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RCSC donates two pre-fabricated hospitals Islamabad: A ship carrying two prefabricated hospitals for Gwadar and Gilgit donated by the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) to the Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) has docked at the Gwadar Port. A 10-bed hospital is being set up in Gwadar and a 50-bed hospital in Gilgit in close collaboration between the Pakistan Red Crescent Society and the Red Cross Society of China. The Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) has allocated land for the hospital that will be completed within a month and inaugurated on May 6, 2017 by the President of China Red Cross Society. The two Societies will also set up more health centers along the route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) where medical facilities will be available round the clock. Chairman Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRC) Dr. Saeed Elahi said, CPEC was a game changer that will not only open up avenues of progress and prosperity in the region, but also contribute to

Pakistan’s Gwadar port startup to benefit shipping industry, says diplomat in  Port News  29/03/2017 Shipments from Pakistan’s deepsea port of Gwadar in Baluchistan province have started and as both inbound and outbound trade picks up in the medium term, will provide a filip to the shipping industry by creating more demand for container boxes and ships, a senior diplomat said. “The first few shipments [for export] have already left the country and work is carrying on very vigorously to carry forward the project,” Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Singapore Nasrullah Khan said in an address to the Institute of South Asian Studies, a regional think tank. The startup of Gwadar port is significant because it is pivotal to the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC, under which more than $55 billion worth of economic projects will be undertaken, encompassing power generation, roads, railways, ports and manufacturing industries. It is at Gwad

CPEC and Sino-Pak Military Cooperation March 28, 2017 1:54 pmby  Saima Ali Chinese and Pakistani border guards at Khunjerab Pass. (Image: Wikipedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0) The 46 billion Dollars Mega Project CPEC is a flagship project of Chinese broader vision of One Belt, One Road (OBOR). It has been rightly termed as “Economic Game and Fate Changer”. CPEC will not only bring prosperity to Pakistan and China but also benefit the region at large. China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has started with dozens of projects under implementation in all regions of the country. CPEC will open doors to immense economic as well as strategic opportunities for the people of South Asia and connect China to promote in Asia, Europe and beyond. The CPEC land route up to Gwadar will shorten the existing circuitous sea route of almost 16,000 kms to about 3,000 kms, greatly reducing the travelling time and economic cost. Despite of the debates being aired in opposition to CPEC,

OBOR Forum: Decoding India’s dilemma on China’s ambitious plan to reset global dynamics Dhaval D Desai Mar, 28 2017 17:06:44 IST Come May, India could be facing a catch-22 situation when China prepares to host its first mega One Belt One Road (OBOR) Forum; China’s first big push towards consensus building on its ambitious plan, which has the potential to reset global dynamics in the 21st century. India has given clear signals that it is in no mood to accept the invitation extended by Beijing, citing violation of its sovereignty by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), OBOR’s flagship project, which cuts through the disputed territory of Kashmir. However, given that the OBOR Forum is expected to be attended by at least 20 heads of state, representatives of 50 countries and a multitude of international organisations, India’s absence in Beijing will be conspicuous, to say the least. Since 2013, when President Xi Jinping first unveiled t

Why Pakistanis are against the CPEC? – 2 Why Pakistanis are against the CPEC? – 2 By  Northlines  - March 28, 2017      Dr Shabir Choudhry Sana Baloch, who belongs to a moderate Balochistan National Party warns that if the CPEC leads to ‘Balochistan being overrun with outsiders, it will turn Gwadar not into another Dubai but another Karachi’, meaning there will be unrest and bloodshed. He further said:  “I have no sympathy for the armed groups, but we fear the coastal region will be taken from the hands of Baloch people,” he said. “For the last 40 years, Balochistan has been completely in Islamabad’s control, and used as a dumping ground for political garbage. That must end.”  12 Mir Suleiman Ahmedzai, Khan of Kalat also expressed his views in various Seminars held in the 34 th  Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Also, he gave interviews to different news agencies. While speaking to ANI, Khan of Kalat branded China and Pakistan ‘plunderers’. He asserted: ‘tha

