Thursday, May 28, 2020

Baloch People's Congress condemns 1998 nuclear tests in Balochistan on its anniversary

Supports of Baloch People's Congress protesting against the nuclear tests that were carried out by Pakistan in the Chagai district of Balochistan. (Photo: ANI.)
Stockholm [Sweden], May 28 (ANI): The Baloch People's Congress condemned nuclear tests carried out in the Chagai district of Balochistan as the locals continue to suffer from its repercussions.

In a statement, Siddik Azad Baloch, Secretary-General of Baloch People's Congress called its a violation of the United Nations treaty of nuclear non-proliferation (NTP) and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), as the nuclear tests on Baloch soil were against the consensus of Baloch Nation.

He added, "Baloch People's Congress insists on the implementation of CTBT, TPNW, and Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage INFCIR/556 for the responsible countries including sanctions on them for nuclear tests on 28th May 1998 and storage of Weapons of Mass Destruction on Balock land against the will of Balock Nation".

The effects of nuclear radiation have spread in the entire region and the lives and health of millions of people are endangered as people are suffering from cancer, organ failure, and other mysterious diseases.

"The availability of potable water and the level of underground water has decreased drastically since 1998 because of nuclear radiation", said Azad while adding that the tests and nuclear facilities in Balochistan are the cause of destruction and contamination of the environment. There is an acute shortage of clean drinking water in urban and rural areas.

A large segment of the population was forced to migrate to different locations as the region is badly suffering from drought and famine to date as a result of nuclear activity. "Pakistan's nuclear experiments on 28th May 1998 have taken 1000's of innocent lives, put families through unbearable pain due to numerous types of cancer, abnormal births, and destroyed the environment and ecology of our homeland beyond recovery", said the statement by Siddik Azad Baloch.

He added, "The lack of a remedy and international action in the past 22 years to provide justice to Balock Land and Nation has deepened our scars. We request the international community, UNODA, members of NTP, CTBT and TPNW and leaders of the free world to implement strict actions against Pakistan as her nuclear arsenal grows by the blessings of China".

Due to the nature of a rogue and unstable state this arsenal of weapons of mass destruction can easily get in the hands of terrorists and can be a direct threat to the international community.

"Baloch People's Congress is proud to be led by the pioneer in the movement against the nuclearisation of Balock Land", said the statement.

It added, "As Islamabad announced the nuclear tests in Balochistan and was successful in silencing all the voices except the next morning, 16 May 1998 Prof. Naela Quadri Balock (Chairperson BPC) with her students was on the streets of Shaal to protest for the preservation of our homeland, it was the first anti-nuclear protest in South Asia and BPC will continue the mission they started."

"It is, therefore, the national duty of every son and daughter of Baloch Nation to let the world know about what has happened and is happening in Balochistan, and continue the struggle to defend our homeland", said Siddik Azad Baloch in conclusion.

Chinese Premier Says US-China decoupling will not benefit either side

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Beijing (ANI): Amid tensions between the two countries, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday acknowledged challenges in US-China ties but said that decoupling [between the two countries], if two major economies of the world decouple from each other, it will not benefit either side and would harm the world," Li was quoted as saying by Sputnik while addressing a press conference following the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress.

US and China have sparred in recent months over the coronavirus pandemic with the former slamming the latter over the global spread of coronavirus. China's new controlversial legislation over Hong Kong has also drawn strong criticism from the US. The Chinese Premier said it was inevitable for two countries to have differences but stressed that wisdom is needed to expand common ground.

"we have different political systems, cultural tradtions and historical backgrounds. It is inevitable for us to have differences and conflicts. But the issue is how to habdle this. In the past few decades, the China-US relationship has weathered different storms. On the one hand, we move forward through cooperation; on the other hand, we faced a lot of difficulties. It is indeed very complicated. We need the wisdom to expandd oyr common interests and manage our differences and conflicts," said the Chinese premier.

According to Xinhua, the Chinese Premier said the economies of the two countries are closely intertwined and the businesses of the two countries need each other.Beijing (ANI): Amid tensions between the two countries, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday acknowledged challenges in US-China ties but said that decoupling [between the two countries], if two major economies of the world decouple from each other, it will not benefit either side and would harm the world," Li was quoted as saying by Sputnik while addressing a press conference following the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress.

