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Highlighting an unexplained issue regarding CPEC NASIR JAMAL UPDATED ABOUT 22 HOURS AGO The State Bank of Pakistan’s admission, that it is unaware of the way imports of power generation machinery for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor power projects are being financed, has triggered concerns about its possible implications for the country’s external sector as the current account deficit widens on the back of a rising import bill and falling exports and remittances. In its State of the Economy report for the second quarter of the ongoing financial year to December, the central bank says the gap in import datasets maintained by the SBP and the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has nearly doubled to $3bn from the 10-year average difference of $1.6bn for the first half of any given fiscal year. The report says the gap between the datasets of the SBP and the PBS has consistently been rising since 2015, the year Pakistan signed, with China, the $46b

Pakistan: Violent Status Quo In Balochistan – Analysis  March 28, 2017   SATP   By  SATP By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty* At least five persons, including two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, were injured in a targeted hand grenade attack in the Cinema Chowk area of Turbat town in Balochistan on March 12, 2017. FC sources said that two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle lobbed a hand grenade on on-duty FC personnel, injuring two troopers and three civilians. The attackers managed to escape from the scene. On March 7, 2017, militants targeted an Army vehicle with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Awaran District, killing one soldier. Sources disclosed that unidentified militants had planted an IED on the roadside, which they detonated with a remote control device while targeting the security vehicle. On February 28, 2017, at least three FC personnel and one civilian were injured in an IED blast on the Sariab Road in Quetta, the provinc

Pakistan sentences Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to death DAWN.COM UPDATED ABOUT AN HOUR AGO In a rare move, a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) on Monday handed Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav the death sentence after trial for involvement in espionage and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan. Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, through a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. "The spy was tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded the death sentence. Today Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM," the military's media wing said. The accused had been provided with a defending officer as per legal provisions. Jadhav's 'confessional statement'. India terms it 'pre