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Balochistan CM's nephew shot dead in Sindh Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri arrived at Dhabeji town on Sunday to offer condolences with his brother Sardar Ali Nawaz Zehri on the death of his son. Last day, the elder son of Ali Nawaz Zehri allegedly shot dead his younger brother near the Bhambhore bus stop in Dhabeji town. According to eye witnesses, Rasool Bukhsh Zehri reached the residence of his younger brother Ali Asghar Zehri and called him out. As Ali Asghar came out, he fired a him and fled. Law enforcement agencies shifted the body to a nearby hospital for initial autopsy. However, the motive behind the firing incident could be not ascertained. Police have arrested the elder brother Rasool Buksh and recovered the murder weapon

India acts on China ‘threat’ with joint drills: analysts By Deng Xiaoci Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/21 23:18:40 Holds drills with Singapore, projects with Japan India's recent joint naval military drills with Singapore in the South China Sea and infrastructure projects with Japan could be New Delhi's response to China's military streamlining and its burgeoning  Belt and Road  initiative, Chinese analysts said on Sunday.  India and Singapore conducted a major seven-day naval exercise, code-named "SIMBEX" (Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise), where four Indian Navy warships and long range anti-submarine aircraft P-81 took part, to enhance interoperability between the two navies, Press Trust of India reported on Friday.  "India had promised not to take sides and provoke China on the South China Sea disputes. But the country is reneging on its promise by conducting such major drills in the area," Song Zhongping, a military expert who used to s

China's Silk Road: Where old roads meet new Journey’s end full of history — and Chinese development By S. AMJAD HUSSAIN | SPECIAL TO THE BLADE Published on May 21, 2017 | Updated 4:10 p. m.   Fourth in a series KASHGAR, China — I had dreamed of visiting Kashgar ever since I was a schoolboy. The stories of that fabled city on the crossroads of history were part of the folklore when I was growing up in Peshawar. My emotional attachment to Kashgar goes back many millennia to when, in China’s present-day Xinjiang Autonomous Region, the Yuezhi tribe (later called Kushans) lost out to other tribes and fled to what is now Afghanistan and Pakistan. There, just before the Common Era, they established a large empire.  By the second century C.E. the empire stretched from the oasis town of Turpan in the Tarim Basin in northwest China to the Indo-Gangetic Plain in northern India. Peshawar was the capital of this vast country called Gandhara.

Chabahar Risks Losing Out to Gwadar Iran is concerned the long-drawn-out Chabahar Port development project may be losing out to a similar project to develop the Pakistani port of Gwadar amid an internal dispute over the pressing need to attract foreign investment in the strategic Iranian port. The Chabahar master plan includes a five-phase project to develop the harbor and a special economic zone in the port located in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province. “Chabahar project’s completion requires $2.5 billion in investment,” says Gholamreza Salami, an advisor to Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi, was quoted as saying by the ministry’s news service. “It is not possible to get access to this amount by relying on domestic resources. We need foreign investment. Foreign companies are ready to enter into partnership with Iran to develop the region, but we have not been able to select a suitable partn

CPEC: SSUET students visit Gwadar Karachi 10 HOURS AGO BY APP KARACHI: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology  (SSUET) in a far-reaching academic initiative aimed at apprising its students of the background and benefits of the multi-billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had a study visit to Gwadar. An official of the institution said here on Sunday that a group of some 40 students, 10 faculty members and supporting staff of the university in this regard were taken to a visit to Gwadar through Makran Coastal Highway to show them the implementation of various projects being carried out under the CPEC. The visit was organised in collaboration with the Pakistan Navy officials during which the students were briefed about the Gwadar Port and ongoing development sites. The trip was enriched with briefings from the Pakistan Army, Navy, Gawadar Port Authority and Gwadar Development Authority officials on CPEC pro

Govt sets aside Rs44bn for CPEC’s western route By  Shahbaz Rana Published: May 21, 2017 For next year, Rs600 million have been allocated for these two schemes. PHOTO: REUTERS ISLAMABAD :  The government is learnt to have set aside Rs44 billion, or a quarter of CPEC funding, for the next fiscal year, giving the western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor its first serious push, initiating the construction of roads in the country’s underdeveloped areas. At the same time, CPEC’s eastern route, which is at an advanced stage of completion, was also given required financial resources in the Public Sector Development Programme 2017-18. The next fiscal will be the third year of execution of CPEC projects. The allocation and spending patterns of CPEC projects suggest that work on the eastern route will be completed faster than the western route. ADVERTISEMENT For the new financial year, the government has set aside Rs180 billion for CPEC proj

CPEC all about China, not Pakistan’s prosperity: Senior Pak journalist By:  ANI  | Islamabad | Updated: May 21, 2017 10:08 PM Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Associated Press) Contrary to the claims made by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a game changer for the economy of a country, senior Pakistani Journalist Najam Sethi noted that the project is all about boosting the position of Beijing and its currency. Presenting his critical review of the project, Sethi said that today China is competing globally to make the Yuan an alternate currency to the Dollar and its One Belt One Road (OBOR), in which CPEC is a project, is to play a major role in this. Sethi explained that Pakistan is not receiving any foreign investment as it is viewed as a relatively volatile country surrounded by conflict ridden regions. Islamabad has conflict on border with India, Afghanistan as well Iran but

