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GOC visits Gwadar Port


Islamabad: The commanding officer 33rd division, Maj Gen Nadeem Zaki visited the Gwadar Port to review the security measures being provided by the Pakistan Army at the port that is under construction at a rapid pace.According to the Gwadar Port officials, the commanding officer was received at the port by China Overseas Ports Holdings Company Limited (COPHC) chairman, Zhang Boazhong and Gwadar Port Authority chairman, Dostain Khan Jamaldini.Maj Gen Zaki visited the construction site of the Gwadar Free Zone, the main entrance gate, business centre, the exhibition hall, the water desalination plant, the Gwadar International Airport Terminal and the China Town. He was briefed on the latest developments of various projects and also about the security arrangements at the Gwadar Port.Maj Gen Zaki was impressed to see the pace of development at the Gwadar Port

Suspects detained, arms seized in Frontier Corps IBOs across Balochistan

ByWeb DeskFriday Jan 05, 2018RAWALPINDI: Frontier Corps has increased its Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs) in support of the Kuhusal Balochistan program, conducting operations in various areas, the ISPR stated on Friday. According to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Sui, Muslim Bagh, Barkhan, Sambaza, Mekhtar/Loralai and Mastung areas. During the raids, suspects including illegal Afghan nationals were apprehended. Caches of arms, ammunition and explosives including Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered, the statement concluded

Tax Exemption fir CPEC energy projects
Holding dialogue with the FBR on expectations of a positive outcome. PHOTO: FILEISLAMABADMinister for Power Division Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari has assured power-sector investors that his division is holding negotiations with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on tax exemptions and related matters with expectations that a positive outcome will emerge soon.The minister gave the assurance in a meeting with project sponsors on Friday. The huddle was in line with the commitment to facilitating the investors and resolving the challenges being faced by ongoing projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to ensure their timely completion.Chinese Deputy Head of Mission M Lijian Zhao, nominated by the Chinese embassy as the focal person for power projects, co-chaired the meeting along with the Power Division minister.People representing alternative energy projects – wind and solar powe…

Lijian Zhao appointed focal person for CPEC power projects

ListenISLAMABAD: Chinese Embassy has nominated Chinese Deputy Head of Mission Lijian Zhao as the focal person for ongoing power projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).In pursuance of the Power Division commitment to facilitate and resolution of issues pertaining to the ongoing projects under the CPEC in order to ensure their timely completion, the Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari met the investors of these projects here Friday.Secretary Power Division Yousuf Naseem Khokhar and Lijian Zhao were also present on the occasion, said a press release.All the investors took active participation in the meeting and informed it regarding their projects achievements and expressed satisfaction over the Power Division's role in extending all out facilitation to them in all phases of their development activities.They acknowledged the Power Sector perfo…

Protesters burn Trump photos in Pakistan as anger grows over Washington’s halt of financial aid

By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Friday, January 5, 2018Demonstrators burned large photos of President Trump in Pakistan on Friday, while the Pakistani foreign minister accused Washington of being “erratic in its approach” to the region following the Trump administration’s suspension of aid to the South Asian nation.Images online showed young men children among the protesters, who also carried large pictures of the American flag with red x-marks over it. Reuters reported that small groups chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Trump” at rallies held after Friday Islamic prayers in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.While the protests ended swiftly, frustration among Pakistani leaders continued to spread Friday afternoon. Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Washington has flip-flopped on its messa…

First Djibouti ... now Pakistan port earmarked for a Chinese overseas naval base, sources say


The facility would be similar to one in operation in African nation, offering logistics and maintenance services to PLA Navy vesselsPUBLISHED : Friday, 05 January, 2018, 10:02pmUPDATED : Friday, 05 January, 2018, 10:12pmBeijing plans to build its second offshore naval base near a strategically important Pakistani port following the opening of its first facility in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa last year.Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming said the base near the Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea would be used to dock and maintain naval vessels, as well as provide other logistical support services.“China needs to set up another base in Gwadar for its warships because Gwadar is now a civilian port,” Zhou said.“It’s a common practice to have separate facilities for warships and merchant vessels because of their different operations. Merchant ships need a bigger port wit…

A Chinese flag flies over Sri Lanka as China extends its reach into India’s backyard

Chinese investment in two of Sri Lanka’s biggest port projects raises military concerns for New DelhiKinlingLoUPDATED : Friday, 5 Jan 2018, 3:47PM 24On the first day of the new year, the Chinese and Sri Lankan flags were hoisted to the same height over the Hambantota port in the Indian Ocean nation.It was the first time the Chinese flag had risen over the loss-making facility which Sri Lanka formally handed over to a Chinese state firm in a US$1.12 billion deal.The port deal is just one of a series of infrastructure forays China has made into Sri Lanka in a region usually regarded as India’s backyard.The projects are part of China’s vast “Belt and Road Initiative” to link the country through land and sea trade routes to Africa and Europe and beyond.The latest was announced on Tuesday when the Sri Lankan government said a Chinese-led consortium would build three 60-storey o…

