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Ground breaking of 1320MW power project under CPEC at Hub today March 21, 2017      Amanullah Khan Karachi The ground-breaking of 1320 MW Coal Fired Power Plant in District Hub, Balochistan will take place today (Tuesday). The project is being constructed by China Power Hub Generation Company (CPHGC) a joint venture project company setup by The Hub Power Company (HUBCO) and China Power International Holding Ltd (CPIH). With an estimated cost of approx. US$ 2 billion, the project is one of the largest coal based power projects being constructed under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Project will contribute 9 Billion kWh of cheaper electricity annually into the National Grid, and it will support 4 Million Pakistani household in yearly power consumption. High ranking Government Officials along with Chinese officials will perform the ground breaking of the project. One of the biggest issues of power sector in Pakistan is the expensive power generation,

Parliamentary committee on CPEC briefed on progress National 7 HOURS AGO BY STAFF REPORT The 22nd meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed to assess the overall progress of CPEC projects under the relevant ministries/departments. The water and power additional secretary and the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) Managing Director also give a comprehensive briefing about future projects regarding the transmission of power to different parts of the country according to consumer needs. According to the set targets, 30,000MW of electricity would be able to be transmitted by the end of 2018 which will help the country to cope with the ongoing power crisis. The chairman appreciated the officials of different ministries for giving comprehensive briefings and answers and for ensuring that the projects were well within their time-lines. He further

70 branches of various banks to be established in Balochistan QUETTA -  State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Ashraf Mahmood Wathra has directed the banks, operational in Balochistan, to promote banking credit services and grant loans for encouraging business activities in the province. The SBP governor said, “All banks have decided to establish 70 new branches in far-flung districts of Balochistan including Quetta and this initiative will boost job opportunities for the people.” He also revealed that very less number of banks will be set up in Quetta while priority will be extended to far-reaching areas of the province. While talking about countrywide financial campaign, the SBP governor said that a financial campaign will soon be launched whose debut ceremony will be initiated from Balochistan provincial capital Quetta. Highlighting the leading purposes of forthcoming financial campaign, Wathra said the campaign would play a vital role i

20 ‘RAW funded’ militant leaders surrender in Balochistan March 21, 2017, 2:55 pm 20 militant commanders in Balochistan surrendered in front of the security authorities today, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The military media wing added that the commanders have admitted that they were funded by Indian intelligence agency RAW. “ The surrendered commanders have appealed to the other militants to surrender,” said the ISPR, adding that the commanders have vowed to lead a peaceful and productive life henceforth. “They also seek forgiveness for their previous doings,” the ISPR said. The militants have reportedly confessed to being funded through Baloch separatist leadership. “RAW used to help us through Brahmdagh Bugti,” they told the authorities

Balochistan and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Discussed in the United Nations NEWS PROVIDED BY Balochistan House   Mar 21, 2017, 01:32 ET GENEVA, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 13, Balochistan House hosted a conference titled 'Impact of CPEC on Balochistan' on the sidelines of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Those who spoke included Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice President, European Parliament, Siegfried Wolf, Senior Consultant, South Asia Democratic Forum, Mehran Baluch, Baloch Representative to EU and UN and Tarek Fatah, Executive Director, Balochistan House. Ryszard Czarnecki, while speaking at the event, referred to the CPEC as a Chinese initiative that was expected to provide China with both strategic depth and economic benefits. He stated that though the Pakistani government was projecting the CPEC as an initiative that would improve the economic condition of ordinary Pa

Allah Nazar standing in the way of CPEC QUETTA, BALOCHISTAN // In a land with no shortage of armed extremists, the propaganda broadcast has a familiar look. A fugitive militia leader talks to a camera from a hidden mountain location, taunting the government that previously claimed to have killed him, and vowing to continue the struggle. But apart from the assault rifle by his side, Dr Allah Nazar’s messages depart from the usual script of Pakistan militant groups. For one thing, he speaks in the educated tones of a man who was once a practising physician. And rather than preaching extremism, he lambasts it, criticising the Taliban and Al Qaeda with equal venom. That, though, does not stop him being very high on Islamabad’s long list of wanted men. For a decade and a half, he has been the leader of the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), which campaigns — and kills — for the independence of Pakistan’s vast sou

Yogi Adityanath and Pakistani media

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid in his piece in The Nation has compared Yogi Adityanath with Jashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorist cum Punjab legislature Masroor Jhangvi. The mood in Pakistan resembles to that of May 2014 when BJP had a landslide victory and Modi was set to become the Prime Minister.  For details, see: