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Quetta, other towns of Balochistan jolted

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: A 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted the provincial capital and several other cities and towns of northern Balochistan on Saturday morning. No casualty or damage to property was reported from any area. The tremor struck Quetta and other parts of Balochistan including Chaman, Qilla Abdullah, Pishin, Harnai, Shahrag, Machh, Sibi, Ziarat, Duki, Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar and Nushki at 7.58am, forcing many to rush out for safety. According to the Met Office, the quake’s epicentre was located 38km northeast of Quetta in the Khanozai area of Pishin district and its focal depth was determined as 10km. The National Seismic Monitoring Centre said the quake with a longitude of 67.34 east and latitude of 30.35 north hit the province early in the morning. According to reports, a 4.4 magnitude aftershock hit Khuzdar town at 6.30pm. Reports said some mud houses in the areas were damaged after the tremor jolted the town in the evening. Published in Dawn, November 15th, 2020

Pakistani dossier on Indian terrorism: India gave 80 billion rupees to destroy CPEC, RAW prepared 700 terrorists: Pakistan – Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi

 Pakistani dossier on Indian terrorism: India gave 80 billion rupees to destroy CPEC, RAW prepared 700 terrorists: Pakistan – Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi  presents dossier on Indian terrorism attributed to CPEC Balochistan   bcfadmin November 14, 2020  610 Strong points: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi accused India of spreading terrorism, Qureshi claimed that RAW had given 80 billion rupees to ruin China’s dream project. Presentation of the Islamabad dossier Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and army spokesman, backed by sharp retaliation from the army in Jammu and Kashmir, accused India of spreading terrorism in Balochistan. Qureshi claimed that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, Indian intelligence agency RAW donated Rs 80 billion and prepared 700 terrorists to destroy the Dream Project’s China-Pakistan economic corridor. Pakistan’s foreign minister, who referred to terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir, presented the dossier on alleged

Opinion: Writing Balochistan

Opinion Dr Naazir Mahmood November 15, 2020 Balochistan is a neglected area not only in Pakistan but in Afghanistan and Iran too. Just like so many other nationalities such as Bengalis, Kurds, Pakhtuns, Punjabis, and many others, the Baloch... Balochistan is a neglected area not only in Pakistan but in Afghanistan and Iran too. Just like so many other nationalities such as Bengalis, Kurds, Pakhtuns, Punjabis, and many others, the Baloch find themselves divided across borders. But that is not our cause of concern here. Our concern is more about how little other people know about the Baloch, the Balochi language, and Balochistan itself in Pakistan. This lack of interest, or rather apathy, that we see and feel in other provinces about the backwardness and underdevelopment in Balochistan is the result of a long process of denial and deception that we have imposed on ourselves. This has been done through a so-called ‘uniform education’ and by the controlled media that gloss over the real is

Pakistan to seek USD 2.7 bn loan from China for CPEC project

This development comes even as Pakistan’s economy has been teetering on the verge of bankruptcy for some time and the Covid-19 pandemic has made the situation even worse. Updated: Nov 15, 2020, 06:10 IST By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar, Islamabad Pakistan Pakistan has decided to seek USD 2.7 billion loan from China for the construction of package-I of the Mainline-1 project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Citing government officials, The Express Tribune has reported that the sixth meeting of the financing committee on ML-1 project, which includes dualisation and upgrading of the 1,872 km railway track from Peshawar to Karachi, decided that Pakistan would initially request China to sanction only USD 2.73 billion in loan out of the total estimated Chinese financing of about USD 6.1 billion. This development comes even as Pakistan’s economy has been teetering on the verge of bankruptcy for some time and the Covid-19 pandemic has made the situation even wo

Beijing’s CPEC is the new East India Company in Balochistan

In ‘Balochistan’, Francesca Marino writes that Pakistan is turning Gwadar and other coastal areas of Balochistan into a Chinese Kaliningrad. FRANCESCA MARINO 14 November, 2020 Members of the security forces stand guard at an entrance to Gwadar Port in Gwadar, Balochistan | Photographer: Asim Hafeez | Bloomberg T he words ‘colonialism’ and ‘neocolonialism’ are becoming more frequently heard in discussions about Balochistan and not without a reason. ‘Before it was the white colonists, now it is the brown colonists, it is the colony of the army establishment. It can’t be like that in today’s world, you can’t be colonised,’ said Suleman Khan once. But in Balochistan, even this is happening. The Balochs maintain, and many international observers agree, that the CPEC, to put it simply, is the new millennium’s incarnation of the East India Company, and is adopting all its strategies of conquest. First come the merchants, then the soldiers and in no time at all one finds oneself a province of