Why Trump's Asia Approach Could Actually Be Halting China's Maritime Expansion

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Ralph Jennings ,   CONTRIBUTORU.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping attend at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing. (Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images)U.S. President Donald Trump has earned a reputation over his year in office as someone who goes easy on China. He makes the odd barb such as his accusation last week that China was shipping oil to his nemesis North Korea, but China usually keeps quiet about its North Korea ties. Then Trump goes away.Trump lacks a steadfast, multi-layered Asia policy like that of his predecessor Barack Obama from 2011 to 2016. You might say that lack of focus on Asia (with the exception of North Korea) is keeping China’s widely feared maritime expansion in check. Here's how that works:Officials in Beijing always …

Series of Satellite Launches Will Bolster Chinese Control of Disputed Sea

January 05, 2018 3:37 AMRalph JenningsLong March-7 rocket carrying Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft lifts off from the launching pad in Wenchang, Hainan province, China, April 20, 2017.ShareSee commentsTAIPEI, TAIWAN — A Chinese province’s plan to launch 10 satellites over a widely disputed sea starting next year will help guide China to prime natural resources and enable fast reaction to any foreign ship movement, boosting China’s lead over five other Asian governments.The island province of Hainan’s Sanyan Institute of Remote Sensing intends to launch the satellites from 2019 to 2021, the official Xinhua News Agency reported in December. The launches, it says, will help with “remote sensing coverage” over the contested South China Sea and pick up images “round-the-clock.”Hainan Island, ChinaChina ultimately hopes to find prime fisheries in the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea before someone else does, analysts…

Analysis: China’s new African pearls

Analysis: China’s new African pearls4th January 2018 - 12:01 GMT | by ​Neil Thompson in LondonRSSA string of proposed new ports and railways in East Africa is feeding China’s appetite for a greater say in Indian Ocean maritime security arrangements, since China’s President Xi Jinping has made the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative his signature political project.The maritime ‘road’ part of the initiative will link coastal Chinese cities in the country’s more prosperous east to a series of ports and railways in East Africa and ultimately the Mediterranean. These include a proposed $480 million deep-sea port at Lamu in Kenya, and a sister site at Mombasa.There is also the question of how to secure this new infrastructure in some of the world’s most unstable states. Many observers believe China will be forced to expand its overseas military presence.China opened a first overseas naval base operated by People’s L…

Eight terrorists among 15 suspects held in Balochistan raids

By News DeskPublished: January 4, 2018Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan arrested on Thursday 15 suspects, including eight terrorists involved in attacks on police, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has said.“FC conducted IBOs [intelligence based operations] in Zhob, Sibbi, Dera Murad Jamali Mach and Killi Ismail,” the military’s media wing said in a statement.The military’s media wing added that 70kgs of explosive, weapons and ammunition and communication equipment were recovered during the raids.Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, a military offensive against the “latent threat of terrorism”, was launched in February 2017

TTP militants wound at least 12 people in Pakistan's Balochistan

IHS Jane's Terrorism Watch Report - Daily Update04 January 2018AT LEAST 12 people, including five security forces personnel, were wounded by two Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants who opened fire at a security checkpoint in the Baleli area of Quetta in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 2 January, XinhuaNet reported. Reports added the attackers were shot dead by security forces during an armed clash. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.

Telecom companies to roll out 12 projects in Balochistan
Jawwad RizviJanuary 5, 2018

LAHORE: The government, after successful bidding has handed over more than 12 projects to few telecom operators in Balochistan, a largely untapped market with increasing significance due to mega projects like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).After deployment of telecom network and services in major parts of the country, telecom operators are set to unleash the potential of the province, which has the lowest number of mobile phone users. Around 46 percent of the 12.3 million population has no access to either mobile, wireless or a fixed line network in the largest geographical province of Pakistan.Universal Service Fund (USF), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Information Technology, has set out an aggressive strategy to roll out the basic infrastructure of telecommunication, basic telephone and internet service for people and busine…

Corruption complaints against Sindh, Balochistan office holders

By Our CorrespondentPublished: January 5, 2018
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal directs quarters concerned to verify multiple complaints related to corruption and corrupt practices. PHOTO: FILEISLAMABADNational Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has directed quarters concerned to verify multiple complaints related to corruption and corrupt practices allegedly committed by several public and government office holders from Sindh and Balochistan.NAB has recently received complaints of accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income by Balochistan provincial minister Obaid Jan Babat and Additional Inspector General Police Balochistan Dr Mujeebur Rehman Khan.Complaint against Safdar referred to NAB K-PIt also received complaints against former IG Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali and secretary health Sindh Dr Fazalullah Pechuho for misuse of authority and alleged corruption.The ch…

