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Serious rights concerns persist in Pakistan: EU

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Amin AhmedUpdated October 18, 20170ISLAMABAD: The European Union says that despite some institutional and legal measures taken by the government of Pakistan in 2016, wide-ranging and serious human rights concerns persist in the country, and that they are exacerbated by a weak criminal justice system, religious extremism and militancy.“Security challenges have continued to slow progress on access to justice and the rule of law,” says the EU annual report on ‘human rights and democracy in the world in 2016’ approved by the EU Council on Monday.“The rule of law remains uncertain on much of the country’s territory, and access to justice remains limited. Pakistan continued to execute a high number of convicts during 2016, however far fewer than in the previous year,” the report says.In Pakistan, there are persistently huge differences in the situation of upper and lower class citizens, and of women living in cities or the countryside. Pakistan remained one …

Sixth Census 2017: Why leaders are fearful

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ByTariq Moin SiddiquiFriday Feb 24, 2017

KARACHI: The Federal Government and provinces are neither serious about nor taking an interest in holding population and housing census in the country.It’s a legal obligation imposed on the Federal Government in the Federal Legislative list of fourth schedule to the Constitution; nevertheless, hurdles are being created to delay or stop the sixth census in Pakistan, as mentioned in Aam log Ittehad Petition filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.According to Petitioner Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed, Acting Chairman Aam Loeg Ittehad: “While the first four censuses were more or less regularly and duly held in the years 1951, 1961, 1972 and 1981, the fifth census was undertaken in 1998 after 17 years, an inordinate delay of 7 years which was certainly avoidable. That is not to say that the pervious censuses were problem free.  However, we are now in the 21st century and livin…

Myanmar’s evolving maritime security landscape

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/myanmar-s-evolving-maritime-security-landscapeASEANMYANMAR

Photo: Dominic Dudley/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesBYRajniGamageCOMMENTS17 October 2017 16:05Myanmar links South and Southeast Asia and lies on maritime shipping routes from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. A key pillar of its national development agenda is establishing an efficient and integrated transport system to become Asia's newest maritime hub.Recent political and economic reforms have already had significant impact on national trade flows. According to the Central Statistical Organization, the annual value of total trade (exports and imports) during 2004-2010 remained below US$5 billion. In 2014-2015, this figure increased to US$29 billion. Of this trade, more than 85% is maritime-based. The security of the sea lines of communication (SLOCs) in regional waters would therefore appear to be a national priority.However, while the security of SLOCs remains vital…

Myanmar’s evolving maritime security landscape

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/myanmar-s-evolving-maritime-security-landscapeASEANMYANMAR

Photo: Dominic Dudley/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesBYRajniGamageCOMMENTS17 October 2017 16:05Myanmar links South and Southeast Asia and lies on maritime shipping routes from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. A key pillar of its national development agenda is establishing an efficient and integrated transport system to become Asia's newest maritime hub.Recent political and economic reforms have already had significant impact on national trade flows. According to the Central Statistical Organization, the annual value of total trade (exports and imports) during 2004-2010 remained below US$5 billion. In 2014-2015, this figure increased to US$29 billion. Of this trade, more than 85% is maritime-based. The security of the sea lines of communication (SLOCs) in regional waters would therefore appear to be a national priority.However, while the security of SLOCs remains vital…

Short Balochi film ‘Zaraab’ portrays the plight of Gwadar residents

http://dailytimes.com.pk/115703/short-balochi-film-zaraab-portrays-the-plight-of-gwadar-residents/


Balach QadirSEPTEMBER 23, 2017The government has declared the Gwadar port project as a game changer for the region but the question remains whether it’s really possible to achieve without changing the living conditions of Gwadarites?After the announcement of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the national media has not discussed the issues of Gwadar and its citizens enough.The mega project of Gwadar is progressing amidst a lot of noise and fanfare but the other side of the picture reveals that there are very few opportunities for the young generation of the city.Jaan Click Media Bahrain and Balm Films Production have chosen the theme of unemployment and poverty and growing frustration of people in Gwadar. These issues have not been discussed or given due attention in the national media. ‘Zaraab’, a feature film, has shown the ongoing development projects in Gwadar and whether they would ha…

