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CPEC power project: Seizure of Chinese firm’s accounts lands taxman in trouble Govt will not allow FBR to harass foreign investors, says planning minister By  SHAHBAZ RANA May.05,2017 ISLAMABAD :  The government on Thursday ordered an inquiry against taxman for seizing the bank accounts of a Chinese company working on the $1.5 billion Karot hydropower project, which is a part of the multibillion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had acted against the Chinese company which had no tax liability,  The Express Tribune  has learnt. Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal ordered an inquiry as soon as the matter was brought into his notice during a progress review meeting of CPEC projects. The China International Water and Electric Corporation is executing the $1.5 billion project likely to start production by 2020. It will generate 720 megawatts of electricity.

Balochistan to be CPEC’s biggest beneficiary: PM May 05, 2017 ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said that Balochistan will be the biggest beneficiary of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. In a meeting with Balochistan Chief Minister Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri here, the premier said that the CPEC, Gwadar Port and all other mega projects being pursued by the incumbent government would benefit the province more than any other federating unit. For decades, Balochistan has been raising voice against the discriminatory policies of the centre which led to its poor development. Balochistan also complained that the benefits of the multi-billion-dollar CPEC project were also being transferred to Punjab. The centre has tried to neutralise this perception through a series of talks with the Baloch leaders. An official statement said the Balochistan Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister about the progress on vario

Investors should take advantage of Balochistan’s potential: Marri By:    04-May-17 BRUSSELS :  Government of Balochistan would welcome foreign investors as there is great potential of investment in the province in wake of deep sea port Gwadar and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. This was said by Provincial Minister for Irrigation and Energy Nawabzada Changez Khan Marri who is leading a nine member delegation to Brussels. The delegation held a meeting with the leading business concerns of Belgium and briefed them on the economic opportunities in the province of Balochistan, which is fast emerging as a hub of economic activity in the wake of infrastructure development in the form of deep sea port of Gwadar and CPEC. The delegation is led by Provincial Minister for Irrigation and Energy Nawabzada Changez Khan Marri and includes Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, Minister for Health Rehmat Saleh Baloc

Spain can contribute to Silk Road initiative By Cristina Font Haro Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/3 17:48:39 Illustration: Liu Rui/GT Early in April, the Chinese Ambassador to Spain, Lü Fan, visited the Valencia harbor along with a delegation of Chinese businessmen. Among them are representatives from Huawei Spain, Epitisa, China Energy and China Construction Bank Europe. During the tour, Lü announced that China is interested in making Valencia a hub along the 21st Century Maritime  Silk Road . This visit is by no means an isolated case. Many Chinese organizations such as Silk Road International Cultural & Economic Cooperation Organization have long had an interest in the Valencia harbor as where they want to build their Mediterranean headquarters. The organization's president also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Valencia Chamber of Commerce to further promote cooperation between China, the countries of the Mediterranean basin and other countries al

China holds security dialogue with Silk Road participants By:  PTI  | Beijing | Published: May 4, 2017 11:53 PM A map illustrating One Belt, One Road project. (Reuters) China today held a security cooperation dialogue here with officials from more than 20 countries on the Belt and Road (Silk Road) Initiative. Enhancing international cooperation to tackle risks and safeguard security for the Belt and Road Initiative is the common task for all countries, said Meng Jianzhu , head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. Meng called on participants to make full use of the dialogue to enhance exchanges of information and deepen security and law-enforcement cooperation. Twenty-eight heads of state and government confirmed their participation in the Belt and Road summit to be held here on May 14-15.   India which has raised concerns over the multi-billion China Pakistan

ADB chief seeks to cooperate, not compete, with China-led OBOR, AIIB | Edition: United States Thu May 4, 2017 | 7:05 AM EDT ‹ 6/6 Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao holds an opening news conference at ADB annual general meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2017. REUTERS/ISSEI KATO 1/6 Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao holds an opening news conference at ADB annual general meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2017. REUTERS/ISSEI KATO 2/6 Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao attends an opening news conference at ADB annual general meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2017. REUTERS/ISSEI KATO 3/6 A man's shadow casts over the logos of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s annual general meeting at the site in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2017. REUTERS/ISSEI KATO 4/6 A woman walks at the site of Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s annual general meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo

