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Baloch Dissident Leader Opposes Construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the 51.5 billion dollar project aims to connect Xinjiang with Balochistan

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Balochistan, Mar 15, 2017: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the 51.5 billion dollar project which aims to connect Kashgar, in China’s western province of Xinjiang, with the port of Gwadar in the Pakistani province of Balochistan is being opposed by the “Khan of Kalat” – the Baloch dissident leader Mir Suleiman Ahmedzai.

He has asserted that there is no development value in this project and the locals would not be benefited. He has also welcomed India’s assistance in stopping this project.

Similarly, Munir Mengal, President of Baloch Voice Foundation said that the project is a “strategic design” to loot Balochistan’s resources and destroy their culture and identity, mentioned ANI report.

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All roads and pipelines crossing into China from Pakistan as part of the CPEC project will run through this mountainous region, and yet there are no plans for any special economic packages to support the people of Gilgit which is an ecologically delicate area.

The locals who would be affected have been demanding that the details of the project be shared with them, failing which they would consider the area as illegal.

The area of Gilgit-Baltistan is an area contested by India, as it has been occupied since 1947, when a British-supported military coup led to Pakistani occupation of the area.

– Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself

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Mysterious Health Incidents Affects 1 More American: State Department

In all, 25 Americans have been affected by the mystery ailment in Cuba

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A view of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba on Sept.18, 2017.
A view of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba on Sept.18, 2017. VOA

One more U.S. Embassy employee in Havana, Cuba, has been affected by mysterious health incidents, the State Department said.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said one of two Americans recently evacuated from Cuba was “medically confirmed” to have been affected, while the other was “still being evaluated” by doctors.

25 Americans affected

In all, 25 Americans have been affected by the mystery ailment in Cuba.

“We still don’t know, to this day, what is causing it and who is responsible,” Nauert said, noting that investigations were underway in Havana as well as Guangzhou, China, where one employee experienced similar symptoms recently.

The United States has said that the Cuba incidents started in late 2016. The State Department calls them “specific attacks” but has not said what caused them or who was behind them. Cuba has adamantly denied involvement or knowledge.

Initial speculation centered on some type of sonic attack owing to strange sounds heard by those affected, but an interim FBI report in January found no evidence that sound waves could have caused the damage, The Associated Press has reported.

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Secretary Kerry Touts Virtues of 10-Year U.S.-China Business and Tourism Visas Before Presenting First Documents in Beijing, flickr

Warning issued in China

The State Department issued a health warning after the employee in China reported experiencing “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure” and was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described it as a “serious medical incident.”

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The new confirmation came less than a week after the U.S. renewed demands on Cuba to determine the source of the “attacks” on U.S. diplomats. Cuba responded by again denying any involvement in or knowledge of any such attacks. (VOA)