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Blast perpetrators common enemies of Pakistan and China' May 10, 2004     Communication Minister Babar Khan Ghauri has said that the perpetrators of bomb blast that killed three Chinese engineers and injured others are common enemies of Pakistan and China. "We are determined to co-operate in catching and exposing them," he said in an interview to APP in Beijing. A handful of elements wanted to harm their growing bilateral economic co-operation, particularly creating hurdle in smooth construction of Gwadar seaport, he added. Ghauri, who arrived here on Friday, accompanying the bodies of three engineers, said the government and the people of Pakistan will never allow a few terrorists to undermine their decades' old deep-rooted friendship and co-operation. He reassured his Chinese counterpart Zhang Chunxian during a meeting held here on Saturday that the government of Pakistan would do its utmost providing necessary security to the Chinese nationals working in Pak

Sindh recruiting 975 more ex-servicemen for CPEC security HASAN MANSOOR KARACHI: Sindh is in the process of recruiting more ex-servicemen for its Special Protection Unit (SPU), a part of the security arrangements being taken by the provincial government to safeguard the China Pakistan Economic Corridor-related projects, it emerged on Wednesday. Officials in the provincial home ministry said the government had sanctioned the recruitment of 2,000 ex-servicemen for its security plan to protect the projects assisted by Chinese companies or experts, those related with CPEC in particular. The officials said so far 1,025 ex-servicemen had been appointed in the SPU against 2,000 vacancies sanctioned by the Sindh government, while the recruitment of another 975 retired soldiers was under way. Officials in the home ministry said the deputy inspector general of the Rapid Response Force (RRF) was coordinating with 441-Brigade for further recruitment. “[The]

GOVT PLAYING DUE ROLE IN BALOCHISTAN DEVELOPMENT, SAYS SHEHBAZ Thursday, 19 January 2017 01:31 Posted by Fawad Maqsood        9 LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would usher in a new era of economic development in Pakistan and Balochistan especially would be its main recipient. " Government is making all-out efforts for development and progress in Balochistan and work is underway on mega projects there," he added. He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of teachers and students from the Jamiat-ul-Hasnat Inter College, Quetta and other institutions of Balochistan. He also distributed laptops to girl students and teachers and announced sending 10 students from Gwadar to China to l earn Chinese language. The Chief Minister said CPEC was the great project for the whole country, but Balochistan would be benefited more from this

India focused on Chabahar as Japan reiterates commitment to port project Sachin Parashar | TNN | Updated: Jan 19, 2017, 03.03AM IST   PM Narendra Modi with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (File photo) HIGHLIGHTS Japan has committed investment to help improve Afghanistan's access to the port.Indian and Japan are working out details for development of infrastructure and connectivity for Chabahar.India is looking to construct 2 terminals at Chabahar Port. BEIJING: Japan and India are finally moving to fructify their partnership for development of the  Chabahar port in Iran  with Tokyo committing investment to help improve  Afghanistan 's access to the port. Afghanistan confirmed Japan's pledge to develop access for Chabahar after a visit last week by Japan's state minister for foreign affairs Kentaro Sonoura. India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement last year in May for establishing tr

Analysis: PAKISTAN DEPLOYS NEW PATROL BOATS TO GWADAR The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has  deployed  its two newly received 600-ton Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs) to the Gwadar deep-sea port. The PMSS  Hingol  (1070) and PMSS  Basol  (1071) were  commissioned  on 11 December 2016 in Guangzhou, China. Throughout the month, the two ships made port calls to several countries, such as Indonesia and Sri Lanka, on their way home to Pakistan. Pakistan ordered four 600-ton and two 1500-ton MPVs from China Shipbuilding Trading Company in June 2015. Of the six ships, one of each type will be built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW). Notes & Comments: As per  KSEW , the 600-ton – i.e. Hingol-class – MPV is 68 metres in length. Its four engines can offer a top speed of 27 knots (i.e. 50 km/h). The 1500-ton MPV is 95 metes in length, but its two engines are capable of a top speed of 26 knots, i.e. nearly identical to the Hingol-class. Both MPV

Chinese statement on CPEC after Modi speech

Indian Prime Minister Modi made a policy speech in New Delhi on January 17. When talking about China-India relations, he said that the two countries have differences and need to show a sense of "sensitivity". They need to respect each other's major concerns and core interests. Apparently referring to the CPEC, he said that only by respecting sovereignty can regional connectivity corridors fulfill their promise and avoid differences and discord. What is your reaction? A: We have also noted these remarks made by Prime Minister Modi. Under the strong leadership of the two countries, China-India relations have been moving forward steadily, unleashing continuous potential for cooperation. To maintain a sound and steady bilateral relations is very important to the two sides. China and India realizing common development is beneficial to the region and the world and meets the common interests of the two peoples. While pursuing the development of China-India relations, China has

Modi slams Pakistan PM Modi slams Pakistan over terrorism, but reaches out to China         PM Modi speaking at the second edition of the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Twitter/@MEAIndia) Updated: Jan 17, 2017 23:12 IST By HT Correspondent, New Delhi, Hindustan Times Pakistan has to come forward and shun terrorism to ensure productive talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, stressing that India alone cannot walk the path of peace. At the second edition of Raisina Dialogue in Delhi where he outlined India’s foreign policy, Modi took a strategic stand on China, considered Pakistan’s all-weather ally, and said ties between the two Asian giants have immense economic opportunities. “It is not unnatural for two large neighbouring countries to have differences,” he said, close on the heels of the US reconfirming China’s r

How to Solve the Conflict in Balochistan!

  Jan 18, 2017Jan 18, 2017   Sri Lanka Guardian   Feature Being a Hazara I am continuously facing serious threats to my personal and professional life. I have survived three suicide-bombing attacks outside the court building. Each day of my life I am at serious risk of being harmed by religious extremists and also by influential groups who are bitter opponent of women’s liberty, education, and political freedom. by Jalila Haider Karmal ( January 18, 2017, Quetta, Sri Lanka Guardian)  It seems like yesterday when my senior lawyers, colleagues, and mentors were smiling, giggling, taunting, and guiding; it was business as usual at the District Courts in Balochistan. This business as usual was all taken away from me suddenly. The morning of 8 August 2016 brought dramatic changes to my life; on that day 56 lawyers of the Balochistan Bar Council and Balochistan Bar Association got killed in a split second in a suicide attack. Things have changed drastically and it seems now as if no

Balochistan to take over Saindak project in October SALEEM SHAHID  — PUBLISHED about 8 hours ago QUETTA: The Balochistan government is all set to take over the Saindak copper-cum-gold project in October this year. It was decided at a meeting between Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri in Islamabad. “ It has been decided, in principle, that the Saindak project, being run by the Metallurgical Company of China (MCC), will be handed over to Balochistan after the expiry of the five-year lease agreement in October 2017, ” said a source. According to the terms and conditions of the lease agreement signed in 2012, the p rovincial government had been receiving 25 per cent share of net profit from the Chinese company. Sources privy to proceedings of the meeting said the Balochistan government, after taking over the project, might either extend the lease agreem