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Turkish lawyer Ebru Timtik dies on hunger strike after 238 days

By admin August 29, 2020   Lawyer Ebru Timtik lost her life in hospital, on the 238th day of hunger strike on Thursday, demanding a fair trial. According to reports, Turkish lawyer demanding a fair trial after being facing multiple charges over alleged links to an outlawed Marxist organisation has died in an Istanbul hospital on the 238th day of her hunger strike. She was sentenced to 13.5 years in prison last March for “terrorism-related” offence in a highly-politicised and “flawed trial which heard testimony from an unreliable police informer and anonymous witnesses.” Her heart stopped on Thursday night with friends saying she resisted till the end, as attempts to resuscitate her failed. ‘Ebru Timtik weighed just 30 Kilogrammes (65 pounds) at the time of her death, which has sparked condemnation from opposition parties in Turkey’ her friends said. Expressing their reactions on social media, several politicians, legists, artists and journalists have criticized the silence displayed in

CPEC: Clearing concerns and combating confusion

National Abdul Rashid Shakir August 29, 2020 Rightly dubbed as buckle in the belt, China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative , as it connects overland Silk Road Economic Belt with 21st... Share Next Story >>> Rightly dubbed as buckle in the belt, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as it connects overland Silk Road Economic Belt with 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, two major components of this ambitious infrastructure development project, aimed at better economic linkages for prosperous future of around 63% of world population hailing from 65 countries of South East Asia, South Asia, Central and Western Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. Launched in 2013 by the Chinese President, Xi Jin Ping, as One Belt One Road (OBOR) and rebranded in 2016 as Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), it is a remarkable regional connectivity project in the Afro-Eurasian region to pr

Bugti: After Secret Talks, Exiled Baluch Leader To Return

November 10, 2015 Abdul Hai Kakar Abubakar Siddique Outside the front door of the late tribal leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti's home, several Bugti tribesmen stand guard, while others wait for an audience with their chieftain (file photo). Exiled Baluch separatist leader Brahumdagh Bugti once feared being killed by his  followers  if he ever struck a deal with Pakistan because of its harsh crackdown against those fighting for independence from Islamabad. Bugti, however, is now seen as poised to return to Pakistan after engaging in secret negotiations with senior government officials. RFE/RL's Gandhara website has exclusively learned that Bugti is months away from returning to Pakistan. This will mark the end of his nine-year exile following the killing of his grandfather, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, by Pakistani security forces in 2006. Bugti is one of the Baluch separatist movement's most influential leaders. His possible reconciliation with Islamabad wil

Close aide of Imran Khan and CPEC chief, faces ‘corruption’ heat

Imran Khan Photograph:( Reuters ) Aug 28, 2020, 11.50 PM (IST) A corruption scandal is gathering storm in Pakistan. In the eye of this storm -- is a close aide of the Pakistani Prime Minister, Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa. Bajwa is a retired Pakistani three-star general who is serving as the Special Assistant to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting and as the Chairman of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority since November 2019. According to a report published in an investigative website 'Fact Focus', “Asim Bajwa’s wife and sons now own a business empire which set up 99 companies in four countries, including a pizza franchise with 133 restaurants worth an estimated $39.9 million,”. Out of total 99 companies, 66 are main companies, 33 companies are branch companies of some of the main companies, while five companies are dead now,” it alleged. But in his declaration of assets and liabilities signed in June as special assistant to the Pakistan P