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Why China is a challenge India has never seen before No power before in history has dominated both the hinterland and the sea in our extended region. POLITICS  |  5-minute read |    28-02-2017 KANWAL SIBAL        Our security challenges in the Indian Ocean are set to increase in the years ahead, with China’s maritime ambitions as the biggest source. China’s 2015 White Paper on Military Strategy formalised a new maritime strategy encompassing “open seas protection” for which its naval capacity to protect its overseas interests and sea lanes of communication must increase. This makes the Indian Ocean an integral part of its maritime strategy. Naval bases China has established a naval base at Djibouti. Apart from its strategic location, by maintaining its naval contingent so far away from home for long periods it is obtaining vital experience in blue water naval operations. It is developing Gwadar, once again located strategically — at the mouth of the

CPEC funds being used on one province: Mengal MUHAMMAD AKBAR NOTEZAI   QUETTA: Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal, president of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), has alleged that Islamabad is getting funds from Beijing under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in the name of Gwadar but they are being spent on one province. Speaking on the second death anniversary of Mir Inayatullah Langove here on Tuesday, he said that people of Balochistan were neither consulted nor taken into confidence on CPEC projects. Senior vice president of the BNP-M Abdul Wali Kakar, ex-senator Sanaullah Baloch, Akhtar Hussain Langove, Sajid Tareen, former MNA Syed Nasir Ali Shah, Agha Hassan, Ghulam Nabi Marri and BSO chairman Nazeer Baloch also spoke on the occasion. Sardar Mengal said the federal government was spending a major portion of the funds to develop Punjab while the people of Gwadar were not getting basic facilities. He claimed that the Gwadar to Surab road, which had been inaugurated on a number of

CPEC has become cynosure of all eyes, says LCCI * Business community urges government to deal with conspiracies being hatched against the project By:  Staff Report 01-Mar-17 LAHORE:  The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Tuesday urged the government to deal with the conspiracies being hatched against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through stringent proactive measures, as the project was gaining attraction of the world with each passing day. "Antagonists of the project are actually the enemies of progress and prosperity of the entire region," a statement quoted LCCI acting President Amjad Ali Jawa and Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan as saying. "Anti-Pakistani elements are working day and night to hamper the economic growth of Pakistan," the statement added. The LCCI head honchos said that the CPEC would start a new era of economic development not only in Pakistan but in entire South

Senate panel wants Pakistan’s interests fully protected under CPEC SYED IRFAN RAZA   ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Stand­ing Committee on Planning and Deve­lopment expressed fears on Tuesday that the China-Pakistan Economic Corri­dor (CPEC) could build or ruin Pak­is­tan and its future if the country’s interests were not safeguarded and watched. The committee urged the government to have everything in black and white with Chinese to avoid any misunderstanding between the two brotherly countries in future and form a panel of international and local experts to handle all aspects of the CPEC in a professional manner. It observed that the government had so far failed to determine what benefits Pakistan would get when business and trade activities started on the CPEC. “Everything should be very clear from day one so that Pakistan and its people get maximum benefits from the over $50 billion corridor project,” Se­­na­­te Standing Committee on Planning and De

Balochistan: Two women and a child killed in Kahaan military attacks about 16 hours ago QUETTA: Pakistan forces have been carrying attacks several areas of Kohistan Marri including Kahaan in past five days. At least four people including two women and a child have been killed. According to details, Pakistan forces backed by gunship helicopters have been pounding several areas of Kahaan Balochistan. At least two women and an 8-year-old child were killed during attacks on the houses of Ali Gull Sherani Marri and Chakar Sherani Marri in Sabzbadi region of Kahaan. Another two women and two children have been wounded because of indiscriminate bombardment on their houses. Meanwhile, sources told Balochwarna News on Tuesday that the military attacks continued for the Fifth consecutive day. The most affected areas include Peeshi, Shehaji Tall, Nisao, Soren Kaor and other adjoining regions. A mutilated and badly burnt dead body was found from Shehaji T

Nothing being done to heal Balochistan’s wounds, says Zardari THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT —  HUB: Former president Asif Ali Zardari addresses a press conference on Tuesday after condoling with the Balochistan Assembly’s former deputy speaker Mir Abdul Qadoos Bizenjo over the death of a relative.—PPI QUETTA: Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardar said on Tuesday that the wounds of Balochistan were still fresh and nothing was being done to heal them. He was talking to reporters at the residence of former deputy speaker of the Balochistan Assembly Mir Abdul Qadoos Bizenjo in Hub on Tuesday. Mr Zardari specially came to Hub town to offer his condolences to Mr Bizenjo on the death of his cousin, Levies Risaldar Bashir Bizenjo who was murdered in Hub town a few months ago. The former president said the country could not be made strong by dividing people on different issues. He said problems of people were increasing due to wrong polices of the government. ARTICLE CONT

