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BALOCHISTAN: Chamalang project: Marri tribe blocks coal transportation

By Qaiser Butt Published: July 16, 2011 Blockade puts mining at one of the country’s largest sites in jeopardy . DESIGN: ANAM HALEEM QUETTA: After rejecting a deal reached by fellow tribesmen, hundreds of Marri tribesmen backed by their tribal chief Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri have blocked transportation of coal from Chamalang Coal Mines to other parts of the country. An agreement signed by Baloch Senator Mir Mohabbat Khan Marri, the elders of the Luni Pakhtun tribe and the government of Balochistan in 2006 led to the commencement of coal mining at the reserves. The agreement led to extraction of 1.5 million tons coal worth Rs6 billion between 2007 and 2010, according to the official estimates. Chamalang coalmines located 70km south-east of Loralai has proven deposits of approximately 500 million tons worth Rs200 billion. The establishment hired the services of Mir Mohabat Khan Marri, a known rival of tribal chief Nawab Khair Bakhsh, to reach an agreement between the Baloch and Pakht

BALOCHISTAN: Mengal rejects talks offer

By Amanullah Kasi The BNP Chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal said that so far 160 bullet-riddled bodies of Baloch youth had been found in different parts of the province and hundreds of political activists had been put behind bars. – File Photo QUETTA: Balochistan National Party (Mengal) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal has said that the government is neither strong enough nor serious to resolve the Balochistan issue. Speaking at a public meeting at the Shahwani stadium by telephone from Dubai on Thursday night, he said that announcement of packages, formation of jirgas and committees were aimed at deceiving the Baloch people. The meeting was held to mark the first death anniversary of BNP`s secretary-general Habib Jalib Baloch. The acting president of the party, Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldani, Arbab Zahir Kasi of ANP, Abdur Rauf Lala of PkMAP, Abdul Khaliq Baloch of NP, Bashir Mandai of Jamaat-i-Islami, Ahmed Ali Kohzad of Hazara Democratic Party and Imran Baloch of the BSO were among other speakers. The B

Failure in AfPak: How the U.S. Got It Wrong

Stephen Cohen | July 15, 2011 http://nationalinterest.org/ commentary/failure-afpak-how- the-us-got-it-wrong-5613 The United States has failed to get South Asia right. In India, the U.S. was caught off guard by New Delhi's refusal to revise legislation that would have permitted American firms to bid on projects in the immense nuclear market. This was followed by an Indian decision to exclude two American companies from the $10 billion competition for a multi-role combat aircraft. Both developments were crushing disappointments to those who had expected these deals to be the capstone of a new strategic partnership. In Pakistan, the United States tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden without help from the government. Despite repeated denials, this "non-NATO" ally had been hosting Osama bin Laden for years in a small city notable for its military installations. The jury is out on Islamabad's exact role, but either of the two likely scenarios—a benign inability to cap

MUMBAI BLASTS 13/7: Q & A

B.RAMAN Q.Can the three blasts in Mumbai on July 13,2011, be attributed to an intelligence failure? A.Yes. I have always held that every successful terrorist strike is due to eitheran intelligence or a security failure or both. Q.But the Home Minister ShriP.Chidambaram has said that despite there being no flow of intelligence, there was no intelligence failure. What did he mean by it? A.Many, including some foreign analysts, have been mystified by his remarks.Most of the queries that I received from abroad sought my explanation of his remarks. I replied that what he probably meant was that while there was no intelligence indicating the possibility of the blasts, he would not attribute the paucity of intelligence to any failure on the part of the agencies.They tried their best to collect intelligence, but this particular intelligence did not come their way. That is what he appears to have meant. Q. Would you accept his explanation? A. There was definitely a failure of

Unfolding the Syrian paradox

I had recently circulated an oped ‘Road to Damascus’ from Kolkata Telegraph by K Srinivasan , one of the finest foreign secretaries , explaining the realities in Syria as a result of covert and overt interference by US, France ,UK and oil estates in the Gulf . F. William Engdahl describes US interventions as "creative destruction." The template for such covert regime change has been developed by the Pentagon, US intelligence agencies and various think-tanks such as RAND Corporation over decades. Engdahl goes back to the beginning with the May 1968 destabilization of the de Gaulle presidency in France. But it has been started in the Arab world from the February uprising in Tunisia this year but after the US franchised street revolutions leading to regime changes and installation of US friendly regimes in Eastern Europe and even in central Asia , where it did not succeed much . Engdahl observes that “it is a strategy born of a certain desperation and one not without si

