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CM highlights development in Balochistan February 05, 2017 LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that development of Balochistan and prosperity of the Baloch people is top priority of the PML-N government. “The government is doing the best to provide for the people of Balochistan. The projects, initiated for the prosperity and uplift of the province, will usher in a bright future for the people of Balochistan,” the chief minister said while addressing a ceremony yesterday. After distributing laptops among talented students of Balochistan, Shehbaz Sharif said at present 1032 boys and girls were receiving education in various institutions of Punjab at the expense of the provincial government. “Punjab believes that every province has equal rights and when all provinces will make progress, Pakistan will make progress,” the CM said, adding that Punjab always kept its door open to every province, particularly Balochistan, so that

Even in a Digital World, Globalization Is Not Inevitable Pankaj Ghemawat FEBRUARY 01, 2017     In the aftermath of the UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election in the U.S., globalization is seen as a  political hot potato  rather than a hot ticket to prosperity. This populist backlash reminds us that the rewards of globalization are not evenly distributed, and as a result there has been some questioning of the idea that borders should be open to trade — as well as concerns about what might happen instead. In the week since Trump was elected, the number of Google searches for “trade war” has jumped sevenfold and continues to climb. Despite this shift, a significant number of experts continue to believe in the virtually unlimited potential of globalization. Most of them focus on digitalization specifically and on communications technology, though some attention continues to be paid to transportation infrastructure (e.g., Parag Khanna’s  Connectography ).

Energy, Investment And Security Lie At Heart Of Growing India-UAE Ties – Analysis Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi visited the United Arab Emirates from 16-17 August 2015 at the invitation of His Highness Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed AI Nahyan . Photo Credit: Government of India, Prime Minister's office. BY  SOUTH ASIA MONITOR  FEBRUARY 5, 2017 By Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi* As West Asia is an extended part of Greater Asia and the UAE is an important core member of this region just as India is in East Asia, both countries need to explore and consolidate the roots of their social and cultural ties coming down today since ages. Indeed, both India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) enjoy strong bonds of close friendship having legacy of age-old cultural, religious and economic relations which certainly require a new thrust in the present era of eastward shifting global geo-politics. In fact, several new developments have compelled the

China Pushes For Africa On Board OBOR Bandwagon – Analysis BY  SOUTH ASIA MONITOR  FEBRUARY 5, 2017 By Narayani Basu* On January 8, 2017, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on what has become something of a foreign policy tradition for China — kicking off the New Year with a state visit to Africa. Since 1991, five Chinese foreign ministers have visited Africa on their first foreign trips each year. Over a course of five days this year, Wang Yi visited five African countries — Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, the Republic of Congo and Nigeria. China and Africa share bilateral ties dating back to the 1950s, based on a story of mutual struggle for independence against imperialism. Since then, of course, the relationship has bloomed, with China evolving into one of the largest contributors to aid — both monetary and infrastructural — in sub-Saharan Africa. But while the statistics stack up in China’s favour (as of 2013, about 70 per cent of Ch

CPEC: Views Of The Business Community In Pakistan – OpEd Map of the China-Pakistan CPEC roadway network. Credit: Government of Pakistan, Wikipedia Commons. BY  JYOTISHMAN BHAGAWATI *  FEBRUARY 5, 2017 The China Pakistan Economic Corridor has created a sense of both euphoria and scepticism in Pakistan. The euphoria is because of the size and scale of the corridor project which is expected to create 700,000 direct jobs and whose total cost, according to a Deloitte study, is estimated to touch US$75billion upon completion [1]. At the same time, there are also increasing concerns over the project primarily due to the lack of concrete details about the various schemes falling under it which the government is accused of not sharing with the public [2]. Against this backdrop, it is imperative to note the perceptions of the business community in Pakistan regarding the CPEC as it is one of the most crucial stakeholders in the project. The multi-billion d

Gathering clouds over Asia By  Syed Mohibullah Shah February 05, 2017 Print :  Opinion “Poor Mexico. So far from God, so close to the US,” said the president of Mexico. No, it was not its current president, nor was this lament uttered in 2017. It was said in the late 19th century when Porfirio Diaz – who was Mexico’s president from 1877 to 80 and 1884 to 1911 – was venting his frustration about the dealings with his big, northern neighbour. But the recent efforts by Trump to set into motion his plans of constructing a border wall between the US and Mexico, deporting illegal Mexican immigrants, cancelling Nafta and threatening to impose higher tariffs on imports from Mexico into the US has reminded many of Diaz’s lament. But the times have changed. Globalisation has integrated the economies of the US and Mexico where over $500 billion worth of trade flows between both countries and goods made in Mexico – at one-fifth of the labour costs in

