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Transparency of CPEC projects September 05, 2017 The CPEC projects are not promoting corruption in Pakistan. They are clean, spotless, full transparency, honesty, and sincerity. They are transparent as there exists zero tolerance for corruption in these projects. Both the government of Pakistan and China upheld their unwavering commitment to CPEC projects. They are genuine national projects between Pakistan and China and both governments ensure their implementation without any iota of doubt about their transparency. Any corruption is unthinkable and ridiculous. These projects are above of any kickbacks, bribes, commissions, omissions, or illegal awards accorded to anyone in any circumstances. Any slip of tongue about the sanctity of these projects could lead to a divergent path and could upset ties between the two governments of Pakistan and China. We must maintain the dignity and self-worth of our all-time trusted commitments with Chi

Three FC personnel martyred in Balochistan's Panjgur By GEO NEWS   Monday Sep 04, 2017   QUETTA: Three Frontier Corps personnel were martyred while three others were injured in an attack in Balochistan's Panjgur on Monday, security sources said. According to security sources, armed men attacked an FC convoy in the Murghab area of Panjgur district. Subsequently, three soldiers were martyred while three others got injured. The injured were shifted to a hospital in Panjgur for medical treatment. The attack was condemned by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. In a statement, he expressed profound grief over the loss of precious lives and has directed that best medical assistance is provided to the injured. The attack was also condemned by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. “We will not rest until the miscreants are defeated,” he said, adding that the enemies wanted to hamper work being done under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. About the attac

JeM, LeT in BRICS declaration due to violent activities: China By PTI | Sep 04, 2017, 07.31 PM IST BEIJING:  China  today said that Pakistan-based terrorist outfits like  JeM ,  LeT  and the Haqqani network have been included in the  BRICS  joint declaration due to concerns about their violent activities in the region. Defending the move to include these terror groups for the first time in the BRICS joint declaration, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said BRICS countries have "shown their concerns to the violent activities raised by these organisations". "These organisations are all sanctioned by the UN Security Council and have a significant impact for Afghanistan issue," Geng told PTI in a written response to a strong reference in the BRICS countries about these terror groups. He, however, skirted a response to a question on whether the naming of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) by the BRICS in which

Dangers of drought persist in Balochistan

https// httpsers-of-drought-persist-in-balochistan By Shahab Umer Monday Sep 04, 2017 QUETTA: Balochistan, the largest province in the country in terms of land mass, is blessed with several natural resources including minerals.  With its beautiful landscape comprising mountains and plains, the province also has forests in some areas and a 1000-kilometre long coastline. The province, however, has limited land where there are gardens and agricultural tracts. Most part of Balochistan comprises barren land, while fears for drought have even been looming where there is little agricultural land. In fact, it will not be wrong to say that these areas have already been engulfed in a drought situation. The major reason for this is low monsoon rains for the past couple of years. In the areas which received some rains, the threat of drought is almost over. At present, if we analyse, the northern parts of Balochistan are more prone to drought. These include Qila Abd

BRICS Summit 2017: India, China may be past Doka La, but CPEC will hound Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping bonhomie India Dinesh Unnikrishnan Sep, 04 2017 13:26:21 IST   An end to Doka La standoff saved Xi Jinping from an embarrassing face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The resolution will have offered relief to the BRICS organisers too, as there was hardly any logic in talking peace and cooperation among the grouping when two of its key constituents are engaged in a military face-off. Both Xi and Modi have set the stage for talks on peace and cooperation by agreeing to move past Doka La and work on the larger BRICS agenda on cooperation. But all is still far from well. For India and China, the next point of contention is developing, perhaps not in the form of a military conflict, but something that has all the making of a grand start to a prolonged diplomatic standoff — India’s approach to the China Pakistan Economic corridor (C

A Hindu pilgrimage in Balochistan A HINDU PILGRIMAGE IN PAKISTAN BY  ANNIE ALI KHAN “ Arri Allah.” My grandfather’s face was anguished, his thick white eyebrows raised, when he saw the tiny statuette of the goddess Durga that I had taken from his friend’s house. “My god, Annie, what have you done?” I had no answer, but even as a five year old I knew I had done something terribly wrong; I had pocketed a deity from a sacred place of worship. Every year, my grandparents used to take us to Uncle Devraj’s house in Karachi where together we celebrated the annual full moon sighting, known as Diwali. Devraj was Hindu, and my grandfather was Muslim, but they both spoke Sindhi and shared familial roots. Theirs was not a unique story. Unlike in Punjab, where partition brought bloodshed on an unprecedented scale, the Sindh province to the south saw little or no communal violence. The Hindus of Sindh largely stayed behind. Muslim and Hindu families shared bon