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Pakistani forces and Death Squad leader were killed in different attacks. BLF

Pakistani forces and Death Squad leader were killed in different attacks. BLF(Sangar News)The spokesperson of Balochistan Liberation Front Goharam Baloch, called media houses from an unknown location and claimed responsibilities of multiple attacks on Pakistani army and local death-squad of Pakistani army in district Kech and Panjgur.Goharam Baloch said, on April 23th, BLF fighters attacked two patrolling vehicles of Pakistani army in Koh Dagaar area of Mand, district Kech. After the attack, Pakistani army tried to pursue the BLF fighters, with excellent combat strategy Baloch freedom fighters ambushed the Pakistani army vehicles and a clash erupted between occupying army and BLF fighters. Five army personnel were killed and four injured as result of clashes.He added, on April 24th, 2018 BLF fighters attacked Pakistani state backed death squad vehicle in Goosh area of Parom, district Panjgur. A local leader of death-squad, commander Anwar Qalandar and his son Kohda Raheem were killed …

New Silk Road’s Impact on ASEAN

Anushka KapahiASEAN’s Master Plan for Connectivity and China’s New Silk Road have major commonalities. Both envisiontransport connectivity as a means of bringing countries closer to one another, facilitating better access to trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people exchanges. Similar to the New Silk Road project, the Master Plan for Connectivity calls for a system of roads and railways to link contiguous ASEAN members with one another, as well as a system of ports for vessels and short sea shipping to link Southeast Asian countries with one another. Given this shared vision, it is evident that this will pose a great benefit to the developing ASEAN. Also, the Chinese road initiative is sure to support the ASEAN nations in advancing its regional connectivity.China has been seeking the advancements of trade and investment with its economic partners. The belt and road initiative embodies and projects the reaching-out policy of China. Through this initiative, China aims to trigger …

Pakistani Gwadar Port, a double-edged sword for Iran

By Vahid Pourtajrishi, Elaheh Shirvani
Tue 24 April 2018 - 18:08
Gwadar Port of Pakistan as the key factor and heart of CPEC could be assumed as a serious competitor against the Iranian Chabahar Port or a chance for Tehran to expand its commercial relations with Beijing.TEHRAN, Apr. 24 (MNA) – Gwadar port is located in the province of Baluchistan in Pakistan and on the coast of Arabian Sea. The port’s plan was first established in 1954 when it was owned by the Oman’s kingdom. The distance between Gwadar and Karachi, the main commercial city of Pakistan, is 533 km and the distance to Iran’s border is 120 km. After 200 years of Oman’s Kingdom governance over Gwadar Port, by US mediation in the negotiations between Pakistan and Oman, finally this port was sold to Islamabad on 8th Dec. 1958 at the price of 3 million dollars. The initiary plans for the development of Gwadar was first introduced in 1992 but due to lack of resources on one hand and international sanctions against Islamabad fo…

Gwadar port on the rise: Gwadar Development Authority

APRIL 24, 2018Pakistani Officials hope that Gwadar will be the new Dubai as it is not only a strategically located fishing port but also a gateway to China and Central Asia’s economy. The authorities plan to turn Gwadar into a duty-free port and an economic zone like Dubai.Gwadar is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea near Iran and the mouth of Persian Gulf. Pakistan aims to build it as a regional commercial, industrial and shipping hub under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.The main objective of designing Gwadar is to make it a shorter trade route for China via Pakistan to the Middle East. The trade route will definitely boost Pakistan’s economy along the way.However, Gwadar has been facing water issues as it hasn’t rained there for three years. A representative of the development authority working under provincial government of Balochistan stressed that the climate change was affecting  the region and was the reason for its thirst for water.He added that since ther…

10 security men killed in Quetta

QUETTA: Three suicide bombers attacked the police and other security officials in Quetta, in two different attacks, on Tuesday, resulting in the martyrdom of 10 policemen and injuries to another 15, officials said. The IG Balochistan expressed the likelihood of all the attacks being closely coordinated.In the first incident, a suicide bomber drove his motorcycle into a police truck, on a road leading to the airport, due to which seven policemen embraced martyrdom, Home Secretary Balochistan, Ghulam Ali Baloch, said. The IG Balochistan, Moazam Jah Ansari, said the bombing was so powerful that the vehicle overturned.It was not clear whether the third bomber was wearing an explosive vest or if the bike was filled with explosives. According to sources in the law enforcement agencies, an estimated 20 kg of explosives were used in the attack, containing ball bearings and nut bolts. These cops, deployed as the security detail for the visiting president of the Azad Kashmir, were returning fro…

Has CPEC failed for both Pak and China?