Looking China in the eye Written by  Shyam Saran  |Published On: May 22, 2017 1:02 Am India’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will also present opportunities for regional cooperation with China and other member countries. The successful conclusion of the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing, which India chose to stay away from, has led to a chorus of voices warning that in doing so, India has isolated itself both regionally and globally. With the exception of Bhutan, all the South Asian neighbours of India participated, as did countries India regards as its partners in resisting the Chinese dominance of Asia; these include the US, Japan, Australia and Vietnam. Japan and Vietnam are also countries of South East Asia, which, like India, have territorial disputes with China, but they did not consider those disputes reason enough to stay away. It may also be argued that India itself

CPEC marks the end of free speech in Pakistan now the Pakistani authorities do not even fear if their reputation gets affected by openly targeting dissent. And that is precisely the effect of the CPEC May 22, 2017, 12:50 am The  latest provocative Dawn story about the CPEC  might as well be a pack of lies, but what about things unfolding right in front of our eyes? It is very hard, and almost feels immoral, to remain silent at the Interior Minister’s crusade against dissenting bloggers and social media activists. Since Zia’s period, we have not seen the Pakistani state practice such blunt and open crackdown against free speech and dissent in the countries. What are you to say of authorities who treat their own citizens, whose taxes pay for their livelihood, like the enemy? It is deeply disappointing. There is a reason why people are skeptical of China. The Chinese Road and Belt initiative does sound very good to the ears and who in their r

Unpacking CPEC CPEC is a tiny part of the One Belt, One Road — a Chinese grand strategy for the region. As a project, it is rarely mentioned in OBOR maps   By:    Muhammad Shoaib     22-May-17 The much-discussed and promoted China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a baby with hundreds of parents, at least in Pakistan. The incumbent PML-N government leaves no opportunity to take pride in its successful endeavours, while, at the same time, former president, Asif Ali Zardari, has repeatedly attributed the conception of the CPEC to his government. Regardless of difference of opinions on the project; commentaries on opportunities and backlash expected to come with it; or mounting suspicion regarding China's grand strategic and economic designs - it is worth noting that CPEC was coming our way with or without the endeavours of our leadership. CPEC is a tiny part of the One Belt, One Road - a Chinese grand strategy for the region. CP

CPEC: It's China's Gain, Pakistan's Loss and India's Headache D Tushar Dhara ,  Aishwarya Kumar Updated: May 21, 2017, 12:12 PM IST “Higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the ocean, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey” That, in a nutshell, is how successive Pakistani prime ministers have described the country’s ‘all weather’ friendship with China. This was before the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one of the key projects in China’s massive ‘One Belt One Road’ infrastructure project spanning Eurasia, came into being. The metaphor is apt: The CPEC will run from the Karakoram Mountains and end at Gwadar port. The transportation networks, energy projects and special economic zones will use plenty of steel. It remains to be seen if the relations between the two nations will be as smooth as honey. Source: The Times of Islamabad Last weekend, 29 heads of states attended the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Pakistan’s Prime Minister

Four terrorists gunned down by security forces in Balochistan By:    Web Desk 21-May-17 QUETTA :  Security forces killed four terrorists after conducting an operation in Balochistan. The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that the operation in Balochistan’s Awaran area was carried out after receiving intelligence reports and resulted in the deaths of four terrorists. A large weapons cache along with communication equipment was also recovered during the raid,ISPR said. Armed forces had carried out an operation in Gahi Khan Chowk in the neighbouring area of Quetta and and a major terror bid was foiled. Over 500 hand grenades, intermittent explosive devices, RPGs and two rifles were also recovered during the raid

CNICs of 45,000 Balochistan employees found fake

May 21, 2017 QUETTA -  More than 45,000 government employees of Balochistan have been found ghost having fake or incorrect national identity cards. Ghost employees have been traced in the province after verification of the national identity cards of all 295,000 government employees through National Database Registration Authority (Nadra). As per a private TV channel’s reports, the Balochistan government, earlier, inked an accord with Nadra to verify the identity cards of government employees in the province to trace ghost employees. After verification, it was disclosed that more than 45,000 government employees had either fake CNICs or had wrong ID card numbers. Moreover, it was also discovered that dozens of government employees were found below 18 years during the Nadra verification. During the process, the CNICs of 249,000 government employees were confirmed while those of 45,000 could not be proven true. The national identity cards of 17,341 employees were found incorrect. Mo

Quaid-e-Azam University: Baloch and Sindhi students clash over killing of sindhi labourers ISLAMABAD: Scores of students were wounded on Saturday when a fight broke out between two groups of Sindhi and Balochistan students at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. Rangers and police were called in to restore calm in the capital’s varsity after the violent clash. According to police, an exchange of fire also took place between the two groups, which had already clashed at the university premises last month over a minor issue. During the clash, which started around 12 pm, the rival students used clubs, punches and stones against each other. The police had to use teargas to disperse the students. The police officials alleged that the students also pelted stones at them. The high officials of police and district administration also reached the spot. A police contingent was deployed at the university premises to prevent further clashes. A TV cameraman covering the clash was al