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Pakistan’s to-be thriving port suffering from crippling water scarcity By  Faran Mahmood Published: January 2, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  Imagine a deep-sea port where, while so-called development experts enjoy a breath-taking view from their regal five star hotel rooms located on the grand Koh-e-Batil hill, indigenous fishermen are left with little choice except migrating permanently to far-flung harbours. Imagine a place where one of the most expensive commodities is a bottle of fresh water and though every now and then one finds a convoy of trucks escorted by military vehicles, fresh water tankers are scarce and expensive. Yes, this is the new boomtown – Gwadar smart port city – a project that is expected to open new vistas of bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and China. Gwadar’s development – misgivings must be addressed Water crisis Through sheer courage, native people of Gwadar have shown resilience as never exhibited before.  However unl

Governments agree to complete homework on new CPEC projects Posted on  January 20, 2017  by  madeeha zuberi  in  Latest ,  National -File photo Expressing their satisfaction and full support to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the federal and provincial governments have agreed to complete homework on new projects, approved by 6th Joint Co-operation Committee (JCC) to ensure their speedy and timely implementation.  The federal and provincial governments have agreed to complete homework as soon as possible on new projects of the CPEC in a post-6th Joint Co-operation Committee meeting presided over by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform (PD&R) Ahsan Iqbal at P-Block of the Planning Commission here on Thursday. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Raja Farooq Haidar Khan, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafeez Ur Rehman and provincial ministers

Pakistan launches official website of CPEC Pakistan by  Sarfraz Ali  | Published on January 19, 2017 ISLAMABAD – The Planning Commission has formally launched the official website of 54 billion dollars mega project Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (CPEC). CPEC has achieved a massive response from all over the world in recent months, for all the right reasons. It is being billed as a project that will bring more economic activities to Pakistan, and give a boost to power and infrastructure projects in the country as well. To continue the good work between Pakistan and China, and to provide authoritative and comprehensive information about CPEC, an official website about the mega project has been launched. Pakistan-China Institute (PCI) is responsible for developing the official website of CPEC, in coordination with China Radio International (CRI). Both countries will jointly contribute in maintaining the CPEC website

One-man commission: Judicial panel disgraced me, says IG Balochistan By  Our Correspondent Published: January 20, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  There is a need to find a political solution for ending the insurgency in Balochistan, the province’s inspector-general told the Supreme Court on Thursday. “Until the political resolution of insurgency in Balochistan, all attempts to (restore) peace in the province will be in vain. Even if I impose curfew on Saryab Road in Quetta,” IG Balochistan Ahsan Mahboob told the three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim. Security paradox: Balochistan IG trains his gun at external enemies The bench is hearing a suo motu case on the August 8 terrorist attack in Quetta after which the one-man judicial commission pointed out the “monumental failure” of the interior ministry to combat terrorism. During the hearing on Thursday, the IG Balochistan complained about the commission’s conduct. In an emotional

Western route now part of CPEC: Khattak By  Our Correspondent Published: January 19, 2017 PESHAWAR :  The western route is now part of the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and everything is on paper, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervaiz Khattak said on Wednesday. The chief minister was briefing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and general secretary Jehangir Tareen. He told both PTI leaders that another alternative CPEC route would start from Gilgit, pass through Shandur and Chitral and terminate at Chakdara and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would soon be signed with Chinese companies. According to a handout issued by the chief minister’s secretariat, various provincial departments gave presentations to the PTI leaders on projects included in the CPEC. PTI leaders also received another briefing on Fata reforms. “Fata reforms must be gradually implemented,” Imran Khan said during the briefing. Khattak said that the


*CHINA PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR AND ITS IMPACTS ON BALOCHISTAN :* *BSO-AZAD* *Geographical Importance of Balochistan:* Balochistan has importance in the region due to its historical position. Balochistan helps to connect three regions simultaneously, and due to this quality Balochistan possess the strategic importance. Balochistan is located at the junction of Southern Asia, Central Asia and Middle East. Balochistan is very important for these regions, because Balochistan is the only corridor where countries of these regions can access to each other by using land and maritime routes of Balochistan. Historically, the northern border of Balochistan separates it from Helmand River (on the southern part of Helmand River), Kerman province of Iran on its western border, Iranian Port Bandar Abbas on its southwestern border and Khairtar, the mountainous range, Sind and Punjab on its eastern border. But the geography of Balochistan had been changed completely by the global scenario of pol

Chinese Army joined Pakistani Army to protect CPEC

Balochistan govt buys Mi-171 helicopter from Russia January 17, 2017 LAHORE - The provincial government of Balochistan has concluded a contract with Russian Helicopters for a Mi-171 civil helicopter, reported Russian news agency Tass Monday. "The helicopter is expected to be handed over in the first half of 2017," the Russian company said. This is the first civilian contract for supply of aircraft between Pakistan and a Russian manufacturer, said Russian Helicopters. "The helicopter will have 14 VIP seats and 26 seats for other passengers. In case of medical emergencies, the seats can be replaced with 14 stretchers," a senior official of Balochistan's finance department was quoted as saying while confirming the development. He added the helicopter costs $15.2 million and confirmed the aircraft will be delivered by mid-February. The provincial government is expected to employ the helicopter for passenger and cargo

11 SEZs to be established under CPEC: Ahsan January 17, 2017 ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Monday said that nine special economic zones (SEZs) would be established in the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan, AJK and two at federal level. Talking to media after attending a meeting of the parliamentary committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said the panel was briefed on the proceedings of 6th Joint Cooperation Committee held in Beijing, including the projects included in CPEC by the Chinese government, which were suggested by the provinces and approved by the prime minister. Peshawar Circular Railway and Gilgit-Chitral to Chakdara Road projects were included in the CPEC on the recommendation of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, he added. He said Noshki-Nokundi Road project was also included in multi-billion dollars deal as it suggested by the Balochistan government. Ahsan said the prov

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CPEC: lessons from history ANJUM ALTAF   The writer is a Fellow at the Centre for Development Policy Research in Lahore. HOW does one get a grip on the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its associated investments without any hard information except for the hype? In the absence of any mechanism for credible evaluation I suggest we hold it up against a historical parallel and see what emerges by way of tentative conclusions. Some discussion grounded in real experience may be better than taking sides in the dark. Around the turn of the 20th century, the British invested vast sums of money in the part of the subcontinent that now comprises Pakistan. Amongst these investments were the network of canals and barrages, the post and telegraph, and roads and railways. All included it would have likely added up in real terms to be bigger than the $56 billion associated with CPEC. What came of all that investment and what economic transforma

Occupied Balochistan Foreign Policy: A fascinating reality for the world By Borodiin Baloch Since the occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan in 1948, two foreign policies have been regulated in retrospect. One policy by the occupier Pakistan and the other by those [Baloch] who have been striving for freedom of Balochistan. Pakistan’s foreign policy is based on terrorism being promoted by it in neighbouring countries and world, and the pro-freedom Baloch have their policy based on creating awareness in the world regarding Pakistan’s involvement and support to terrorism. As a neutral Baloch, I would like to put a glimpse on Baloch freedom seeker Hairbyar Marri’s foreign policy, which is the diplomatic manifesto of Balochistan’s independence, being held by him from past decade and more, which has come true before the world today. Not only Baloch nation, but neighbouring countries and their people also agree today about what Hairbyar Marri has been re