Indo-US talks on counter-terrorism, Af-Pak, nuke ties

New Delhi, Jul 14 (PTI) http://www.deccanherald.com/ content/176227/indo-us-talks- counter-terrorism.html Terror attack in Mumbai will lend a sharper edge to the discussions US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will have with Indian leadership next week as part of Indo-US strategic dialogue that will also focus on situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and nuclear cooperation apart from counter-terrorism. Noting that India and the US were "much closer" and the security exchanges were more frequent, Charge d'Affaires Peter Burleigh today said both sides are committed to a "long-term" partnership which covers almost every "conceivable" issue from education to counter-terrorism in the bilateral relationship. "We are committed to this important relationship with India with regard to cooperation in counter-terrorism and security concerns and we will be as responsive as we can be. "We have very close relationship with India in counter- terror

BALOCHISTAN: Remembering Habib Jalib Baloch —Sanaullah Baloch

http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\07\14\story_14-7-2011_pg3_3 While in the Musharraf era, the focus of the establishment was to eliminate patriots from the Baloch tribal elite such as Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, the current strategy has shifted to the destruction of the middle strata leadership to weaken the grassroots connections and Baloch intelligentsia Despite the tall claims, in the last six decades no Pakistani government has ceased its policy of exploitation, extermination and elimination of moderate Baloch political leaders and activists. The cold-blooded murder of former Senator Habib Jalib Baloch, sectary general of the Balochistan National Party (BNP), including target killing of Maula Bakhsh Dashti in Turbat, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in August 2006, Mir Balaach Marri in November 2007, Zahid Baloch in 2008, brutal daylight abductions and killing of three senior Baloch leaders in April 2009 and assassination attempt on prominent Baloch intellectual Jan Mohammad Dasht

More on How the BRICS Lost the Crown: The China Angle

By Kandaswami Subramanian. (May be read along with the previous paper on the subject in paper no. 4585 of 6th July) During her whirl wind tours to New Delhi, Beijing and other capitals to canvass her candidature, Lagarde made promises and gave assurances to correct the infirmities and deficiencies attached to the management structure of the IMF and to increase their voting strength, etc. During her one-day stay in Delhi, she was on a ‘charm offensive’ and cooed that if she were to be elected the Managing Director “there would a little part of me turning Indian.” It would have been music to ingenuous Indian ears. She went to say that India- like China - was “massively underrepresented in the fund.” Of course, kind words and homilies don’t count in diplomacy and did not result in any commitment from India either. Not many would have counted on her assurance to increase India’s voting strength in the IMF, which was subject to a two-year review over which the M.D. would have no say.

MUMBAI: EROSION OF FAITH IN SECURITY

B.RAMAN, Camp Vizag The Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh's reported decision to visit Mumbai in the wake of the new series of orchestrated and timed explosions on July 13 reflects his embarrassment and concern over the blasts. 3.The embarrassment arises from the continuing deficiencies in our counter-terrorism capability even after the much vaunted improvements introduced after the 26/11 strikes. The deficiencies relate to the preventive and surveillance capabilities of our intelligence agencies and the police. The concern should be over the likely negative political impact of the success of the terrorists in circumventing the security measures. 4. The Government's credibility in relation to counter-terrorism is likely to suffer further erosion----particularly in Mumbai, whose population has been the target of five instances of high casualty terrorist attacks ---in 1993,2003,2006,2008 and 2011. The argument about the difficulties faced by the intelligence and security

PAKISTAN: Between a rock...

Pakistan may barely survive the US military-aid cut, says N.V.Subramanian. http://www.newsinsight.net/ archivedebates/nat2.asp?recno= 2167 11 July 2011 : Pakistan has dug itself into a hole. It can come out of it only if it makes a clean break with terrorism which it cannot and won't. The civilian political leadership (both on the ruling side and the opposition) is too weak and divided to take on the military and save Pakistan, because the Pakistan military is at the root of the present crisis. India can do nothing to save the situation and should not even try. Its entire efforts should be focused on securing its national territories and on countering the fallouts of Pakistan's imminent collapse. The trigger for all this has been provided by the US decision to withhold a little under a third of its military aid to Pakistan which was due for payment ($800 million). The decision has come after much agonizing and dithering. The Barack Obama administration (including the Pentag

NSG STAMP FOR SINO-PAK PACT A BLOW TO INDIA

Mail Today, Kapil Sibal The June meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has legitimized the supply of two additional nuclear reactors to Pakistan by China in violation of its own NSG commitments. This is a blow to our security interests. China presented the NSG with a frontal challenge, and the NSG has buckled. China has demonstrated how its increasing economic and financial muscle has expanded its political options, even in the sensitive area of nuclear proliferation where its record is extremely tainted. Under the NSG guidelines China cannot engage in nuclear commerce with a country not subject to IAEA full scope safeguards, a category in which Pakistan falls. When China joined the NSG in 2004 it “grandfathered” its right to supply Chashma 1 and 2 reactors to Pakistan under a 1991 agreement, which is permissable under the revised 1992 NSG guidelines. However, at that time, not only it did not mention any other outstanding previous commitments made to Pakist