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Romania keen to invest in Pakistan, join CPEC ISLAMABAD -  Romania intends to invest in Pakistan and also keen to become a part of China Pakistan economic Corridor (CPEC), the Nation has learnt reliably. According to highly placed sources, Romania is negotiating with Pakistani government and is close to reach a deal for investment in Pakistan. There are many sectors Romania wants to invests, a source added. He said the investments are in oil and gas sector, industry and military sectors. Romania also intended to invest in heavy industry and automobile sectors, he added. When asked how Romania can compete the auto giants like Suzuki, Honda and Toyota, he said they are planning to introduce Dacia car in Pakistan. Dacia is a Romanian car brand. Founded in 1966, the company has been a subsidiary of the Renault, a French car manufacturer, since 1999. It is Romania's top company by revenue, and the largest exporter, constituting 7.3 percent of

The final outlet: Social oppression in Balochistan depicted in new hues By  Our Correspondent Published: January 18, 2017 Some of the works by Akram Dost Baloch which are a part of the exhibition. PHOTO: EXPRESS ISLAMABAD :  In dark earthen tones of browns and blacks, the figures and landscapes drawn by Akram Dost Baloch give a rugged feel from the plains of Balochistan. The artwork, part of an exhibition titled Identity – which opened at Satrang Art Gallery on Tuesday evening – is the latest in a long line of work through which the veteran artist has tried to showcase his native land. “My colours are picked directly from the rich palette of the exquisite dresses and rugs of my beloved land,” Baloch writes in his artist’s statement. His work stays within a very limited pallet of browns, blacks, reds and some blues. Baloch mostly draws shrouded figures of men and women in his work, playing with their relationships. The women usually have their heads co

Pakistan lran forcibly occupied Balochistan and violated its territorial integrity: Hyrbyair Marri

4 days ago Hyrbyair_Marri2017 LONDON: In a media statement, the Baloch national leader Mr. Hyrbyair Marri said that Pakistan has committed obvious aggression by attacking the Baloch national state on March 27th, 1948, and violated Balochistan’s for Iranian 1928 occupation Balochistan territorial integrity and sovereignty, thereby depriving the Baloch of their political and economic freedom. This aggression has jeopardized the security the region as well. Mr. Hyrbyair said that the military aggression  the  lranian Pakistani towards the Baloch nation is still continuing in the form  suppression, barbaric cruelty and human rights violations. He said that lranian Pakistan’s with their vicious mentality, is perpetrating war crimes in Balochistan by deploying ground and air power  mass destruction against the unarmed Baloch people with extensive aerial bombardment They are killing innocent people, destroying houses, and looting the valuables of households, as well as target killing po

Chinese ships to Pakistan is normal military trade cooperation China did not give ships to Pakistan for security of Gwadar port’ National 8 HOURS AGO BY WEB DESK The handing over of two ships to Pakistan by China was part of normal military trade cooperation between the two countries, a spokesperson for Chinese Foreign Office office said on Monday, rejecting reports that Beijing has donated the ships to Islamabad for the security of Gwadar port. “ I have learnt that some reports said China has donated these vessels. This is not correct. The report mentioned to surveillance ships. It is normal military trade cooperation with the two countries and complies with the international commitments of the two countries,” said Hua Chunying. “ The two patrol vessels you mentioned is part of the normal cooperation of military trade between China and Pakistan. The cooperation is in line with each country’s international commitment and will not h

Realities at Gwadar January 14, 2017 FARHAT ALI 0 Comments     The first Gwadar hype happened in 2006-07 when the government of President Pervez Musharraf announced its commitment to build Gwadar as a model port city of Pakistan. When I first visited Gwadar in early 2008, it was a fishermen's village blended with banners of many housing schemes and a vibrant newly-inaugurated PC Hotel filled to capacity with businesspeople looking for a kill in real estate in particular. The second Gwadar hype took place in 2014-15 when the government decided to terminate the Operation and Management agreement of a Singaporean Company and awarded it Chinese with a much greater scope of work under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). With this change, the public expected dramatic developments at Gwadar considering Chinese reputation of being fast track executors of projects. My visit to Gwadar this month did not demonstrate any spectacular change as

The economics of CPEC ISHRAT HUSAIN  — UPDATED Jan 03, 2017 04:32pm The writer is a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington, D.C. IN a country where negativity and cynicism reign supreme, critics and detractors of all kinds are revered, and emotional outbursts and fabricated stories dominate the air waves and social media, it is difficult to present a dispassionate analysis of national issues. Since China announced the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), more time and energy has been spent in finding faults, poking holes and raising doubts based on speculation and conjecture. Had this investment been announced in another developing country, the national reaction would be: how do we plan to ensure maximisation of benefits to the economy? What are the weaknesses and deficiencies in the existing set-up we need to overcome? But this type of thinking is not in our DNA. We are either in a mood for celebration and self-congratu

Chinese Envoy, Pakistani Army Chief Discuss CPEC Security China’s top diplomat in Pakistan meets with Pakistan’s army chief to discuss the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. By  Ankit Panda January 17, 2017   Last Friday, Sun Weidong, China’s envoy to Pakistan, met Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Pakistani Army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. The meeting was publicized by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), which noted in a press release that Sun “acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s efforts in combating terrorism and militancy. ” Sun “also conveyed China’s satisfaction on security arrangements for CPEC (the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor),” the ISPR release noted, adding that “other matters of mutual interest including regional security were also discussed during the meeting.” Sun’s meeting with General Bajwa wasn’t particularly unusual. The Chinese envoy met with General Raheel