US and China have sparred in recent months over the coronavirus pandemic with the former slamming the latter over the global spread of coronavirus. China's new controlversial legislation over Hong Kong has also drawn strong criticism from the US. The Chinese Premier said it was inevitable for two countries to have differences but stressed that wisdom is needed to expand common ground.

"we have different political systems, cultural tradtions and historical backgrounds. It is inevitable for us to have differences and conflicts. But the issue is how to habdle this. In the past few decades, the China-US relationship has weathered different storms. On the one hand, we move forward through cooperation; on the other hand, we faced a lot of difficulties. It is indeed very complicated. We need the wisdom to expandd oyr common interests and manage our differences and conflicts," said the Chinese premier.

According to Xinhua, the Chinese Premier said the economies of the two countries are closely intertwined and the businesses of the two countries need each other.
By: ANI.

Delhi govt issues advisory to gear up for probable locust attack

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New Delhi (ANI): The Delhi government on Thursday issued an advisory on preventative measures to tackle the probable locust attack in the national capital, following the havoc created in parts of North India due to the swarm invasion.

All the concerned officials have been advised to organise awareness programs for farmers and the public to control adn eradicate any devastating effect on agricultural and horticultural crops, vegetation, plants, garndens, and orchards.

In a meeting convened by Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai at his residence on Thursday, the officials reviewed the locust menace which is likely to head towards Delhi.

The concerned authorities are allowed to carry out spraying of insecticides/pesticides, as per the need during the night, stated the advisory.

The preventative measures issued by the approval of Secretary-cum-Commissioner (Development), Delhi, aslo stated the names of specific chemicals and their dosage which are permitted.

Melathion 50 EC, Melathion 25 WP, Chloropyriphos 20 EC, and Chloropysiphos 50 EC are the only chemicals which have been authorised for use.

The locust swarm are reportedly present in the neighbouring states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
By: ANI.

Russia postpones SCO, BRICS summits over Pandamic

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Moscow (ANI): The BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summits, expected to be held in Russia in July, will be postponed, and new dates willbe determined to take into consideration the epidemiological situation development, the Kremlin said on Wednesday (local time).

A high-ranking source familiar with preparations has recrently told Sputnik that Russia has decided to postponed the SCO summit, adding it could be held closer to the fall. "Taking into consideration the coronavirus pandemic and relevant temporary restrictions, the organising committe ... has decided to postpone until later the meeting of BRICS leaders and the SCO council session, which were previously planned for July 21-23 in St. Petersburg," the Kremlin said in a statement.

The decision on the new dates of the summits will depend on the development of the epidemiological situations in participating nations and in the world in general, the Kremin added.
By: ANI.

Altaf Hussain calls on US Congress to table Bill for Independence of Balochistan and Sindh

Founder and leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain.
London (ANI): The founder and leadr of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has appealed to the US Congress to table a bill for the independence of Balochistan and Sindh, the two provices of Pakistan where people are facing worst human rights crisis.

In his latest statement released on the social media platforms, he also welcomed the US Congress's decision to table a bill on Tibet independence because of mercilessly curbing the basic fundamental rights of the Tibetans for years.

"This is right time for honourable Dalai Lama to do more and more efforts for helpless Tibetams", said Altaf."

He added, "Here, I would like to appeal to all the honourable members of US Congress to please spare some of your precious time to pay the attention to the plight of Balochs of Balochistan Province and Sindhi and Urdu Speaking People (Commonly known as Mohajirs) of Sindh Province of Pakistan, where sisters, mothers, daughters, sons, brothers, and fathers are enforcedly disappeared, putting them behind bars and extra-judicially killings of their office bearers and members and even their relatives for the past 72 years by the Pakistan Army and its intelligence agencies".

A freedom movement is ongoing in Balochistan and Sindh, the two major and resource-rich provices of Pakistan as indigenous people are facing human rights violations for decades now.

Extrajudicial killings, abduction, and torture of political activists, students and intellectuals are being carried out by the Pakistan army and spy agency, the ISI. Altaf Hussain said, "In the name of humanity I appeal to all the membvers of US congress to please also table a bill for the independence of Balochistan and Sindh Provices to save the lives of over 80 million people".

"90 percent of people of Balochistan and Sindh provices want to have their independent Balochistan and Sindhudesh", said the Muhajir leader. Born in Karachi city of Pakistan, Altaf Hussain is living in exile in London since 1992.
By: ANI.

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