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Modi’s Balochistan Barb Highlights Pakistan’s Apathy of Decades

Raking up Balochistan doesn’t amount to interfering in Pakistan’s internal matter, writes Tilak Devasher. Tilak Devasher Updated:  17 Aug 2016,06:31 PM IST (Photo: Agencies/ Altered by  The Quint ) Opinion Prime Minister Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi has sent Pakistan scurrying for cover. The response so far has been a weak “we told you so”, trying to pin the blame on India for the decade-old insurgency in the province. That this does not hold water is obvious from Amnesty International’s famous 2008 report – ‘Denying the Undeniable: Enforced disappearances in Pakistan’ – that exposed what Pakistan was doing to its own citizens. More recently, a host of Pakistani commentators from Human Rights activists like Asma Jahangir, Sabeen Mehmud and journalists like Hamid Mir have highlighted the atrocities in Balochistan. Sabeen Mehmud paid for it with her life while Hamid Mir narrowly escaped a similar fate. Touching

European think tank highlights human rights situation in Balochistan, issue of enforced disappearances

European think tank highlights human rights situation in Balochistan, issue of enforced disappearances         21 August, 2020 by  ANI Brussels [Belgium], Aug 21 (ANI): In its report on the human rights situation in Balochistan, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has highlighted findings by the Pakistan Human Rights Commission's (HRCP), that states that enforced disappearances and missing persons remain a recurrent feature in the region. EPRS, the European Parliament's in-house research department and think tank, underscored the precarious situation of religious and ethnic communities in Pakistan including the Shia Hazara Community, the Zikri Community, as well as the Hindu and Christian Communities. In its June report EPRS quoted the HRCP to point out that the Shia Hazara community remains persecuted to the point that it has been "virtually ghettoized" in the city of Quetta. "Target killings and other attacks have taken a major toll on the commun

Pakistan’s ‘China Dilemma’: Is the CPEC A Boon Or A Burden?

Pakistan is in a fix. Its very survival would be at stake if China dilutes it support.  Vishnu Prakash Published:  20 Aug 2020, 5:06 PM IST Image of Chinese flag (R) and Pakistani flag (L) used for representational purposes. | (Photo: Arnica Kala / The Quint)  Opinion “I do not know enough about it” – was all that Mr Imran Khan, Prime Minister of the ‘Land of the Pure’ could muster, when asked about the Chinese persecution of hundreds of thousands of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, by a prominent western TV channel. Pakistan indeed goes to great lengths to keep Beijing in good humour – and not without reason. An economic basket case and a prospective pariah, Pakistan is being regularly rescued by China, but is also being entangled in a web of dependence and debt. Cornered, it has little option but to cede control of vital assets like the Gwadar port and vast tracks of agricultural land. With the sword of FATF (Financial Action Task Force) dangling over its neck and even traditional benefac

China, Pakistan Foreign Ministers to Hold Two-day Strategic Dialogue, Likely to Discuss CPEC Project

Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi and his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi would hold the strategic dialogue on August 20-21, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced at a media briefing. UPDATED ON: AUGUST 20, 2020, 4:11 PM IST PTI Pakistan and China flags The foreign ministers of China and Pakistan will hold the second annual strategic dialogue at the island resort of Hainan on Thursday during which they are likely to discuss the bilateral cooperation in various fields including the phase II of the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi and his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi would hold the strategic dialogue on August 20-21, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced at a media briefing here. A host of issues including the progress of the USD 60 billion CPEC and Islamabad's request for USD one billion loan were expected to figure in the t