China Is Quietly Reshaping the World

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/china-belt-and-road/542667/

The staggering scope of the country’s infrastructure initiative—and what it means for the international orderBoys sit on a piece of styrofoam sheet as they search for crabs in front of the Gwadar port in Pakistan.Akhtar Soomro / ReutersANJAMANUEL3:00 PM ET 
Want to receive exclusive insights from The Atlantic—while supporting a sustainable future for independent journalism? Join our new membership program, The Masthead.The Pakistani town of Gwadar was until recently filled with the dust-colored cinderblock houses of about 50,000 fishermen. Ringed by cliffs, desert, and the Arabian Sea, it was at the forgotten edge of the earth. Now it’s one centerpiece of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, and the town has transformed as a result. Gwadar is experiencing a storm of construction: a brand-new container port, new hotels, and 1,800 miles of superhighway and high-speed railway to connect it to China’s landl…

Malala’s Outfit and Jealousy Factor

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By: Muhammad Anwar NasarA week ago Malala Yousafzai has started her education career at Oxford University, London. Her tweet showed a picture of her laptop and selection of books on logic. The tweet was liked by more than 666,000 well-wishers within an hour.Malala Yousafzai is an inspirational girl that works for the cause of female education throughout the world. She has been visited to number of states to propagate her cause. In this prospect she has also established Malala fund to materialize her dream.In the case of Malala Yousafzai, people are equally divided between those who like and dislike her. Those who disdain Malala are not concerned with her cause that she disseminates. Contrast to it, they are residing in perpetual jealousy to Malala and her activities.Recently, one of her picture where she had dressed in black jeans, jacket and T-shirt followed by a shawl on her head became viral on social media. This pic…

Khattak to monitor CPEC projects himself

http://nation.com.pk/national/18-Oct-2017/khattak-to-monitor-cpec-projects-himself

October 18, 2017PESHAWAR - Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said he would head a monitoringcommittee to ensure accelerated work on circular railway and other communication projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative.The implementation and monitoring committee would monitor the process of implementation of different phases of the projects and would ensure quality of work. The committee would comprise representatives of federal and provincial governments, the chief minister said while presiding over a meeting that focused different projects under the CPEC, including the circular railway, inter- connectivity of six districts, Chashma Lift Irrigation Scheme, commercial rate fixation of University Town and other projects.Additional Chief Secretary, administrative secretaries and other relevant quarters attended the meeting. He directed for convening a meeting of the c…

Pakistan, China to fast track industrial coop under CPEC

http://nation.com.pk/business/18-Oct-2017/pakistan-china-to-fast-track-industrial-coop-under-cpec

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and China have agreed to fast track the industrial cooperation under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to accrue maximum benefits of this important phase and ensure win-win situation for both countries.This was decided in the first meeting of Joint Expert Working Group (JEWG) on industrial cooperation, held on Tuesday in Islamabad. The Pakistan side was led by Board of Investment (BoI) Secretary Azher Ali Chaudhry and the Chinese delegation was led by China International Engineering Consulting Corporation Director Du Zhenli.On the occasion, the BoI secretary said that the main gain from the CPEC is the industrial cooperation which will not only provide a win-win situation for both countries but will ensure sustainability of this multi-billion dollar project. He said that the Chinese experience regarding establishment of industrial parks will be instrumental for P…

Pakistan just 13 years behind China and can catch up: envoy

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1533201/pakistan-just-13-years-behind-china-can-catch-envoy/



By Shahbaz RanaPublished: October 17, 2017
PHOTO: REUTERSISLAMABADChinese experts arrive in Islamabad to plan implementation of second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Beijing’s Charge d’Affaires Lijian Zhao said on Monday industrialisation was the only road to development in Pakistan.Some countries claim that they can become a developed nation only by developing tertiary and services sectors, but it is not true, as the only road to development is through industrialisation, said Lijian.He was speaking at a conference organised to share Chinese experience in sustainable development.ADVERTISEMENTThe conference was organised a day before experts from China and Pakistan would meet in Islamabad to plan implementation of the new phase of CPEC.CPEC helped Pakistan climb on global competitiveness scale: Forbes columnistUnlike other developing countries, the services sector contribute…