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Fifth columns galore: Baloch leader accuses brother-in-law of having hand in wife’s abduction November 2, 2017, 7:35 PM IST  Ahmar Mustikhan in  Balochistan Insight   |   World   |  TOI   As Baloch from all walks of life—even those close to Islamabad– continued to condemn the security forces abduction of the spouse of freedom leader Dr. Allah Nazar, the “Che Guevara” of Balochistan stunned the Baloch Wednesday by blaming his brother in-law for assisting the ISI with his wife’s abduction.   Presence of “fifth column” within Baloch families is common in Balochistan — the main reason why Pakistan was able in March 1948 to take control of the France-sized territory, rich in resources and having one of the sexiest strategic location as northern lip of the Straits of Hormuz.   “ISI & its hired goons Ali Haidar M. Hasani & Mehrullah M. Hasani are involved in abduction of my wife and child & other sisters from Quet

China won’t let political crises affect CPEC, but ‘Pakistan’s economy is at a critical stage’, cautions senior Chinese official As a sincere friend, China keeping a close eye on political developments: Liu PengfeiVows no one will be able to derail CPECBeijing providing soft loans and grants for key projects in Gwadar Pakistan by  Umer Shami  | Published on November 2, 2017 (Edited November 2, 2017)  🔗 BEIJING – Pakistan’s economy is at a critical stage of its development and China sincerely hope for Pakistan to seize the chance provided by the CPEC to bring about much-needed progress and prosperity in its economy. It makes no difference to China as to which party is holding the reins of government and at present Chinese Government is not worried about the ongoing pace of CPEC projects. However, as a sincere friend, China does not want any hindrance to slow down the pace of development and obviously, it keeps a close eye on political developments in Pakistan. China and Pakistan are determi

FIRST PHASE OF GWADAR FREE ECONOMIC ZONE TO BE COMPLETED NEXT MONTH, SENATE  INFORMED File Photo 06:34 PM, 2 Nov, 2017 The Senate was informed on Thursday that first phase of Gwadar Free Economic Zone, spreading over two thousand acres of land, will be completed next month. Responding to a question during the Questions Hour, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal said Gwadar has been linked with Quetta by constructing a 650 kilometers long road. He said that ground breaking of Gwadar International Airport is likely to be performed in first quarter of the next year. To another question, Ahsan Iqbal said a number of projects have been planned and approved to overcome the water shortage in Gwadar

USAID engages communities in Balochistan to promote girls education National 17 HOURS AGO BY AGENCIES Share this on WhatsApp   DERA ALLAH YAR:  Teachers, parents, students and community members attended fun-filled activities here in district Jaffarabad as part of a community funfair hosted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The daylong event was aimed at promoting girls’ empowerment and fulfillment of their right to education while highlighting the American assistance for the people of Balochistan. USAID has helped improve access to education and retention of children in schools, especially girls, in remote areas across all the provinces. Under a grant to the Women Development Community Organisation (WDCO) in Jaffarabad, four middle schools have been established for girls who were previously unable to continue their education due to lack of middle schools in their district. WDCO Chief Executive Officer Hanif Ri

CPEC projects to eliminate poverty from country: Mushahid S   FAWAD MAQSOOD     NOV 2ND, 2017   0  VIEWS: 30 LAHORE: Senator and Chairman Pak-China Institute, Mushahid Hussain Syed Wednesday said that CPEC projects would bring prosperity and will eliminate poverty from the country. Talking to APP he said that CPEC had emerged as a successful model throughout the world and its projects had started bearing fruits. ADVERTISEMENT “The results of CPEC projects are of paramount importance and the credit of achievements in these projects goes to the current government”, he said Mushahid appreciated government for its arrangements to provide foolproof security for Chinese engineers and workers, working in the country. He said that Pakistan and China were strategic partners in the journey of progress and prosperity and increasing cooperation between the two countries was an example for world nations. “CPEC is a flagship project of Belt and R

Ahsan urges business community to play lead in industrial phase of CPEC Staff Reporter Islamabad Minister for Planning and Development, and Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday called upon the private sector investment and business community to play a leading role in materializing the phase of Industrial Cooperation under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Chairing a meeting on exploring business opportunities under CPEC, the minister said the private sector of Pakistan has to play the role of an engine of growth in CPEC and attract foreign investors from across the globe and seek Joint Ventures through multiple opportunities unleashed by CPEC. He urged the chambers to proactively persuade the business community across the country to capitalize on the business opportunities under CPEC adding that infrastructural improvement will encourage greenfield industrial set-ups, with focus on value additive industries that will provide real platform for competitive trade

Gilgit Baltistan has strategic importance in CPEC route 4:47 PM, November 02, 2017 LAHORE: In the facade of exoticisation of  Gilgit   Baltistan  , people of GB have become irrelevant and nobody talks about their rights and time is high to open a discourse on  strategic importance of GB with respect to billion dollars project China Pakistan Economic corridor. Speaker said that at a panel discussion organized by Rotaract Club of Forman Christian College Lahore yesterday on ‘ Strategic Importune of Giglit  Baltistan  in China Pakistan Economic Corridor’.   A large number of students from various departments attended the session. The session was moderated by Haidar Buluk.   On the occasion a mesmerizing musical performance was staged before a jam packed hall. Number of students hails from  Gilgit   Baltistan  danced on the folklore tunes. Zaigham Abbas, an expert on  Gilgit Baltistan  Affairs said there is mindset in GB about a social discourse which

Industries concerned about future in the wake of CPEC By  Owais Qarni Published: November 2, 2017 5SHARES   SHARE   TWEET A worker monitors automatic copper wire unit. PHOTO: REUTERS MULTAN :  South Punjab comes on top in agricultural economy as it has 96% share in cotton production in Punjab and 80% in the entire country as well as pays more taxes than the industrial hub of Faisalabad, emphasised Malik Asrar Ahmed Awan, President of the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was giving a briefing to the visiting probationary officers of grade-18 of the 24th Mid-career Management Course of the National Institute of Management, Karachi. Awan pointed out that south Punjab offered great opportunities for investment in the areas of agriculture, dairy products, livestock, fruit and vegetable processing and packaging. He cited the surveys conducted by the World Bank and its financing arm International Finance Corporation that ranked south Punjab second

CPEC Long Term Plan

Khurram Husain Updated November 02, 2017 The writer is a member of staff. Planning minister Mr Ahsan Iqbal has finally confirmed that the CPEC Long Term Plan (LTP) is about to be finalised on Nov 21 at the seventh Joint Cooperation Committee to be held in Islamabad. Some might recall that details from the LTP in question were  published by Dawn in a long detailed report  in May, and the same minister had reacted sharply at the time, saying that the details are “ factually incorrect” and the real plan will be made public once it has been finalised. It looks like that moment is at last arriving, if the minister lives up to his promise of releasing the full document. If they do what they did earlier in the year, and produce a shortened, sanitised and general summary of the main LTP, and release that claiming that it is the original document, we will know that an effort is being made to conceal the real details of CPEC from the public. To recap the conversations that took place aro