Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A chance for leverage by Balochi and Uighurs, those willing to die for freedom as they define freedom

The Iran-Pakistan Pipeline, as planned,had begun in Pakistan at the Balochi front end of the Pipeline and ended in India.  

A new plan seems to have omitted india, and ends at the Uighur territory at the Chinese end.  

 Both the Balochi and the Uighurs  are Muslims, are both treated badly by their respective governments, and are both objecting to changes in the IP Pipeline.  And now the residents of Khyber Pass are complaining.

There are no details on the web of a new route for the pipeline; and both the Balochi and he Uighurs claim that there are changes that reduce benefits to their people.

The Pakistani government in Punjab, which is the primary beneficiary of the Pipeline, deny that there has been any change in the route.  

And Punjab is responding to complaints by “setting up a special division for the corridor, including nine army battalions and paramilitary forces”, expensive and unnecessary if there has been no change in the route.

Punjabi speak with forked toguens tongues, we we say in Hawaii.

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Industries | Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:53am EDTRelated: ENERGY, INDUSTRIALS, UTILITIES
UPDATE 1-Pakistani politicians decry "unfair" China corridor route
(Adds comment from minister)

By Gul Yousafzai

(Reuters) - Politicians in Pakistan complained on Wednesday that a plan for projects worth $46 billion to be built with Chinese funding has been unfairly changed to the disadvantage of two provinces.

Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the plan in Pakistan on Monday. It involves energy and infrastructure projects linking the neighbours' economies and creating an "economic corridor" between Pakistan's Gwadar port and China's western Xinjiang region.

Gwadar is on the Arabian Sea in Baluchistan, Pakistan's poorest and least populous province, where rebels have waged a separatist insurgency for decades, complaining that richer provinces unfairly exploit their mineral and gas resources.

The deep water Port of Gwadar in Pakistan, on the Iranian border,  wholly owned by China

The insurgency has raised doubts about the corridor, a network of roads, railways and pipelines. To minimise the risk, government planners have shifted its route east, to bypass as much of Baluchistan as possible, Baluchistan politicians said.

Balochi freedom fighters

"We will not accept this decision and will resist this move very strongly," provincial Minister for Planning and Development Hamid Khan Achakzai told Reuters. "It will be a big injustice."

Jaffar Khan Mandokhel, a former provincial minister, said there would be a "strong reaction" to the change which would only benefit Pakistan's richest province.

"The change is meant to give maximum benefit to Punjab, which is already considered the privileged province," he said.

Islamabad, Punjab, Pakistan

The route change would also mean the proposed corridor would largely bypass the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said opposition politician Imran Khan, whose party rules the province. He condemned any route change as an injustice.

Khyber Pass and its defenders

But federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal denied that there had been any change and said the project should not fall victim to provincial rivalry.

"This impression that the route has been changed is wrong," Iqbal told a news conference. "Turning this into an issue of conflict between provinces is tantamount to sabotaging billions of dollars of investment."

The complaints highlight the political risks for a plan China sees as a key part of its aim to forge "Silk Road" land and sea ties to markets in the Middle East and Europe.

The Pakistani army said it was tackling the security risks by setting up a special division for the corridor, including nine army battalions and paramilitary forces.

On Tuesday, six separatist militants and two soldiers were killed in clashes in Baluchistan, officials said.

Islamist militants have also attacked Chinese workers in Pakistan. And China worries about Muslim separatists from Xinjiang, whom it blames for a series of attacks across China over the past year, getting training from Pakistani militants.

Lotta freedom fighters, unless you call them terrorists.

(Additional reporting byMehreen Zahra-Malik; Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Alex Richardson)

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