Initial reaction to Red Notice to Brahumdagh Bugti ny Shoukat Kashmiri

Initial reaction on Red Notice request to Interpol for Brahumdagh Bugti and Sher Mohammad Bugti has come from Shoukat Kashmiri , Geneva based  Kash mir activist. He is Exiled, Chairman , United Kashmir People's National Party mainly operated in Pakistan occupied Azad Kashmir. " Pakistani rulers and their establishment is so ignorant that they requested Interpol for the arrest of two Baloch leader, where as they are the protected citizen. According to Geneva convention 1851 those who applied for asylum due to fear of ill treatment and persecution will not deport or handed over to the respective government. These are false propaganda of Pakistan and try to create mess and fear among dedicated workers of the Nawabzada Brhmdagh Bughti and his colleagues. Interpol will not issue red warrant on behalf of such countries whose human rights record is worest and extra judicial killings and kidnapping by security agencies are routine."

Red cornor notice to Brahumdagh Bugti and Sher Mohammad Bugti

اسلام آباد:  Share Quote وزارت داخلہ نے کالعدم بلوچ ریپبلیکن پارٹی کے چیرمین براہمداغ بگٹی کے ریڈ وارنٹ جاری کرنے کی منظوری دے دی جب کہ ایف آئی اے کو گرفتاری کے لیے معاملہ بین الاقوامی سطح پر اٹھانے کی ہدایت دی گئی ہے۔ ایکسپریس نیوز کےمطابق وزیر داخلہ چوہدری نثار نے کالعدم بلوچ ریپبلیکن پارٹی کے خود ساختہ جلا وطن چیرمین براہمداغ بگٹی اور شیر محمد عرف شیرا کے ریڈ وارنٹ جاری کرنے کی ایف آئی اے کی درخواست منظور کرلی جس کے بعد وزارت داخلہ نے دونوں کے ریڈ وارنٹ جاری کرنے کی منظوری دے دی ہے۔ ذرائع کے مطابق وزارت داخلہ کی جانب سے ریڈوارنٹ کی منظوری ایف آئی اے کو موصول ہوگئی ہے، ریڈ وارنٹ میں براہمداغ اور شیر محمد کو دہشت گرد قرار دیا گیا ہے۔ اس خبر کو بھی پڑھیں: سوئس حکومت نے براہمداغ بگٹی کی سیاسی پناہ کی اپیل مسترد کردی ذرائع نے بتایا کہ دونوں کے ریڈ وارنٹ ان کے دہشت گردی میں ملوث ہونے پر جاری ہوئے، براہمداغ بگٹی پاکستان بالخصوص صوبہ بلوچستان میں دہشت گردی اور بم دھماکوں میں ملوث پائے گئے ہیں، براہمداغ اور شیر محمد کے خلاف دائمی ریڈ وارنٹ جاری ہوچکے جس میں دونوں کو مطلوب اور مفرور ظاہر

Asian ports: Pitfalls of China's one belt, one road initiative Herr Herrner WORLD NEWS /27 FEB 2017 James M. Dorsey Asian Ports: Pitfalls of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative Troubled ports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, envisioned as part of China’s string of pearls linking the Eurasian heartland to the Middle Kingdom, exemplify political pitfalls that threaten Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road project. Political violence over the past decade has stopped Pakistan’s Gwadar port from emerging as a major trans-shipment hub in Chinese trade and energy supplies while turmoil in Sri Lanka threatens to dissuade Chinese investors from sinking billions into the country’s struggling Hambantota port and planned economic hub. The problems of the two ports serve as pointers to simmering discontent and potential resistance to China’s ploy for dominance through cross-continental infrastructure linkage across a swath of land that is restive and ripe for

In Gwadar: China to build automobile city By  APP Published: February 28, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  Chinese investors are contemplating to build a chemical and automobile city in Gwadar under the umbrella of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Gwadar to re-acquire status of winter capital According to a private news channel, sources linked to CPEC project stated that the Chinese authorities have already initiated paperwork on said projects, which reflects their seriousness. Analysts have advised owners of local automobile industry to start joint ventures with Chinese as this would help in transfer of technology as well as boost the local industry. Earlier, China announced to set up a steel factory under CPEC apart from various other projects. China is developing the Gwadar port as a strategic and commercial hub under its ‘One-Belt One-Road’ initiative that promises shared regional prosperity. CPEC is one of many arteries of the ‘One-Belt One-Roa

