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CPEC will have vast connectivity with China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy: CM March 16, 2017 The Sindh chief minister said on Wednesday that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was not simply a road from China to Gwadar but would have vast connectivity with other projects of China’s One-Belt-One Road initiative. Speaking at a seminar titled ‘CPEC’, Murad Ali Shah said China had worked a 1,000-year plan known as the One Belt-One Road initiative through which it would connect over 64 countries physically, commercially and culturally. He said the Southern Corridor began from Guangzhou, a city in South Central China. This route connects Kashghar with Pakistan at Khunjarab. The Central Corridor starts from Shanghari and connects with Tashkant, Tehran and onwards to Bandar Imam Khomeini on the Persian Gulf. One of its branches goes towards Europe up to France. The Northern Corridor starts from Tianjin and Beijing passes through Moscow and links it

CPEC: Regional impact March 16, 2017      Dr Zafar N Jaspal Since the announcement of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in April 2015, Islamabad and Beijing have been endeavouring to construct and operationalise its infrastructure as soon as possible. Both sides are cognizant to the immense dividends of the project. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif categorised it as a “game changer.” Chinese also consider it imperative for their “One Belt, One Road” initiative. Simultaneously, the adversaries of both nations have been struggling to sabotage the project. Therefore, both sides need to remain vigilant to the implicit and explicit challenges to the project. CPEC project has amplified Pakistan’s pivotal role in the connectivity of West Asia, Central Asia and South Asia. Though, Pakistan and China would be the main beneficiary of the project, yet other regional actors would be equally benefit from the operationalisation of the project. Islamabad always a

CPEC: Is there cause for alarm? KHURRAM HUSAIN PUBLISHED ABOUT 5 HOURS AGO The writer is a member of staff.. A NUMBER of articles in the past week have created some undue anxiety about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Let us put it in plain English at the outset: CPEC is not another East India Company. That comparison is specious and entirely unhelpful, even if some find it useful purely as a metaphor. There are two reasons why the comparison is unhelpful. First, the East India Company had an element of force, something totally absent in the present case. Second, the East India Company gradually shed its trading activity and acquired governance responsibilities, taking on the administration of land revenue and justice, as well as education and the maintenance of an armed force. CPEC is moving in an entirely different direction. The only area where the comparison might work is in the extraction of a surplus from Pakistan and its transmittal to China. But, even here, it mus

China-Pakistan economic corridor challenge to India's sovereignty' ' Rajat Pandit | TNN | Updated: Mar 16, 2017, 02.36AM IST   HIGHLIGHTS India has criticised the Chinese-funded CPEC, which links China’s Muslim dominated Xinjiang province to the Gwadar deep-sea port in PakistanThe project passes through Gilgit-Baltistan in PoK, which New Delhi considers its own territory.The defence ministry also reiterated India’s support for freedom of navigation and overflight based on international laws in the contentious South China Sea. NEW DELHI: India has expressed strong opposition to the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which is the key to  Beijing 's ambitious 'One-Belt, One-Road' initiative, even as it slammed  Islamabad  for not taking concrete steps to stop crossborder terrorism. "The CPEC passing through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir challenges Indian sovereignty," said the Uni

Pakistan. Exposed in UNHRC about plight on minorities PERMANENT MISSION OF INDIA GENEVA 34 th  SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Right of Reply by India in response to the Statement by Pakistan under the Agenda Item 4 ( 15-03-2017 ) Mr. President,   My delegation wishes to exercise its right of reply in response to the statement made by Pakistan. Once again the delegation of Pakistan has chosen to misuse the Human Rights Council to make fallacious references about internal matters pertaining to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir Terrorism is the grossest violation of human rights and should be so acknowledged by any impartial and objective observer. A part of the territories of our State remain under the forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan. It is unfortunate that in recent times the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have become victims of sectarian conflict, terrorism and extreme economic hardship because of Pakistan's occupation and discriminatory policies. The Indian s

UN’s silence: a threat to world peace

Thursday, February 16th, 2017 11:54 pm BNV By Sangat Gumyaar What are the basic human rights of a person, community, or a nation and why these rights are often violated? Who violates the basic right to life and liberty of the Baloch nation? If We one can find the answers to these questions, then it will be easy to solve this issue and put an end to the violation of Human Rights. The violation of the basic rights is an extremely dangerous act. First, it starts from a region where the violation takes place and gradually it affects the whole world if it is not wisely contained and solved.  It is important to educate oneself and the rest of the people around the wider world who care for basic Human Rights and strive to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to book.  However, before holding them to account it is equally important to know who commits these crimes and why these crimes are committed? Human Rights violations are not only physical torture, killing and or imprisoning a pers

