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Pakistan Army withdrew tweet

Pakistan army is not an institution that retracts from  statements made publicly. That changed yesterday when it withdrew its tweet (dated April 29, 2017) rejecting notification issued by PMO on Dawn Leak issue. What prompted army to do that is a question worth pondering!  Below are the two ISPR Press Releases:  No PR-229/2017-ISPR                                                                           Dated: April 29, 2017 Rawalpindi - April 29, 2017: Notification on Dawn Leak is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board. Notification is rejected.   No PR-252/2017-ISPR                                                                            Dated: May 10, 2017 Rawalpindi - May 10, 2017:  The tweet on 29 April 2017 was not aimed at any government office or person. Recommendations as contained in Para 18 of the Inquiry Committee Report, duly approved by the Prime Minister, have been implemented, which has settled the Dawn leaks issue. Accordingly, I

China's COSCO to invest in Kazakhstan border project as part of Silk Road drive May 14, 2017 11:20 pm JST BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's COSCO Shipping plans to invest in a special economic zone on Kazakhstan's border with China as it looks to increase investment in countries involved in the new Silk Road, the company's chairman said on Sunday. Officially named the Belt and Road initiative, the Silk Road initiative unveiled in 2013 has been touted by China as a way to boost global development through expanded links between Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond, underpinned by billions of dollars in infrastructure investment. COSCO Chairman Xu Lirong told Reuters on the sidelines of the Belt and Road forum in Beijing that the state-owned conglomerate will sign a deal on Monday with Kazakhstan's national railway company to take a 24 percent stake in a dry port in the Khorgos Eastern Gates special economic zone (S

Wahhabism, meet Han-ism: CPEC betokens China’s search for lebensraum in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir May 12, 2017, 2:00 AM IST  Samir Saran  i     With Beijing elevating the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative’s political visibility through a heads of government summit this week, India needs to craft a sharper policy position. Over the past two years, New Delhi waited and watched as China sought political buy-in from Asian powers for OBOR. India subtly communicated to China that a trans-regional project of this magnitude required wider consultation. When Beijing chose to sidestep this request, India articulated concerns – at the highest level, no less – regarding its own sovereign claim on those regions of Jammu & Kashmir that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would traverse. China’s wanton disregard for Indian sensitivities suggests the debate on OBOR’s economic potential is now academic. There cannot

The road India won’t take - Obor drives Xi's plan to lead globalisation 2.0JANE PERLEZ and YUFAN HUANG Chinese President Xi Jinping poses with leaders and delegates attending the Obor meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. (AFP) Along the jungle-covered mountains of Laos, squads of Chinese engineers are drilling hundreds of tunnels and bridges to support a 260-mile railway, a $6-billion project that will eventually connect eight Asian countries. Chinese money is building power plants in Pakistan to address chronic electricity shortages, part of an expected $46 billion worth of investment. Chinese planners are mapping out train lines from Budapest to Belgrade, Serbia, providing another artery for Chinese goods flowing into Europe through a Chinese-owned port in Greece. × The massive infrastructure projects, along with hundreds of others across Asia, Africa and Europe, form the backbone of China's ambitious e

As China opens its One Belt One Road summit, anti-CPEC protests erupt in PoK Agencies | Updated: May 15, 2017, 08.08AM IST   Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on May 14, 2017. (Reuters photo) HIGHLIGHTS Protestors across Gilgit see the CPEC and OBOR as a ploy by China to take over their territory.Protestors described it as a “Road of Gulami or Slavery for Gilgit-Baltistan”.They claimed that China has entered Gilgit-Baltistan illegally with the help of Pakistan. GILGIT: As China opened one of its biggest foreign policy initiatives since 1949 — the  One Belt One Road  (OBOR) summit in  Beijing , which is being attended by heads of state and government of over 23 nations, including Pakistan, protests broke out in  Gilgit-Baltistan  against the ongoing construction of the  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

