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China begins first freight train service to London: Xinhua China begins first freight train service to London: Xinhua RSS FOLLOW EMAIL PRINT SHARE Reuters LONDON: China has begun its first freight train service to London from Yiwu, a famed wholesale market town in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Xinhua news agency reported. The train will travel for 18 days over more than 7,500 miles (12,000 km) to reach Britain from China, Xinhua said. It will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before arriving in London. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron raised some eyebrows with allies by pitching Britain as the pre-eminent gateway to the West for investment from China and proposing to make London the main international trading center for offshore yuan. Prime Minister Theresa M

Pakistan Approves Russia's Request to Use Gwadar Port: Chinese Media       A Pakistan Navy soldier stands guard while a loaded Chinese ship is readied for departure prior to a ceremony at Gwadar port, about 700 km, west of Karachi, Pakistan on Nov. 13, 2016. (Photo: PTI) Press Trust Of India First published: January 5, 2017, 8:15 PM IS Beijing:  Pakistan has approved Russia's request to use Gwadar port in Balochistan being developed by China under the USD 46 billion CPEC, an article in the state-run media said on Thursday, notwithstanding the denial of Russian Embassy in Islamabad. "The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as a flagship project of the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative, has drawn a great deal of investments," the article in Global Times said. "Apart from the fact that Pakistan has approved a Russian request for using the Gwadar Port, located in Balochistan Province, for its exports, media rep

Zardari hails CPEC, lauds Murad’s efforts HABIB KHAN GHORI   KARACHI: Former president of Pakistan and president of the PPP-Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a game changer with which the future of Pakistan is linked as our coming generations will continue to benefit from it. Mr Zardari stated this while speaking to PPP MNAs, MPAs, and senators at Bilawal House here on Wednesday after a briefing given by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on CPEC, with special reference to the province’s share in the mega economic project. PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, PPP Sindh president Nisar Khuhro, former chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Naveed Qamar also attended the briefing. Paying homage to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for initiating this concept, Mr Zardari, who is co-chairperson of the PPP, pointed out that it was Mr Bhutto who entered into dialogue with China and resolved border issues, acquiring K

Developments in Pakistan

O wais Tohid in Capital TV's show "Cross-check" discussed the sunset clause of military court. Under the sunset clause, the military courts cannot function after January 7, 2017. During the last two years, about 475 cases were referred to the military courts. In more than 150 cases, the death sentence were pronounced. However, only 12 were hanged till death. The discussants were Justice (Retd.) Shaikh Usmani, Faisal Siddiqui, and Marvi Simrad.  Justice Usmani argued that in a Democracy, Military Courts had no place. However, in an extraordinary situation this had to be done. The sunset clause was put in place because the state wanted to improve the criminal justice system within two year. However, that could not be done. Acquittal rate is quite high in our system. Witness often do not come forward. It is the parliament that has to take the initiative to reform the criminal justice system by making laws.  Faisal Siddiqui was of the view that firstly the correct assessmen

Berlin Conference: Mulling Over Balochistan, Et Al

By Malik Siraj Akbar My friend Dr. Martin Axmann, who heads the Pakistan office of the German foundation Hanns Seidel Stiftung  (HSS) , extended me an invitation to speak about the Balochistan conflict at the South Asia Forum. The event was being organized in the German capital, Berlin, in the first week of July by the organization Martin represents in Pakistan. His book  Back to Future ,  which was published by Oxford University Press, is a wonderful  account of the genesis of Baloch nationalism in the first half of  the twentieth century. I delightedly accepted the invitation for two reasons. Firstly, I love Berlin because of its omnipresent motivational political graffiti and the unique history of bringing down the Berlin Wall with people’s unflinching desire to discard man-made borders and unite people. Secondly, the conference was going to provide me an opportunity to listen to the views of some “controversial” Pakistani politicians whose ideas often did not match with the tho

CPEC and dollars are more important than Interest of Muslims ANI | London[United Kingdom] Jan 05, 2017 12:25 PM IST London[United Kingdom], Jan.5 (ANI): As long as CPEC related projects are not completed and dollars are coming in, Pakistani government, Pakistani people and even the religious parties can ignore anti Muslim policies of China. To these people regular flow of dollars, whether from Washington or Beijing, is more important than to speak about anti Muslim policies. Anyone who dares to draw attention of the Pakistani elite towards wrong policies is surely asking for trouble, especially if that person is a nationalist from Jammu and Kashmir. I know many people won't like it, but bitter fact is Pakistan sided with Britain and France when they attacked Suez Canal, Egypt, a Muslim country in 1956. Siding with a poor Muslim country, Egypt could not bring dollars, so Pakistan sided with the aggressors becau

Mamata Banerjee government cancels Tarek Fatah’s Balochistan talk in West Benga l By :  FE Online  | Updated: January 5, 2017 4:50 PM Tarek Fatah posted a screenshot of the Calcutta Club’s mail to him saying that they have to cancel the event due to “unavoidable circumstances”. (Twitter) West Bengal government on Wednesday cancelled an event at the Calcutta club in which author and political commentator Tarek Fatah were scheduled to speak on the topic of Balochistan and its ‘freedom’ from Pakistan. Fatah went on social networking site Twitter to express his displeasure over the event. Tarek Fatah posted a screenshot of the Calcutta Club’s mail to him saying that they have to cancel the event due to “unavoidable circumstances”. Although the mail did not mention any particular reason or force behind the cancellation, Fatah said that it was the state government behind the cancellation. Fatah also pointed out that the  Mamata Banerjee

20000 Baloch serving in Army, 603 officers COAS says 20,000 sons of Balochistan serving in Pakistan army January 5, 2017   By: Samaa Web Desk Be the first to comment! RAWALPINDI : Chief of Army Chief General ( COAS ) Qamar Javed Bajwa Thursday said Balochistan is the heart of Pakistan and success of the country is enshrined in its stability and development. He was addressing a seminar titled “Economic Development through new Silk Route via Khuzdar: Way forward to national integration” in Khuzdar on Thursday. General Bajwa said 20,000 sons of Balochistan are serving in Army, including 603 officers.  232 cadets are undergoing training at PMA, he added. “This is only the representation in Army; the number gets even higher when we include Baloch representation in Pakistan Air Force, Navy and other Law Enforcement Agencies. ALLAH willing, that day is not very far, when one of you will be standing at my place and talking t