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Budget 2017-18: Rs180 billion allocated for CPEC, Gwadar projects Pakistan by  Dawood Rehman  | Published on May 27, 2017  🔗 ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has allocated 180 billion rupees ($1.71 billion) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and different projects in Gwadar during the 2017-18 financial year which will begin on July 1. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who presented the Rs 4,757 billion budget on Friday, announced several CPEC projects in his speech in parliament. He told the National Assembly that the development of Gwadar city in Balochistan province was “fundamental to development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor”. “ A comprehensive plan is being implemented for the road link networks, expansion and modernisation of the airport, and development of the area. Thirty one projects for development of Gwadar are provided in 2017-2018 budget which include implementation of Gwadar master plan, New Gwadar international airport, a 20

Iranian mortar shell kills Pakistani man in Balochistan May 27, 2017 QUETTA : A mortar shell fired from Iranian side of the border in Balochistan killed a Pakistani civilian on Saturday morning. The mortar shell landed on a vehicle in Panjgur district of the province, killing the man and caused extensive damage nearby, District Commissioner Abdul Jabbar has confirmed. The man killed in the incident has been identified as Khuda-e-Rahim. He said Pakistan authorities have lodged strong protest with Iranian border officials and flag meeting will be held with them on Sunday in this regard. Last Sunday, five mortar shells fired from Iran landed in the Chaghai area of the province, however, fortunately no casualties were reported in the incident

India won’t allow IoK to be part of CPEC' By  APP Published: May 27, 2017 AJK President Sardar Masood Khan termed Indian objections over CPEC as fake and disingenuous. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE ISLAMABAD :  With the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor continuing to be built, the president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has raised questions over Indian concerns over the project. Addressing a one-day international seminar on the ‘’ Belt and Road Initiative: CPEC and regional integration”, organised by the Institute of International and Cultural Affairs in Islamabad, AJK President Sardar Masood Khan termed Indian objections over CPEC as fake and disingenuous. India ‘must address Kashmir issue to become part of CPEC’ ADVERTISEMENT A recent UN report has stated concerns that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may create more tension between India and Pakistan. The report titled ‘The Belt and Road Initiative and the Role of Escap’ was relea

Profile: Brig.Usman

At the time of partition, Usman being a Muslim officer in the Baluch Regiment, was under intense pressure from the newly born Pakistan’s leadership to opt for the Pakistan army. But so strong were his ideals of his motherland that even the ultimate bait of becoming the Pakistan Army Chief proved unsuccessful in convincing Usman. When the Baluch Regiment was allotted to the Pakistan army, Brig Usman was transferred to the Dogra Regiment. But war had already been thrust upon India when Pakistan sent tribal irregulars and its soldiers into Jammu & Kashmir. Even as the situation in the Kashmir valley stabilised the threat continued to be serious in the Jammu region. Brig Usman, commanding 77 Parachute Brigade, was sent to command the 50 Paraachute Brigade, deployed at Jhangar in December 1947. On 25 December 1947, with odds heavily against him, Jhangar was wrested by the Pakistanis. Located at the junction of roads coming from Mirpur and Kotli, Jhangar was of strategic importance, but