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CPEC Gilgit Baltistan security division: Retired army personnel to be hired By  Shabbir Mir Published: January 22, 2017 GILGIT :  To better protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passing through Gilgit-Baltistan, retired army personnel will be hired to provide security to the mega project, government officials said on Saturday. Moreover, plans for setting up a special police unit to provide security to CPEC projects is also under consideration. According to officials in the G-B chief minister’s secretariat, a decision on hiring retired army officers to protect CPEC was taken during a meeting between Special Security Division (SSD) Commander Major General Abid Rafique and G-B chief minister Hafeezur Rehman in Islamabad on Saturday. “Work on this project [of hiring retired officers for CPEC security division] is underway,” Maj Gen Rafique told the chief minister. The two also reviewed measures already taken by the regional government for providing sec

PAKISTAN, CHINA DECIDE TO INCLUDE NEW PROJECTS IN CPEC Saturday, 21 January 2017 12:06 Posted by Madiha Shakeel        355 ZAHEER ABBASI ISLAMABAD: Joint Co-ordination Committee (JCC) has agreed, in principle, to include Keti Bunder Sea Port Development project as well as Naukuridi-Mashkhel-Panjgur road project (which would connect with M-8 & N-85) in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor portfolio. Sources said that according to the minutes of December 29, 2016 JCC meeting, Pakistan and China have decided to include new projects in the CPEC portfolio and instructions have been issued to the Joint Working Group (JWG) on transport to work out proposals on the implementation of these projects after further studies and consultations. The JCC meeting co-chaired by Wang Xiaotao, Vice Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) China and Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal welcomed the

Special Security Division established to protect CPEC projects National 20 HOURS AGO BY  AHMAD AHMADANI The Ministry of Interior has issued a notification for the establishment of Special Security Division to protect $55bln worth China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects,  Pakistan Today  has learnt. Official sources told your correspondent that SSD has been established for the security of CPEC and a notification to this effect has been issued by the ministry of interior. ” The SSD has been assigned with the duty of protecting projects under CPEC and Chinese workers working on these projects ,” sources said. The SSD will be comprised of nine army composite battalions (9,229 personnel) while six civil armed forces ( CAFs ) wings (4,502 personnel) have also been raised. Agreed TORs (term of references) of SSD have been sent to provinces/special regions for requisition of armed forces/ CAFs under Articles 147 and 245 of the Constit

CPEC to boost defence, cultural relations with China: Nasrullah January 21, 2017 Islamabad-The China Pakistan Economic Corridor will not only strengthen bilateral economic relations, but will also give boost to defence, culture and people-to-people relations between the two brotherly nations. This was stated by Nasrullah Khan, High Commissioner for Pakistan for Singapore while speaking at a seminar at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore. The topic of the seminar was ‘The Pakistan- China Economic Corridor: An update on the challenges and opportunities for Pakistan’, said a press release received here on Friday. The high commissioner gave a comprehensive presentation, encompassing the historical background and various aspects of the CPEC. He emphasized that Pakistan and China have enjoyed an abiding proverbially all-weather relationship ‘higher than Himalayas’ and ‘deeper than the oceans’.

Houston: Pak Consul General says CPEC is backbone of current economic development By  Raja Zahid January 20, 2017 DALLAS : Pakistan’s Consul General in Houston Aisha Farooqi says Pakistani institutions have strengthened due to political stability in the country. “Pakistani economy is moving in right direction which provides a great opportunity for overseas Pakistanis to invest in its economy,” she said while addressing a dinner reception hosted by Pakistani community. The event was also attended by US Congressman  Pete Sessions, Consul General of Canada, Ms.Sara Wilshaw, Paris Texas Mayor Dr Arjumand Hashmi along with officers of Pakistan American Association of Texas (OAAT) Pakistan Society of North Texas and a large number of Pakistani community leaders.  Consul General said that Pakistan is politically stable and is moving towards next elections. She said that law and order situation is continuously improving, especially “Karachi is fu

German companies keen to join CPEC: envoy By  Naveed Miraj Published: January 21, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  German companies are interested in joining the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to improve trade relations, the country’s ambassador said on Friday. Ambassador Ina Lepel was speaking after a meeting with National Security Advisor Lt General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua. German Defense Attache’ Colonel Klaus Wilhelm accompanied Lepel. The two sides exchanged views on bilateral relations between the two countries and the ways to further strengthen the ties. German companies complain of uneven playing field During the meeting, matters concerning regional security and stability were also discussed. The ambassador shared her experience of working in Pakistan. She said that Pakistan and Germany enjoy good educational and economic ties which would pave the way to fight the common challenges. Lepel said that Germany is the second largest partner in tra

NHA FOCUSES ON REVIVAL OF GWADAR CONNECTIVITY, DELAYED BALOCHISTAN PROJECTS Spokesman says three delayed projects in Balochistan- Gwadar completed. File photo 03:49 PM, 21 Jan, 2017   0 National Highway Authority during the past three years has focused on revival of Gwadar connectivity and delayed Balochistan projects. According to spokesman of Authority, NHA has completed three delayed projects in Balochistan proving connectivity to Gwadar Port while the fourth is near completion. He said that the eighteen point six billion rupees have been spent on the completion of four hundred forty-nine kilometers long Basima-Nag-Panjgoor-Hoshab Highway (N-85). Similarly, balance work of 193 km Gwadar-Hoshab section of Rattodero-Gwadar Motorway (M-8) has been completed at the cost of thirteen billion rupees. Spokesman said that work on Khuzdar-Rattodero section of M-8 is also nearing completion

FC apprehends 81 suspects, recovers huge cache of arms from Balochistan GNGEO NEWS January 21, 2017       QUETTA : Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan conducted Intelligence Based Operations ( IBOs ) and counter-terrorism operations in Balochistan, an Inter Services Public Relations ( ISPR ) statement said on Saturday. It said that during last week, FC Balochistan along with other Law Enforcement Agencies apprehended 81 suspects and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition foiling terrorist actions. Alongside, 32 Area Dominating operations also carried out in Quetta City in collaboration with young volunteers from civil society. ISPR said that security forces are also engaged in area domination and counter-terrorism operations in the southern zone of Quetta, in Sibi-Sui-Dalbadin- Kahan zone. A large no of terrorists belonging to Baloch Republication Army (BRA) and Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) have surrendered to security forces bringing stab

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