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CPEC’s difficulties

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Editorial Updated December 06, 2017

THERE are growing indications that things are not going as well with CPEC as we are being told. Since the government did not release any meaningful details following the recent, seventh round of the Joint Cooperation Council — the crucial forum where the details of the various projects that come under the CPEC umbrella are being negotiated between the Pakistani and Chinese sides — news has managed to trickle out that many of the projects considered central by Pakistan have suffered setbacks.Explore: CPEC’s precarious balancing actThe first news related to the Diamer-Bhasha dam project that was the most recent addition to the bouquet of projects being considered under the plan. That information emerged during a parliamentary committee hearing in which a former Wapda chairman said that the Chinese were asking for terms that Pakistan was unwilling to give in order to finance the mega dam.The next bit of news came after t…

Quote of the day : Brahumdagh Bugti

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🔴 In an apparent reconciliation bid, Bugti met with senior Pakistani officials two years ago. But he now sees little chance of a political resolution. “We have never given up on a political course, but it’s the Pakistani military that has always adopted the violent path,” he said.Bugti now sees no option but to soldier on. “If someone thinks that they can achieve their ultimate goal [of independence] then it is impossible. It is something people on the ground have to do themselves,” he noted. “The only thing we can do here is to tell the world about the reality of Balochistan and the problems there.”

Food insecurity in Balochistan

https://pakobserver.net/food-insecurity-balochistanIt has been long time that Balochistan is suffering from food insecurity. The Sustainable Development Policy Institute released data which estimates that 30 out of 32 districts are food insecure which is alarming. Most of the districts are depended on agriculture and it is the only source for food, but this sector is completely destroyed due to shortage of water.
According to the experts, over 80 percent of agriculture is depended on rain, but there has been less rain in last few years. The other problem is that there is lack of dams and rain water is completely being wasted. In recent years, not a single large dam has been built in Balochistan to save rainwater for agriculture due to which water table is falling sharply. The agriculture land is depended on water supplied by the tube wells which requires electricity. But the rural areas just get 5 to 6 hours electricity in a day, so how they can maintain the agriculture land. This is t…

Pakistan’s Balochistan Conflict Reverberates In Europe

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1 hour agoFILE: Baloch activists protest against enforced disappearcnes in Balochistan's provincial capital Quetta.ShareFor years, Baluch separatist leaders have launched media campaigns, organized protests, and lobbied international organizations and governments across Europe to bring attention to what they describe as Pakistani atrocities in their beleaguered homeland.But Islamabad is now retaliating by reaching out to European authorities about the separatists’ alleged involvement in violence.The development reflects an uneasy stalemate in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan. Years of government crackdowns and political maneuvering have prevented a fragmented Baluch nationalist insurgency from taking hold. But Islamabad's tough handling has added to the grievances in a region reeling from underdevelopment, poverty, and neglect.Mehran Baluch is a one of the latest victims …

INDIA’S NEW SPRING

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The opening of the Chabahar port in Iran lends India a strategic depth like no otherIndia scored a strategic win with the inauguration of the first phase of the Chabahar port on Sunday, which is expected to create a trade and transit route among India, Iran and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan. This will also help India access CIS and land-locked Central Asia for trade, blocked as it was by Pakistan’s refusal of transit rights, and revive the historically flourishing silk and spice route corridors. Access to these markets and cross-flow of volumes will enable India to establish itself as a robust and reliable economic powerhouse in the region. Barely 100 km from the Gwadar port in Pakistan, built and managed by China, this is another counter that comes on the heels of our quad approach with US, Japan and Australia, which calls for inclusiveness in the Asia-Pacific r…

Is Chabahar port a game changer in India-Afghanistan-Central Asia trade?

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Monday, 04 December 2017 07:33Written by Aditi Bhaduri*NEW DELHI (TCA) — On December 3, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the first phase of the Chabahar port development project on the Gulf of Oman, with the participation of senior Afghan and Indian ministers, including the Indian Minister for External Affairs Mrs. Sushma Swaraj.Iranian media quoted President Rouhani as saying that the port “will enhance trade in the region,” with a final aim to connect not just to Afghanistan via rail, but to the 7,200 km International North South Transport Corridor to Russia.Chabahar is an open sea port in Iran’s Sistan Balochistan province next to the Gulf of Oman. The port has a great capacity of shipping goods and services especially for a land-locked country like Afghanistan.India has committed $500 million to the port project and will develop a free trad…

London mayor-led delegation shows interest in CPEC

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By Rameez KhanPublished: December 6, 2017
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif arrive for a lunch in Lahore on Wednesday. PHOTO: Govt of PunjabLAHORE: A British delegation led by London’s first Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan on Wednesday showed interest in investing on projects related to multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during its meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.The meeting that took place in Punjab’s provincial capital was preceded by a one-on-one interaction between Shehbaz and Sadiq, who earlier arrived in Lahore via Wagah after concluding his visit to India.Sadiq, who won London’s mayoral elections in May last year after defeating multi-billionaire Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith, is on a goodwill visit to promote his ‘London is Open’ campaign and is also scheduled to visit Islamabad and Karachi.Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz said …

Will the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor match people's expectations?: Dawn columnist

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Chinese trucks parked at Pakistan's Gwadar port, which opened on Nov 13, 2016. The port is a key project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.PHOTO: DAWN/ASIA NEWS NETWORKPUBLISHED5 HOURS AGOFACEBOOK1TWITTERWHATSAPPEMAILKhurram HusainISLAMABAD (DAWN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - More news trickling out of the recent meeting between Pakistani and Chinese delegations to thrash out the future shape of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) points to an important trend.We now have four separate projects that the Pakistani side has been advancing during the seven meetings of the Joint Cooperation Council (JCC) whose fate is either sealed or hangs in the balance as the seventh round concluded.Those four are: Diamer-Bhasha dam, the Main Line 1 (ML1) upgradation of the Peshawar to Karachi railway line, the Karachi Circular Railway, and three road projects.Let's …

CPEC as digital Silk Road

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Huawei has set sights on CPEC to roar its e-business

Yasir Habib KhanDECEMBER 7, 2017In the backdrop of the 4th World Internet Conference held in China envisioning Digital Silk Road along Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) routes, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is making its inroads to emerge as high tech digital corridor.As BRI aims to lay down the network of highways, railways, seaways, airways, bridges and ports, the Digital Silk Road along the CPEC route will develop cyber-ways and internet highway infrastructure for Information & communication Technology (ICT) at the cost of $ 44 million. By constructing  digital infrastructure in cyberspace, CPEC will not only be connected to China but also will link up to 65 countries located on the Silk Road Economic Belt, spreading across Central Asia and Europe, and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, running through Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.CPEC gears up to go digital…

Sheer size of CPEC portfolio appals IMF

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By Shahbaz RanaPublished: December 7, 2017

PHOTO: REUTERSISLAMABADAs the overall size of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects grows to $60 billion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cautioned Pakistan on Wednesday to be mindful about the adverse implications of repayments of loans and profit repatriations to China.The IMF expressed these concerns during their meetings with the officials of the Ministry of Planning & Development and the Ministry of Finance.Headed by its Washington-based Mission Chief Harald Finger, the delegation is in town to review Pakistan’s ability to repay its $6.1 billion outstanding loans to the fund.Pakistan will start repaying some of the CPEC-related loans in next one-and-a-half years that according to Pakistani authorities will start ballooning after 2020, consuming its earnings equal to 0.4% of Gross Domestic Product.In the initial year, the impact of the CP…