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JI leader slams previous govt for ignoring province in CPEC

By Mohammad ZafarPublished: December 16, 2018PHOTO: ReutersQUETTA  : Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Balochistan Ameer Maulana Abdul Haq Hashmi has slammed the previous government for taking the important projects related to the development of Balochistan out of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.In a statement on Saturday, the Hashmi stressed that circular railway, development of Quetta, Zhob and Gwadar, including the construction of bridges, projects of drinking water in Balochistan particularly in Quetta and facilities of quality healthcare, should be made part of the corridor project.“The people are being deprived of their due right in the CPEC project on account of the government’s negligence related to the development of Balochistan,” he added.CM discusses CPEC issues with Chinese envoyOn controlling the movement of heavy traffic in Quetta, Hashmi said the government should construct flyovers and run circular railway, adding that and all such projects should be made part …

AJK refutes news about dropping of CPEC projects

December 16, 2018
MIRPUR (AJK)-The AJK government on Saturday refuted a news report as baseless and fabricated that some projects of CPEC were dropped due to the state’s govt. A spokesperson for the AJK govt declared the news report appeared in a section of press unfounded and untrue. The spokesman, in an official statement issued late Saturday, termed the news report as baseless and fabricated. He said that the AJK government was no authority to join or leave the CPEC projects.READ MORE: US vows to work with EU States against 'Russian aggression' after Kerch RowThe spokesman further clarified that the PTI government at the centre had dropped many projects in its new budget including cancer hospital, Leepa tunnel, Jaglot road and other projects which were proposed to be established in AJK under Federal Annual Development Programme. He said that two projects from AJK were incorporated in CPEC including Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mirpur Mangla road and projects of economic zone.The sp…

Pakistan’s long-term debt rating downgraded

Khaleeq KianiDecember 15, 2018Fitch Ratings cites high debt repayment obligations, low forex reserves and fragile fiscal situation as reasons. — File photoISLAMABAD: Fitch Ratings, one of the three major global rating agencies, on Friday downgraded Pakistan’s long-term debt rating to ‘B-Negative’ owing to high debt repayment obligations, low foreign exchange reserves and fragile fiscal situation. The outlook, however, remains stable.The New York-based agency said the downgrading of the rating from ‘B’ to ‘B-’ reflected heightened external financing risk from low reserves and elevated external debt repayments, as well as continued deterioration in the fiscal position, with a rising debt-to-GDP ratio. It said that a successful conclusion of the ongoing negotiations on IMF support could help stabilise external finances, but the programme would then face significant implementation risk.Take a look: The crushing burden of debtPakistan’s liquid reserves have continued to fall, reaching $7.3…

Baloch Senior beaten up by Pak Army's Death Squad

Meet Gull Sher, He is poor, weak and old, but strong like the mountains of Balochistan . He is father of martyr freedom fighter Jalal Baloch; badly beaten by Pakistan military backed death squad members because he refused to say Long Live Pakistan as like other Baloch people.

Analysis: The Globalization of Beijing’s Media Controls: Key Trends from 2018

CHINA MEDIA BULLETINIssue No. 131: Dec 2018
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Monthly update of press freedom news and analysis related to ChinaAnalysis: The Globalization of Beijing’s Media Controls: Key Trends from 2018In the News:Coverage of Trump-Xi meeting highlights state control over Sino-US trade messagingAuthorities cut netizen publishing power, increase access to user dataGovernment cracks down on student labor activism amid tightening campus controlsTech firms face backlash for aligning with BeijingHong Kong: Curbs on free expression affect art and literature events, book retailersFeatured Pushback: Circumvention tools in the wake of a VPN crackdown
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Take ActionPhoto of the Month: An extra-sensitive extraditionNews on social media about Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on December 1 has been high on the agenda for Chinese censors. Meng faces possible extradition to the United States on charges that her company violated trade sanction…