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Gwadar Port: Gateway to glory

Beyond the shadow of a doubt, development of Gwadar Port constitutes the lynch-pin of the greater China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It speaks volumes of the time-tested and all-weather friendship between the two countries and further fortifies the strength of the China-Pakistan relationship. With Pakistan’s two major Ports-Karachi and Qasim- operating to their capacity, Gwadar promises to eventually handle one million tons of cargo annually, while also providing significant industrial, oil, and transportation infrastructure. Being hailed as a “monument of Pakistan-China friendship,” Gwadar Port offers a gateway to the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It is only 107 miles (172 km) from Chabahar across the border with Iran and, now, both ports are being developed into maritime hubs by China and India, respectively, triggering what is being called the New Great Game in South Asia. The CPEC is aimed at linking Kashgar in Xinjiang with Gwadar on the Makran coast o

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Chairman braces for further heat over kins' corruption

Agencies Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Chairman of CPEC and an aide of PM Imran Khan, could face further trouble over major corruption charges involving his immediate family members. Synopsis Digital footprints of the official website of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) show that someone within SECP deleted the online records of five of six companies owned by Asim Saleem Bajwa’s family members after investigati... By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury ,  ET Bureau Sep 12, 2020, 06:54 PM IST 2 Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Chairman of CPEC and an aide of PM  Imran Khan , could face further trouble over major corruption charges involving his immediate family members and missing records of embezzlement. Digital footprints of the official website of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) show that someone within SECP deleted the online records of five of six companies owned by Asim Saleem Bajwa’s family members after  investigations  were launched int

Getting China’s Belt and Road initiative right

9 September 2020 Author: Shahar Hameiri, UQ China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has generated an enormous amount of commentary and analysis, leading to significant policy reshuffles around the world. But many still get the BRI wrong.   The usual narrative is that China, under the assertive leadership of President Xi Jinping, is using the BRI as part of a coherent strategy to advance its national interests. Many believe that China practises ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ — providing loans to recipients that are incapable of repaying them to increase its influence over recipient governments and even seize strategic assets upon default. In our  report , Lee Jones and I argue that China’s BRI is not a carefully designed plan, and that debt-trap diplomacy is a myth. There are three serious misconceptions about the BRI. The first misconception is that the BRI is motivated by geopolitical objectives. Despite some posturing, the BRI is an attempt to address China’s own economic challenges. China’s l

Construction of first cancer hospital in Balochistan begins

  QUETTA:  The Balochistan government has begun the construction work of its first cancer hospital at the spare land on the premises of Quetta’s Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital on Friday. The construction of the special facility for cancer patients will be completed at Quetta’s Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital within two years. The spokesperson of the provincial health department said that the government had decided to use spare land of Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Quetta for the establishment of the province’s first cancer hospital. Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal had laid the foundation stone of the cancer hospital last year, however, the construction work was postponed due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic, said the spokesperson. The cancer hospital will be constructed at the cost of Rs1.7 billion in order to provide facilities to Balochistan citizens who are forced to travel to Karachi for getting medical treatment. In October 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan had

PM hints at uplift package for southern Balochistan

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the federal government believed in equal development of all areas of Balochistan and had allocated more funds in the Public Sector Development Programme for the largest province of the country than for any other province as it had tremendous potential of progress in various sectors. He indicated that a special package for development of southern Balochistan was in the offing and said federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar would visit Balochistan soon for consultation on the package with the provincial authorities. During his brief visit to Quetta, the prime minister was speaking at a meeting held to review the magnitude of losses caused by heavy rains and floods in Balochistan and rehabilitation efforts, measures to contain Covid-19 and pace of work on the development projects. Mr Umar told the participants that the planning ministry had constituted a coordination committee, having representation of all sta