At least 85 people, including Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed while over 70 were injured in a blast in Balochistan’s Mastung district Friday (13 July 2018) afternoon, the Quetta Civil Hospital said.
Levies sources say the blast targeted a corner meeting for the election campaign of Nawabzada Siraj, a Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate from PB-35 (Mastung) against his own brother Nawab Aslam Raisani, who is contesting as an independent candidate.
What’s new? Pakistani leaders say the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), launched in 2015, is a “game changer” for the country’s ailing economy. But opaque plans for the corridor, the upheaval likely to affect locals along its route, and profits flowing mostly to outsiders could stir unrest. The government has repressed CPEC critics.
Why does it matter? CPEC could help revive Pakistan’s economy. But if it moves ahead without more thorough debate in parliament and provincial legislatures and consultation with locals, it will deepen friction between the federal centre and periphery, roil provinces already long neglected, widen social divides and potentially create new sources of conflict.