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BLA accepts responsibility for Khuzdar, Quetta and Kalat attacks

Source: Telegram, Hakkal The freedom fighters of Baloch Liberation Army targeted employees of an exploitative company working on China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The vehicle of this company was targeted with an IED when it was travelling with a convoy of Pakistani military. At least four employees of the exploitative company and two personnel of Pakistani military were injured in today’s attack. The aforementioned company is working on projects related to the exploitative CPEC in Khuzdar. Baloch Liberation Aemy warns all such companies to refrain from being part of occupier’s exploitative projects in Balochistan. These projects are used to exploit Baloch resources and further oppress the Baloch nation. BLA also accepts responsibility for hand grenade attacks in Quetta and Kalat.  On 23rd February BLA freedom fighters targeted undercover agents of Pakistani intelligence agencies in Quetta. Under the disguise of hairdressers these state agents were working to collect intelligence and pr

Gwadar and CPEC development work speed up

National Tariq Moin Siddiqui March 01, 2021 KARACHI: Work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor continues unabated even during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, several CPEC projects for Gwadar Port City have been completed ahead of time. On...   KARACHI: Work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor continues unabated even during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, several CPEC projects for Gwadar Port City have been completed ahead of time. On a recent visit to Gwadar, besides meeting with members of Gwadar Business Club from cities across the country, a group of journalists had a detailed discussion with the Chairman of China Overseas Port Handling Company, Zhang Baozhong. The meeting was arranged by Mahmood Ahmad Khan, Senior Executive Member, Gwadar Business Club. Outlining his green employment plan, Zhang Baozhong said the Gwadar Port and CPEC projects will not only benefit Pakistan and China but also other regional countries, including the landlocked Central Asian States as well. He

Gilgit-Baltistan neglected by Imran Khan despite being a gateway to CPEC

Pak PM Imran Khan While  Imran Khan  looks excited over China- Pakistan  Economic Corridor (CPEC), Gilgit-Baltistan, also known as the Gateway to CPEC, continues to remain neglected as the Prime Minister siphoned off allotted cash and projects to other regions. According to an article titled 'The Gateway to the China- Pakistan  Economic Corridor Is Closing' by Michael Rubin published in The  National  Interest, while the CPEC has saddled  Pakistan  with debt, it has not lived up to its ambitions, leaving Pakistan to face the inevitability of mortgaging sovereignty further to China or international financial institutions. While the inclusion of Gilgit-Baltistan into Pakistan is illegal, the region, which is touted as the 'Gateway to CPEC', has become the symbol of CPEC's "false promises to the already neglected region". According to The  National  Interest, while Gilgit is geographically essential to CPEC's success and Pakistani authorities pledged deve

CPEC energy projects create no debt for Pakistan: Chinese FM

By Global Times Published: Feb 25, 2021 09:30 PM Zhao Lijian The energy projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework are invested in by Chinese companies and the Pakistani government doesn't have to pay any debt, let alone does this cause any debt burden for the Pakistani side, Zhao Lijian, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a regular press briefing on Thursday. Zhao's remarks came as some foreign media reported that Pakistan is struggling to repay Chinese loans and the South Asian country will soon seek to reschedule as much as $22 billion in outstanding power sector credits. "I worked in Pakistan for years and have a good knowledge of energy projects under the CPEC," Zhao said, noting that all of the energy projects are funded by commercial investment or foreign direct investment. He said the construction and operation of relevant projects goes smoothly, providing large amounts of stable and cheap electricity, while increas

