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Over 3,700 police personnel killed in 450 suicide attacks since 2002

By ZahidGishkoriFebruary 14, 2017

ISLAMABAD: More than 3,700 police personnel lost their lives in the line of duty in around 450 suicide attacks since 2002 across the country, official data revealed.Two senior police officers -- SSP Operations Zahid Gondal and DIG Traffic Lahore Capt (R) Ahmad Mobin -- were the latest victims who were killed in a suicide attack executed by a bomber near the Punjab Assembly on Monday.More than 7,000 civilians also lost their lives while over 14,270 were injured in these suicide attacks in the past 14 years. More than 750 police personnel were killed in Sindh, 1,457 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 450 in Balochistan, 370 in Punjab and the rest of them were killed in Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.Following this chronology of suicide attacks on police personnel, the data further revealed that armed militants wearing suicide vests killed ove…

It will be third big miss if CPEC is not welcomed: Iqbal

By Yusra SalimPublished: February 14, 2017

KARACHIThe China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the product of China’s ideology to have one belt and one road, explained Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal.He was speaking to students and faculty members about CPEC at the Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC), University of Karachi.If we do not welcome CPEC, which will bring economic changes, then it will be our third big miss as a country to grow,” the minister said.Explaining, he said, “the first time we missed the chance was when the country was on the right path to grow economically in the 1960s and many big reports said Pakistan was going to be the next Japan in Asia, but unfortunately the development came to a halt when Pakistan faced war in 1965.”‘CPEC as vital as country’s atomic programme’The second time was 1990-91 when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his tenure introduc…

Highway hazards: Is G-B ready for CPEC traffic load?

By Shabbir MirPublished: February 14, 2017

GILGIT: The high profile CPEC project may be a boon for the country, but if certain corrective measures are not adopted, it may prove to be a bane for residents G-B.Presently G-B residents of the area have to brave an arduous 20-hour journey from to get to Islamabad via the narrow 600 km Karakoram Highway (KKH).“It will be a nightmare for travellers,” said Aziz Ahmad, a development expert and a businessman.“The journey will take twice or thrice as long once CPEC becomes fully operational as traffic will increase manifold and heavy containers will begin to ply the route,” Ahmed told The Express Tribune on Tuesday. “The KKH is narrow and one will not be able to overtake big containers everywhere,” he added.According to some reporters, at least 7,000 shipping containers will pass through G-B every day via the KKH – a strategic highway that connects Pakistan with China after traversing some 450 km in G-B.In other words it comes down to a container…

Government increases electricity import from Iran for Gwadar

By Israr KhanFebruary 14, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has increased electricity import from Iran to 100 megawatts from earlier 70MW to feed Gwadar and is also planning to increase the import to 1000MW, as Islamabad is in negotiations with Tehran in this respect.Since December 2016, the import of electricity from Iran has been increased from 70 MW to 100MW, which is being provided to Gwadar, chief executive officer (CEO) of Quetta Electric Supply Company (Qesco) told a Senate standing committee here. The CEO further said that work on 300 MWs IPP power plant is also underway in Gwadar.Islamabad is facing difficulties in making agreements with Iranian banks due to international sanctions on Tehran. The government has again started negotiations with the Iranian government and after the removal of sanctions, Pakistan will import more power from Iran as it is willing to export up to 3000MW to Pak…

PSL to be soccer league now because CPEC is game changer: Sethi
Uncategorized16 HOURS AGO BY THE DEPENDENT(The featured piece is a work of satire. It does not present itself as the truth and should be taken in good humour.)Speaking to reporters at the Pakistan Cricket Board, the chairman of its executive committee, Najam Sethi, said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is going to be a soccer league from now on because of the game changing nature of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC.)“As per government policy, we are not supposed to ask about CPEC, but only marvel at it,” he said. “We don’t really know how, exactly, this project is going to have this effect on the game, but we have to only respond to it.”He was flanked by chairman of the Pakistan Football Federation Faisal Saleh Hayat, who is going to be running the PSL from now on.“I know many powers in the region do not like this development,” said Hayat. “I also know that many of t…

CPEC to be extended to ECO member states

By Muhammad Saleh ZaafirFebruary 14, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will offer China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) extension to the member countries of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) during its 13th summit being hosted in Islamabad. The ECO viewed as the robust regional organisation taking keen interest in the CPEC since it could help the member countries for establishing easy connection with the world. All ten members of the organisation have conveyed their consent to attend it. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who is also retaining the portfolio of the Foreign Affairs chaired a high echelon meeting at the prime minister house on Monday and issued guidelines for the summit and its agenda. Pakistan has planned to convert the CPEC and its close collaboration with the member countries of the ECO, a gigantic leap for generating economic activities in the region. The sources in the Prime Minister…

CPEC to isolate India in the region: Ahsan

February 14, 2017KARACHI - Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that CPEC was set to be launched in September 2014, but due to political instability and sit-ins it was delayed till April 2015 when the Chinese president visited Islamabad. “An economic zone of three billion people is likely to emerge in Pakistan due to CPEC, which will act as a bridge between South Asia, Central Asia and China,” he said, and added, “India has felt greatly threatened by CPEC because it will isolate the country in the region.”He was delivering a lecture on ‘China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)’, organised by Applied Economics Research Center at Rangoonwala Auditorium, AERC KU.Lauding the research credentials of AERC, Ahsan recommended that AERC must be one of think thanks for economic policy making. He added that India had planted its undercover agent Kulbhushan Yadev to sabotage CPEC project, but fortunately he w…

