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Govt taking steps to promote industries in Balochistan

By APPPublished: September 6, 2017

A general view of the Pakistani coastal town of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea in this March 19, 2007. PHOTO: REUTERSISLAMABADThe Balochistan government is taking steps for promotion of industries and commerce sector in the province.According to Radio Pakistan, Special Economic Zones will be established in district Khuzdar, and Bostan area of Qila Saifullah district, which would provide basis for more industries in the province.Meanwhile, over 40 vocational training centres have been made operational in the province, which would train youth in different skills. Mini Industrial Estates would also be set up in Khuzdar, Turbat, and Muslim Bagh to overcome unemployment.ADVERTISEMENTAdBalochistan signals readiness for settlement of RekoDiq rowIn total US$7 billion out of the funds by the Chinese government is being invested in the province, few of the projects that the Plann…

Pakistan only country of Silk Road initiative where sea, land route meet through Gwadar Port

60IslamabadSenator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on CPEC has said Pakistan, as the best friend and reliable partner of China, is the only country among 65 countries of the Silk Road initiative where the sea and land route meet through Gwadar Port.
He was keynote speaker at internationalconference on Silk Road, Belt & Road Initiative, where he addressed on role of Pakistan, as the pivotal player as bridge between Southeast Asia & Central Asia in the regional economic cooperation driven by economy, energy, with new ports & pipelines, roads and railways. He said that Pakistan has made tremendous sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and now Pakistan is pursuing building of CPEC, the biggest bilateral development project between any two countries in the history of international relations, which is worth over $ 50 billion, spread over 15 years.
He urged closer …

Govt likely to revive strategically vital Gwadar LNG project

By Zafar BhuttaPublished: September 6, 2017

Officials insisted that the project was feasible even in the absence of Iranian gas flows as it would have an LNG terminal at the deep-sea port of Gwadar, where two LNG ships could be berthed at a time. PHOTO: REUTERSISLAMABADThe government is likely to revive the stalled $2.3 billion Gwadar LNG pipeline project, an alternative plan for laying the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, keeping in view its huge strategic importance in respect of diversification of fuel supplies and protection from the impact of any international sanctions on Iran.Earlier, the Cabinet Committee on Energy, chaired by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, had shelved the liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline project, apparently succumbing to pressure from Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia, which has cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar due to the latter’s alleged support for terrori…


File Photo03:02 PM, 5 Sep, 20170The arrival of two more heavy craneshas increased Gwadar Port's handling capacity to 1500 containers per day.Chairman Gwadar Port Authority Dosteen Jamaldini in a statement in Karachi on Tuesday said the cranescan transfer the containers from ships to berth directly.He said that the port is expected to handle 150 thousand containers in the first year of its working

7 picnickers injured in Gwadar grenade attack

September 06, 2017GWADAR:- Seven people were injured when unknown men hurled hand grenade at picnickers in Gul Makran area of Gwadar. As per details, unknown attackers threw hand grenade at picnickers in Gul Makran area of Gawadar. As a result, seven people were injured.Following the attack, law-enforcement agencies personnel rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. The injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.Police and LEAs started search to arrest the attackers.–INPMeanwhile, Balochistan government on Tuesday banned pillion-riding in the provincial metropolis for 10-days.As per details, provincial Home Department has imposed a ban on pillion-riding in Quetta for next 10 days.The ban has been imposed in the wake of possible terrorist attack in the provincial capital.The ban has been imposed with immediate effect which will stay till September 15, 2017.A notification regarding the…

Indus Highway to be improved under CPEC

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Government has decided to widen and improve Indus Highway under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at a cost of twenty billion rupees.In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan, Adviser to the Prime Minister Engineer Amir Muqam said the 235-km long Indus Highway would be converted into a four lane highway in three years.He said on completion it would boost trade and business activities in southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The Bugti Wars

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August 2, 2013The problem with the Bugtis can be viewed in isolation from the problem of Balochistan. It will not be wrong to say that Dera Bugti and Sui were the most peaceful regions in Balochistan, in fact more peaceful than the rest of Pakistan in the last six to seven years. However, this peace will not last long if our short-sighted and incompetent politicians make silly decisions without understanding the dynamics of these regions.The Bugtis are divided into various different sub-clans, which include Rahija, Mandwani, Kalpar, Nauthani, Masuri, Ferozani and some dozens of other clans, numbering around 300,000. Furthermore, they are further divided into political and social domains. It is nearly impossible to unite them under one umbrella of unity because of the violent history of these clans. It was only Nawab Akbar Bugti (former chieftain of Rahija clan) who was able to establish his monarch-like control over their native lands. Akbar Bugti used the st…

CPEC: 12 Questions to Pakistani Government

*Kaiser Bengali is said to have posed 12 questions to the government,* seeking important details about the project. These have been taken up by the Senate as well, and so far he has received a one-word answer, “Yes,” about the existence of an overall CPEC feasibility. No information or document has been shared so far. The questions are,🔴Has Pakistan prepared an overall CPEC Feasibility?🔴Has Pakistan prepared a CPEC Environment Impact Assessment?🔴What is Pakistan’s share in Gwadar port revenues, if any?🔴What is Balochistan’s share in Gwadar port revenues, if any?🔴Is the Gwadar-Khunjrab Highway a toll road? If yes, what are the shares of provinces through which the Highway passes?🔴What will be the (positive and adverse) impact of China Transit Trade on Pakistan’s manufacturing sector?🔴What will be the impact of tax exemptions to CPEC-related Chinese imports on Pakistan’s manufacturing sector?🔴What will be the (medium and long-term) Balance of Payments impact of foreign exchange …