Posted on 25/04/2018 by DailyexcelsiorHarsha KakarThe much-touted China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) is unlikely to either be a part of the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), nor benefit either nation to the extent it was supposed to. It would only add to financial difficulties of Pak in the long term.
The CPECmoves through the Karakoram Pass, which remains closed for six months in a year, thus reducing its viability. Chinese efforts to open an axis available throughout the year has not met with success and is unlikely too in the future. Therefore, CPEC would only remain operational for limited durations.
With India and Afghanistan refusing to join the BRI, despite China claiming it is linking Afghanistan, the CPEC remains only an axis to move Chinese oil and gas to Xinjiang. Pak would never gain from it in any way. It would only provide land for Chinese geo-political requirements. Further, refusal of India and Afghanistan to participate in the BRI ensures that the CPEC can never be linked t…

CPEC creates 30,000 jobs in Pakistan

https://pakobserver.net/cpec-creates-30000-jobs-in-pakistan/April 25, 2018
Exports highlight corridor’s prospectsMasroor Afzal PashaKarachi“CPEC provides the perfect opportunity to bring advanced manufacturing and production capacity enhancement to Pakistan. CPEC has already created 30,000 jobs in its early stages and we need to train more Pakistanis for millions of jobs to be created.”This was stated by Senate’s Leader of Opposition, Senator Sherry Rehman while speaking at the concluding session of CPEC Summit 2018 here on Tuesday.
She said, as the first ship docked at Gwadar Port in March 2018 CPEC started creating impact in all provinces and it is probably among the few things about which whole Pakistan share same sentiments despite internal differences and want the project to succeed for Pakistan’s prosperity.Sherry Rehman said those who have doubts about CPEC should look closely and perhaps get involved as a stakeholder as CPEC is there to benefit everyone. This century is an Asia…

China and UAE move a step closer to opening a 'Belt and Road Exchange'

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/24/china-and-uae-move-a-step-closer-to-opening-a-belt-and-road-exchange.html
China and UAE move a step closer to opening a 'Belt and Road Exchange'China's Shanghai Stock Exchange agreed a deal in principle with the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) on Monday. The partners signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop the platform in Abu Dhabi.The joint exchange is poised to support businesses and investors along the Belt and Road. This Beijing-backed scheme plans to link the world's second-largest economy to the west via a vast land and maritime infrastructure network across Eurasia.Sam Meredith@smeredith19Published 1 Hour AgoCNBC.comGetty ImagesView of Abu Dhabi's skyline at sunset from Dhow Harbour in the UAE.China is on the brink of opening an international exchange alongside the United Arab Emirates to cater for its mammoth Belt and Road Initiative.The Asian giant's Shanghai Stock Exchange agreed a deal in principle with …

China fails to get Indian support for Belt and Road ahead of summit

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-summit-sco/china-fails-to-get-indian-support-for-belt-and-road-ahead-of-summit-idUSKBN1HV0U4
China fails to get Indian support for Belt and Road ahead of summitReuters StaffBEIJING (Reuters) - China failed to get India’s support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers’ meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India’s prime minister.Foreign ministers and officials of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) pose for a group photo before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, China, April 24, 2018. From left: SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov, Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojidin Aslov, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev, Kazakh Foreign Mi…

Had it not been for CPEC, would've shut down cement factories: CJP

https://www.geo.tv/latest/192368-would-have-shut-down-factory-were-it-not-for-cpec-warns-chief-justice
Had it not been for CPEC, would've shut down cement factories: CJPByGEO NEWS
Monday Apr 23, 2018

A view of the Katas Raj pond. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar remarked on Monday that had it not been for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he would have closed down the cement factories depleting the underground water table in Chakwal. Hearing the suo motu case of the drying of Katas Raj pond on Monday, the three-member bench headed by the chief justice stated the importance of CPEC for the country. The historic pond, a revered site for Hindus, is said to have depleted due to operations in the vicinity of several cement factories that have sucked out the underground water.Moreover, the court ordered the cement factories to produce the permission letters and summoned officers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allowed use of …