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Pakistani, Iranian committee members to visit Chabahar, Gwadar port January 30, 2017, 1:17 pm Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of Iran, Allauddin Boroujerdi in Islamabad suggested a joint visit of Gwadar and Chabahar ports. Aim of the visit is to dismiss the notion that Gwadar and Chabahar are competitors. Soon the date of the visit would be finalized. Boroujerdi, dismissed this impression that there is any sort of competition between two ports but India’s unusual interest in Iranian port creates doubts in Pakistan. Gwadar and Chabahar ports would provide employment to numerous people. Both neighboring countries view the ports as dawn of new economic age. Allauddin Boroujerdi said, “Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance bilateral trade from one billion to five billion dollars

Smaller provinces’ concern on CPEC be removed, says Baloch January 31, 2017 Print :  National LAHORE: JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has demanded the federal government remove reservations of the smaller provinces about CPEC to ensure that the project is a real game changer and guarantees the development and progress of the entire region.  Addressing the participants of JI central training course at Mansoora on Monday, he said CPEC was a God-sent opportunity to get rid of the slavery of the US, IMF and the World Bank and it must not fall prey to politics. He stressed that necessary measures should be adopted to protect the fishermen of Gwadar besides the ship building industry of the area.  Liaqat Baloch said it was surprising that the PML-N government was projecting CPEC as the launching pad for its 2018 election campaign although the project had been planned much before the present regime took over and its completion period was spread ov

Centre, provinces begin to see eye to eye on CPEC By  Sardar Sikander Published: January 30, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and mainstream opposition parties may be at daggers drawn on the political front but the centre and provinces appear to be acting in unison as far as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is concerned. Serious differences over the multibillion dollar initiative between the federal, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh governments appear to be moving towards resolution and stakeholders have shown willingness to contribute their share in materialising the project, informed circles told  The Express Tribune . Provinces dilly-dallying over deployment of CPEC force Not long ago, K-P and Sindh were accusing the centre of ignoring the Western Route of the CPEC, but following last month’s Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting in Beijing – which was attended by all four chief ministers – the provinces’ concerns

CPEC ignored by former govts, claims Abdul Malik Balouch Posted By:  Hanzla Sajid on: 01/30/2017 - 21:22In:  Balochistan ,  Breaking News ,  Pakistan ,  Top Stories Web Desk (QUETTA) — Former Chief Minister Doctor Abdul Malik Balouch said on Monday that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had been ignored by former governments. CPEC projects have propelled Balochistan into development, said Baloch, reported 24 News HD. Speaking at a press conference in Quetta, the former Chief Minister said that the current government’s decision on CPEC is a continuation of previous talks held by former governments. People of Gwadar will become a minority if proper legislation is not done -Abdul Malik Balouch He said that in Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government, promises were made to give hold of ports to provinces, but the promises were not kept. Doctor Abdul Malik Balouch said that measures need to be taken to protect native people of Gawad

CPEC TO GENERATE 7 LAC JOB OPPORTUNITIES: GHAURI File photo 10:31 PM, 30 Jan, 2017   0 Member Development and Communication Dr. Zubair Iqbal Ghauri has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will provide seven hundred thousand job opportunities to the people. Talking to Radio Pakistan in Islamabad on Monday, he said that CPEC project is not confined to building roads but it is comprehensive project for socio-economic development of the country. To a question, he said we want all regional countries to join this game-changer project

Pakistan must stop exploitation of Gilgit-Baltistan through CPEC, say Kashmiri groups Shares1 Tue, 31 Jan 2017-08:04am , ANI Expressing serious concern about the construction of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), representatives of various Kashmiri groups have unanimously voiced out against the exploitation of the natural resources of Gilgit Baltistan by Pakistan and China. At a conference held under the banner of the Jammu and Kashmir International People?s Alliance (JKIPA) last Sunday in Como, Italy, these various Kashmiri groups, including the United Kashmir People?s National Party and the Kashmir National Party passed a resolution to this effect. They declared that Jammu and Kashmir is ?one political entity and included areas of Gilgit Baltistan, so- called Azad Kashmir, the Jammu, Valley of Kashmir and Ladakh.? The resolution also stated that the construction of mega projects and dams under the CPEC is a clear violation o

CPEC: Punjab planning minister says all concerns must be addressed By  Our Correspondent Published: January 31, 2017 LAHORE:  Punjab Planning and Development Department hosted a seminar on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to discuss the framework regarding industrial cooperation and long-term plan 2030. Addressing the seminar, Planning and Development minister Malik Nadeem Kamran said that all provincial departments must build their capacity in order to address provincial and CPEC-related issues in a timely manner. He further stressed on mutual coordination among the government departments to prepare a comprehensive and all-inclusive long term plan by March 15 2017. He also appraised the relevant stakeholders for showing key interest in the seminar and the debate on CPEC. Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan described the working of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) on CPEC. He apprised that the first ph

