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Fishermen lead anti-CPEC protests in Balochistan, allege ethnic cleansing is happening

Pakistan Fishermen Photograph:( Twitter ) Jul 31, 2021, 05.04 PM (IST) Massive protests have swept through the Balochistan province of Pakistan, especially the Gwadar region, where people are holding rallies and demonstrations calling out the government for mistreating the region and its people. While accusing Islamabad of working in cahoots with Chinese authorities, they say that people in Gwadar are losing jobs due to the so-called game-changer China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Also read |  Chinese 'Factory ship' trawlers pose a threat to Pakistan's local fishermen Their protests have also aimed to highlight a rise in the plights of commoners due to a significant rise in load shedding. A protester said, "We are stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. We, the people of Balochistan have only two options to choose from, either to sink in the sea or sit in the lap of the devil. CPEC has been a historical problem. We have just been able to just about meet ou

Can G7 Countries Compete With China’s Belt And Road Initiative?

Oilprice.com Editor OilPrice.com July 30, 2021, 12:30 am Following the expansion of Chinese-led projects in many emerging markets over the past decade, the G7 has unveiled its own initiative to support global infrastructure development, dubbed Build Back Better World (B3W). Announced at a G7 meeting in June, the B3W will focus on four main areas: climate, health, digital technology and gender. Its overarching goal is to catalyse hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure development in low- and middle-income countries. Beyond this outline, little information has been released about how the B3W initiative will operate in practice. However, it is clear that it responds to two broad, interconnected aims. On the one hand, the B3W will constitute “a values-driven, high-standard, and transparent infrastructure partnership”, according to a fact sheet put out by the US government. It seeks to help narrow the more than $40trn infrastructure gap in the developing world, which has been exa

Short supply from Iran behind outages in Balochistan: minister

KAZIM ALAM KARACHI: Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar said on Thursday the government has taken up with Iran the issue of reduced electricity supply from the neighbouring country, which is causing hours-long outages in Balochistan. “Power shortfalls in Iran have led to loadshedding in our Gwadar, Turbat and Makran regions. These areas are not connected to the national grid and are dependent on Iranian power supply,” he said on Twitter, adding that Islamabad has requested Tehran to normalise power supply to the affected areas of Balochistan. Pakistan imports electricity from Iran for its bordering districts, although the share of imported power in the total electricity consumed in Pakistan is miniscule. The recent drop in supply from Iran is because of a shortage of hydel power generation in the neighbouring country, said an energy expert based in Quetta. Pakistan imported 514GWh from Iran in 2019-20, which was less than 0.4 per cent of the country’s total electricity generation in the y

Thousands hold protest against power outage in Makran

SALEEM SHAHID  |  BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: Thousands of people took to the streets in Turbat, the divisional headquarters of Makran division, on Wednesday to protest against frequent and prolonged power outages in all the three districts of Kech, Gwadar and Panjgur. The participants, carrying placards and banners inscribed with their demands, marched on various streets and chanted slogans against the government and Qesco officials. All the three districts are facing 16 to 18 hours of power suspension on a daily basis amid temperatures ranging between 51 and 52 degrees Centigrade. PM urged to resolve issue affecting three districts The residents of Absar area also staged rallies. The protesters staged a sit-in in front of the offices of the Makran commissioner, the deputy commissioner and Qesco. They called for immediate end to the power supply problem. In a related development, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to resolve the issue of electricity supply

After conflicts & neglect, water & food crisis stare Balochistan in the face

Source : IANS Author : IANS Last Updated: Wed, Jul 28th, 2021, 19:20:20hrs     On Tuesday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said: "The dry spell and reduced water availability have destroyed crops and threaten livestock survival. Balochistan is also still reeling from the effects of multiple recent disasters, including a harsh winter, a locust infestation and the COVID-19 pandemic". Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan, occupying almost 40 per cent of its landmass with little population. The province, however, suffers from poverty, low human development indicators, economic exploitation as well as conflict. Strategically located, it borders Iran and Afghanistan while providing Pakistan a sea-face towards the Arabian Sea. Geo-political analyst Mark Kinra told India Narrative: "Balochistan has arid to semi-arid climatic conditions where 72 per cent of the population lives in rural areas and is heavily dependent on agriculture. Wi

Can China’s Belt and Road Open Up Landlocked Laos?

SITUATION REPORTS  -  July 28, 2021 By  Michael Hart Around mid-August, the final tracks will be laid on a 420 km high-speed railway in Laos, enabling the first trains to be  tested  on the Chinese-built line. Work on the project began in 2016, seeking to link the southern Chinese city of Kunming with Laotian capital Vientiane, as part of Beijing’s wider vision for an eventual pan-Asian railway stretching southward to Singapore. A central project in Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, the track is also part of Laos’ strategic vision to go from landlocked to “land-linked” and overcome the development lag that has come with being an inland, mountainous state. The rail project has brought concerns that Laos could become a mere transit point on China’s southern route, yet through the high-speed link and other transport projects, Vientiane aims to increase its domestic connectivity and boost trade with Southeast Asian neighbours. In the north, a Chinese-built road link from the capital t