CPEC: China And Pakistan Miscalculated Corruption -- And India Panos Mourdoukoutas   ,   CONTRIBUTOR I cover global markets, business and investment strategy   AFP PHOTO / dominique faget (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images) A transparency commission and a name change won't smooth the ride on the  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is beginning to look like a “sand castle.” Investors should follow the developments surrounding the project closely, as they threaten to throw cold water on the markets of the region. Especially Pakistan’s hot market. CPEC is a gamble for both Pakistan and China. For Pakistan it's a big infrastructure project, which could help the country make a big step forward, from emerging to a mature economy. For China, CPEC is the western route to the Middle East oil, and the riches of its 'third continent,” Africa. It also serves Beijing's

OBOR is blood and rape of Balochs: Baloch Leader Source : Last Updated: Sun, May 14, 2017 23:51 hrs [Pakistan], May 14 (ANI): World Baloch Women's Forum president Naela Quadri Baloch has raised questions on the world leaders who are supporting and contributing to the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative of China. At a time when the world leaders have congregated to attend the two-day ceremony One Belt One Road summit , Baloch Kurd liberation activist Naela Baloch asked "Why the world leaders are deciding about Balochistan in the name of development." Naela Baloch accused the Pakistani Army of carrying out brutal activities in Balochistan. She said thousands of women are kept in rape cells where they are confined and subjected to brutal sexual assault. She maintained that her struggle for liberation is not limited to women but extended to all quarters of Balochistan . "The Baloch lawyers, doctors and engi

UN concerned over widespread torture by police in Pakistan UN concerned over widespread torture by police in Pakistan Updated: May 14, 2017 18:18 IST       Geneva [Switzerland], May 14  (ANI) : The  United Nations Committee against Torture  has expressed its serious concerns over the consistent reports about the widespread torture by police in Pakistan. The UN Committee in its report said that police in Pakistan are reportedly threatening and not responding to people, who seek to register First Information Reports (FIR) alleging official misconduct that police are charged with investigating allegations of torture committed by their colleagues and the Federal Investigation Agency is not sufficiently independent to ensure that criminal cases against police officers are effectively pursued. The UN Committee called upon Pakistan to ensure that officials at the highest levels unambiguously reaffirm the absolute prohibition of torture a

Pakistan: Balochistan blast toll reaches 17, senate deputy chairman Haideri injured FP Staff Firstpost 12 May 2017 At least 10 people were killed and several others injured, including deputy chairman of the Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, in a powerful blast on Friday in Pakistan's south-western Balochistan province. More At least 17 people were killed and several others injured, including deputy chairman of the senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, in a powerful blast on Friday in Pakistan's south-western Balochistan province. The bombing targetted Haideri when he came out of a religious seminary after addressing a gathering in Mastung area of the province shortly after the weekly Friday prayers. The area where the explosion took place is approximately 70 kilometres from provincial capital Quetta. "The death toll has reached 17 and more than 30 people have been injured," said Dr Daad Muhammad, a hospital administrator, according to  AFP . Police said that

OBOR issue: India forced to carry on balancing act as China pushes on with its project Written by  Kanishka Singh  | New Delhi |Published On: May 14, 2017 6:34 Pm One Belt One Road (OBOR) is China's ambitious project to connect Asia, Africa and China via land and maritime routes. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor running through Kashmir forms a part of OBOR and it is a major strategic concern for India. The balancing act of handling the Chinese threat along with economic development goals is a leitmotif in the Indo-Chinese geopolitical landscape. The ongoing Belt Road Forum (BRF) hosted by Beijing has presented a similar situation where India has to carry on with this balancing act. The conference has brought, barring India and Bhutan, all south Asian countries onboard its One Belt One Road project which aims to connect Asia, Africa and Europe via land and mar

Chinese Prez pledges billions for new Silk Road at BRF, ‘snubs’ absentee India The Chinese President, who is positioning himself as a global leader and chief advocate for free trade, seemed to have snubbed India when he said the belt and road initiative respected “territorial integrity”.         China's President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing on May 14, 2017. (AFP) Updated: May 14, 2017 18:13 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing, Hindustan Times Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday pledged $14.5 billion to the Silk Road Fund as he described his signature foreign policy push as inclusive, one that should not be held hostage to old rivalries and power games. China is hosting at least 29 heads of state, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistan prime minister Nawaz, Sharif, for a two-day “Belt and Roa

