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Master plan for Gwadar smart port city to be finalized soon   PARVEZ JABRI     AUG 8TH, 2017 18:01   0  VIEWS: 105 ISLAMABAD: The master plan for making Gwadar as a smart port city is being prepared on fast track and would be finalized soon, official sources in planning commission said.  Talking to APP, the sources said that under the master plan Gwadar would be transformed into a port of international standards and a smart, sustainable city that can drive local, national and regional growth in the coming decades.  They said the development of Gwadar is a strategic priority for the Government of Pakistan.  "The commercial, political, socio-economic, defense and regional connectivity related benefits that can be realized once the port (and the city) reaches its full potential make it imperative to develop the area without any further delay", they said.  Lying at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, Gwadar is a strategic warm water

CPEC Invigorating Blue Diplomacy      GWADAR Diplo-Economic Prominence: Seas play a vital role for diplomacy and trade in global environment and have shaped Blue Diplomacy. Pakistan has been blessed with large area of Arabian Sea (termed as warm waters) encompassing 290,000 Sq. km with three main ports Karachi, Port Qasim and Gwadar. Gwadar Deep Sea Port is a pivotal segment of OBOR as it links Eurasian continent with Indo-Pacific region. In domestic perspective, Gwadar will add to its strategic depth as additional distance of 460 Km away from India will decrease the vulnerability of Pakistan. Gwadar will help Pakistan and its allies to monitor the Sea Lanes of Communications (SLOCs) originating from the Persian Gulf and bottle neck at Strait of Hormuz. Presently Central Asian Republics (CARs), China, Pakistan and Russia have mostly common diplo-economic interests whereas regional and extra regional interests seem to be initially on divergent axis. Diplo-Ec

Marhtta Qaumii Itehad of Balochistan By Vijay Chavan, Pune Mirror |Updated: Aug 9, 2017, 02.30 AM IST The community in Balochistan continues to keep several Maratha traditions alive in their daily lives, despite conversion to Islam The Marhtta Qaumii Itehad of Balochistan has started a social media campaign in support of Wednesday’s march After organising several protest marches since 2016, the Maratha community is all set to set out on their largest-ever protest rally in Mumbai on Wednesday. The ripples of the Maratha Kranti Morcha have gone so far as to cross the border and reach Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The Marhtta Qaumii Itehad (Pakistan), the largest organisation of the Maratha community in Balochistan, has also started a similar campaign in support of Indian Marathas getting their legal rights. They will even conduct a similar march in Balochistan on Wednesday. The

PM’s disqualification & impact on CPEC 6 Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif looks on during a joint news conference with Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, following their meeting in Ankara,Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Sharif, in Turkey on an official visit, will have meetings with the Turkish leadership. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)      S. M. Hali The disqualification of Mian Nawaz Sharif has left the stakeholders in the mega project China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) wondering what will be the impact of the ouster of Pakistan’s PM on CPEC. Will it suffer impediments; get derailed or continue at the same pace? Answers to these questions have been attempted to be answered here. The positive aspect is the reaction from the Chinese side. Beijing termed Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification from public office as an “internal affair of Pakistan” and said that it will not impact China-Pakistan cooperative partnership involving ‘One Belt, One Road


International | Written by : IANS| Updated: Mon, Aug 07, 2017, 09:59 PM Manila/New Delhi, Aug 7 : As part of its increasing engagements with the countries of Southeast Asia under the Act East Policy, India on Monday called for expanding the areas of cooperation among the member countries of the Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) bloc. "Let me also reiterate that the cooperation among our countries as part of the MGC framework, aims at restoring and re-invigorating these ancient linkages leading up to the building of an inclusive and prosperous society," Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh said while addressing the Eighth Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting in Manila.  "It is in pursuance of this aim that we have proposed to add newer areas of cooperation to the traditional areas on tourism, culture, education, transport and communication," Singh said.  "I am happy to note that we are progressing well in the identified areas of cooperatio

