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Sri Lanka, Maldives emerge as major destinations of drug cargoes originating from Gwadar

Manish Shukla Jul 01, 2021, 07:16 AM IST, Stateless dhows are a big concern for security agencies worldwide. Such dhows have also been detected in Indian Ocean Region (IOR) from where the narcotics are destined to South-Eastern Asian countries. New Delhi:  It is a well-known fact that opium, from which the majority of drugs are derived, is produced in a region known as the ‘Golden Crescent’ – overlapping three nations – Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. The narcotics transit along the porous Pakistan-Afghanistan border should actually be countered by Pakistan’s Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), but the setup apparently has failed to work efficiently, and the narcotics easily find the way to Sea through the Makran coast.  Stateless dhows are a big concern for security agencies worldwide. Such dhows have also been detected in Indian Ocean Region (IOR) from where the narcotics are destined to South-Eastern Asian countries. In April this year, an  Indian Naval Ship had seized narcotics worth Rs 3

New division, two districts created in Balochistan

Updated 30 Jun, 2021 08:35am THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT Welcome QUETTA: The Balochistan government has created a new division and two districts in the province. According to a notification issued by the Board of Revenue, the Zhob division has been bifurcated into Loralai and Zhob divisions after approval by the provincial cabinet. The Loralai division will comprise Loralai, Musakhail and Duki districts, while Zhob, Qila Saifullah and Sherani districts will be part of Zhob division. Two new districts have been created by bifurcating Qila Abdullah district. The new Chaman district would comprise Chaman city and tehsil Saddar Chaman, while Qila Abdullah, Gulistan and Dobandi tehsils will be part of Qila Abdullah district. Balochistan now has seven divisions and 35 districts. Published in Dawn, June 30th, 2021 https://www.dawn.com/news/1632216/new-division-two-districts-created-in-balochistan

Gwadar Port: Industrial units establishment to enhance local exports volume

APP   29 Jun 2021 ISLAMABAD: The establishment of industrial units in Gwadar Port under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Projects would enhance the volume of local exports as construction of 04 berths had been completed. The port started its operations in 2020, which was completed by China Ports Holding Company with a total cost of $300 million, said an official of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority. Talking to APP here on Monday, he said that Gwadar Port Fee Zone Phase-I, which was comprising on 60 acres were also completed and about 46 investors invested in these zones. He said there were about 12 factories in these free zones and out of the total, construction work on 03 factories have been completed so far. The free zone phase-II, which would be comprising on 2,200 acres would be completed by September this year and it would help to attract more foreign as well as local investment, he added. He further informed that Eastbay Expressway, New Gwadar International Airport, Chin

The Build Back Better World Partnership Could Finally Break the Belt and Road

When nations are freed from China’s oppressive debt practices, economies across the world can achieve sustainable growth through trade, stability, and collective prosperity. By  Gregory W. Meeks , chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Rep. Gregory Meeks listens as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Washington on March 10.  KEN CEDENO/GETTY IMAGES JUNE 28, 2021, 2:39 PM U.S. President Joe Biden’s first trip abroad showcased America’s return to the world stage, where it is once more leading the vanguard of like-minded trans-Atlantic allies—tied together by shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. However, to say this was simply a “return to normal” is selling it short. Following the G-7 meeting in the United Kingdom early in Biden’s trip, the White House announced an agreement to form the Build Back Better World partnership—or the B3W—which would leverage the G-7’s development finance tools in

China: China's Patent Application Shows A Rise In The Belt And Road Countries28 June 2021

by  Khurana And Khurana Khurana and Khurana Your  LinkedIn Connections with the authors China's Belt and Road initiative which was formerly known in English as One Belt One Road is the biggest infrastructure development strategy in China. A development strategy aiming for more influence in the region started in 2013. Under this initiative, the Chinese government aims for investment in nearly 70 countries and international organizations. Through this initiative, which was originally named as Silk Road Economic Belt, China aims for more global trade and more investment in countries. This initiative names Silk Road refers to the overland routes for road and rail transportation along with countries in Central Asia that are mostly landlocked. The route is expected to cover Southeast Asia to South Asia, Middle East, and Africa which includes building ports, skyscrapers, railroads, airports, dams, and tunnels. This initiative will work for the enhancement of regional connectivity and embr