Editorial: The other side of CPEC Posted on  January 30, 2017  by  Farah Jamil  in  Editors Pick ,  National -File Photo While everybody in the country is making a song about the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Atif Bajwa , CEO of Bank Alfalah , the country’s sixth largest lender, has asked the economic policymakers to be cautious . In an interview the other day, he said that while Pakistan opens itself to billions of dollars worth of investment projects, it may also be prepared to an influx of cheap goods that may leave millions in the South Asian nation jobless. This influx of cheap goods, against which the country cannot compete, will negatively affect the local industry and there is no policy in place to address this sort of situation. The whole structure of the local economy would change because of CPEC dynamics. Along the new roads and growing industrial activity, there will be need for services including for hotels, restaurants, logistics an

CPEC proceeding smoothly, says Ambassador Sun Weidong Foreign   National 17 HOURS AGO BY INP China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project that will equally benefit the whole of the country is proceeding smoothly in accordance with the wishes of their people. This was stated by the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Sun Weidong in his message on the occasion of Happy Chinese New Year. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for their felicitations to the Chinese government and people on the Chinese New Year. Ambassador Sun said that China-Pakistan relationship is being consolidated, the friendship between the two countries is being deepened and the bilateral cooperation is making headway. With the joint efforts of both sides, the construction of CPEC has been proceeding smoothly. I am convinced that the coming New Year will usher in new promising

Criticism of CPEC: People urged to reject propaganda By  APP Published: January 31, 2017 ASTORE :  People of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) should not pay heed to the propaganda against China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said G-B Chief Minister’s Special Assistant Abid Baig. Talking to the media, Baig said a handful of elements were misguiding the people about share of G-B in CPEC, whereas the region has been given top priority in the corridor project. He said the G-B government would not compromise on the rights of the local people and ensure that the ongoing projects were completed within stipulated time. Baig urged people not to pay attention to propaganda of rejected politicians and said that people should support government endeavours to make CPEC a success. He said political cohesion was required for successful implementation of CPEC. Published in The Express Tribune, January 31 st , 2017

Propaganda offensive against CPEC Many anti-Pakistan lobbies wish to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as they know that its projects would help Pakistan usher into an era of progress and prosperity   By:    Mohammad Jamil     31-Jan-17 Dr Shabbir Chaudhry — a Pakistani of Kashmir origin and a British national — has been allegedly tasked by the RAW to sabotage the CPEC project. Reportedly, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had recommended the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to block his national identity card. In his lengthy treatise titled “CPEC is not a holy cow”, Chaudhry had tried to create differences between the people. He wrote, “CPEC is not a living being, yet it has also gained the status of being a holy cow; I am also among those bad guys who are perceived as disrespectful and critics of this holy cow; and demand a fair share in the benefits because it runs without permission thr

Chinese.debt Trap

Pakistan Dismisses Chinese Debt-Trap Concerns by  Kamran Haider  and  Chris Kay January 30, 2017, 2:01 AM GMT+5:30January 30, 2017, 9:53 AM GMT+5:30 Investment projects have risen to about $55 billion: minister Pakistan betting GDP growth will offset repayments: BMI Pakistan is confident of managing its rising debt obligations to China as the world’s second-largest economy boosts investment in the South Asia nation by about 20 percent. Pakistan will be able to handle repayments of Chinese soft loans to the government and businesses, which are part of a more than $50 billion of projects under the so-called  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor , or CPEC, Planning and National Reforms Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in an interview in the capital, Islamabad. Rising debt levels in the $271 billion economy, a drop in export earnings and a widening current-account gap have raised concerns about the government’s ability to pay the obligations. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government is bett

Iran Keen To Join Pakistan And China’s CPEC: Analysis By  Polina Tikhonova  on January 30, 2017 12:01 pmin  Politics   Iran has formally expressed its desire to join  Pakistan  and China in CPEC (the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor). Amid the news that U.S. President Donald Trump is barring people from Iran and six other Muslim countries from entering the United States, Iran is seeking closer ties to Pakistan, its brotherly Islamic nation, and wants to join CPEC. Whether it’s a coincidence or not, in less than 24 hours, two more authoritative voices from Iran spoke out about their country’s eagerness to join Pakistan and China’s highly-lucrative CPEC project. What’s even more fascinating is that the first of the two new pro-CPEC signals from the Iranian regime came on Wednesday, the same day Trump had signed an executive order barring immigrants from Iran from entering the U.S. The second one came a day later.  By Government of Pakistan [Public domain],  via Wikimedia Commons On Thursday, Iran reiterated

What Abu Dhabi Prince wrote about Modi

_East Coast Daily_ _26 Jan. 17:32_ Modi is winning hearts of various countries just by his diplomacy. Wherever *Modi* goes he receives a *Rock Star* like gathering from people of that country while whichever country he visits he just makes sure that the diplomatic ties get better. Since India’s independence, India has witnessed a lot of Prime Ministers while even the USA has seen a lot of Presidents. But *never in the history of India and USA a president of USA(Obama) called the Indian Prime Minister when he bids adieu*. *Never in the history of Indian and American politics diplomats advised the US president(Donald Trump) to meet Indian prime minister with in 100 days of his new government*. *Never in the history any one of us witnessed a Muslim country (UAE /Abu Dhabi/ Burj Khalifa) celebrating Indian Republic Day*. Liberals say India doesn’t need a COMMUNAL MAN like MODI at the highest level. But just check the facts that even when the so called SECULAR forces were in India