Welcome to an emerging Asia: India and China stop feigning friendship while Russia plays all sides Harsh V Pant   January 16, 2017 In a hard place. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui) After a few timid signs of warming, Sino-Indian relations seem to be headed for the freezer. While Beijing refuses to take Indian security concerns seriously, New Delhi may have decided to take the Chinese challenge head-on. To complicate matters for India, its erstwhile ally Russia, which has become a close friend of China, is showing interest in establishing closer ties with Pakistan. The latest move that clenches teeth in India is China refusing to lift a hold on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, accused of plotting multiple acts of terrorism against India, and blocking him in December from being listed as a terrorist by the United Nations. Since March, China has blocked India’s attempts to put a ban on Azhar, under the sanctions committee of the UN Securi

Britain to join CPEC ISLAMABAD – British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew has said that his country was keen to become part of the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Talking to journalists at a ceremony here at British Embassy, he said it will be a great pleasure for us to join the game-changer project. Answering a question, he said Britain fully supports talks for ensuring lasting peace in the region. To another question, the British High Commissioner said as a result of military Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the overall security situation in Pakistan has improved. Drew added that democracy has a bright future in Pakistan.-Online

CPEC : Pakistan’s expensive gamble Senior economists in the country are now increasingly voicing their concern over the terms 
of financing from China, which is mostly shrouded in mystery By Sajjad Ashraf, Special to Gulf News 16:59 January 17, 2017 FILE PHOTO: A container is loaded on to the first Chinese container ship to depart after the inauguration of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor port in Gwadar , Pakistan November 13, 2016. REUTERS /Caren Firouz /File Photo Image Credit:REUTERS The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) launched formally during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad in 2015 symbolises the enduring China-Pakistan friendship. The implementation of the $54 billion (Dh198.61 billion) projects should in theory help boost Pakistan’s economic and social development. Considered as a part of China’s One Belt One Road vision, it is aimed to promote regional connectivity and infrastructure development. Und

India should help Balochistan breakaway from Pakiatan Proof is piling on against Pakistan and now Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has no room to deny the atrocities in Balochistan. TIMES NOW accessess chilling proof of Pakistan's brutal assault on Balochis. A video shot by a Baloch citizen is the latest proof of Pakistan's ongoing genocide. Operation Bolan which has been going on for the past several months, intensified on New Year's Day as Pakistani Choppers flew into the area targeting more villages and people in the area. Maroof Raza, Consulting Editor, Strategic Affairs, speaking on THE NEWSHOUR, on Pakistan’s atrocities on minorities in Balochistan, asked Pakistan as to what percentage of Balochis are present in the Baloch regiment of its army. He said though they have called it Baloch regiment, it is full of Punjabis since they did not trust Balochis. He also said though we did not take Balochis

No news of two Baloch activists deported from Germany last year GERMANY: Two Baloch activists who were deported by German authorities last year are still missing after being abducted by the FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) of Pakistan from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. The residents of Dalsar in district Kech Balochistan, Naeem son of Haji Chakar and Qabus son of Abdul Karim Baloch had decided to go back voluntarily to Balochistan after Pakistani authorities started harassing and intimidating their families, the German authorities repatriated both men on May 14, 2016, at 4:30 pm. The men had vanished from Karachi airport and never made to their families. The relatives of Naeem and Qabus waited outside for several hours and when there was no sign of their loved one, they contacted the FIA about the whereabouts of their relatives. One of the FIA demand a substantial sum and promised to release the Baloch activists. The families have pa

ISI will continue its proxy war against India, claims German political scientist

Hein Kiessling: NEW DELHI: Pakistan's spy agency ISI will continue its proxy war against India regardless of any change in its leadership because it needs an enemy, and ISI defines it as India's "control over Kashmir", said German political scientist Hein Kiessling, who spent 13 years in Pakistan researching and interacting with its intelligence and military elites, here on Monday. Last month, Pakistan's new army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had abruptly removed the head of ISI and appointed Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar as director-general replacing Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar. The ISI, under any leadership, would continue supporting Kashmiri separatists and run terror camps in POK to keep the conflict with India alive, Kiessling said here at Observer Research Foundation, while launching the Indian edition of his book 'Faith, Unity, Discipline: The ISI of Pakistan'. The book was first published in German in 2011. The ISI, he said, "is flexible" and co

Multi-phased CPEC to enhance exports, foreign exchange LAHORE - China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - a multi-phased project about binding people through the bond of shared development and prosperity - is set to take Pakistan to new horizons on economic front. CPEC which is not just a corridor of connectivity to bring the places closer but a project of immense potential bound to change the destiny of the whole region. One of the most important phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is its industrial phase which will start soon, according to which 36 Economic Zones will be set up in various areas of the country. According to estimates under recently enhanced version of CPEC, as many as 2.3 million jobs for skilled and professional staff will be created through different ventures. Jobs for semi skilled and unskilled persons and indirect jobs will also be in millions. While talking to APP, Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commer