Amid Beijing’s ‘Silk Road’ splurge, Chinese firms eye Pakistan: report   By:  APP 05-Feb-17 ISLAMABAD :  Chinese companies are in talks to snap up more businesses and land in Pakistan after sealing two major deals in recent months, a sign of deepening ties after Beijing vowed to plough $57 billion into a new trade route across the South Asian nation. A dozen executives from some of Pakistan's biggest firms were quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that Chinese companies were looking mainly at the cement, steel, energy and textile sectors, the backbone of Pakistan's $ 270 billion economy. Analysts say the interest shows Chinese firms are using Beijing's "One Belt, One Road" project - a global trade network of which Pakistan is a key part - to help expand abroad at a time when growth has slowed at home, the Reuters report said. A Chinese-led consortium recently took a strategic stake in the Pakistan Stock Exchange,

China's 'Silk Road' push stirs resentment and protest in Sri Lanka ASIA PACIFIC Posted  02 Feb 2017 07:30 Updated  02 Feb 2017 08:33 HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka: China signed a deal with Sri Lanka late last year to further develop the strategic port of Hambantota and build a huge industrial zone nearby, a key part of Beijing's ambitions to create a modern-day "Silk Road" across Asia. The agreement was welcome relief for the island nation of 20 million people. As they try to reduce the country's debts, officials in Colombo see China's plans to include Sri Lanka on its "One Belt, One Road" initiative as an economic lifeline. China has spent almost US$2 billion so far on Hambantota and a new airport and wants to spend much more. But Beijing now faces a new and unpredictable challenge to its presence in Sri Lanka and broader Silk Road project. Hundreds of Sri Lankans clashed with police at the o

Forum will explore economic solutions By AN BAIJIE(China Daily) Updated: 2017-02-03 07:34:00 European representatives at the Zhengzhou-Europe Block Train during their visit to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. Chen Yingqun / China Daily Belt and Road gathering to be year's diplomatic highlight By hosting a high-level forum on the Belt and Road Initiative in May, China aims to boost an open and inclusive economy amid rising protectionism and loud voices against globalization, said the country's top diplomat. The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which will be held in Beijing on May 14 and 15, will "explore ways to address problems facing the global and regional economies", State Councilor Yang Jiechi said in an interview with China Daily and People's Daily. The forum will be the biggest diplomatic event hosted by China this year amid Beijing's efforts to advocate interconnectivity and cooperation to invig

Killing the elderly Baloch Poet is part of pakistan's policy to exterminate Balochi Literature, Politics and Culture:

*BNM* *QUETTA:* Spokesman of Baloch National Movement (BNM) in a statement on Saturday said that Pakistani forces muster up new instances of  tyranny and violence in Balochistan. He said that the Pakistani occupational forces are carrying out military offensives with full intensity in the vicinity of Dera Bugti and over a dozen people have been brutally killed so far. While several civilians have been illegally whisked away including women and children. 80-year-old Poet of Balochi language, Misk Ali Bugti s/o Sabz Ali Bugti was also victimized and killed during Dera Bugti offensives. The assassination of elderly Baloch Poet is part of pakistan's policy to exterminate Balochi literature, politics and culture, Spokesman added. He said that bearer of international human rights and champions of human rights in Pakistan have sealed their lips on Pakistan's grave human rights violation in Balochistan. Pakistani armored vehicle has also trampled and martyred a Baloch civilian in


: *BSO-AZAD *QUETTA:* Baloch Students Organization-Azad (BSO-A) Central Spokesperson said that the state forces are engaged in military operations in Awaran and Dera Bugti including different areas of Makran. During these operations, the state forces abduct unarmed people and torture them severely. On previous days, during an operation, state forces plundered houses of the residents and abducted the elders and youngsters of the victim families. Despite this, state forces stomped the children and women of victim families and abducted one dozen people approximately during operations in different areas of Mand. State forces are using power on the people of enclave area, said BSO-A Central Spokesperson. BSO-A Central Spokesperson said that the state forces are not only increasing the intensity of abduction and genocide of Baloch, but they also loot the homes and burn the houses of the victim families which are under military siege. The state forces want to put Baloch nation away from t

CPEC vs the Marshall Plan By  Malik Muhammad Ashraf February 04, 2017 Print :  Opinion While the projects under CPEC are being drawn and worked upon, and the government of Pakistan is evincing unswerving interest and commitment to see them through, some detractors of this mega-economic initiative keep creating doubts and misgivings about the viability of some of the benefits envisaged to accrue to Pakistan through it. Some have even tried to draw a parallel between CPEC and the Marshall Plan that was unfurled by the US after World War II. Equating CPEC with the Marshall Plan does not make any sense: the purpose of and motivation behind both these colossal undertakings were quite different and both of them were launched under different circumstances. Perhaps it would be pertinent to look at the objectives of the two to bring out the differences between them. The Marshall Plan was approved by the US Congress in March 1948 by passing the Econo

