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CPEC: Losses and gains Kaiser Bengali  September 10, 2017 Leave a comment All projects have benefits and costs. CPEC too has its downsides and it is necessary to identify them and adopt mitigating measures inShare 0 The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) does promise to be a game changer for Pakistan. It is a project of a magnitude that will change the economic geography of the country. An earlier project that changed the economic geography of the country was the Indus Water Works which included the construction of Mangla and Tarbela dams along with thousands of kilometres of canals. Resultantly, two crops a year are now grown where not a blade of grass grew and bustling towns exist in places that were dusty landscapes till the 1970s. Resultantly, two eastern provinces — Punjab and Sindh — stand developed as the metropolitan areas, while the two western provinces — Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) — and Gilgit Baltistan have remained per

Chinese FM appreciates Dar for timely implementation of CPEC projects National 12 HOURS AGO BY APP Share this on WhatsApp   Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar, Saturday held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xiao Jie to discuss various issues of mutual interest including ways and means to further enhance the bilateral economic relations. According to a statement received here, Jie welcomed Ishaq Dar on his visit to China. He said that senior level exchanges between the two neighbours had been helpful in furthering the objectives of strong bilateral relationship. He appreciated the efforts of Government of Pakistan for timely implementation of CPEC projects. He also thanked Dar for Pakistan’s support to the CAREC Institute in Urumqi and expressed the hope that Pakistani professionals would also continue to extend support to the Institute in future. Dar said that Pak-China strategic relationship was an anchor for regional peace and stability. He said th

CPEC project affectees to be compensated: Khattak 5      Staff Reporter Peshawar The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has directed for the proper and just compensation of the affectees of different projects being implemented through CPEC. He asked the relevant quarters to remove the complaints and reservations of the affectees. He said the provincial government would ensure merit base transparent fulfillment of legal formalities and requirements for the compensation of affectees. The government has already laid down a formula for the compensation and no-one would get any injustice, he added. He was talking to a delegation of DistrictBatagram led by ex MPA Taj Muhammad Tarand at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. SMBR, Commissioner Hazara, DC Batagram, GM NHA Abbotabad and Collector CPEC Hazara Region were also present. The Chief Minister categorically stated against the misuse of power and authority. We would take and make decisions under the l

Influx of Chinese tourists in Pakistan S.C. Kohli 09 September, 2017 Over US$ 60 billion worth energy and infrastructure related projects in Pakistan under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have not only opened gates for Chinese entrepreneurs for exploring their economic interests and establishing trade ties in Pakistan but have also attracted Chinese civilians for tourism. Since launching of CPEC during President Xi's visit to Pakistan in April 2015, Pakistan has witnessed a huge jump in Chinese visitors.   While Pakistan's Interior Ministry preferred to avoid  releasing  immigration data about number of Chinese visiting Pakistan, according to Pakistani print media about 71,000 Chinese nationals visited Pakistan in 2016 and 27,596 visa extensions were granted to the Chinese that year, which was 41 per cent increase on 2015, indicating more Chinese were staying in Pakistan for a longer period. Previously security conc

‘CPEC opens door to golden circle of trade for Pakistan’ LAHORE: China’s “one belt and one road” concept has provided Pakistan with a great opportunity to accelerate trade in the "golden circle" of China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, experts said on Saturday.  “It is only because of Chinese initiative that Pakistan has finally been able to understand the importance of its strategic location,” said Dr Salman Shah, a leading economist, keynoting a discussion where majority of speakes saw huge opportunities for Pakistan in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “Economic concepts have changed hands in last one decade that. Today China is the greatest proponent of free trade, while United States, under Trump, is looking inwards.” Saying that the CPEC has definitely has the potential of benefiting Pakistan, Shah however warned that it would not happen immediately. “Over the years Pakistan has neglected the trade potential of

Pakistan Railways to manufacture 1600 goods coaches for CPEC September 09, 2017, 12:16 pm  RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Railway (PR) will manufacture some 1600 goods coaches for China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to media reports, new goods coaches would be manufactured in carriage factory. 300 goods coaches would be manufactured with the code name of ZKH, in the first phase. Work on this project will start this year. These coaches would also be used in Sahiwal coal project

Enforced disappeareace: Meher Gul Marri

#EnforcedDisappearance : Family of Meher Gul Marri protesting baloch missing persons camp in  #Quetta #Balochistan. 🔴 Meher Gul Marri s/o Meer Haji Marri Assistant Directer Agriculture #Quetta #Balochistan, aged 56 resident of District Kohlu Tehseel Mawand , ✔Abducted by Pakistani forces on 14 Sep 2015 from Saryab Mill Quetta #Balochistan. He is still missing

Shutting down of old Silk Road exposes China's OBOR hypocrisy When Beijing today speaks of One Belt One Road, it omits to say there was once a flourishing commerce which it closed.    09-09-2017 CLAUDE ARPI In the fall of 1950, PN Kaul, a young colonel, was posted in Leh. In his memoirs, he wrote about his life in Ladakh and mentioned a curious incident. He saw thousands of refugees arriving from Xinjiang (then Sinkiang or Eastern Turkestan): “(They) came with what little they could carry on their ponies. Many had lost family members in their journey over Karakoram or neighbouring passes. I had a hard time trying to see that they weren’t fleeced by those connected with their evacuation from Leh.” Consequences × They were fleeing Kashgar, which a few months earlier had been taken over by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Kaul recalls, “Our consul general in Kashgar, Captain RD Sathe of the Indian Foreign Service and an ex-army offic