CPEC is a military project by China: Mehran Marri ANI | Geneva [Switzerland] Mar 14, 2017 11:01 AM IST Representative of Balochistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Mehran Marri dubbed the multi-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a military project by Beijing which it would later use against the United States and gulf nations. "The CPEC is nothing more than a military project by China to have its footprint and have a listening post at the Strait of Hormuz to threaten and blackmail the U.S., the gulf states, all the OPEC nations in the future. CPEC is a disaster in the making," Marri told ANI adding that they have been vehemently opposing this project for for the past 10 years. He added that the project is also causing a humanitarian crisis as it is having a detrimental effect on the locals of Balochistan. "It's a joint exploitation project by Pakistan and Chin

China to expand marine corps for deployment in Gwadar,Djibouti From K J M Varma  Beijing, Mar 13 (PTI)  China is set to increase the number of its marine corps from 20,000 to one lakh as part of plans to deploy them overseas for the first time, including at the strategic Gwadar port in Pakistan and military logistics base in Djibouti in the Indian Ocean The expansion is planned to protect China's maritime lifelines and its growing interests overseas, Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post reported on Monday Some members would be stationed at ports China operates in Djibouti and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan, Chinese military insiders and experts were quoted as saying Gwadar port is a deep-sea port next to the Strait of Hormuz, the key oil route in and out of the Persian Gulf, built with Chinese funding and operated by mainland firms Although the port is not home to any PLA installation, navy ships are expected to dock at the facility in th

Power pylon blown up in Gwadar THE NEWSPAPER'S CORRESPONDENT UPDATEDABOUT 10 HOURS AGO GWADAR: The port city of Gwadar and its surrounding areas plunged into complete darkness in the early hours of Tuesday morning as suspected militants blew up a pylon of 132-kV supplying electricity to the area from the Makran grid station. Official sources said that the militants had planted an explosive device with the power pylon of 132-kV between the Nilet and Karwat areas of Gwadar district and detonated it with a remote control at around 3am. “The 132-kV pylon was completely destroyed in the blast that rocked the area,” the sources said. However, engineers and other staff of the Quetta Electric Supply Company reached the blast site and started work for replacing the destroyed power pylon after security clearance. A heavy contingent of Frontier Corps personnel was deployed in the area after the incident. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD The power supply was restored to Gwadar and its surr

Balochistan demands appointment of UN special rapporteur to look into human rights violations ANI | Geneva [Switzerland] Mar 10, 2017 11:18 PM IST Baloch political activists and human rights defenders raised the situation of deteriorating human rights in Balochistan and condemned the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at a side event during the 34th Session of UN Human Rights Council here. The event was organised by the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) to highlight the gross genocide in Pakistan's largest and resource-rich province of Balochistan. "Islamabad has thrown to the winds at least 25 out of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Balochistan. The execution style, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, and kill and dump of thousands of Baloch, use of degrading forms of torture such as feeding feces and sodomy of the Baloch act

Construction work on CPEC projects in full swing March 15, 2017      NHA approves award of work for Yakmach-Kharan project Staff Reporter Islamabad The Executive Board of the National Highway Authority gave its formal approval for award of work for Yakmach-Kharan road project during a meeting here on Tuesday with Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar in the chair. 50 kilometres long section consists of two lanes with an estimated cost of Rs2.42 billion. It will pass through the districts of Kharan, Washuk and Chagai. The Chairman NHA said that development of Baluchistan was government’s top priority and expressed hope that like NHA’s other projects in the province of Balochistan, the project of Yakmach – Kharan would also be completed in time. He informed the meeting that nine Emergency Response Centers (ERC) would be set up in various parts of Balochistan including Danasar, Mina Bazar, Kalat, Sorab, Wud, Kararo, Nag, Wangu and Hoshab. He said that feasibility a

Overview of terror attacks in Balochistan through the years Feroz Khan March 14, 2017 PAKISTAN A picture from the explosion at Quetta’s Civil Hospital on August 8, 2016. At least 70 people were killed and as many as 112 injured in the blast. Photo: File QUETTA : The recently launched Operation Radd -ul- Fasaad is in full swing in Balochistan, which has witnessed about 128 explosions have occurred in Balochistan since 2014 till date, as per police records. The operation was launched with the aim to extinct terrorism from the country. In the 128 explosions, around 141 people have lost their lives. The statistics are based on the police data, which was available to the Geo News correspondent. A breakdown of the statistics show that about 61 explosions including three suicide bombings occurred in Balochistan in 2014, in which 23 people were killed. In 2015, about 31 explosions occurred, including one suicide bombing, which claimed the lives of 13 p

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