Hub power plant to generate 10,000 jobs, says Chinese entrepreneur Wang Binghua ISLAMABAD: One of China’s top power entrepreneurs has said that China plans to enrol a number of Pakistani graduates in the new Hub coal-fired power plant project to expand human resource in the energy sector and make the power industry more sustainable. Speaking at Hub during the groundbreaking ceremony of a coal-fired power plant, one of the “priority projects” under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, chairman of a leading Chinese power enterprise Wang Binghua said: “The local employees will be an important human resource for the country. If they leave the Hub plant, they will likely get another opportunity in other plants. It will make this industry in Pakistan more sustainable.” Mr Wang’s power enterprise is constructing and investing in the $2 billion project along with Pakistan’s Hub Power Company Ltd. The plant is expected to be operational in August 2019 and

963 schools in Balochistan not functional

https :// SYED ALI SHAH Despite an education emergency imposed by the provincial government, 963 schools out of more than 13,000 schools in the province are yet to be made functiona l. Secretary Education Balochistan Shan ul Haq termed the lack of building and teacher as the main cause behind non-functioning school. “All efforts are being made to ensure functioning of educational institutions in the province,” said Haq. However, sources in the department put the number of ghost and dysfunctional schools higher than what was quoted by the secretary education. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Another official from the education department claimed that there were 5,000 one room, one teacher schools across the province. He added that most of the schools are deprived of basic facilities. The secretary education said more than 3,000 teachers will be inducted this year through the national testing service. "We will

The soviet Big Step…ahead to Balochistan…Back to Soviet Union…

Jumma Marri The soviets were forced to react after US started supplying the Afghan Terrorists with Stinger missiles, the code name the big step. Balochistan or Back… Its 1985 Afghanistan when Russian army commanders meet with Mir Hazar Khan Marri, Khair Bakhsh Marri and Sher Mohammad Marri at Helmond...where Russian offered them to liberate Balochistan...asked them to provide them with 32 thousand men for training, in two batches, 16 thousands in 6 months time frame, they were ready to provide the Baloch with all the necessary item of war and they said all you have to do is seal Sindh and Punjab borders, Pakistan army will react with force and here you people will request Soviet and Warsaw packet countries help. Within 24 hours we will react and reach for help we have 50000 troops ready to be dropped to crush Pakistani army and destroy all those so called terrorist train camps inside Balochistan and NWFP. Balochistan will be freed from Pakistan and all non allied countries and soc

Gwadar port crucial for country’s fast economic uplift: NA body   FAWAD MAQSOOD    MAR 28TH, 2017 00:07   0  VIEWS: 74 GWADAR: The National Assembly's Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping on Monday strongly recommended to the federal government to attach top priority to completion of power projects in Gwadar to meet the immediate as well as long term needs of the port and the city.  The recommendations were made during a meeting of the committee under the chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA at Gwadar Port Authority Headquarters here.  Addressing the meeting, he said that it was very encouraging that a number of development projects started within a short period of one year had taken shape and were quite visible on the ground.  All the committee members duly recognized the hard work and dedication of the managements of both Gwadar Port Authority (GDA) and Gwadar Development Authority (GDA).  On the occasion all the membe

CPEC a ‘beacon of light’ for entire region: Dr Wang * Visiting Chinese scholar says project has helped restore world confidence in Pakistan and attract much-needed foreign investment By:    Farooq Awan   28-Mar-17   ISLAMABAD :  Eminent Chinese scholar Prof Dr Wang Yiwei on Monday said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will not only help Pakistan and China rise to new highs of development and progress but will equally benefit the entire region, especially India and Afghanistan, in near future. In an exclusive briefing to a select group of journalists here at a local hotel, the visiting dignitary said that the project has already boosted the perception of Pakistan to a great deal. "Now Pakistan is regaining world confidence," he said, and added that a new trade boom would soon be visible in Pakistan. "The CPEC, even before its launch, has restored the confidence of the international investors in Pakistan. It h