History race with China - Delhi archival hunt on maritime ties with Southeast AsiaCharu Sudan Kasturi New Delhi, Aug. 7:  The Narendra Modi government has commissioned researchers to pull old maritime and trade links with Southeast Asia out of forgotten archives to be able to pitch these ties as a part of India's deepening civilisational competition with China in a region each views as its neighbourhood. The research, under two projects, will be funded by the foreign office and comes at a time India and China are increasingly rubbing up against each other in their shared periphery - South Asia and Southeast Asia. India's ancient cultural and maritime links with Southeast Asia are no secret, and New Delhi has often in the past referred to them to highlight historic connections with the region. But the Modi government has concluded that the diverse strands of this relationship can benefit from a grand, overarching narrative that

$15m WB fund for social security in Balochistan Amin Ahmed August 08, 2017 ISLAMABAD: The Balochistan government will launch a project to improve the livelihood of under-served communities in the province with the assistance of World Bank (WB). It is expected that the WB will approve $15 million from Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MTDF) in March next year. Created in 2010, the MTDF was aimed at building peace through restoration of trust between the state and citizens, improving employment and access to basic services, a WB document said. The provincial government, through the Economic Affairs Division, requested the bank to support an integrated service delivery and growth project to stimulate development of rural areas. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD The proposed operation was expected to contribute to the Eighteenth Replenis­hment of International Deve­lo­pment Association (IDA-18) priorities of addressing issues related to refugees and host communities,

Full Steam Ahead August 08, 2017/ 1 Comment A political conundrum is going on in Pakistan with the ousting of Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. It was expected that after such a major blow to the civilian government, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would be affected as it had been claimed by the former Prime Minister that the project was a gift to him by President Xi Jinping. Yet, there seems to be no real sign of any damage to the project. Several onlookers were waiting for a reaction from the Chinese and also an affirmation of whether or not Panamagate was a conspiracy to impact CPEC. Maulana Fazlur Rehman claimed the same while announcing his support for the PM. Qaumi Watan Party’s Chairman, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, was also of the opinion that CPEC and FATA reforms have been delayed due to the Panama issue. Looking back, it seems the Panama Papers crisis was not a conspiracy to derail anything; it was just something th

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How Pakistan recruits for the Taliban

Note: This article is based on sources on-the-ground in Pakistan. There are embedded images associated with the article which may not survive email transport, but can be seen by clicking the link In addition, a Reuters article today, cited in the text, confirms the Pakistani terror network about which I have written in a number of previous articles, also cited in the text.. by  LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD  August 7, 2017 In Panjgur, Balochistan, there are three mosques and madrasas that produce Jihadis for Pakistan's proxy wars. According to local sources, the leader of the whole Jihadi network in Panjgur is Abdul Hai, who recruits Balochi young men to fight in Afghanistan via the Madrasa Khair ul Madaris Mahmoudia in the Sordo-Sarikoran area of Panjgur (GPS coordinates 26.976668  64.140607). At least three of his recruits were reportedly killed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan: J

Pakistani Social media on Hind Baloch Forum's Rakshabandan event

Recently Pakistani Social media hone crazy and insane about newly formed Organization ,Hind Baloch Forum which organised Rakshabandan event in Delhi. What Pakistani Social media is saying on Rakshabandan event organised by Hind Baloch Forum. Here are the points ✔ The girls who tied Raksha band  are from Slum dwellers ✔ Baloch brothers are not given few moments to spend time with Hindu sisters, because it will become love jihad. ✔ If Indians speak a word about Balochistan , girls and women will not be safe ✔ If India cannot protect their own girls from rape how can they protect Baloch girls. Here are few facts about the event , that exposes Pakistani lies ▶ The  baloch girl who tied is  Ms.Mahkan Baloch she is head of Afghanistan chapter of  World Baloch Women's Forum and she is daughter of a martyr Baloch General. Mote WBWF is headed by Prof.Naela Quadri Baloch who made ripples in India few months back that rattled Pakistan ▶ President of Baloch Elders Council of Afghanista