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Know their names: The 10 coal miners killed in Balochistan

Pakistan Muhammad Ejaz Khan January 11, 2021 remembers the innocent, brothers, fathers, sons, killed in cold blood on January 2 Hazaza family members staging sit-in in Quetta. File photo The Hazara coal miners were kidnapped and brutally killed by Daesh militants. The victims included seven Afghans as well. 17-year-old Naseem was the youngest among the slain miners On January 2, 10 coal miners were kidnapped and brutally  killed  by militants in the Machh area of the southwestern province of Balochistan. All the victims had one thing in common: they belonged to the Hazara community, a marginalized ethnic minority which has been at the receiving end of many terror attacks in the past. For the next six days, families of the murdered men sat on a main road in Quetta, in below freezing temperatures, refusing to bury the dead until authorities held those responsible to account and Prime Minister Imran Khan came to meet them. Read more:  Hazaras bury slain coal miners after week-long

China strengthens ties in Belt and Road countries

Beijing says it will continue contributing to world development and proactively cooperate with other countries By  NADEEM XU JANUARY 11, 2021 An aerial view of the Qingbaijiang Railway Port where freight trains travel between China and Europe on the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative in Chengdu city, southwest China's Sichuan province. Photo: AFP China’s State Council Information Office on Sunday issued a white paper, titled “China’s International Development Cooperation in the New Era,” aiming to strengthen its ties with countries along the Belt and Road. Consisting of eight chapters, a preface and a conclusion, the white paper stated China’s views on international development cooperation in the new era, as well as its past efforts and future plans. Since the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed, China has carried out development cooperation and contributed to policy, infrastructure, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity based on the needs of individual countrie

CPEC gradually developing into multilateral, regional cooperation project: Cheng Xizhong

He said the Belt and Road cooperation might extend to the whole region of South Asia, as well as Central Asia, West Asia, the Middle East, Africa and even more distant places. APP   11 Jan 2021 BEIJING: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initially a bilateral cooperation project between China and Pakistan, is now gradually developing into an important multilateral and regional cooperation project. On December 25, 2020, the second meeting of CPEC International Cooperation and Coordination Working Group was held in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. The first meeting of the working group was held on April 9, 2019, Cheng Xizhong, a visiting professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law said in his article published by China Economic Net (CEN) on Monday. "Since the establishment of this meeting mechanism, I have taken particular note of the term 'International Cooperation and Coordination'. As I understand, the CPEC is the pilot project

Meet the militants chasing China out of Pakistan

Ethnic Baloch insurgents are increasingly targeting Chinese interests and nationals working on Pakistan's Belt and Road By  FM SHAKIL JANUARY 11, 2021 Balochistan Liberation Army fighters at an undisclosed location in a file photo. The group recently claimed responsibility for a June 29 attack on Pakistan's stock market in Karachi. Photo: AFP PESHAWAR – The late December killing of seven paramilitary troops in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan was only the latest assault in a region where militants have taken lethal aim at Chinese projects and nationals involved in the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). While no group took immediate responsibility for the attack on the Frontier Corps’ check-post at the Harnai district of Balochistan, officials have not ruled out the involvement of Baloch sub-nationalist groups (BSNGs) fighting the Pakistan army and now by association Chinese interests in the mineral-rich Pakistani province. The shadowy ki