Habib Bank eyes opportunities connected with CPEC in Xinjiang BEIJING : Habib Bank, one of the largest private banks in Pakistan which opened its branch in Urumqi , is eyeing opportunities connected with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key component of the Belt and Road Initiative. Xinjiang is the starting point of the CPEC, which links the region with the Gwadar port in Pakistan. The CPEC is estimated to draw infrastructure investment of $45 billion. “We have always been very active on the frontlines of the CPEC,” a top bank official said on Tuesday. Bank of Beijing has also established its branch last week in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. According to experts, domestic and foreign financial institutions have been pouring into Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in recent months, looking for opportunities under China’s “One Belt, One Road” (B&R) initiative. There are abundant opportunities in the in

Why Pakistanis are against the CPEC? – 1 Dr Shabir Choudhry London March 26, 2017 Sad thing about the CPEC and its projects is the lack of transparency in the whole matter. If people ask questions they are branded as ‘traitors’ and ‘saboteurs’ without any considerations to their genuine concerns and apprehensions. People who will pay back this huge loan have right to ask questions. People whose lives will be adversely affected by this mega project also have right to ask questions.   People of all regions need to know what is there for them. They are not interested in what is there for Punjab, what is there for political leaders of Pakistan, and how much profit Pakistani and Chinese businessmen will make; and how banks of China who will become even richer. Even the former Pakistani President and Chief of Pakistan’s Peoples Party claimed that ‘commission’ is the main motive in building roads.   ‘Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday took aim at the incumbent governmen

Opposition to CPEC Opinion AS Abdul Sattar March 28, It has been claimed once again that CPEC will benefit both Islamabad and Beijing and that the dividends and benefits brought by CPEC will be shared by both China and Pakistan and will positively affect the region. But it appears that CPEC’s detractors – which include the leaders of various nationalist parties, progressive political workers, left-leaning intellectuals and a few analysts – are not ready to buy this claim. There has been a barrage of criticism and a sustained campaign by some columnists to create the impression that Pakistan stands to gain nothing from this project. Some nationalists have even gone to the extent of declaring China an imperialist power bent on exploiting “our natural resources for the gargantuan appetite of economic growth”. Industrialists fear that the Pakistani market will be flooded with cheap Chinese products while sections of the business community ques

Why Modi government should not completely ignore China's newfound love for Pakistan By ET CONTRIBUTORS | Updated: Mar 28, 2017, 12.20 PM IST CPEC aims to bring together China, India and Pakistan as part of Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ policy. Kai Xue   The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the game-changing package of Chinese capital and engineering worth $54 billion in investment and lending. But the ultimate aim is to bring together China, India and Pakistan as part of a Eurasian market forged by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ policy.  Indians hear nefarious military overtones in this initiative’s inaptly chosen name. Already, uneasy about any joint endeavour by Pakistan and China, the name gives the exclusive impression of a communication line to bridge the Indian Ocean and China from Baluchistan’s Gwadar port up through the Karakorum highway into Xinjiang, the mini-continen

Economic and Strategic Designs and Social Justice: Regarding the CPEC by  Claudia Waedlich on 28 Mar 2017 0 Comment The purpose of the proactive economy initiative by China with Pakistan, called CPEC, is to embed economic growth into hard strategic goals. This geo-economy of China would change the geo-strategy from Asia to Europe, as well as in the new ‘Silk Roads’ to be built. It is backed by the new big bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which was established for this specific purpose – to finance all the projects of the CPEC, through Kashgar, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, FATA, Khyber Pakthunkwa, Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab.   The consequent reduction of dependence on the International Monetary Fund caused objections concerning the bank and China`s plans, raised in both the USA and Japan. Unfortunately, Germany, the UK and other European governments were founding members of AIIB.   Their objective, to remove any control and influences from international authorities and foreign eco