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Project of Western Route to be launched in Balochistan soon

Our CorrespondentMarch 14, 2019ISLAMABAD: The Cabinet Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has decided to launch an important project of Western Route in Balochistan soon while ML-1 will be undertaken in different phases.The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, Minister for Planning, Development & Reform. The meeting was attended by members of the committee and secretaries of the federal ministries.Briefing media on decisions of the committee, the minister said that government attaches priority to the construction of Western Route; therefore one of its important projects in Balochistan would be launched soon.He informed that the committee has decided to develop Sukkur-Hyderabad section on Eastern Route through built-operate and transfer (BOT) mode and National Highway Authority will complete the design as well as feasibility and award of the contract will done in 2019. The project will yield savings of 2 to 2.5 billion dollars, he est…

Wrong policies sowed anger among youth: Balochistan CM

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentUpdated March 14, 2019Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani says current government's positive policies convinced disgruntled youth to lay down arms. — PPI/FileQUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that wrong polices of the previous governments had forced the disgruntled people to pick up arms against the state.He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the ‘Ujaala Programme’ started by Pakistan Army to provide skill training to the youths who have laid down their arms.Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, provincial ministers and vice chancellors of various universities attended the ceremony.The chief minister said the current government’s positive policies had convinced the disgruntled youths to surrender arms and join mainstream to play their role in the development of Balochistan and the country.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADHe said the sense of deprivation among the local people had paved t…

Senate body to review CPEC projects tomorrow

Amir WasimUpdated March 14, 2019
The special committee, headed by Senator Sherry Rehman of the PPP, will also receive a briefing on “laying of fibre-optic cable along the CPEC routes”. — AP/FileISLAMABAD: A Senate special committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will meet here on Friday (tomorrow) to review a number of projects. The committee will also get a briefing on investments being made by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Gwadar.According to the agenda of the meeting, the special committee, headed by Senator Sherry Rehman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), will also receive a briefing on “laying of fibre-optic cable along the CPEC routes”.CPEC: The devil is not in the detailsThe committee members will receive a briefing from the officials concerned on the “latest position of investment by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Gwadar’s Oil City,” according to the agenda.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADDuring the visits of UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mo…

CPEC — The Security Corridor

ByNasim HaiderThursday Mar 14, 2019Just after getting an economic boost and Arab impetus in CPEC, Pakistan has found itself caught in uncalled for border tension with India. Though a number of countries are involved in quiet diplomacy to defuse the crisis, the tense situation has the potential to reignite, even explode. Yet, it’s encouraging that Saudi Arabia is among the countries pursuing de-escalation through the crown corridor.Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al Jubeir’s meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in New Delhi follows his similar visit to Pakistan. Last Thursday, he delivered a special message from Crown Prince to Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad. He is walking on a tight rope and quite diplomatically avoided flying straight into the Indian capital from Pakistan.In pursuing peace, Riyadh definitely has an edge. The Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman was the only world personality who had visited both countries just after the unfortu…

S Punjab to get major share of uplift schemes under CPEC

Nasir JamalUpdated March 14, 2019
China has shown interest in financially supporting 16 projects related to education and vocational training. — APP/FileLAHORE: Majority of the socio-economic development projects to be implemented in Punjab with Chinese money under the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be carried out in South Punjab, a senior official told Dawn on Wednesday.China has shown interest in financially supporting 16 projects related to education and vocational training, healthcare, poverty alleviation, agriculture and drinkable water supply sectors in Punjab as part of Beijing’s commitment to include socio-economic development schemes valuing $1 billion in the CPEC portfolio across Pakistan.Although China is yet to finalise the list of projects it plans to support in Punjab and elsewhere in the country, the 16 schemes its experts have selected for implementation in the province include upgradation of the Mir Chakar Khan Rind University in DG K…