Classes to commence at Turbat University’s sub-campus in Gwadar THE NEWSPAPER'S CORRESPONDENT — PUBLISHED about 14 hours ago GWADAR: The vice chancellor of the University of Turbat on Friday said the start of regular classes at the university’s sub-campus at Gwadar would help in the acceleration of socio-economic development and bring prosperity to the people of the coastal town. Speaking at a gathering of students and faculty members, Vice Chancellor Dr Abdul Razzaq Sabir added that the sub-campus would be elevated to the status of a university soon to improve the higher education standards in the region. Dr Sabir accorded special thanks to Makran Commissioner Bashir Ahmed Bangulzai and Deputy Commissioner Tufail Ahmed for their support in the promotion of education in the district. Presiding over a meeting at the university earlier, the vice chancellor instructed the quarters concerned to increase the number of buses for students, build a dig

Asfandyar warns against share denial in CPEC February 04, 2017 Print :  Top Story 0 0 PESHAWAR: ANP leader Asfandyar Wali has demanded of the government to make a resolution of MPs from tribal areas into a constitutional amendment and merge Fata into KP, giving it representation in the provincial assembly and cabinet after fixing its proportion. He also demanded conduct of a census in the tribal areas, announcing a grand jirga on this issue in March. He said CPEC has nothing for Pakhtuns and if the ANP rose against this project, the government will forget the sit-ins of Kaptan Khan. He said if Pakhtuns were not given share in CPEC, they would tell the government what a real sit-in is. He said terrorism could not be countered in the country without implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP). He said before talking about the military courts, it should be assessed how much NAP had been implemented. He said KP government had done nothing

CPEC to become cornerstone of Pak’s fastest economic growth: SIPRI National 7 HOURS AGO BY WEB DESK ISLAMABAD :  China’s reliance on CPEC means that it needs a stable and prosperous Pakistan, says a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) — a Sweden-based think tank. The CPEC that is major and a pilot project of Silk Road Economic Belt initiative may become one of the cornerstones of Pakistan’s fastest economic growth, it added. About the India’s opposition to the CPEC, the report stated that it stems from its fear of internationalisation of the Kashmir dispute and the growing influence of China in the Indian Ocean, says a new report by one of the most influential global think tanks. There is considerable concern within India that China, which has been neutral on Kashmir since 1963, can no longer be so now that its economic and security interests in these territories are growing in the stake. The report tit

Think tank explains why India loathes CPEC India fears Pakistan's successful CPEC project, claims Swedish think tank February 04, 2017, 1:24 pm A Swedish think tank has claimed today that India is afraid of Pakistan’s economic stability through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to the report titled “Silk Road Economic Belt considering security implications and the EU-China cooperation prospects”, India does not want China to perform as a mediator in the disputes. “There is considerable concern within India that China, which has been neutral on Kashmir since 1963, can no longer be so now that its economic and security interests in these territories are growing in stake,” says a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) — a Sweden-based think tank. It further stated that China’s involvement after implementation of CPEC would possibly make it a stakeholder in Ka

CPEC’s prospects of expansion Columns   Comment 16 HOURS AGO BY  S SADIA KAZMI Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here Recently there has been some hype about a number of states joining or showing inclination to join CPEC. Both the print and electronic media as well as social networks are abuzz with CPEC becoming the most sought after Regional Project with inevitable Global pull. Whether the commotion has any authenticity or not is altogether another debate but one cannot just ignore the fact that CPEC has gained a lot of regional and global attention. Sometimes this attention has insecurities wrapped in the concerns expressed – as is the case with India or the US. Even at its nascent stage CPEC seems to hold a huge potential for the reshuffling of alliances. Most significant of which would be the one between China and Russia with Pakistan sitting at the center. One can’t go over the board in proclaiming any country’s inclusion in it, thou

India should join CPEC instead of opposing it, says Pakistan minister PTI | Updated: Feb 4, 2017, 12.25PM IST   Whatsapp Facebook Google Plus Twitter Email Linkedin SMS A file photo of the port before the inauguration of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor port in Gwadar, Pakistan on November 13, 2016 HIGHLIGHTS India should look at the opportunities of increasing regional cooperations through CPEC, Pakistan minister saidHe said Pakistan hopes to resume talks with India after state assembly elections WASHINGTON: Instead of opposing  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC), India should join it and look at different opportunities, Pakistan minister of planning and development Ahsan Iqbal said. Responding to a question at the  US Institute of Peace , an American think-tank, Iqbal alleged that India's reaction to $46 billion CPEC is "a knee jerk" reaction. India, he said, needs to look at opportunities of in