AJK Industrial Zone & Hydel Projects approved under CPEC By  News Desk  - February 27, 2017  President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has stated that the industrial zone in Bhimber district and hydel power projects have been approved in AJK under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC )and the projects are likely to bring development in the area. He said that CPEC will bring economic revolution not only in Pakistan but AJK as well. He further stated that under the vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, AJK government is constantly striving to promote good governance, economic stability and independence of Kashmir from India. Masood Khan said AJK government is in joint efforts with the Pakistani government to develop education, infrastructure, health and tourism sectors, adding that measures are being taken to promote tourism sector as Kashmir has an abundance of natural beauty. He further added that se

CPEC vital for country’s prosperity’ ‘   By:  Staff Repor   28-Feb-17   KARACHI :  Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the projects launched under CPEC are the most important in terms of prosperity of the country, particularly of Sindh, where projects and the crew are being provided appropriate security. He said this while presiding over a meeting on Security of CPEC projects launched in Sindh. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Major General Abid Rafiq head of Special Security Division (SSD) created for security of CPEC related projects and the crew working there, IG AD Khowaja, Secretary Home Shahid Parvaiz Qazi, Lt Col Nisar Ahmed, Lt Col Fawad and others. The chief minister said that presently 13 CPEC related projects have either been started or being taken up. "All these projects have national importance, therefore Sindh government has created a separate police force for their security,

Chinese investors coming up with investment in Karachi: Governor Sindh Posted on  February 27, 2017  by  nasir.wakeel  in  Latest ,  National —Photo INP KARACHI : In the wake of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), quite a number of Chinese are coming up with investment in the province especially in the city of Karachi. This was stated by the Governor of Sindh, Muhammad Zubair, here on Monday. He was talking to the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Karachi, Wang Yu. Zubair further stated that the close friendly ties between our two countries, also guarantee prosperity and lasting peace in the region. They have embark upon the goal of economic and financial stability as well. He said that Pakistan and China are determined to complete the CPEC projects within the stipulated time frame. The Governor was of the view that after the restoration of law and order, Sindh especially the city of Karachi become very conducive for investment and

Enormous investment coming our way By  Hafsa Khaled Published: February 27, 2017 The writer is a research analyst and freelance contributor The last decades of militancy and security threats being faced by Pakistan have shied away the foreign investors. Many Western countries have been reluctant to invest in Pakistan for the same reason despite the fact that Pakistan was the only country fighting terrorism which has become a global threat. Quite recently the scenario changed when China invested a huge amount of $57 billion in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the “One Belt, One Road” project. Other than that, many Chinese companies are in talks to snap up more businesses and land in Pakistan which shows a deepening of ties between Beijing and Islamabad. Many Chinese companies are looking for investing in the cement, steel, energy and textile sectors which are the backbone of Pakistan’s $270 billion economy. The Chinese initiative

POLAND KEEN TO TAKE PART IN CPEC PROJECTS: ENVOY Ambassador of Poland to Pakistan, Piotr A. Opalinski speaks at a function in Islamabad. File Photo 08:22 AM, 28 Feb, 2017   0 Ambassador of Poland to Pakistan, Piotr A. Opalinski has said that Polish companies are taking keen interest to take part in the gigantic China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects. Speaking at a function in Islamabad, he said there are vast possibilities of progress for Pakistan under the CPEC. The ambassador said Polish companies are also working in Pakistan to promote the energy sector

Balochistan is under the occupation of Pakistan and Iran: Hyrbyair Marri Submit the press release File Photo: Activists of Free Balochistan Movement protesting against Chinese involvement in Balochistan. The message of Hyrbyair Marri, leader of the Free Balochistan Movement, was read by his representative in the British Parliament on 23 February 2017. His message addressed regional concerns, geopolitics, national question of Balochistan, Pakistani terrorism, Iranian terrorism and Chinese role in Balochistan. Free Balochistan Movement is a political movement against the colonisation of Balochistan by Pakistan and Iran. London, United Kingdom –  The message of Hyrbyair Marri, leader of the Free Balochistan Movement, was read in a seminar by his representative on 23 February 2017. The seminar titled ‘History of Balochistan revisited’ was held in the British Parliament and was organised by the Democracy Forum. Hyrbyair Marri’s message read that ‘t

Sindh to seek Balochistan help against Daesh By  Webmaster  - February 28, 2017 Salahuddin Haider Karachi The Sindh government has decided to seek the help of Balochistan in hunting, arresting or killing Daesh and other groups of terrorists which are hiding in the south-western province of the country. A team of senior police officers from Sindh plans to leave for neighbouring province to make a formal request and working out a plan to uncover the Daesh and other terrorists group hiding there. Their number is estimated at over 4000 , said a senior police officer. Farari camps have been operating in Balochistan since long, and reportedly have the blessings of important political segments of the society there. Recently, the Khan of Kalat, who is in London since long, sought separation of his province from Pakistan and even did not hesitate to look for India’s help. The Sindh police believe that Daesh which was involved in the suicide blast at the Sehwan S