CPEC body seeks recovery of Gwadar land under Pak enforcement agencies

ANI |  Updated:  Feb 24, 2021 23:21 IST Islamabad [ Pakistan ], February 24 (ANI): Amid the growing controversy over the  China - Pakistan  Economic Corridor ( CPEC ), the  Cabinet Committee  on  CPEC  has directed the concerned ministries to immediately get vacated 116 acres of prime  Gwadar  land, which was under the possession of law enforcement agencies. According to the official documents cited by The Express Tribune, the delay in getting the land vacated has slowed down work on two projects that were very critical for the full functioning of  Gwadar  Port and hampering work on infrastructure projects. A report by  Pakistan i daily stated that under the  Gwadar  Port agreement signed between Beijing and Islamabad, the land had been leased out to Chinese companies. The  CPEC  committee said that the country's Ministry of Defence should issue directives to  Pakistan  Navy, and  Pakistan  Coast Guards (PCG). Amid the growing land dispute on  CPEC , the cabinet committee was told

Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative: Reach, Implications, Consequences

24 February 2021 HARSH V. PANT PREMESHA SAHA Attribution: Harsh V Pant and Premesha Saha (Editors), Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative: Reach, Implications, Consequences, February 2021, Observer Research Foundation. Introduction China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013 by President Xi Jinping during official visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia, is among the world’s most ambitious infrastructure projects ever conceived. It is a union of development and investment initiatives that would stretch from East Asia to Europe, and in the process significantly expand China’s economic and political influence in these massive regions. The plan, initially named ‘One Belt, One Road’, is two-pronged: the overland Silk Road Economic Belt, and the Maritime Silk Road. On land, Beijing aims to connect the country’s underdeveloped hinterland to Europe through Central Asia; the maritime component will build ports and railways to connect the fastgrowing Southeast Asian region to China’s sou

Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence, #17

 February 23, 2021 Posted by China Briefing Reading Time: 3   minutes Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Welcome to this week’s issue of China Briefing’s Belt & Road Initiative Weekly Investor Intelligence round up. In this issue, we take a strong look at the regulatory environment along the BRI and how foreign investors can get involved in the opportunities available due to the new BRI infrastructure build. We examine the pitfalls that governments and businesses need to be aware of when negotiating with China and examine the specific technical opportunities because of a lack of operational expertise in some BRI countries. There is a free ‘Doing Business in Russia 2021’ guide and explanation of how China is managing its debt negotiations with distressed BRI nations. Opportunities, Risks, and Potential Within the Belt & Road Initiative 2021 China has placed its Belt & Road Initiative at the heart of its foreign policy, placing it at the center of its updated Foreign Aid Program and

Imran says Pak seeks to enhance trade ties with Sri Lanka through CPEC

By  Press Trust of India  |  Colombo |  Last Updated at February 23 2021 22:07 IST Topics   Imran Khan  |  CPEC  |  sri lanka Pakistan  Prime Minister  Imran Khan  on Tuesday said that he was looking forward to enhancing trade ties with  Sri Lanka  through the multi-billion dollar China- Pakistan  Economic Corridor (CPEC). Khan, in an address following his meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, said that his maiden visit is aimed at strengthening the bilateral relationship. It is to strengthen our trading ties.  Pakistan  is part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China, the  CPEC  is one of its flagship programmes," he said. Khan said that the  CPEC  means connectivity right up to Central Asia. "We also discussed other areas where we can enhance our trading ties where  Sri Lanka  can benefit from Pakistan's connectivity in the future, right up to central Asia. And our trading ties will also mean that the two countries will get together," he

India Puts Roadblocks Before China’s BRI In Maldives With Another Defense Deal

India seems to have put a roadblock before China’s ambitions Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the Maldives by offering a defense line of credit to the island nation. Reiterating its commitment to the Maldives’ security, the agreement between New Delhi and Male is aimed at boosting the maritime capabilities of the strategic island nation. Why India Opted For Israeli Tank-Buster ‘Spike’ Missile Over US’ Combat-Proven ‘Javelin’? India also signed a slew of agreements with the Ibrahim Mohamed Solih government to boost infrastructure in the Maldives, during External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s visit over the weekend. Jaishankar held talks with Maldivian Defense Minister Mariya Didi, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer, Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail, and Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam. During his meeting with the defense minister, Jaishankar assured her that India would always be a reliable security partner for the Maldives. After

