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Gwadar airport to be completed in Oct By  APP/ NEWSDESK Published: February 22, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  Construction work on the Gwadar International Airport costing Rs22 billion would be completed in October, announced Balochistan Chief Secretary Saifullah Chatta. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said the Gwadar airport would cater to the needs of the Gwadar deep-sea port as it would become the prime venue of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). CPEC has also increased passenger traffic in the area. Work on Gwadar Airport to start this year   “It will be the largest airport in Balochistan that will facilitate domestic and international passengers with facilities of international standards,” he added. The airport will be capable of playing host to the largest passenger planes in the world including the Airbus A380 jet. For this purpose, the Civil Aviation Authority has allocated 3,000 acres of land. The airport will be given international status and

Trouble spot: Sindh-Balochistan border in spotlight for crackdown By  Our Correspondent Published: February 22, 2017 KARACHI :  The Sindh chief minister on Tuesday ordered law enforcement and security agencies to step up action against terrorists with a particular focus on the province’s border with Balochistan. “We have to purge the menace of terrorism from Sindh,” Murad Ali Shah said while instructing police and Rangers to launch a crackdown on the Sindh-Balochistan border during a meeting on the province’s security situation. He also directed the Sindh home secretary to compile a report on all new seminaries that have opened up across the province. In particular, he instructed the secretary to look into whether these seminaries were set up in compliance to relevant rules and regulations. Sindh to begin ‘grand operation’ against militants, terror outfits Chief Minister Shah also reviewed progress of the investigation in the gruesome suicide bombin

Call to link Gadoon industrial estate with CPEC SWABI: Entrepreneurs of Gadoon Amazai Industrial Estate (GAIE) on Tuesday demanded linking the estate to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The demand was made when CM’s adviser Abdul Karim and PTI leaders visited Gadoon estate and met with the industrialists, led by president of Gadoon Industrial Association (GIA) Mohammad Zahid Shah. Mr Karim, who also had a ghee mill at the industrial estate, said he was well aware of the problems the industrialists were facing. He said he had already taken up the matter with the chief minister who had assured of considering the proposal to link the GAIE with CPEC. The proposed industrial estates at Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed interchange on Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway and another at Rashakai interchange would be linked with CPEC, he said and added the government was also striving to bring international donors to Gadoon and Hattar industrial estates.

India-China strategic dialogue: Keep calm and talk on, let the Dragon play the big brother for now

FirstPost, India Sreemoy Talukdar Feb, 22 2017 17:29:52 IST International relations are never the subject of binaries. Geostrategic ties between nations are incumbent on a host of factors including, but not limited to, areas of mutual interest. Self-interest has equal bearing on foreign policy, if not more. A country's geopolitical influence, its hegemonic ambitions and how it weighs itself against other major global powers are also significant factors. File image of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar. News18 If these things are kept in mind, it becomes clear that much of the animus that exists in India on China "betraying its cause" by not letting Masood Azhar be declared a terrorist by the United Nations or barring New Delhi's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers' Group, is misplaced. As Foreign Secretary Subramanyam Jaishankar co-chairs the China-India strategic dialogue with China's Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui in Beijing, media in India would