Huge cache of weapons seized during raids in K-P, Balochistan: ISPR By  News Desk Published: September 9, 2017 Pakistan Army soldiers. PHOTO: AFP Security forces conducted, on Saturday, several search raids under Operation Raddul Fasaad in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Balochistan, seizing huge amounts of arms and ammunition. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Pakistan Army conducted search operations in K-P’s Autto Khel, Mohmand Agency areas and in Batan village of Upper Dir. The military discovered heavy weaponry including machine guns, mortars, rocket launchers, grenades, explosives and communication equipment stored in terrorists’ hideouts. Operation Radd -ul- Fasaad : Four terrorists killed in Balochistan, hideouts destroyed ADVERTISEMENT Ad In other intelligence-based operations carried out in Balochistan, mortar and rocket ammunitions were seized from terrorists’ havens based in Tadri, Kohlu areas. PHOTO: ISPR ‘Operation

Baloch, the Victim of Drugs   By: Baloch Duktha , Turbat. There can be several reasons for a person’s inclination toward drugs but disappointment and discontent can be main causes. In Balochistan unfortunately, there is lack of employment. And when it comes to education, most families in Balochistan are somehow facing financial crises, in such situation, when they can’t afford the expenses of education; it becomes hard for them to educate their kids. Limited education and employment opportunities, contribute a lot when it comes to the use of drugs by the youth. When there is nothing to do and no proper education to prevent one from negative acts, the only way out remains use of drugs which ultimately leads toward ending one’s life. Using drugs is just like committing suicide, now a question rises that how to control the increasing use of drugs? In several places of Balochistan such as; Turbat the illegal business of drugs is at its peak. The major is

China, Pakistan to boost anti-terror cooperation along CPEC The CPEC, a part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir ( PoK ) and India has raised objection to the project. By:  PTI  | Beijing |Published on: September 9, 2017 10:23 am Reports have said that Pakistan deployed a 15,000-strong military force to protect Chinese nationals working on various projects linked to the CPEC. (Representational) China and Pakistan have agreed to strengthen anti-terrorism and security cooperation along a USD 50 billion economic corridor that links the restive regions of the two countries through a network of rail and road projects. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) connects Xinjiang province in northwest China with the deep-water Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea in southwestern Pakistan. It faces challenges from Islamic militants in both the regions. The CPEC, a part

US asked to condition Afghan aid to recognition of Durand Line The Newspaper's Correspondent Updated September 09, 2017 In this May, 16, 2014 photo, a Pakistani border guard stands alert as an excavator digs a trench along Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman post in Balochistan.— AP WASHINGTON: The Uni­ted States needs to condition its aid to Afghanistan on the recognition of the Durand Line as  Kabul’s refusal to recognise it  unsettles Pakis­tan, a US lawmaker told a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs. This apparently is the first time a lawmaker, California Democrat Brad Sherman, has suggested conditioning US aid to Afghanistan to the recognition of Durand Line. Mr Sherman, who usually is harsh on Pakistan, put forth this suggestion at a House subcommittee hearing on “Maintaining US influence in South Asia,” on Thursday. Also read:  Durand Line is recognised border: US At the same hearing, a senior US official — Assis­tant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells — remi

“Brother suicide for his abducted Brother in balochistan” on September 9, 2017 Bolan Times ( Web Desk ) : A Brother of one of missing person of Balochistan killed himself to registered a protest against Pakistani Security agencies for abduction of his brother in  Awaran Balochistan. According to Media Reports , This week in Balochistan District Awaran , Meeran son of Hussain killed himself  for his abducted brother Zarain who was kidnapped by Pakistani Security agencies this year from Discrict Awaran Balochistan. According to Area people  in District Awaran , Meeran brother Zarain was abducted  by Pakistani security agencies in District Awaran area Bhent this year, Aafter abduction Meeran was so much worried, Meeran tried his all efforts to find information regarding his ubducted brother in different police stations and approached law enforcement agencies but could not get any information about his abducted brother and yesterday as a Protest he commited su

How America Can Keep From Losing in the South China Sea Washington is losing ground in the South China Sea, and risks making the situation lasting unless America imposes “real” strategic costs to China. By Tuan N. Pham September 04, 2017           Part one  of this two-part series provided strategic perspectives and context to the recent uptick in tensions in the South China Sea (SCS) following a year of relative calm since the International Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague handed down its historic and sweeping  award  on maritime entitlements in the SCS last July. With this backdrop, part two will now examine ways and means the United States can regain the strategic initiative, recover the high ground of regional influence, and stave off losing in the SCS. How America Can Reverse The Tide in the South China Sea Washington is losing ground in the SCS and greater Southeast Asia, and risks making the situation lasting

Baloch want lifelong immunity from "Sardari Virus"