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Rights of backward areas be protected in CPEC: Khattak   By:    By Our Correspondent 09-Feb-17 PESHAWAR :  Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has called for the merger of SIDB in EZDMC, extension of electricity to Hayatabad industrial estate, to be produced from natural gas and the involvement of the Board of Directors in the working group for CPEC related projects. This he directed while presiding over the 11thBoard of Directors meeting of the EZDMC here at the Chief Minister's Secretariat. Addressing the meeting the Chief Minister with a beaming face said that the western route stood part of the CPEC and were reflected in the previous JCC meeting of the CPEC. "We had no objection to any route of the CPEC but certainly we had a principled stand that the rights of the backwards areas should be protected and a road should pass through these areas under CPEC," he said. Pervez Khattak also said his go

EARLY HARVEST ENERGY PROJECTS UNDER CPEC TO BE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR These energy generation projects will produce over 5000 MW of electricity. File photo 07:46 PM, 8 Feb, 2017 Under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), twelve early harvest energy generation projects including Sahiwal coal fired project, Port Qasim power plant and Karot Hydropower station will be completed by the end of next year. According to official sources, these energy generation projects will produce over 5000 MW of electricity and help overcome demand supply gap in the country. Sources said the government is also focusing the mega hydro project of Diamer Bhasha dam which will also enhance water storage capacity of the country. The land acquisition process for the project has been completed spending 101 billion rupees and project will be completed within 8-10 years

CPEC/SEZ Cell established in Board of Investment February 09, 2017 The government has established a “CPEC/SEZ Cell” at Board of Investment (BoI) Islamabad to facilitate the stakeholders on matters relating to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Special Economic Zones (SEZ). The CPEC/SEZ Cell is inaugurated by Dr Miftah Ismail, Chairman, BoI. The requisite staff well conversant with the issues, relating to CPEC/SEZs has been deployed. The Board of Investment has been assigned the lead role, under CPEC, for Industrial Cooperation. The Chairman, BoI has been designated as the convener of the Pakistan-side Joint Working Group (JWG) on Industrial Cooperation under CPEC. The BOI is also the custodian of the SEZ Act, 2012. Under the SEZ Act, 41 SEZs have been identified so far from all over the country, which also include priority SEZs for CPEC one each to be established in provinces, Gilgit Baltistan, AJ & K and Islamabad. Establishmen

Centre directed to file comments in petition on CPEC BUREAU REPORT  — PUBLISHED about 2 hours ag PESHAWAR: A Peshawar High Court bench on Wednesday directed the federal government to positively file comments till March 2 in a writ petition filed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, seeking multiple directions from the court to the federal government for development of western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) along with several other development projects in the province. The bench comprising PHC Chief Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Younas Taheem directed Manzoor Khalil, a deputy attorney general, to provide copy of the comments to the petitioner. Asad Qaiser claims that he is custodian of the provincial assembly, which represents the collective will of the people of the province and is therefore duty bound to follow unanimous resolutions passed by the assembly regarding CPEC. He claims that there five unanimous resoluti

Invitation: Naela Quadri press conference at Vasai

Invitation To the Electronic and Print Media .. Press club Vasai Professor Naela Quadri Baloch has come to Virar at my residence regarding spreading awareness in Baloch Community of India and as well all Citizen of India regarding Balochistan issues in Pakistan . Please come for the PRESS CONFERENCE on 🔺 Date 9th February, 2017 🔺 Time 11 a.m. 🔺 Venue Baluch Palace,Opp. Ganesh hospital,Baluch Nagar, Jivdani Road,Virar East. Contact Munaf Baluch 📞  (989) 007-8311 Regards A Rehman R. Baluch Ex.Corporator Virar Nagar Parishad . ______________________________________ Naela Quadri Baloch (July 18, 1965 in Shaal (Quetta) Balochistan) is a Baloch politician, activist, Women's rights activist, writer, poet and gives lectures internationally on Baloch rights. She is daughter of Syed Ahmad Quadri, a well known lawyer and activist for Baloch national rights since 1956, NAP. Her mother Bibi Gul Zarina was an activist for women’s development, founder of the first indigenou

First global report on why India fears CPEC

 Samaa Web Desk  2 days ago Categories:Pakistan  Tags:cpec, Indian concerns, sipri  ISLAMABAD: One of the most influential global think tank sought to dig into the Indian hostility towards the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and inferred that fear of internationalisation of the Kashmir dispute and the growing influence of China in the Indian Ocean are the principal irritants for India. According to a Sweden-based Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), “ 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.” Titled as “ Silk Road Economic Belt – considering security implications and the EU-China cooperation prospects”, the report argues that India does not approve of a role for China to mediate in these disputes. It should be mentioned here that the think tank report is the first one that elaboratel

CPEC and the Baloch Insurgency

Balochistan stands to gain little from the massive project, despite being in desperate need of economic opportunity. By Shazar Shafqat February 08, 2017 The Diplomat   Pakistan’s economic resurgence seems to be looming large. Trade through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has partially begun, further upping the excitement surrounding the $50 billion megaproject. But what does this mean for the impoverished province of Balochistan? After all, despite being home to Gwadar port, the crown jewel of CPEC, the province’s share in the  CPEC bounty is a mere 0.5 percent. Balochistan is undoubtedly in need of an economic lifeline. The metrics paint a dire picture for its residents:  70 percent of people in Balochistan  live in poverty.  In Balochistan , there are about 1.8 million children not attending school, which is perhaps related to the fact that more than 5,000 public schools in the region consist of nothing more than a single room. Health indicators are equally bad. The  mate

6.3 earthquake jolts parts of Balochistan DAWN.COM  |  ISMAIL SASOLI  — UPDATED about 6 hours ago A 'ShakeMap' of the earthquake on Wednesday morning. Courtesy:USGS A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Balochistan early on Wednesday morning, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. According to USGS, the epicentre of the quake was located 20 kilometres west southwest of Pasni at a depth of 25.9km. The quake struck Gwadar, Makran and Pasni at 3:04am. However, no damage or casualties have been reported. Provincial Disaster Management Authority (Balochistan) Director General Aslam Tareen said the magnitude of the quake was 6.6. Residents of the affected areas were woken up by the tremors and ran out of their houses in fear and shock. Commissioner of Makran Division Bashir Bangulzai told DawnNews that a complete survey of the Makran division had been conducted and no damage or casualties were found. He added that relief teams have been sen