Road (OBOR) Road ( OBOR ), By Lt Gen S L Narasimhan ( Retd .) May 4, 2017 By:  Lt Gen S L Narasimhan By Lt Gen S L Narasimhan (Retd.) On 07 September 2013, President Xi Jinping made a speech titled “Promote People-to-People Friendship and Create a Better Future” at Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University wherein he outlined the  One Belt and One Road  Initiative. He proposed that, “In order to make the economic ties closer, mutual cooperation deeper and space of development broader between the Eurasian countries, we can innovate the mode of cooperation and jointly build the “Silk Road Economic Belt” step by step to gradually form overall regional cooperation.” He further highlighted five tenets of the initiative. First, to strengthen policy communication. Countries in the region can communicate with each other on economic development strategies, and make plans and measures for regional cooperation through consultations. Second, to impr

Why Afghanistan Should Join CPEC Trilateral cooperation between Afghanistan, China, and Pakistan on the Belt and Road would benefit all three states. By Anurag Ram Chandran May 05, 2017     The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is expected to be a “game-changer” in South Asia. Part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative (BRI), CPEC is a $54 billion infrastructure development project that aims to connect China’s Xinjiang region to Pakistan’s Gwadar port. Naturally, with the arrival of such large scale infrastructure investments, CPEC has drawn the attention of other regional actors. Since October 2016, Afghanistan has expressed a strong desire to join and has even done so through official channels. For instance, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, emphasized his country’s interest in joining CPEC and stressed that a development project of this scale would be beneficial not only to Pakistan but also for the entire r

Hindu man arrested in Balochistan over alleged blasphemy, charged mob gathers outside police station Pakistan by  Hamza Rao  | Published on May 4, 2017 🔗 A member of Hindu community was arrested over alleged blasphemy in Hub, Lasbela on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Prakash Kumar was arrested after locals complained that he allegedly sent blasphemous content via WhatsApp. “Prakash s/o Prem Chand has been arrested after local people accused him of blasphemy,” SSP Lasbela Zia Mandokhel confirmed to Express Tribune. The cellphone from which the allegedly shared blasphemous content has been seized. Moreover, a local court has sent the suspect to jail for further interrogation in the case. Outraged by the incident, local people have shut down their shops and offices and resorted to protest against the accused. Charged protesters staged a demonstration outside a police station in Hub, Lasbela demanding the closure of the shop owned by Prakash.

Alleged blasphemy triggers violent protest in Hub By  Zafar Baloch  /  Sheharyar Ali Published: May 4, 2017 Residents of Lasbela protest against blasphemy incident in Hub on May 4, 2017. PHOTO: PPI QUETTA / KARACHI :  The Hub city of Lasbela district in Balochistan on Thursday witnessed violent protests followed by a shutter-down strike after an enraged mob besieged a police station to seek custody of a blasphemy suspect, who has already been shifted to jail. The 35-year-old Hindu man was arrested on Wednesday by Hub city police after locals complained that he had allegedly sent blasphemous content via WhatsApp.   “The man was arrested after local people accused him of blasphemy,” SSP Lasbela Zia Mandokhel said. He said the police lodged a case against the man on the complaint of various community members under Sections 295-A and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code while a cell phone, from which the suspect had allegedly shared blasphemous con

Hindu man arrested in Balochistan over alleged blasphemy By  Zafar Baloch Published: May 4, 2017 A 35-year-old Hindu man was arrested in Hub, Lasbela on Wednesday over charges of blasphemy. Prakash Kumar, 35, was arrested after locals complained he allegedly sent blasphemous content via WhatsApp. “Prakash s/o Prem Chand has been arrested after local people accused him of blasphemy,” SSP Lasbela Zia Mandokhel confirmed. Suspect accused of blasphemy on social media seeks bail from ATC ADVERTISEMENT Mandokhel said the police had lodged a case against the accused while a cellphone, from which the suspect allegedly shared blasphemous content, has been seized. Further, a local court has sent the suspect to jail for further interrogation in the case. The incident has caused an outrage among local people who have shut down their shops and offices in protest against the accused. Charged protesters staged a demonstration outside a police station in Hub, Lasb