No-Confidence motion is our democratic, political and constitutional right

PARVEZJABRIJAN 4TH, 20180 VIEWS: 24QUETTA: Former Home Minister of Balochistan Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said “No-confidence motion moved against Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri is our democratic, constitutional and political right in the Balochistan Assembly, as majority of Balochistan Assembly members are with us.”He expressed these views on Thursday, at Senator Sardar Yaqoob Khan Nasir’s residence, while talking to media along with provincial assembly members Mir Jan Mohammad Jamali, Sardar Saleh Bhotani, Abdul Qadoos Bezenjo, Fateh Baledi, Syed Agha Raaza , Aman Ullah Notazi, Mir Abdul Karim Nosherwani.He said, “I am integral part of the PML-N party. We are democratic people and in democratic system people in majority have rule.”He said, “We have political differences with Nawab Zehri but traditionally being Baloch Tribal he is respectful for us.”The prov…

Politics in Balochistan

The political uncertainty which has been sweeping across the country appears now to have also reached Balochistan. A no-confidence move signed by 14 members of the 65-member Balochistan Assembly has been tabled against Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri of the PML-N. The move comes despite the fact that 53 members of the assembly are part of the Zehri-led government. While allies of the PML-N, comprising the National Party and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party – have stood by Zehri, all other parties have joined in the action to unseat him. Those who have moved the no-confidence motion cite failures to release development funds and manage other key election affairs as the major reasons for their discontent. Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti, long seen as a close ally of Zehri, is among the leaders of the move against the Balochistan government. The PML-N then has a distinct breakaway faction in the province led by Bugti and hi…

Pakistan denies reports of Chinese military base near Gwadar

Paistan’s Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal dismissed the reports as “propaganda” against the development of CPEC and strengthening Pakistan and China relations.

A general view of the old port in Gwadar, Pakistan.(REUTERS)Updated: Jan 04, 2018 22:09 ISTBy Press Trust of India, Press Trust of India, IslamabadPakistan on Thursday rejected as “propaganda” reports that China was going to establish a military base near the strategic Gwadar port in southern Balochistan province.“There is no proposal of building any Chinese military base near Gwadar. This is all propaganda against the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and strengthening of relations between Pakistan and China,” Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Mohammad Faisal said.The nearly $50 billion CPEC - a flagship project of China’s prestigious One Belt One Road - passes t…

CPEC to create huge opportunities, transform regional peace, prosperity

PARVEZJABRIJAN 4TH, 20180 VIEWS: 71ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would create huge opportunities for the people of the two countries and would transform the region into a hub of peace and prosperity.‘We want to build a peaceful and prosperous society to improve quality of lives of billions living in the region and to connect them with global market,” he said while addressing a launching ceremony of CPEC quarterly magazine and website by Centre for Excellence, CPEC here.Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC, Centre for Excellence was taking knowledge based steps and it would become a source of propagating research.ADVERTISEMENTAd“It will integrate and coordinate the institutions engaged in implementing CPEC by ensuring excellent research, utilizing modern techniques to help us in policy m…

Reflecting on Sino-India ties in 2018

By Sajjad Malik0 Comment(s), January 5, 2018

Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited New Delhi in December last year to attend the India-China-Russia trilateral talks. This was the first top-level official Chinese visit to India after the Donglang (Doklam) standoff that brought the two Asian giants to the precipice.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 11, 2017. [Photo/]It was a powerful signal that China was ready for a new beginning in ties by moving forward from the border tensions of 2017. The visit also reflects China's traditional commitment to a peaceful neighborhood, needed to maintain the trajectory of growth.Wang spelled out policy in an article published in the Indian newspaper Deccan Herald on December 11, writing that China was working "to maintain stability in our neighborhood an…

CPEC not a security project, says Ahsan

January 05, 2018ISLAMABAD -  Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said that no one should consider the China Pakistan Economic Corridor as a securityproject as it is the project of peace and prosperity of the region.A lobby is busy spreading disinformation and rumours among the masses against CPEC as they want to sabotage the project , Ahsan Iqbal said this while speaking at the launching ceremony of CPEC Quarterly Magazine and website of the CPEC Centre of Excellence here.Trending: Pakistan on special watchlist for severe violations of religious freedom: USHe said no one should consider the Corridor as a securityproject . Any country can join the China Pakistan Economic Corridor to ensure peace and development in the region, he said. “Together we can bring change in the lives of people in this part of the world where there is still extreme poverty,” he added.Ahsan Iqbal said the CPEC