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Securing K-P’s rights’: Jirga rejects Khattak’s claims on CPEC By  Our Correspondent Published: May 1, 2017 PESHAWAR :  A day after the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak claimed that an investment roadshow in China was successful in bringing investment and jobs to the province, a jirga called on Sunday rejected the claim. ‘Pakistan not producing goods China needs’ The Pakhtunkhwa Ulasi Tehrik (PUT) said that no rights of locals had been secured under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as they announced to mobilise the public at the district level over issues arising from the corridor and to tell them about the exploitation of K-P’s resources. The jirga, held at the University Town Hall had primarily been called to discuss issues faced by the province, especially K-P’s share in CPEC and the situation arising after the lynching of Mashal Khan at the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan. “We have not won our share in CPEC as c

India Outsmarts China on OBOR April 30, 2017 DayAfter Nepal scale down joint military exercise with China, ask for New Delhi help in local body polls and Sri Lanka handing over Hambantota Port to India has hit Beijing’s $62 bn investment By Shankar Kumar When Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari came to India on a five-day visit, she didn’t know that her country’s northern neighbour, China was watching her first ever foreign trip very keenly. Bidya Devi Bhandari is a constitutional head of Nepal who has no decision making power, yet Beijing seemed to be wary of her visit because she wore on her sleeve a very high national symbol  and it is that of President. As per media reports, when Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias ‘Prachanda’ recently made a  visit to China, his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping turned out to be one which led Prachanda come out with no fond memories. It is said that he was asked to implement all a

China’s One-Belt-One-Road initiative is not just about economics April 25, 2017   By:  Sanjaya Baru Britain used to be called a nation of shopkeepers. China can be called a nation of contractors. Having built its way up to become a $10-trillion economy, China is saddled with over-construction at home and is looking for new construction opportunities worldwide. The One-Belt-One-Road (Obor) initiative is partly driven by the need to sustain investment, even as domestic consumption and world trade are unable to sustain growth. This much is obvious. But this is not the full story. China’s long-distance construction activity, both across China itself (from the east coast to Xinjiang and Tibet) and across Eurasia, has been driven as much by these economic calculations as it has been by geopolitical ones. Ther e is no other part of Obor that is manifestly geopolitical in its scope than the $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Cor

Nepal set to sign agreement with China to be part of 'One Belt One Road Conference' By PTI | Updated: Apr 28, 2017, 09.11 PM IST The One Belt One Road Conference (OBOR) will kick start on May 14, when Nepal conducts the first phase of its local elections. KATHMANDU:  Nepal  is set to sign an agreement with  China  to be part of the 'One Belt One Road Conference', a pet initiative of Chinese President  Xi Jinping , officials said today.  Nepal is sending a high-level delegation to China to attend the 'One Belt One Road Conference' (OBOR) which will be held on May 14.  Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara will lead the delegation which includes Physical Infrastructure Minister Ramesh Lekhak and Communications Minister Surendra Karki.  The  One Belt One Road  Conference (OBOR) will kick start on May 14, when Nepal conducts the first phase of its local elections.  "The Ne

CPEC to help join Pakistan developed countries: Murtaza Havelian Acting National Assembly Speaker Murtaza Abbassi on Sunday said Pakistan would soon join the developed countries due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which would bring an economic revolution in the country. The CPEC would start a new era of friendship in the region as neighbouring countries, including enemies, had desired to become part of it, he added. Murtaza Abbasi was addressing public gatherings here at Nowshera and Phullanwali villages after inaugurating Sui gas supply projects. He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had made Pakistan an atomic power due to which enemies could not cast an evil eye on it. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had adopted prudent policies due to which the menace of terrorism had almost been defeated and the country was again put on the path to development and prosperity. Foreign investors were showing interest to exp

Free Balochistan Movement to protest against Pakistani nukes, China-Pak nexus ANI | London [UK] Apr 30, 2017 05:22 PM IST The Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) has announced to organise simultaneous protests in many cities of the world on May 28 to protest against Pakistan's nuclear weapons and China-Pakistan nexus in Balochistan. The FBM, a pro-freedom party headed by Hyrbyair Marri, said in a statement to the media that Pakistan tested its dirty nuke in Balochistan's Chaghai hills on May 28, 1998 contaminating the Baloch land forever. The people of the region continue to suffer from different diseases as a result of the tests. Since the blast in 1998, international experts have not been allowed to visit the region to examine the effects of the radioactivity in the area. According to the FBM statement, " Not only Pakistan's nuclear weapons pose a threat to Baloch, Pashtun , and Sindhis, but Pakist