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Pakistan refuses to allow free use of yuan for CPEC projects

By PTI | Nov 21, 2017, 07.25 PM IST Pakistan  has refused to allow free use of the Chinese yuan on the lines of the US dollar in the country as officials from the two nations met to decide on a long-term developmental plan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ). The meeting of senior officials from Pakistan and  China  yesterday decided to formally move ahead despite hurdles and finance at least three special economic/industrial zones (SEZs) and some important rail, electricity and road projects. The Dawn reported quoting a senior government official that Pakistan was not ready to allow the Chinese yuan (renminbi) for free use in  Gwadar  or its treatment on a par with the US dollar in the country and this was disappointing for the visiting Chinese officials. He said the use of yuan for  common  use in any part of Pakistan or exchangeable like dollar has to be on a reciprocal basis. The official also said the issue would be discussed again for some kind of instituti

Pakistan Army owns $50 billion stakes in fifty conglomerates: Report Army Welfare Trust (AWT), Fauji Foundation, Shaheen Foundation and Bahria Foundation are the additional four subsidiary entities involved in economic activities whom the top military brass directly controls By  News Desk  - November 21, 2017      LAHORE:   The army exercises control over fifty conglomerates said to be worth $50 billion stretching from banks, industrial plants, universities, milk dairies, stud farms, cement plants, bakeries etc. The powerful military owns stakes in various prized sectors, but it’s shining asset is the eight housing societies it owns in several towns across Pakistan. Army officers are entitled to receiving prime lands in these housing societies at discounted rates,  reported   Quartz India. Military awards are also conferred to army personnel linked with grant of farm lands and housing plots. This process of giving lands to army personnel w

Balochistan: One Province, Five Actors, Multiple Issues

🌐🌐 🌐🌐🌐🌐🌐🌐 The contemporary problem within Balochistan has to be viewed outside tribal insurgency and the Sardars. One could count five actors; some of them are old and others are recent. Some are losing ground, and others are gaining. Some are bulldozed by the State; others, being silently supported. ✔* The first actor – the Sardars*, are the oldest and is fast fading within Balochistan. Known for their leadership during the British period and immediately after the partition, the new generation was certainly looking at the Sardar as a political actor. No more. The middle-class Baloch are expanding; as there are more Baloch ventures outside the province, *one should expect a further decline in Sardar’s hold over the society.* ✔* Second actor – the Baloch militant* – is also facing a tough environment. The Establishment has successfully flattened the militant movement with its heavy use of force, with or no care for human rights. The State is using violence against the Baloch

Balochistan is a strategic center of gravity in South Asia

Balochistan is a strategic center of gravity in South Asia by  LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD  November 19, 2017 It seems like all the players in the South Asian power game think Balochistan, Pakistan's southwest province on the Arabian Sea, is important - except the United States. For the sake of argument, imagine that Balochistan reverts to its previous condition as an independent and secular state before it was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan or, more simply, is a blank space on the map. Here are a few things that would change. -        The single most important Taliban safe haven, training and support infrastructure would be eliminated, isolating the Taliban's Peshawar Shura and the Haqqani Network to be dismantled piecemeal. -        Afghanistan would have a reliable route to the sea and no longer be subjected to Pakistan's economic stranglehold. -        An embryonic transnational terrorist epicenter containing the Islamic State (ISIS) and other extremist Wahhabi gr

Quote of the day: On Baloch Nawabs and Sardars

On Baloch Sardars, Nawabs' AKA Feudal lords Just like Jinnah was secular, our feudal lords are guerrilla leaders. All fake. For example Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri never behaved nor claimed to be a guerrilla leader. Marris did produce some fine guerrilla leaders like Sher Mohammad and Mir Hazar Khan Ramkhani and scores of less popular. This business of feudal lords posing as guerrilla leaders started after the killing of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. If indeed they are guerrilla leaders their rightful place is the mountains of Balochistan not the posh mansions of the West.They are playing Russian roulette by staying in the West and calling themselves Sarmachars in Chief and belittling the contributions of others in the West. Ahmar Mastikhan


CHINA ENDORSES BNF STAND ON DIAMAR-BHASHA DAM China place conditions including ownership of the mega project. BNF appreciate China’s decision in this regard. Pakistan Water Resources Secretary Shumail Khawaja said that Pakistan decided to take the dam project off the table, just before the 7th Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting with China, which was scheduled for November 21st in Islamabad. Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Muzamil Hussain said the Chinese conditions were about taking ownership of the project. It should be noted that BNF had also written letters to World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other world organizations about the Diamar-Bhasha dam, which is the sole property of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. The administration of Pakistan has no legitimacy over Gilgit-Baltistan neither at international level nor at Pakistan level. Gilgit-Baltistan is UN recognized disputed region and Pakistan’s own constitution as well as its Supreme Court do re

Balochistan: Elitist Sardars (feudals) loosing support

⚫ “These elitist sardars are losing public support in Balochistan, which has made them nervous. The gathering reeks of their anxiousness to regain lost relevance in Balochistan’s politics and society” Anwar Kakar ⚫ “The BRP and all other groups meeting in Geneva have two faces. All of these so-called political parties have their militant wings engaged in violence and terrorist activities in Balochistan. These wings are involved in killing of innocent citizens especially labourers from Punjab and other provinces. The IEDs installed by these groups in different parts of Balochistan have led to the killing of many innocent citizens including women and children. These sardars quest for power and resources has turned them into hardcore terrorists,” ⚫ “At the moment, the middle-class Baloch fighting on the ground have stolen the thunder of these big sardars. This is the reason why they now want to take charge of the narrative from the non-elite terrorist groups like the one led by Dr. Alla