Number of AIDS patients in Balochistan crosses 750 May 04, 2017, 12:10 pm AIDS is spreading in Balochistan at an alarming rates as the number of those tested positive has crossed 750. According to Dr Noor Mohammad of Provincial Aids programme, the patients include 3 women as well. He said in one yearfrom March 2016 to March 2017, over 355 cases of Aids have been reported in the Province.  He said in 2015 AIDS patients were 396 meaning that the disease is spreading at rapidly. He also disclosed that 26 AIDS patients are in Gdani jail alone. According to a report, a private laboratory in Quetta tested 10 patients AIDS positive. Experts say at this point of time, there is no cure for AIDS, but medications are effective in fighting HIV and its complications. Treatments are designed to reduce HIV in one’s body,  keep his immune system as healthy as possible and decrease the complications the patient may develop

India should focus on regional strength, not conspiracy theories about China By Xiao Xin Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/3 22:28:39 There's nothing good about being overly nervous, a motto highly recommended for India, which seems to have gone too far in its conspiracy theorizing.  While India has always come across as being skeptical about China, an article in India's Economic Times on Tuesday went to the extreme of smearing China as a snake in the grass that "may put South Asia on the road to a debt trap." China's push for implementing the "One Belt and One Road" initiative, which aims to facilitate joint prosperity across the countries and regions along the route, was presented by the article as offering benefits only to China while setting a trap for countries in South Asia. Sri Lanka and Pakistan, in particular, were billed as two obtuse nations that have fallen into a huge debt trap as they were purportedly burdened with hea

Revolution sets China and India apart By Ding Gang Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/3 19:06:13 Illustration: Liu Rui/GT When I was standing in the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML), looking up at the antique pillars, I felt like I had traveled into the past and could hear Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, coming down the stairs. A construction worker in a hard hat passed by me with a large bag of crushed bricks. He fiercely pushed open a door and poured the rubbles out. A huge cloud of dust rose, which pulled me back to reality. The NMML was my very first stop after I arrived in India. It is a classic British architecture. Despite being aged and worn down due to the lack of maintenance, its shape and size can always make visitors realize its significance in the eyes of Indians.  One can imagine how Nehru must have felt when he moved into this building after India achieved independence in 1947. H

Economic corridor passes through Pakistan-controlled territory: China scholar According to Wang Yiwei, the CPEC can help Pakistan “solve their problems and improve infrastructure”, and China must help its “iron friend”.         Beijing had earlier said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) does not affect its stance on Kashmir. (Reuters File) Updated: May 04, 2017 17:58 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing China backs Pakistan on the controversial economic corridor through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) despite India’s concerns because most of its projects are in territory under Islamabad’s “control” even if claimed by New Delhi, a top Chinese scholar said on Thursday. The remarks indicated Beijing has long set aside New Delhi’s serious “ sovereignty ” concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a cluster of energy and infrastructure projects on a route that conne

Baloch delegation highlights opportunities under CPEC By  APP Published: May 4, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  Improved law and order in Pakistan in general, and Balochistan in particular, has opened up bundles of economic opportunities for international investors to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This was expressed by members of a high level delegation from Balochistan, during a meeting at the Belgian Senate, Wednesday. CPEC will prove to be a fate changer for Balochistan as an entry and exit point for the One Belt, One Road initiative, will bring immense economic opportunities for the province as well as neighbouring countries of Pakistan, said the delegation. The meeting was organised by EU-Pakistan Friendship Federation President Parvez Iqbal, hosted by Senator Bertin Mampaka and moderated by the member Brussels Parliament Dr Manzoor Zahoor Elahi. ADVERTISEMENT The nine-member delegation is being led by Minister for Irrigation

The Only Remaining People Under Military Occupation in the World​  8 Iyyar 5777 – May 4, 2017 Editor’s Note: Elder of Ziyon wrote the  blog post below in 2011 , but that didn’t stop  Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas from repeating the same exact lie last yesterday to US President Donald Trump  (among the many other explicit lies he said straight to the President’s face). Even though I  fisked Maen Areikat’s op-ed  in the  Washington Post  yesterday (2011), there were too many lies for one post. In fact, one can make an entire post from  each  of his lies. One of my readers, who would like to remain anonymous, did exactly that. Areikat said that the Palestinian Arabs were “ the only remaining people under military occupation in the world. ” Certainly. Except for the  Kurds , of course, the Turkish military rides the Kurds pretty hard, and they use live ammunition. But except for the Kurds, the Palestinians