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CHARTER OF CPEC Tuesday , 17 January 2017 12:38 Posted by BR Research        5 There is little denying that historians will remember CPEC as one of best things that ever happened to Pakistan, provided of course this country does not deliberately goof up. The question is, therefore, whether we are making a mess of it or not? This column contends that we havent messed things up as yet, but we are surely at the risk of it. For instance, lets take the case of Gwadar, which is the raison dtre of CPEC. While the city has witnessed some physical development in the last few years, the CPEC-related activities by a host of non-port government actors are yet to take off on a war footing. Water, power, airport, and road infrastructure are still missing in action; institutions for developing soft skills of the local populace are also missing. There is a dire need, therefore, to bring all the relevant government bodies on one pa

IRSA increases water releases for Balochistan by 1,500 cusecs I ISLAMABAD - Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has increased the water releases for Balochistan by 1,500 cusecs while Punjab has extended its annual canal closure by 10 days. According the IRSA spokesman, Punjab has extended its canal closure for 10 days and now it will open on January 30 instead of earlier planned January 20. While the canal closure schedule in Sindh will remain the same, the spokesperson added. However the Sindh water intend is on low side because of the recent rains in the province, the spokesperson informed. Currently the canals are closed across Punjab and Sindh for annual maintenance and de-silting. The spokesman said that Balochistan has requested an increased flow of water in its canals from the current 2,000 cusecs. Following Balochistan request, OGRA has increased the water supply to Balochistan by 1,500 cusecs to 3,500 cusecs, the official maintain

Basis of disputes in Balochistan basis-of-disputes-in-balochist By  Webmaster  - January 17, 2017 0 11      Shiza Afzaal Islamabad The issue of Balochistan has continued to be a conflict between the residents of Balochistan and the government of Pakistan. The way the government has continued to deny Balochs their rights, it is not too hard to identify the main causes of the conflict. While all the blame of disorders and disputes are attributed to foreign hands, no one ponders over what is happening to Balochistan on account of discrimination. Talking about the province, Balochs are the main ethnic group in the province followed by the Pashtuns. The natural resources in Balochistan include; Chromite, Fluorite, Marble, Gold, Gas, Iron and Petroleum. These are of prominent importance and if these are tapped fully, Balochistan will become the richest province of Pakistan and will help it sustain economically as well. The province has been marginalized throughout the history. It dates back

Diamer-Bhasha Dam will also be part of CPEC: Ahsan January 17, 2017 NAVEED BUTT 0 Comments     Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Monday said that Diamer - Bhasha Dam would also be part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said that 11,000MW of electricity would be added to the national grid by 2018, 5,000MW under the CPEC and 6,000MW under non-CPEC projects. The minister said this while briefing the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC which met under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed here at the Parliament House. He briefed the committee on recently concluded 6th meeting of the Joint Co-operation Committee (JCC) in Beijing on December 28-29, 2016, which was attended by chief ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan. During the briefing, Ahsan Iqbal said that they have achieved a total consensus among the provinces on way forward of the CPEC where the Bhasha Dam would als

Govt criticised over lack of progress on CPEC route SYED IRFAN RAZA  — UPDATED JAN 17, 2017 10:41AM ISLAMABAD: Leaders of opposition parties criticised the government on Monday for its failure to allay their and the provinces’ concerns about the lack of development and non-establishment of industrial zones along the western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The criticism against the federal government came during a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on the CPEC, presided over by Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal. “We expressed our concerns that no industrial zones are being established along the western route,” Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Syed Shibli Faraz told Dawn after the meeting. He said that the minister had told the meeting that no industrial zones were being set up along the western route in the short term, but they were planned under the long-term arrangement. “Sites for economic zones are being decided by th

ALL PROVINCIAL CAPITALS TO HAVE RAIL-BASED MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM UNDER CPEC: AHSAN Says all four prov incial capitals will have rail-based mass transit system as part of CPEC. File Photo 07:57 PM, 16 Jan, 2017   0 The Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) met in Islamabad on Monday with Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed in the chair. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal briefed the Committee on the recently concluded 6th meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) in Beijing. He said total consensus among the provinces has been achieved and Diamer-Bhasha Dam now will also be the part of CPEC. The Minister said eleven thousand MW of electricity will be added to the national grid by the next year, 5000 MW through CPEC and 5000 MW through non-CPEC projects. He said that for the first time, Thar coal which has a huge capacity will be used for electricity and two transmission lines are being installed between Matiari and Lahore and Matiari and Faisalabad

Speakers were of the view that CPEC would open new vistas of progress and prosperity in Sindh Seminar on CPEC benefits held at Shah Latif Girls Govt College B alochHouse Se minar after seminar is being organised with the help of  Pakistani sponsored groups these days.However they all miss one core thing that who is the ultimate Beneficiary of this CPEC. Also what are the Agreements signed by the Pakistan with China. Why they are not being made to public? Why Pakistan is shying away to make it public? The biggest contribution comes from Balochistan and benefits are siphoned off by Punjab. By APP     16-Jan-17 HYDERABAD:  The speakers at an awareness seminar titled ‘Introduction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its benefits to Sindh’ said that completion of mega projects under the CPEC would open new vistas of rapid progress and prosperity in Sindh. Under the CPEC, the Sindh government would be able to complete mega projects like Thar-Coal Power, Kar