Businesses shut in Balochistan as Pakistan opposition parties protest budget, FIRs against legislators

ANI 28 June 2021, 5:32 pm Representative Image Quetta [Pakistan], June 28 (ANI): Businesses in several towns and cities in Balochistan, including Quetta, remained shut after opposition parties called for a strike on Friday over the Pakistan government allegedly neglecting the constituencies of opposition lawmakers in the budget and for registering FIRs against 17 legislators, local media reported. The strike was called on the claims by lawmakers that the constituencies of opposition members were ignored in the budget for 2021-22 and against the registration of an FIR against 17 legislators, reported Dawn. The FIR against the legislators was registered for causing mayhem on June 18 related to the provincial budget of the financial year 2021-22. The protests happened as the security force was clearing the roads leading to the Balochistan Assembly which were blocked by the opposition parties as a protest against the government. All business and trade centres in Quetta and some other citie

Free Balochistan Movement stage protest before British Parliament against Pakistani atrocities

ANI Jun 27, 2021, 23:40 PM IST, Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) UK Branch protested in front of the British Parliament against Pakistani atrocities to commemorate the `International Day in Support of Torture Victims`. London: Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) UK Branch on Saturday (June 26) held a protest in front of the British Parliament against Pakistani atrocities. The demonstration was held on June 26 to commemorate the "International Day in Support of Torture Victims". Baloch activists and FBM members from the UK took part in the protest and highlighted Pakistan`s ongoing human rights violations against Baloch. They shouted slogans like, "Stop funding Pakistan", Freedom for Balochistan", "We want Freedom", "Terror state Pakistan", "Stop supporting Pakistan", and "Baloch want Freedom." "The protesters said that thousands of Baloch are abducted and illegally held in the Pakistani military`s torture cells without an

‘Build Back Better World’ and the Belt and Road Are Not Necessarily at Odds

Notwithstanding China-U.S. competition, there are a lot of ways in which the two initiatives are complementary. By  Keren Zhu June 28, 2021 The view from the Leatop Tower in Guangzhou, China. Credit:  Flickr/trevor.patt ADVERTISEMENT On June 12, the G-7 nations unveiled Build Back Better World (B3W), a values-driven and transparent partnership to provide infrastructure to low- and middle-income countries. In a time of heightened China-U.S. competition and confrontation, many interpret the B3W as a U.S.-led counterproposal to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a global engagement plan also focused on infrastructure that China proposed in 2013, now involving partnerships with 140 countries and international organizations. However, there is no reason to think that the two initiatives are necessarily at odds with one another. Granted, political and security tensions between U.S. and China suggest that the two initiatives may not work closely together anytime soon. But as the B3W evolves f

Govt allocates Rs23b for 17 CPEC projects under PSDP 2021-22

 https://nation.com.pk/. Govt allocated Rs5b for construction of Zhob to Kuchlak Road-a part of CPEC Western Corridor 11 hours ago Agencies       ISLAMABAD   -  The federal government has earmarked Rs23 billion for 17 projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2021-22. According to the budgetary documents, the government has allocated Rs5 billion for the construction of Zhob to Kuchlak Road-a part of CPEC Western Corridor, of which the total cost, is estimated at Rs 63 billion. Similarly, the government allocated Rs 6 billion for the “Up-gradation of Pakistan Railways existing Main Line-1 (ML-1) and Establishment of Dry port near Havelian (2018-22) Phase-1”. The government also earmarked Rs500 million for the project “Preliminary Design/Drawings for Up-gradation/Rehabilitation of Mainline (ML-I) and Establishment of Dry port Near Havelian under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Hiring of Design/Drawing Vetting

