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Chinese way of investment: Pakistanis should take notes

Balochistan: Military Operations and Enforced Disappearances by  Claudia Waedlich on 31 Mar 2017 3 Comments The United Nations offers different mechanisms against the Enforced Disappearance of people, but not all of them lead to efficient results. For example, because of the need of ratification on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CPED) - a legally binding Convention for States - it is ineffectual in the case of the state of Pakistan.   Although, Pakistan was recommended to ratify it, there are well-known reasons why this has not yet happened - the Convention obliged states to fight against Enforced Disappearances. Compliance with the Convention is monitored by the Committee against Disappearance and the Committee and a Working Group operate closely together. This Body could be effective, but at present, there is no possibility of implementing it.   The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, founded in 1980 and co

Gwadar the tiger TARIQ KHOSAP The writer is former IGP Balochistan. PAKISTAN would be Asia’s and Gwadar Pakistan’s tiger with the completion of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Nawaz Sharif at a recent public meeting held in Balochistan’s port city. “I am the first prime minister who stayed overnight in Gwadar as earlier the leaders neglected the area,” he remarked. He also claimed that peace had returned to the insurgency-prone area during his tenure and gave the credit to the armed forces, police, local administration and the nation. I wish he had taken the nation into confidence regarding progress on the aspect of the National Action Plan pertaining to reconciliation with the Baloch sub-nationalists involved in a ‘low-intensity insurgency’ in their homeland. Former chief minister Dr Abdul Malik had initiated the process and also met some of the dissident leaders ensconced in European safe havens. Have policymake

Keel-laying ceremony of PN’s craft held at KS&EW National 1 DAY AGO BY APP KARACHI: The keel-laying ceremony of Fast Attack Craft (Missile) No 4 being built for Pakistan Navy was held at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW) in Karachi on Thursday. Naval Staff Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was the chief guest on the occasion. The naval chief appreciated the timely achievement of an important construction milestone of the vessel and showed confidence that the KS&EW and the PN will continue to play a vital role in achieving the national goal of self-reliance in the national shipbuilding industry. Zakaullah said, “This project once completed, will demonstrate Maritime Technologies Complex and Karachi Shipyard’s design and construction capability in entirety”. Highlighting Pakistan’s geostrategic importance, Admiral Zakaullah asserted that induction of these vessels would not only enhance operational capability of Pakista

The CPEC: Corridor To Chinese Coffers – Analysis  March 31, 2017   IPCS   By  IPCS By Vijay Shankar* Deceptive arguments are current that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) finds historic equivalence in the ‘Marshall Plan’. The Plan was an American Congressional Act legislated on 3 April 1948, in the immediate depredations of post-World War II Europe. It sought “to promote world peace (?)… national interests, and foreign policy of the United States through economic, financial, and other measures necessary for…free institutions to survive consistent with the promotion of the strength and stability of the US.” The key phrases were “strength, stability and national interests of the US.” Underlying it was the clash of two opposing ideologies, Communism and post-colonial Western Capitalism. By 1947, fear of the spread of Communism among the collapsed economies of Europe spurred the US Congress to approve funding of $13 billion ($189.35 billi

Pakistan, China sign accord for joint audit of CPEC projects ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have signed an agreement for holding joint audit of selected projects under the $51 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in order to ensure transparency. “We have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese counterpart for undertaking joint audit of selected projects under CPEC, ” Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) Rana Assad Amin told The News in an exclusive talk last week. Recently, an MoU was signed between the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Pakistan and China by Rana Assad Amin and Liu Jiyai, Auditor General of National Audit Office of People’s Republic of China (CNAO). Pakistan and China had struck agreements to execute $51.5 billion projects related to energy, infrastructure and upgrading rail networks. Joint audit is believed to help in improving transparency and accountability in executing of such mega projects. Assad

Candle Light Vigil in Washington DC, USA

🔴 What : Candle Light Vigil for Pakistan Army, ISI Crimes Against Humanity in Balochistan (That day Pakistan generals will be in Washington DC to get funds for more arms). 🔴 When : Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm. 🔴 Where : Dupont Circle, Washington DC. 🔴 Who : American Friends of Balochistan (Ahmar Mustikhan tel or text: 3019570008 ). 🔴 What you  can do : Attend, ask friends to attend, speak. Volunteer to organize

PAKISTAN, BAHRAIN ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP TO GROW UNDER CPEC: DASTGIR File photo 03:51 PM, 31 Mar, 2017 Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Pakistan and Bahrain will grow economic partnership under China Pakistan Economic Corridor and mega projects of regional connectivity. He was addressing the Second Pakistan-Bahrain Business Opportunities Conference along with his Bahraini counterpart Zayed Rashid Alzayani in Islamabad on Friday. The Minister said Bahrain has an important geographical location, situated as gateway for six Gulf Cooperation Council countries also provides excess to all countries. He appreciated the business growth of Al Baraka Bank in Pakistan that has grown from four branches to 240. The Minister expressed hope that by mid of the next year, Pakistan will come out of the energy crisis. Khurram Dastgir said many foreign companies, including the Netherlands investment group will invest in dairy sector of the c

Pakistan invites US to invest in CPEC projects

WASHINGTON : Pakistan has invited the United States to invest in projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to achieve its regional peace objectives and ensure a prosperous and peaceful south Asia. “A number of western countries have shown their interest in projects under CPEC and we want the United States to also make investment in the development schemes,” Pakistan’s Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said. In his first public appearance at a US think tank, Aizaz Chaudhry displayed his strong diplomatic skills and expertly answered some extremely provocative questions from the Afghan participants at an event at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He said Pakistan wanted to work with the United States, China and Afghan government to bring lasting peace in the war-torn country as an unstable Afghanistan was creating immense problems for Pakistan. Chaudry said Islamabad attached extreme importance to its ties with Washington and hoped that relations would improve