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BLA claims responsibility of attacking a stall set up for 14 Aug in Hub city

Source: Social Media Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) personnel today hurled a grenade at a stall set up for the August 14 celebrations near RCD Highway in Hub Chowki, Balochistan, injuring three security personnel and several of their local staff. Baloch fighters carried out the attacked when a stall was set up in Hub Chowki, under the supervision of the forces to celebrate Pakistan's so-called independence. The stall was run by a man named Gulzar, under the directions and supervision of a Frontier Corps (FC) Colonel. The Pakistani military is using its military might in different parts of Balochistan to force people to celebrate Pakistan's so-called Independence Day and is threatening serious consequences if they do not join. People are being forcibly hoisted Pakistani flags and badges. The Pakistani military is also mobilizing its mercenary death squads to intimidate people into joining the August 14 celebrations. By involving the Baloch in such celebrations at gunpoint, the arm

CHINA: Party Watch Weekly Report 3|40

Center for Advanced China Research to me Weekly Report 3|40 8.1.2020-8.7.2020 David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Brock Erdahl, Elsa Katz, Logan Ma, Jared Rosen, Connor Swank Highlights Qiushi  published Xi Jinping’s speech at the 29 June Politburo collective study session in which he emphasized the centrality of organization work to party building.  People’s Daily  published his speech at the 30 July collective study session, which focused on national defense (see Senior Leaders section). Senior Leaders Xi Jinping: Implement the Party’s Organizational Line in the New Era, Continuously Make Party Building Stronger and Stronger  Qiushi   7.31  Qiushi  published the speech Xi Jinping made at the 21st collective study session of the Politburo on 29 June. In his speech, Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of organization building as a foundation for party building. He laid out five goals for implementing the Party’s organizational line in the new era.  First, uphold and improve the Party’s leaders

Dark side of China-Pakistan economic corridor: Corruption, scuffles between Chinese workers and Pak soldiers

Sidhant Sibal  | Updated: Aug 10, 2020, 06:21 PM IST Lt Col Imran Qasim, commanding officer 27 Wing of Special Security Division (SSD) wrote about how Chinese workers assault Pakistani soldiers but the matter gets quietly hushed up One such incident of 21st July has come to light in which physical altercation took place between Chinese labourers and Pakistan protection party working on CPEC's Main Line -1 (ML-1) Karachi-Peshawar project The mega Chinese infrastructure project--China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that passes through the length of Pakistan, other than saddling Islamabad with debt has other issues now--corruption and scuffles between Chinese Labourers and Pakistani soldiers. One such incident of 21st July has come to light in which physical altercation took place between Chinese labourers and Pakistan protection party working on CPEC's Main Line -1 (ML-1) Karachi-Peshawar project.The Incident happened in Pakistan's most populated Punjab Province's Baha

Polio case reported in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: A case of polio has been reported in Balochistan, which has taken the countrywide tally of such cases detected during the current year to 64. According to an official of the National Institute of Health, the latest victim is a 20-month-old boy. His family lives in Union Council Mian Ghundi of Quetta district. “Both the child’s lower limbs have been paralysed. He did not receive any polio vaccine as his family was against vaccination. Socio-economic status of the family has been termed poor,” he said. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries where polio cases are still being reported because many families refuse to get their children vaccinated. Pakistan remains under polio-linked travel restrictions imposed by the World Health Organisation. Since 2014, every person travelling abroad from Pakistan has to carry a polio vaccination certificate. Published in Dawn, August 10th, 2020

Pakistan: Deadly blast hits Balochistan town near Afghan border

At least six killed and 10 wounded in explosion targeting anti-drug force in the border town of Chaman. 4 hours ago A bomb targeting an anti-drug force tore through a busy market in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, killing at least six people and wounding 10 others, police and hospital officials said. The explosion on Monday took place when an improvised bomb planted in a motorcycle went off in the heart of the city of Chaman, which borders Afghanistan. A vehicle carrying personnel from a unit tasked with combating narcotics smuggling was believed to be the target, senior police official Razzaq Cheema said. "The explosion killed six passersby and wounded 10 others, two of them critically," he told AFP news agency. Mohammad Ali, a local police official, said some of the wounded were in critical condition. Security forces and police cordoned off the area, where residents said several shops and vehicles were damaged. No group immediately claimed responsibility f

A new wave of progress for Pakistan under CPEC

Groundbreaking, start of work on dams is big achievement Shakeel Ahmad Ramay  |  August 09, 2020     Work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has picked up pace in the past few months. PHOTO: REUTERS ISLAMABAD: Work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has picked up pace in the past few months. We have seen a series of groundbreaking ceremonies and inauguration of completed projects. While every institution is playing its role and deserves appreciation, the real change can be attributed to the CPEC Authority. The authority has given a fresh impetus to activities and streamlined the work. Though every project is important, the groundbreaking and start of work on dams is the biggest achievement. Dams will help Pakistan to enhance its storage capacity, which is only 11 million acre feet (MAF) at present. It is lower than the required capacity and can only meet demand for 30 days in case of any emergency. Estimates suggest that during the period of 1980-2010 Pakistan l