Chinese vessels sought shelter to survive monsoon at Gwadar Port

Five Chinese fishing vessels at Gwadar Anchorage calling for emergent shelter from the monsoon of the Indian Ocean were slandered by Indian media as pillagers of fishery resources in Pakistan. However, such an allegation seemed to be on shaky ground, according to Gwadar Pro. As per the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Karachi, the five Chinese fishing vessels at Gwadar Anchorage were calling for emergent shelter from the monsoon of the Indian Ocean on May 27. The aforesaid Chinese vessels were only 5 nautical miles away from the Gwadar port and have informed all the relevant authorities such as Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar (MCC Gwadar), Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) and Balochistan Fisheries Department (Fisheries) on June 4. According to the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Karachi, these Chinese vessels would like to stay at Gwadar Anchorage and Gwadar Port to maintain machines, replenish stocks,

Body set up to steer CPEC projects

It will remove hurdles in execution of projects and fuel strategic initiative Shahbaz Rana  |  June 25, 2021     Terms of reference and composition of the steering committee indicate that the government now seems serious about CPEC after putting the multibillion-dollar initiative on the back burner. PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD: The government has set up Pak-China Relations Steering Committee to remove hurdles in the execution of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, underscoring that Islamabad has finally decided to give a push to the multibillion-dollar strategic initiative. “In order to streamline and expedite coordination, finalisation and execution of CPEC projects, the prime minister has been pleased to constitute Pak-China Relations Steering Committee,” read an order issued by the PM Office on Monday this week. The terms of reference and composition of the steering committee indicate that the government now seems serious about CPEC after putting the strategic initiative on

Chinese fishing trawlers swamp Arabian Sea, Baloch fishermen protest

   Thu, Jun 24 2021 03:12:42 PM By Rahul Kumar New Delhi, Jun 24:  Pakistan has given fishing rights to China in the Arabian Sea near Gwadar port in Balochistan. Now, the sea on the Baloch coastline is dotted with hundreds of Chinese fishing boats. Pakistan has given licenses to the Chinese trawlers causing resentment among fishermen in Gwadar. Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that hundreds of "fishermen, political workers and members of civil society staged a protest rally against the federal government for granting Chinese trawlers fishing rights in Gwadar by issuing them licences. The National Party and Baloch Student Organisation had called for the protest rally and sit-in in front of the Gwadar Press Club against the government's move". The Baloch fishermen are feeling doubly cheated. They were earlier displaced from their land for the China-driven Gwadar port, which remains out of bounds for them due to security concerns. Despite China's billions of dollars of

China Holds Slimmed-Down Belt and Road Conference

At least 29 countries attended China’s virtual “Asia and Pacific High-level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation.” By  Shannon Tiezzi June 25, 2021 Credit:  Pixabay ADVERTISEMENT On June 23, China held a virtual conference on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formally titled the “Asia and Pacific High-level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation.” The meeting was hosted by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, with President Xi sending a written address. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the conference was attended by “more than 30 parties, including foreign ministers or economic ministers of relevant countries in Asia-Pacific and representatives of the United Nations and other international organizations.” The countries in attendance, according to a Foreign Ministry press release (in Chinese), were Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sau

FAO’s plans for Balochistan reviewed

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Country Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organistion (FAO) in Pakistan Rebekah Bell on Thursday said her organistion planned to work with federal and provincial government in sectors of food, livestock, fishing and agriculture in Balochistan through local participation and technical assistance. During a meeting with Balochistan Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana, she briefed him about the FAO plans. They discussed future measures of the FAO regarding water scarcity, deforestation and agricultural marketing. Mr Rana called for strict adoption of fruitful measures for effective implementation of the FAO projects in the province. Published in Dawn, June 25th, 2021

Security strategy for Balochistan should be rebooted

National Jan Achakzai June 25, 2021 'Hybrid warfare is the tool and technique of the 21st Century: a mixture of conventional and non-conventional means, considered to be more varied and covert than conventional warfare wherein the... Share Next Story >>> "Hybrid warfare is the tool and technique of the 21st Century: a mixture of conventional and non-conventional means, considered to be more varied and covert than conventional warfare wherein the international community does not yet have the corresponding rules to restrict or regulate it", said Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov (Denisov) in an interview with Global Times. This hybrid war is being waged in Balochistan, claiming lives and creating a sense of instability at a time when the second phase of CPEC has been inaugurated in the province – economic zone and Gawadar Port are being operationalized. In the backdrop of recent terrorist incidents in Balochistan, involving incessant attacks on paramilitar