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Prosperous Balochistan is actually prosperous China

ANI | Updated: Dec 01, 2017 15:39ISTBalochistan [Pakistan], Dec 1 (ANI): China changes its attitude towards Pakistan according to its convenience, as it has projected Gwadar port's development aggressively and dignified it with the title 'Gateway City' under the USD 62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), but the whole drive to make Balochistan "prosperous" (Khush Hal Balochistan) will only lead to China's prosperity, says an expert.Renowned contemporary Pakistani artist, Mir Mohammad Ali Talpuri, in an article titled, "Khush Hal Balochistan or Khush Hal China?" published in Balochistan Times, has opined that even though the finance to make Balochistan 'Khush Hal' would be coming from China under the CPEC, but the Chinese money could create conditions for a 'Khush Hal' China, citing Beijing…

Naela Quadri sent Letter to US Secretary of State Tillerson urging him to designate Pervez Musharraf as Global Terrorist

Naela Quadri sent Letter to US Secretary of State Tillerson urging him to designate Pervez Musharraf as Global Terrorist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDec 1, 2017Subject: Prof.Naela Quadri sent Letter to Secretary of State  Rex Tillerson urging him to designate Pervez Musharraf as Global TerroristVANCOUVER  – Prof Naela Quadri Baloch , head of WBWF (World Baloch Women Forum)  sent the following letter to Secretary of State Hon.Rex Tillerson regarding recent remarks  by  former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf, that he is “biggest supporter” of designated Global Terrorist Organization  Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.Full text of letter:To,The Secretary of StateHon.Secretary Rex TillersonUS Department of StateUSASubjectDesignate former Pakistan Dictator Pervez Musharraf as Global Terrorist

In an interview to Pakistani TV channel ARY News, Pervez Musharraf said, “I am the biggest supporter of the LeT [Lashkar-e-Tayyiba] and I know they like me and the JuD [Jamaat-ud-Dawa] also likes me.” These two group…

Iran-Pakistan ties: impact on CPEC

The Afghan Taliban’s sectarianism was one of the reasons why relations between the two countries failed to remain cordial

Asia MaqsoodDECEMBER 1, 2017Since the inception of Pakistan, relations between Iran and Pakistan were on even keels throughout the early decades. The two countries were cooperative from 1947-1979, while the Shah of Iran still reign. Pakistan’s Balochistan province is pivotal in relations between the two countries because the Baloch population is present in both countries. Even in the 1971 war, Pakistan was provided assistance through the provision of military hardware, intelligence and logistics by Iran along with Syria and Jordan. Furthermore, Pakistan also played an influential role in ending the Iran-Iraq war. Unfortunately, relations between the two countries declined during the 1990’s.The Afghan Taliban’s sectarianism was one of the reasons relations between the two countries failed to remain cordi…

Senate deputy chief miffed at Gwadar water woes

By Mohammad ZafarPublished: December 1, 2017

The Gwadar Port, an integral part of CPEC. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILEQUETTADeputy Chairman Senate and JUI-F leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri expressed serious concern over the water crisis in Gwadar and said that the government has done nothing to resolve the issue despite its claim that the port city would be developed like Hong Kong.
Speaking at a seminar in the industrial town of Hub on Thursday, Haideri said that the livelihood of Gwadar’s fishermen was being snatched, adding, “Due to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the whole world has its eyes on Balochistan, as this multi-billion project will likely bring economic benefits to the entire region. That is why we want CPEC to be completed successfully.”MoU signed for CPEC project in GwadarThe deputy chairman said that the federal government had to change its attitude first towards Balochistan because…

LPG-Air Mix plants being installed in Balochistan: SSGC
Staff ReporterQuettaMadni Siddiqui, Provincial Head, Balochistan Region, SSGC has said that the Company is following the Government of Pakistan’s directives of installing around 30 LPG-Air Mix plants in the far flung areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Siddiqui explained that for ensuring gas to those areas that are far off from SSGC’s distribution grid, already three LPG-Air Mix or Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) plants are currently operational in Gwadar, Noshki and Surab in Balochistan and work on two more plants in Awaran and Bela is nearly completion.
Siddiqui said this while walking to the media persons at a dinner hosted in honour of the media fraternity of Balochistan region in Quetta. The dinner was part of SSGC’s Winter Safety Awareness Campaign launched every winter to propagate messages to the general public about safe use of gas and menace of gas theft.
The Company’s provincial head said that providing gas to t…

BISP complementing uplift package for Balochistan’s development: Marvi


GWADARBenazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson and State Minister Marvi Memon visited Gwadar on Thursday to check the progress made on Waseela-e-Taleem (WeT) programme in line with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s uplift package for the development of Balochistan.Under the newly-announced 10-year development package, all union councils in Balochistan would receive education, electricity, water, gas and health facilities. The federal government would provide 50 percent of the funds for the plan while the provincial government would finance the remaining half, said a press release.During the visit, the BISP chairperson interacted with primary school students enrolled under BISP WeT programme and held meetings with the BISP Beneficiary Committees (BBC) and the local notables.There are 60,000 BBCs, each comprising 25 to 30 w…

AJK prime minister talks on benefits of expressway under CPEC

By APPPublished: December 1, 2017

PHOTO: AFPISLAMABADThe Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mangla Expressway under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring economic revolution in the state, said Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan on Thursday.Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said that this is a four-lane expressway with interchanges at Kohalla, Rarra and Lohar Galli near the capital city that would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs400 million.China trying to convince India CPEC is for prosperityHe believed that the road will prove a milestone in the promotion of tourism and trade and economic activities in the state. Khan revealed that about Rs24 billion development budget has been spent on people’s welfare projects with special focus on communication sector to boost tourism and provide better travelling facilities.The government has provided about Rs2 billion…

Responding to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor challenge

Given the challenges that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is facing, India will need to do much more to provide an effective counter-narrativeHarsh V. PantChina-Pakistan Economic Corridor gives China a foothold in the western Indian Ocean with the Gwadar port, located near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Photo: BloombergThe China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been attracting a lot of attention lately and for all the wrong reasons. Pakistan has reportedly rejected China’s offer of assistance for the $14 billion Diamer-Bhasha Dam, asking Beijing to take the project out of the $60 billion CPEC so that Pakistan can build the dam on its own. Because the project was in a disputed territory, the Asian Development Bank had refused to finance it. So China was keen to step in but Pakistan realized that the tough conditions being imposed by Beijing pertaining to the ow…