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Gwadar free zone development moves into second phase: GFZC official

BEIJING: Gwadar, the third deep-water port in Pakistan, now operates three multifunctional piers with an annual throughput capacity of between 50,000 and 70,000 20-foot equivalent units, as well as bringing 20,000 jobs to locals.The port will also serve as a trade gateway for East and Central Asian countries to other parts of the world, according to Chairman, China Communications Construction Co, Liu Qitao on Sunday.After the completion of the construction, the CCCC will also be responsible for a series of follow-up projects, such as the operation of a free-trade zone in Gwadar Port, he told local media.After completion of 60 percent of first-phase construction of Gwadar's free zone, the Chinese engineers and their Pakistani counterparts are hoping the free zone is open to operation as early as possible, Hu Yaozong, deputy general manager of the Gwadar Free Zone Company said.

Sindhi Sangat protest against anti-Sindh projects in CPEC

Hyderabad: April 16, 2017. (PCP) Sindhi Sangat Sindh and Sindhi Nari Sangat Sindh protested against China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC), Zulfiqarabad City and other Anti-Sindh projects, Activists of Sindhi Sangat Sindhi and Sindhi Nari Sangat Sindh held rally in Hyderabad, Demonstrated in front of Hyderabad Press Club and chanted slogans against Zulfiqarabad and other Anti-Sindh projects. Responding to the central call given by the central chairman of Sindhi Sangat Sindh Mansoor Khaskheli activists of Sindhi Sangat Sindh and Sindhi Nari Sangat Sindh protested against China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC), Zufliqarabad City and other Anti-Sindh projects, activists of Sindhi Sangat Sindhi and Sindhi Nari Sangat Sindh held rally in Hyderabad, Demonstrate in front of Hyderabad Press Club and chanted slogans against Zufliqarabad and other Anti-Sindh projects. Addressing the crowed leaders of Sindhi Sangat Sindh and Sindhi…

Cable, wire manufacturers say tax breaks under CPEC hurting industry


ISLAMABAD: Cable and wire manufacturers have demanded tax exemptions similar to ones offered to Chinese and other importers.They said the current exemptions from customs duty and sales tax on the import of wire and cable for CPEC projects promoted imports from China at the cost of local industry.In the first quarter of the current fiscal year, 88 per cent (or $21 million) of wire and cable imports were originated from China, according to official data.In the latest budget the government exempted imports and supply of materials and equipment, including electrical wire and cable, for the development of Gwadar port and free economic zones. But these exemptions were not extended on goods produced locally.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADFurthermore, the benefits provided to companies in special economic zones only apply to joint venture companies with for…

Plastic bags banned in Balochistan

Pakistanby Dawood Rehman | Published on April 16, 2017 🔗QUETTA – The Balochistan Assembly has passed a resolution to impose a ban on the sale, use, and production of plastic bags, in a bid to protect environment.The resolution, moved by Adviser to the Chief Minister on Information Sardar Raza Mohammad Bareech, was unanimously approved by the House.Later on Saturday, the Balochistan Environment Protection Agency (EPA) director-general issued an official notification banning the use and production of plastic bags all over the province, renewing the department’s efforts to implement the ban in more effective manner.The move is aimed to defend the environment and the public health.The ban will be effective from May 15.Traders and businesses may face fine for resisting the ban and secret use of plastic bags.In order to make the ban effective, government officials are also holding consultation with plastic bag prod…

Balochistan's battle for ideas

MUHAMMADAKBARNOTEZAIUPDATED ABOUT 18 HOURS The buzz about Balochistan in the rest of the country involves China but at a local blood bank in Quetta, jihad in Kashmir and Myanmar takes centre stage. An activist of the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) — the charity wing of the proscribed Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) — is the protagonist, and he is armed with a copy of the paper Ahrar, the JuD’s organ, and other literature propounding jihad.“You must read these regularly if you want to be good Muslims,” he exhorts others around him. “It will also help you live your lives according to the sunnah.”Talk of jihad by non-state actors was supposed to die down in the wake of the National Action Plan (NAP). But the FIF activist proudly tells the blood bank employees that their literature is sent across Balochistan — particularly in the northern areas dominated by Pakhtun populations. “Our organisation is better organised there than in Balo…