UN starts survey in drought-hit Balochistan

UN starts survey in drought-hit Balochistan APP  |  July 28, 2021     QUETTA: The Office for United Nations’ Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is carrying out assessments in parts of Pakistan’s Balochistan province where people are facing crisis due to drought-like conditions, a UN spokesman said Tuesday. The UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Spokesman, Farhan Aziz Haq, said the regular noon briefing that another 100,000 people needed immediate life-saving assistance because of the drought, and that the UN was also helping in some affected parts of the province. The dry spell and reduced water availability had affected crops and threatened livestock survival, he said, noting that Balochistan was also still reeling from the effects of multiple recent disasters, including a harsh winter, a locust infestation and the coronavirus pandemic. APP “Together with provincial disaster management authorities, the UN and food security sector partners are supporting livelihood projects in some

Pakistan: Kashmiri refugees in Balochistan show scant interest in PoK polls

ANI |  Updated:  Jul 27, 2021 14:55 IST Balochistan  [Pakistan], July 27 (ANI): Scores of  Kashmiri refugees  residing in  Balochistan  showed little interest in the recently concluded polls in  Pakistan-occupied Kashmir , and not a single voter turned up at many polling stations, Dawn has reported. The  PoK   Legislative Assembly election s on Sunday saw Imran Khan's PTI emerging as the single largest party with 25 seats. Out of 45 assembly seats, 33 are for  PoK  residents and 12 for refugees settled in various cities of Pakistan. Local media said that the polling stations were set up in seven districts, but Kashmiri voters turned up only in Quetta and Sibi. Concerned officials informed the Pakistani daily that not a single voter turned up at the polling stations in Nasirabad, Kech, Mastung, Barkhan and Qila Saifullah. The polling staff, however, remained at the polling stations till the end. The Dawn report said that  Kashmiri refugees  cast their votes in three polling stations

Ex-Balochistan chief minister accuses Sindh govt of unfair water distribution

ANI 29 July 2021, 2:19 am Representative image Quetta [Pakistan], July 29 (ANI): Amid the ongoing water crisis in Pakistan, former Chief Minister of Balochistan Jan Muhammad Jamali has accused the Sindh government of unfair water distribution to the province and called upon the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) to play its role in ensuring proper share. "Sindh government's stubbornness regarding not giving proper share of water to the Khirthar Canal from the river Indus in Balochistan is an economic murder of Balochistan farmers and landlords," he said during a meeting with Khirthar Canal executive engineers Zafar Ali, Karim Bakhsh, Abid Ali Sial at Kot Noorpur Jamali, reported The Express Tribune. Jamali also demanded of the IRSA to play its role in resolving the water issue in a manner that the Sindh government fairly distributes water to Balochistan. "Sindh's action to unnecessarily provide water to Warah Canal at this time is tantamount to aggression agains

CPEC does not have military designs: Khattak

Defence minister calls for Pak-Belarus collaboration in armed personnel training July 29, 2021     ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Pervez Khattak said on Wednesday the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) did not have any military designs rather the mega project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aimed at economic development of the region. Talking to his Belarusian counterpart, Lt-Gen Viktor Khrenin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Defence Ministers conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan Khattak reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitating peace efforts in Afghanistan. “The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor does not have any military designs,” Khattak told his Belarusian counterpart. “The project will contribute towards peace, stability and economic development in the region,” he said. Read:   Pakistan to continue advancing CPEC, ensure timely completion of projects: Qureshi The defence minister emphasised the need for Pakistan and Belarus to enhanc

BLF 2021 FIRST SIX MONTHS REPORT AND ARMED ACTIVITIES AGAINST PAKISTANI FORCES

sangar publication  - 27 Jul, 2021 at 3:07 pm   BLF Activities Published by “Ashoob” from the statements of BLF spokesperson Major  Gwahram Baloch issued in Electronic and Print Media.   During the first six months of 2021, Eighty-Five (85) lethal attacks were carried out on Pakistani forces and their facilitators. More than Ninety-Four (94) Pakistani soldiers were killed and dozens injured. Targeted Pakistani State Oil (PSO) tanker and inflicted heavy causalities to the tanker and it’s crew. Targeted and killed six (10) members of State backed Death Squads. Attacked military construction company Frontier Works Organization (FWO) near Turbat Airport Chowk while they were building a road. The attack damaged the machineries and the operators were injured. Attacked a military backed drug dealer and two (3) Chinese telecommunication company (Zong). Targeted a Chinese national in Lyari, Karachi who was on government parole and was on a field tour for  Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSW

Azad Singh Rathore's New Book Is A Descriptive Glimpse Into The Land Of Balochistan And Its Struggles

Azad's book comprehensively encapsulates revelations about the various human rights violations, economic and social manipulation and wrongdoings in Balochistan committed by the Pakistan Government Azad Singh Rathore's new book " Balochistan: The Heights of Oppression " uncovers and brings to light the continued yet largely overlooked atrocities and inhumanities inflicted by Pakistan on the land of Balochistan and its people. Despite being one of the four provinces of Pakistan and the largest in terms of land area, Balochistan has remained majorly disadvantaged and underdeveloped, and its people are incessantly subject to economic, social and political marginalization and exclusion. In his book, Azad Singh Rathore aims to provide proper context to the readers and has given brief but not slight descriptions of Balochistan's history and the numerous events that led to its annexation and perpetual subjugation. Azad's book comprehensively encapsulates revelations a