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In Balochistan, Dying Hopes for Peace

Increasing attacks by the Islamic State in Balochistan are connected to Pakistan’s failed strategy of encouraging and using Islamist militants to crush Baloch rebels and separatists. By Malik Siraj Akbar Mr. Akbar is a journalist from Balochistan. On Friday, several hundred tribesmen and students from religious seminaries gathered at a …

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‘The road to Gwadar passes through Balochistan’

Raza Wazir speaks to veteran Baloch nationalist Mir Muhammad Ali Talpur about his reservations on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Why do you oppose the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor? It’s a huge project that will certainly benefit Pakistan. What is in Pakistan’s interest is not necessarily in the interest of Balochistan. If you …

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Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide

By James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar was Inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi …

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CM Balochistan and Wang Shung Visits Civil Hospital Quetta

QUETTA: The Caretaker Chief Minister Alla ud Din Marri and Chinese Counsel General have visited Civil Hospital Quetta on Wednesday. Interim Health Minister Faiza Kakar, Secretary Saleh Muhammad Nasir, DC Quetta Captain Tahir Zafar Abbasi and other officials were accompanied with Caretaker CM Balochistan. Alla ud Din Marri and Chinese Counsel …

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How Gwadar’s CPEC development might leave its people behind

Mishele Ijaz Gwadar enjoys a strategic location on the Arabian Sea in Balochistan, accessible to South Asia, West Asia and Central Asia. In 1958, it was bought by Pakistan from Oman and since 1993 has gone through various processes to extract the potential of this port. Due to inadequate funding, …

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Will Gwadar go Hambantota way?

Khurram Hussain A large number of people have once again begun asking whether Pakistan is walking in the footsteps of Sri Lanka in its growing engagement with China. The new talk has been sparked by a long article in the New York Times that, for the first time, provides details …

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China says supports Pakistan’s sovereignty, development efforts

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has assured President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain that it will continue to support the latter in safeguarding it national independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. President Hussain is in China for the four-day SCO summit. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Monday that Jinping …

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No change in stand on CPEC: Sitharaman

Chennai, June 8: India does not view its relations with China through the prism of China-Pakistan ties, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday, but ruled out the possibility of New Delhi reviewing its stand on CPEC project, a major irritant in Sino-Indian relationship. She also said New Delhi is alert …

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CJP Nisar reaffirms judiciary’s support for CPEC

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar reaffirmed the judiciary’s support to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The chief justice, who is in China to attend the 13th meeting of the presidents and chief justices of countries part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, said that the judiciary fully supports CPEC and …

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Pak borrows $1 billion from Chinese banks to avoid forex crisis: Report

PTI  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan‘s all-weather friend China has yet again helped the country avoid a foreign currency crisis by lending it $1 billion on “good, competitive rates”, according to a media report. In an interview with The Financial Times, the State Bank of Pakistan governor Tariq Bajwa confirmed that the loans were …

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