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Emerging threats from Gwadar's militarisation

Monday, 01 November 2021 | NISHTHA kaushiki   Emerging threats from  Gwadar's militarisation The Gwadar project provides China with ‘deep berthing rights' and gives it a safe and shorter route for its oil and mineral imports from the Middle East and Africa In 2004, the then Chinese President Hu Jintao gave the slogan of “new historic missions”, widely incorporated in subsequent national objectives. The 2006 and 2008 white papers on defence expressed Beijing's consciousness on the safety of SLOCs and the increased competition for resources. In 2012, when Xi Jinping assumed power, the aim of making China a strong "maritime power" was reiterated, and the 2013 defence white paper of China stressed the need to develop a 'blue water navy' for "Near Sea Defence, Far Seas Protection". In the same year, One Belt One Road (OBOR) was announced, and soon China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was allocated $60 billion. The Gwadar Project became a "jewe

Two killed in motorcycle bomb blast in Pak's Balochistan

ANI | Updated: Oct 31, 2021 17:23 IST Panjgur [Balochistan], October 31 (ANI): At least two people were killed and three others injured in the Balochistan province of Pakistan when a bomb concealed in a motorcycle went off in Panjgur's Chatkan Bazaar area, local media reported citing police officials. The blast killed two civilian passersby and wounded three Frontier Corps personnel, said Samaa TV reported citing officials. The area has been cordoned off by the security forces. And injured people were taken to the District Headquarters Hospital. Condemning the act, Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo said that targetting innocent civilians is a cowardly act. Panjgur district lies in the western Makran division of Balochistan. In the past, Chatkan Bazar had faced terrorist attacks. Earlier in March 2019, at least two people were killed and nine others were injured in a motorcycle blast at the Bazaar. The bombing had caused a gas cylinder in a shop to explode, triggering