The China Dream Hits Reality Asian ports: Pitfalls of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative. By  James M. Dorsey , February 26, 2017 Credit: Judy Gallagher ( ) Takeaways Political violence has stopped Pakistan’s Gwadar port from emerging as a major trans-shipment hub in Chinese trade.  Protests against Chinese investment have also erupted in recent years in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. EU is wary of China’s willingness to persuade its partners to flout international standards of doing business. The core of Chinese policy is an insistence that economics offer solutions to deep-seated conflicts. Troubled ports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, envisioned as part of China’s string of pearls linking the Eurasian heartland to the Middle Kingdom, exemplify political pitfalls that threaten Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road project. Political violence over the past decade has stopped Pakistan’s Gwadar port from

Another Silk Road Fiasco? China's Belgrade To Budapest High-speed Rail Line Is Probed By Brussels Wade Shepard  ,    CONTRIBUTOR I travel to emerging markets around Asia and report on what I find.   China may be hitting another snag in the fulfillment of its Belt and Road ambitions. The much-anticipated Belgrade to Budapest high-speed rail line, which was touted as  China’s “express lane” to Europe , is being reviewed by Brussels for potential infringements of the EU’s requirement that public tenders are offered for such large-scale infrastructure projects. At a 2013 meeting of the 16+1 in Bucharest, China, Serbia, and Hungry signed an MOU to build a $2.89 billion, 350 kilometer high-speed rail line that would go from Belgrade to Budapest, the first stage of a project that would ultimately connect the China-run Piraeus port in Greece with the heart of Europe. This rail line was to be a hallmark project of Beijing’s B

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Neighbouring country wants to sabotage CPEC’ February 26, 2017 ‘ MANSEHRA: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Mohammad Yousuf has said that current wave of terrorism is an attempt by a neighbouring country to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “On completion of the CPEC, our country would be in a dominant position in the region, that is why our enemies have started efforts to sabotage the project through terrorism but our forces would foil the designs,” Sardar Yousuf told reporters here on Saturday. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was firm on its stance to eradicating terrorism and time was not far away when Pakistan would become terrorism-free country. He said that people and law-enforcement agencies were committed to fighting terrorism. The minister said that the cabinet had approved a draft law, which would be presented in the National Assembly for approval to brin

REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ARE THE ACTUAL THEMES OF THE UPCOMING ECO SUMMIT BEING HELD IN ISLAMABAD- NAFEES ZAKRIA EXCLUSIVE: REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ARE THE ACTUAL THEMES OF THE UPCOMING ECO SUMMIT BEING HELD IN ISLAMABAD - NAFEES ZAKRIA Most of the ECO members have confirmed their participation in the Summit  Track 1 00:00 -  48:05 DOWNLOAD STARTING 09:27 PM, 25 Feb, 2017   0 " Fikr o Nazar" Most of the ECO members have confirmed their participation in the Summit Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said connectivity for regional prosperity is theme of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit to be held in Islamabad on Wedenesday. Briefing media about ECO Summit, he said the forum will deliberate and decide on ways and means to augment cooperation in the areas of connectivity, trade, energy, tourism, investment, industry, economic growth, productivity, social

Pakistan, Afghanistan to hold anti-terror talks next week | No threat to ECO Summit, says Sartaj February 26, 2017 ISLAMABAD - Pakistan disclosed Saturday that it is engaged in negotiations with Afghanistan on developing a joint “mechanism” to address mutual cross-border terrorism concerns, and both sides could formalise a deal next week. Sartaj Aziz, the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, told reporters in Islamabad that he will hold further talks on the subject when he meets with Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on the sidelines of ECO Summit next week, reported VOA. He said that Rabbani has confirmed his participation in the 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organisation Summit along with other senior Afghan officials. Aziz went on to say that both sides see terrorism as a “common enemy” and have agreed that there is a need for cooperation. “For this purpose, we are holding discussions on developing a mechanism at

Indian bid to isolate Pakistan bears no fruit: Sartaj February 26, 2017 ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that India's bid to isolate Pakistan in the comity of the nations had so far borne no fruit as Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit will be held in Islamabad on March 1. "Our importance and strategic role in the Muslim countries is still vitally significant and we continue to participate in the proceedings of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc),” he said. "He informed that the Secretary General of the Saarc (Pakistan's Foreign Office official) is expected to join the Saarc Secretariat next month. He said, “Pakistan is hosting 13th ECO Summit on March 1 and it will be preceded by the Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) on February 26-27, and Council of Foreign Ministers' Meeting (COM) on February 28.”  Briefing the media persons at the Foreig