Balochistan and Indian-trained proxies

National Zahoor Khan Marwat February 22, 2021 While terrorist capabilities in all districts of Balochistan have measurably diminished, the Indian propaganda and physical support to proxies in Balochistan continues. The Indian footprints in... While terrorist capabilities in all districts of Balochistan have measurably diminished, the Indian propaganda and physical support to proxies in Balochistan continues. The Indian footprints in Balochistan have been confirmed by the Pakistani state at the international level. The Indian military and intelligence services are infiltrating especially-trained and psychologically-motivated terrorists to inflict losses on Pakistan’s polity, economic infrastructure and create divisions in the society. However, most Baloch do not support ultra and sub-nationalists, surviving on Indian largesse and operating from abroad, and look towards the political parties for solution of their problems. The people of Balochistan have turned down the agenda of separati

Balochistan: In the Crosshairs of History

   Mon, Feb 22 2021 01:08:34 PM By Aditi Bhaduri Feb 22 (IANS):  The year began on a subdued note with the assassination of journalist and activist Karima Baloch, one of Balochistan's few, fiery and brilliant women freedom fighters. Her dead body was found in a lake in Toronto, Canada. The death is strongly alleged to be that of the Pakistani deep state. It, however, did not ignite international passions as the farmers' protests in democratic India did, for example. Yet, this was not a one-off assassination. It was part of a broader pattern of continuous death, destruction and dispossession of an entire community by the very state that is meant to protect and ensure their rights. Just in September another Baloch female journalist was killed, her perpetrators went scot-free. According to the Human Rights Council of Balochistan 18 murders and 28 people were forcibly disappeared in Pakistan's Balochistan province in September alone. The Voice of Baloch Missing Persons states t

Gwadar’s identity is football, not cricket’

World went crazy over a cricketing stadium, but no one wants to talk about footballers Natasha Raheel  |  February 21, 2021     KARACHI: "Cricket was nowhere. Gwadar's sport is football, and I can only say that the government needs to invest more in football than cricket, at least in Gwadar," rues a football official affiliated with the Gwadar Port Trust team that missed the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) National Challenge Cup in December because of the lack of funds. His reaction is the same as many others' may be in Gwadar who see football as their primary sport and not cricket, corroborating the official's reaction to the newly opened cricket stadium in Gwadar that saw extensive coverage last week. Allah Bux of Baloch Football Club Gwadar adds that there is no opportunity for footballers to grow in Pakistan and especially in Gwadar despite the talent and drive of the players, although having a cricket stadium is not in itself a bad thing. "Cricket is

Multiple projects for Gwadar, Lasbella uplift on cards

      ISLAMABAD - The Balochistan government will soon start carrying out multiple development projects amounting to Rs 12.3 billion in as many as 45 union councils of Gwadar and Lasbella for socio-economic development of its residents.  All the proposed development projects had received approval of the competent authority, an official of the Balochistan government told APP. He said the approved projects included construction of two Jetties at Jiwani and Ormara and floating Jetti at Kundmalir, establishment of eight hatcheries and 80 commercial net cultures. Under the special development initiative, he said programmes would be initiated with an aim to impart vocational and technical trainings to around 12,000 females and 6,300 males. The official said the government was striving to develop the coastal area, with an objective to pull the people out of poverty by covering all ultra-poor households. 321 officials sacked for corruption in Afghanistan In addition to digitization, he said mo