Balochistan asked to follow service cadre rules

ISLAMABAD: The Sup­reme Court reaffirmed on Monday its earlier order requiring the Balochistan government not to appoint non-cadre officers to cadre posts.At the same time, a two-judge bench, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim, ordered the Balochistan High Court registrar to submit a list of all related cases and BHC Chief Justice Mir Muhammad Noor Meskan­zai not to entertain cases relating to deputation, out-of-turn promotions, absorption to other departments or appointment of non-cadre officers to cadre posts.In its order, the Supreme Court recalled that it had issued principle guidelines through its judgements in 2013 and 2015 regarding officers on deputation, with a directive to immediately repatriate such officers to their parent departments.It held that under Article 212 of the Constitution, the high court could not take up cases about wh…

Balochistan’s George Washington
BalochHouse : There is a saying , praise a man only after his death. This nonsense self propaganda at this juncture is useless. Earlier Marri was promoted as foreign policy expert of Baloch , Terrorism expert. This is quite amusing to read such articles.By Shahid BalochGeorge Washington was a slaveholder in the USA, who had hundreds of slaves in Mount Vernon, where the African American were slaves of the white Americans and slavery was a business at that time in America. When George Washington became the leader of American independence movement. He scrupulously adopted a policy of ending the slavery. The patriotic freedom fighters who were demanding independence from Britain’s occupation had introduced new charter which assured of prohibiting the slavery.However, they could not openly dare to say anything against slavery because George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton like many intellectual were reluc…


Baloch Students Organization -Azad (BSO-A) Central Chairperson Karima Baloch expressed her concerns about the state census, and said that the occupied state is trying to use all possible tactics to relegate Baloch in minority in Balochistan.She said that the promotion of foreign investment,  settlement of non-Baloch in Balochistan, compelling the local population for migration and issuance of computerised national identity card (CNIC) to millions of migrants are the part of state policies for converting Baloch into minority.Karima Baloch further said that the administrative division of Pakistan-Occupied-Balochistan (POB) is based on the policy of disassociation, which is aimed to disperse the national power of Baloch in order to harm its language, values and customs.She said that the occupant Pakistan added many areas of Koh-e-Suliaman including a huge part of Balochistan into Pakistan-administered Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under its unnatural and for…

Chabahar Port, India’s counter to Pakistan’s Gwadar, expected to open in a month news
By: PTI | Nagpur | Updated: February 13, 2017 4:42 PMAmin also hoped that a Mumbai-Kabul flight services will be started very soon on the lines of Delhi-Afghanistan route. (Reuters)The strategic port of Chabahar in Iran which is being developed to build a transport-and-trade corridor through Afghanistan giving India an access to global markets is expected to be opened in a month’s time, said Afghanistan Consul General Mohammad Aman Amin.“The port is likely to open in a month’s time and it will provide impetus to the trade between India and Afghanistan,” said Amin here today.The construction of this port assumes significance as it will allow bypassing the route through Pakistan for accessing markets in Europe and Central Asia and also save on time and cost of doing business. India had in May 2016 signed the historic deal with Iran and Afghanistan.

The CPEC opportunity

Published in Jan-Feb 2017By Malik Muhammad AshrafHow CPEC can boost Pakistan's real estate sector. Illustration by Creative Unit.China, buoyed by its rise as an economic power, is planning to revive the old Silk Route under the new concept of ‘One Belt, One Road’, an initiative that will eventually connect 26 countries. China’s Foreign Ministry shared the objectives of this initiative in March 2015, stating that: “One Belt, One Road is aimed at (i) promoting orderly and free flow of economic factors, highly efficient allocation of resources and deep integration of markets; (ii) encouraging the countries along the Belt and Road to achieve economic policy coordination and carry out broader and more in-depth regional cooperation of higher standards; and, (iii) jointly creating an open, inclusive and balanced regional economic cooperation architecture that benefits all.”The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the most impo…

Two cops killed, six injured in Quetta blast
February 13, 2017By: Samaa Web DeskPublished in Pakistan

QUETTA: Two policeman were killed and nine others were wounded when a bomb went off in Quetta on Monday.According to police, members of bomb disposal squad were called in to defuse a bomb, which was placed near Karachi Stop on Sariab Road.The bomb, however, exploded while trying to defuse it, leaving two personnel dead on the spot. One of the victims was identified as Commander Abdul Razzaq.Earlier in the day,  at least 11 people, including DIG Traffic Captain Ahmed Mubeen and SSP Zahid Gondal, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at Faisal Chowk near Punjab Assembly during a protest sit-in in Lahore. – SAMAA

Lahore Traffic police chief among 16 killed in suicide attack outside Punjab Assembly

Shares124Mon, 13 Feb 2017-09:13pm , PTIA Pakistani media outlet claimed that 10 people died and several were injured.Three top police officers were among 16 people killed today when a suicide bomber blew himself up targeting them during a protest rally outside Pakistan's Punjab assembly here that also left 60 others injured. Lahore Traffic Police chief capt (R) Ahmed Mobeen, Senior Superintendent Police Zahid Gondal and DSP Pervez Butt were killed in the blast, multiple media reports said.Lahore police chief Amin Wains confirmed death of Mobeen. He, however, did not confirm about other casualties. "I can confirm the death of Mr Ahmed Mobeen at the moment," he said. At least 16 people were killed in the powerful blast that ripped through the protest rally, police officials said. Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique said more than 60 people suffered inju…