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Government of India stand on CPEC

Government of India stand on CPEC ▶Statement by Government in Parliament◀ The Government is aware of China’s assistance to Pakistan including in the sectors of hydroelectric projects, highways, motorways, ports, export processing zone and economic corridors in Pakistan. China also provides defence assistance to Pakistan, including training and defence equipment and technology. China is assisting Pakistan in the development of the so called ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)’. Some of the proposed projects under CPEC are in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Government’s consistent position is that Pakistan has been in illegal occupation of parts of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir since 1947. Government has conveyed to the Chinese side, including at the highest level, its concerns about their activities in PoK and asked them to cease these activities.  Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary meas

Senate body to be briefed on provision of 100MW from Iran for Gwadar National 8 HOURS AGO BY APP   The Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power on Monday will be briefed on progress on the provision of 100 MW from Iran for Gwadar. The committee meeting will be held under the Chairmanship of Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan at Parliament House, Islamabad. The committee will be also briefed on provision of Grid Station for Tehsil Buleda, Turbat, stated a notice of Senate Secretariat. Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research on Monday will be briefed on the variety of sugarcane in Punjab.  The committee meeting will be held under the Chairmanship of Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah at Parliament House. The committee will be also briefed by the Ministry of National Food Security and Research on the matter of corruption in the two projects of olive cultivation carried out by the Pakistan Agricultural Research

Completion of projects under CPEC to open new vistas of opportunities By  Webmaster  - February 13, 201      Govt vigorously working on infrastructure projects Lahore National Highway Authority (NHA) General Manager (design) Asim Amin Sunday said that the PML-N government was vigorously working on infrastructure projects worth billions of rupees. Talking to APP here, Asim said that all provincesincluding Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir were being connected through a network of high-quality roads and highways to accelerate socio-economic development in the country. He said that completion of the major part of M-4, Faisalabad-Multan Motorway was another milestone in upgrading and decongesting country’s overburdened infrastructure. Amin said that on the instructions of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the NHA was developing infrastructure projects through private sector on Build Own Operate (BOO) and B

Discos, NTDCL projects may be included in CPEC KHALID HASNAIN  — PUBLISHED about an hour ago LAHORE: Several projects of power distribution companies (Discos) and the National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited (NTDCL) are likely to be made part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in future as a joint working group comprising senior officials from the two countries is working on the plan. Details about the functions and scope of work of Discos and the NTDCL and their mega projects planned to be completed over next five years have been shared with the Chinese in various sessions of a high-level meeting held in Islamabad a couple of days ago, it is learnt. Official sources said that none of the electricity transmission- and distribution-related projects, except one, had become part of the CPEC so far and the government felt that these were necessary to be completed for smooth transmission, dispatch and distribution in parallel with v

GB province: a CPEC prerequisite AFZAL A. SHIGRI   The writer, a former IGP Sindh, belongs to Gilgit-Baltistan. THE Pakistan government is projecting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as a panacea to all its problems, one which will result in unprecedented nationwide prosperity. Undoubtedly, an investment of the proposed scale and a project completed within a limited time frame is welcome, but a cautionary note is in order: mega projects of this scale also entail risks of equal magnitude. Therefore, it is vital to meticulously address all possible impediments in their implementation through careful planning in order to preclude any possibility of disruption in the smooth execution of projects of this nature. One of the most crucial factors that should have been addressed prior to implementation was the settlement of the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), which is strategically located at the entry point of the CPEC ro

From Moscow, with love By  Fahd Humayun February 11, 2017 Print :  Opinion As Islamabad grapples with the uncertainties of a new Trump administration, a recent timeline of Russian advances to Pakistan is not inconsequential. In 2016, Pakistan and Russia reached a price accord on a $2 billion North-South LNG pipeline running from Karachi to Lahore. Russian and Pakistani Special Forces held their first joint tactical exercises last September. Later this month, Russia will host six-nation talks on the future of Afghanistan, without the US, as a follow-up to a December conference as an index of Moscow’s rising stakes in the regional endgame. And in December, Pakistan’s minister for defence production announced a Russian agreement for the delivery of four Mi-35M (Hind-E) attack helicopters to the Pakistan Army in 2017. The disclosure follows the lifting of a self-imposed Russian embargo on arms supplies to Pakistan back in 2014. What best explain

US wakes from its infrastructure sleep to an emboldened China The Beijing to Shanghai high-speed train travels at almost 300kmh along the longest bridge in the world. ROBERT GOTTLIEBSEN The Australian8:39AM January 24, 2017 When the US wakes up following a couple of decades of infrastructure and defence equipment slumber under the Bush and Obama administrations, it is in for a shock. China has set up 21st`century infrastructure that has either gone ahead of the US or at least started to challenge American dominance. China watched in amazement as the US allowed its defence and industrial capacity to decay. But the US also fell behind in terms of modern internal infrastructure. The combination led China to lose respect for the US and gave China the confidence to attempt to take control of the South China Sea. So, let’s take a peep at what President Trump and his adviser

Karachi University to organise lecture on CPEC By: PPI 12-Feb-17   KARACHI :  University of Karachi’s Applied Economics Research Centre is organising a lecture on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), to be held on Monday, 13th February 2017 at 12:30 pm, at Rangoonwala Auditorium, AERC KU. Planning, Development and Reforms Minister Ahsan Iqbal will be the guest speaker on the occasion. KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan and AERC Director Prof Dr Samina Khalil will also address the participants on the occasion.  

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Why Does China Keep Coming To Pakistan’s Aid? – Analysis Locations of China and Pakistan. Source: Wikipedia Commons. BY  SOUTH ASIA MONITOR  FEBRUARY 12, 2017 By Namrata Hasija* China has yet again proved that it is indeed Pakistan’s ‘all weather friend’ by blocking a US-led proposal at the UN to brand Masood Azhar a global terrorist. This is the second time Beijing has come to Islamabad’s aid. The move which was jointly put forward by the US, France and UK unlike, last year when India moved the proposal, was blocked by China yet again. It was last week when Pakistan apparently took some action against Masood by putting him under house arrest. Many analysts dismissed this as a deceiving strategy. Why is China protecting Masood Azhar and risk being the only country among the 15-member 1267 counter terrorism committee of the UN Security Council objecting to India’s application to list Azhar, who is accused of masterminding the Pathankot terror att

CPEC is “the” thing Aasim Zafar Khan  February 12, 2017  Leave a comment Pak-China relations is nothing more than a convergence of interests Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with President Xi Jinping. China’s recent blocking of a US-led move to designate Masood Azhar, the head of the Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group and the alleged mastermind of the Pathankot attack, as a global terrorist has once again brought into focus the key role Beijing plays in safeguarding Pakistani interests on the international stage. At the same time, it is a commonly held belief amongst security analysts that Pakistan’s detention of Hafiz Saeed, chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and alleged co-founder of the militant group — Lashkar-e-Taiba — was done, not to appease the new US administration, but under Chinese pressure, as a fragile relationship between New Delhi and Islamabad would divert the attention and focus needed to push forward the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In