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Finding an alternative to the Belt Road Initiative

Aditya Gowdara Shivamurthy and Shreya Gulati 18 hours ago     Launched in 2013, with over 100 participating countries, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy that aims to connect China to Europe, by reviving historical trade routes. The strategy is to develop transport and trade infrastructure by providing loans and aid to certain developing countries, with less regard for the recipients’ governance and democratic norms. Thus, China became a valuable partner for several poor and developing countries that were desperate for investment and loans. Having borrowed more than they can repay, several of these states are now being dragged into the Chinese debt trap and sphere of influence. The global reach of these BRI projects, and their role in enhancing China’s sphere of influence and material capabilities, and thereby its assertive foreign policy, has raised eyebrows of the West and other regional powers. Similar debt-trap diplomacy in India’s neighbourhood, with proj

Terrorists attack Pak army troops in Balochistan, one soldier killed

ANI |  Updated:  Jun 18, 2021 11:39 IST Balochistan  [ Pakistan ], June 18 (ANI): A  Pakistan  soldier was killed when terrorists attacked  army troops  stationed near  Turbat city  of  Balochistan  on Thursday using small arms. An operation has been launched to hunt the terrorists, Geo News reported citing the media wing of the  Pakistan  Armed Forces. "Such cowardly acts by inimical elements, backed by anti-state forces cannot sabotage hard-earned peace and prosperity in  Balochistan ," the Inter-Services Public Relations said. "Security forces are determined to neutralize their nefarious designs even at the cost of blood and lives," it added. Last month, four  Pakistan i soldiers were killed and eight others suffered injuries in two  terrorist attack s in  Balochistan  on the same day. Recently, fighting between the  Pakistan  security forces and Baloch insurgents has intensified in the region. Balochistan  is a resource-rich but least developed province of  Paki

Bilawal condemns Balochistan Assembly violence, says Pak political parties should oppose through power of ideas

ANI |  Updated:  Jun 19, 2021 06:42 IST Quetta [Pakistan], June 19 (ANI): Lashing out over the incident of violence inside and outside the  Balochistan   Assembly , Pakistan Peoples Party ( PPP ) Chairperson  Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari  has said that the "visuals were highly unfortunate." "Scenes of violence inside and outside the  Balochistan   Assembly  are highly unfortunate. We should have the tolerance to oppose each other through the power of our ideas not violence," the  PPP  Chairman tweeted. Chaotic scenes had erupted outside the provincial assembly earlier on Friday as scores of Opposition lawmakers and supporters holding a protest outside the assembly were baton-charged by police. Heated words between police personnel and Opposition lawmakers were exchanged, which caused the situation to turn tense, The News International. Amid massive demonstrations by opposition lawmakers and their supporters, the budget session in Pakistan's  Balochistan   Assembly  st

Opposition lawmakers, supporters clash with police outside Balochistan Assembly

Pakistan Nadeem Kausar Salman Ashraf June 18, 2021 Police baton charge protestors belonging to Opposition parties, fire tear gas shells Share Next Story >>> QUETTA: Chaotic scenes erupted outside Balochistan Assembly Friday as scores of protestors and Opposition lawmakers and supporters holding a protest outside the assembly were baton charged by police. Police said Opposition lawmakers had locked all four doors of the Balochistan Assembly to prevent the budget session from taking place today. Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan and a few lawmakers arrived at the assembly. The budget session commenced under the chair of Speaker Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo. Opposition MPA Nasrullah Zehray accused the police of using violent methods to disperse the "peaceful protest" outside the assembly. Sana Baloch, another MPA, lashed out at the government, saying that the province was at its worst state since its inception. He said lawmakers Abdul Wahid Siddiqui and Babar Rahim Meng

BLA fighters killed a Pakistani spy in Kalat

Source: Hakkal Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) fighters neutralised a spy of the occupying Pakistani military in Kalat city of Balochistan. Zia-ul-Haq alias Yaho a local agent of the enemy forces, was a resident of Nirmuk Daraj, a mountainous area of ​​Kalat. He had been working with the enemy forces since 2015.  The said agent of the enemy was also involved in the martyrdom of two members of BLA, Shams Lehri and Qamar Din alias Doctor,.   Zia-ul-Haq was sentenced to death by Baloch national court under the charges of treason and being an accessory to the enemy forces. BLA fighters carried out the sentence. The death sentences of other members of the agent's network will also be executed soon. Baloch national traitors will never be forgiven. Jeeyand Baloch Spokesman for the Baloch Liberation Army 18 June 2021

China calls for greater cooperation with Pak political parties on CPEC

ANI |  Updated:  Jun 18, 2021 18:16 IST Islamabad [Pakistan], June 18 (ANI): Beijing has expressed the desire for greater engagement with political parties in Islamabad to address issues related to the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ). Speaking at a webinar titled "People-Centred: Celebrating 100 Years of  Communist Party of China ", the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong said  CPC  is ready to work with Pakistan's political parties to actively promote the coordination between  CPEC  and Naya Pakistan Vision. "The  Communist Party of China  ( CPC ) attaches great importance to exchanges and cooperation with  Pakistani political parties , and will give full play to the advantages of inter-party relations to reach the consensus among parties and make the contribution of party-to-party exchanges to build a closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future in the new era," said Ambassador Rong, as quoted by Dawn. The ambassador also

CPEC delays force China to change strategy in Pakistan

AFP CPEC has faced opposition from various political parties across Pakistan, delaying its implementation. Synopsis Communist Party of China eyes tie up with Pak political parties for smooth execution of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury ,  ET Bureau Jun 18, 2021, 09:04 PM IST China  is looking to expand its cooperation in  Pakistan  beyond federal and state-level governments and engage with various political parties in the neighbouring countries to ensure smooth execution of China Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) projects that have overshot its deadline. CPEC, often described as the crown jewel of China’s ambitious international connectivity project Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has faced opposition from various political parties across Pakistan, delaying its implementation. ADVERTISEMENT This has made  Communist Party of China  (CPC) launch party-to-party engagements with Pakistan’s political class rather than solely depend on the gover