the multibillion-dollar projects. In a major change, it has been proposed to remove minister for planning, development and re