Plans for $10bn Aramco refinery in Pakistani ‘oil city’ ready by year-end

KHURSHID AHMED 20 February 2021       A masterplan for Pakistan’s largest oil city, including a $10 billion Aramco oil refinery project, is underway and expected to be ready before the end of the year. (File/AFP) Short Url Officials: Investment in province “could increase per capita income to $15,000 by 2025” The $10 billion Aramco Oil Refinery is expected to take five to six years from inception to commissioning GWADAR: A masterplan for Pakistan’s largest oil city, including a $10 billion Aramco oil refinery project, is underway and expected to be ready before the end of the year, Pakistani officials said this week. The proposed mega oil city will be developed on 88,000 acres of land in the Gwadar district of the southwestern Balochistan province to refine and process petroleum products mainly imported from the Gulf region, for local and regional consumption. “The planning for the mega oil city which will host an Aramco refinery and petrochemical complex is in

Practical steps afoot for peace in Balochistan: Sh Rashid

Top Story APP February 22, 2021 QUETTA: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Sunday said that all possible steps were being taken to ensure peace in Balochistan in order to put the province on track of development.The full... QUETTA: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Sunday said that all possible steps were being taken to ensure peace in Balochistan in order to put the province on track of development. The full implementation of all points of the National Action Plan will be ensured, he said while visiting Headquarters Frontier Corps Balochistan. He said that inter-provincial liaison would be further improved for the betterment of law and order situation. The minister called on IGFC North Major General Muhammad Yousuf Majoka. He also praised the role of Frontier Corps Balochistan in maintaining law and order situation in the province

CPEC in full swing; Gwadar SEZ to be declared tax-free zone soon

Balochistan government is inviting investors to Gwadar for the generation of revenue By Mian Abrar ISLAMABAD:  Balochistan government is working on a plan to declare Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Gwadar as a tax-free zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and a one-window system is also being introduced to facilitate the local and foreign investors. An official source told  Pakistan Today  that the development projects in Gwadar are being completed under the CPEC framework and the Balochistan government is undertaking numerous projects worth Rs20 billion for the uplift of the people of Gwadar. The official said that the Balochistan government is inviting investors to Gwadar for the generation of revenue which can help Gwadar transform into an economic hub of the region. The official said that a 250-km-long road network has been laid in Gwadar to facilitate smooth traffic. The official added that Gwadar industrial zone would comprise of three parts while an education ci

Dalag — a popular Balochi dish

One of the most beautiful aspects of being a Pakistani is tasting authentic and yummy dishes of several cultures. Among them the taste of Balochistan is the most Unique and different one. Balochistan has the most mouth-watering, traditional and cultural food delicacies in the country. Moreover, the Baloch are quite popular for their hospitability as they warmly welcome their guests with feasts that are rich in appetising food dishes. The recipes of Balochi cuisines are famous all over the world for their uniqueness and authenticity. One of most enticing dish of Balochistan is Dalag. Dalag is a Balochi traditional dish. It is one of the most exotic dishes among Baloch particularly in Makran region. This dish-Dalag was invented by Baloch people themselves and is the most delectable dishes of all time. Furthermore, the name of this dish-Dalag, gives us a hint about its origin. Dalag is a Balochi word and has been originated from Daal (pulse). Another reason why this dish is known as Dalag

Partition’s grandchildren: The Pashto speaking Hindus in Jaipur

India By Shueyb Gandapur February 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM Shilpi Gulati, the director of Dera tun Dilli (Dera to Delhi) documentary, had suggested that, since I had Jaipur on my itinerary, I should meet her namesake there, who had been researching the origins and customs of Hindu Pashtuns in India. Enter Shilpi Batra Adwani, director of a documentary titled Sheen Khalai (blue tattooed-dots) on the subject of Pashto speaking Hindus of Jaipur. I waited for Shilpi Adwani at Tapri Café. Atif Aslam’s ‘Mori Araj Suno’ started playing in the background. She arrived. “Starriya ma se” (May you not be tired), I greeted her as we shook hands. “Pakhairraghle,” (Welcome) she replied with a giggle. Tea was brought in an old-style kettle, accompanied by cutting glasses. As opposed to my Dera Ismail Khan investigation which had been on the agenda of my India trip before it started, discovering this window to a forgotten piece of history of the other part of my identity came as an unexpectedly amazing reve