CPEC can lead to regional rivalry between China, India: Dr. Robert Darius Updated: May 14, 2017 15:36 IST       Pennsylvania [United States], May 14  (ANI) :  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC) can lead to regional rivalry between China and India in South East Asia and the Persian Gulf, which could further destabilize these regions, said  Dr. Robert Darius , a former Adjunct Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and former Military Historian. "CPEC will further reduce Western influence in both South East Asia and the Middle East and will be a permanent gateway to these regions for China s economic power," he said. Dairus alleged that Pakistan is practicing a near genocide in Balochistan and would increase these actions for CPEC projects. He said human rights violations in Balochistan will increase as a result of  CPEC . Asserting that the indigenous Baloch people deserve a better life as they seek their freedom

I Spent Two Years On China's Belt And Road, And This Is What I Found (Part 1) Wade Shepard  ,    CONTRIBUTOR I travel to emerging markets around Asia and report on what I find.   People walk past a billboard for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, at the venue for the forum in Beijing on May 11, 2017. AFP PHOTO / Greg Baker Tomorrow marks the start of the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing, a first-of-its-kind conference about China's Belt and Road initiative. Despite the repulsive acronym, 28 heads of state, 100 lower-level government officials, dozens of major international organizations, and 1,200 delegates from various countries are scheduled to attend. This event is expected to be kind of coming out party for an initiative that commenced in 2013 but still has yet to define what it actually is. In the spring of 2015, I began traveling the various overland and maritime routes of the New S

A German imperialist paved the way for China to revive the “Silk Road” Ilaria Maria Sala   Welcome, OBOR delegates. (Thomas Peter/Reuters) As people from Europe and Asia moved back-and-forth through the centuries on the countless paths, valleys and mountain crossings of central Asia, they brought with them world religions like Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam; goods like porcelain, clothing, and pigments; and even the plague. These  cultural  and commercial exchanges had carried on for centuries quite namelessly—until a German imperialist dubbed them the “ Silk Road. ” Since 2013, Chinese president Xi Jinping has been trying to  revive  the famed trade route with his signature project, One Belt One Road, which is bringing more than two dozen world leaders to Beijing  for a two-day summit from today (May 14)  . The name refers to  a land “belt”  made up, among other things, of  railways stretching from China to London , and a maritime “road” made up of ports

Britain says it is natural partner of China's New Silk Road program X British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday Britain is a natural partner for China's new Silk Road program, and as it leaves the European Union (EU) it wants more trade with the world not less. China is one of the countries Britain hopes to sign a free trade agreement with once it leaves the EU, and London and Beijing have been keen to show that Britain's withdrawal from the bloc will not affect ties. The two countries have in recent months announced closer cooperation in areas such as financial services as the British government prepares to negotiate its EU divorce. Hammond offered strong support for what China formally calls the Belt and Road initiative, as he spoke at the opening of a summit on the plan in Beijing. ADVERTISEMENT "It is my belief that Britain, lying at the western end of the Belt and Road, is a natural partner in this endeavor. Britain has for centuries been one of the strongest adv

Quotes from leaders at China's New Silk Road meeting BEIJING (AP) — This week's conference in Beijing centered on President  Xi Jinping 's "One Belt, One Road" initiative has drawn heads of state and government from 29 countries, along with leaders of global organizations including the United Nations and  International Monetary Fund . Below are quotes from a few of the meeting's leading participants touching on the significance of Beijing's project to revive ancient  Silk Road  trading routes and bind China to Asia, Europe and Africa through infrastructure projects and transportation links: ___ INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND MANAGING DIRECTOR  CHRISTINE LAGARDE  — "It is about connecting culture. It is about connecting communities it is about enriching economies and improving the standard of living of people. ___ RUSSIAN PRESIDENT  VLADIMIR PUTIN  — "Poverty, social chaos ... the development level of countr

Pride and diplomacy: Why India may not attend China’s Belt and Road Forum India will be the notable absentee at the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) over the weekend to be attended by 29 heads of state Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Benaulim , in the western state of Goa, India, October 15, 2016. (Reuters) Updated: May 14, 2017 07:05 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing, Hindustan Times India will be a notable absentee at the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) over the weekend in Beijing to be attended by 29 heads of state and delegations from several countries, if it skips the high-profile summit in view of sovereignty concerns related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The forum is projected as China’s grand display of economic prowess and its attempt to build a futur