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Strong defence, robust economy May 29, 2017/ 1 Comment Pakistan is a strong democratic nation this is evident from the fact that the economy has been improving by leaps and bounds and a lot of this is because the security concerns are being addressed meticulously. Both the civilian government and the armed forces are committed wholeheartedly to the defence of the nation; for only when the defence of a nation is strong does that nation then progress. The people of Pakistan are forging ahead with great verve and rapidity as after many years economic indicators are strong and internal strife is under control. Pakistan once again celebrated “Youm-e-Takbeer” which is a most auspicious day as on this day Pakistan became a nuclear power. On May 28 1998 Pakistan became first Islamic and world’s 7th nuclear power; and because we are a nuclear power we have been able to sustain ourselves without any threat of war, have been able to maintain the balance

Boycotting China's OBOR might just be the best thing Modi has done in 3 years CPEC reflects China's hidden agenda of splitting PoK from India in its mission to achieve global leadership status. VOICES  |  5-minute read |    29-05-2017 DIPIN DAMODHARAN   @ dipinbharath It's becoming more evident now. India is taking on China by all means. Leaving the so-called liberal critics like Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sudheendra Kulkarni in their own way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did the right thing in not teaming up with the 29 countries in the One Belt, One Road forum initiated by communist China. Modi's decision on this crucial issue seems sensible and bold, from a strategic point of view. It makes India's stand clear in dealing with China, and indeed, Pakistan. × It's not about just marking India's presence in the  One Belt, One Road forum or strengthening trade ties with China, it's about India's identity, integrity, and existence. As long a

CPEC: ‘Third Party’ Dilemma And Cracks In The Corridor – Analysis By  IPCS By Amit Kumar* Public opinion in China rarely witnesses apprehensions regarding key projects launched by the central leadership. However, over the past few months, Chinese experts – including academics and former diplomats – have expressed concerns regarding the slow progress and challenges faced by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Some have even questioned the very rationale of implementing the CPEC. Meanwhile, curiously, Pakistan’s Lt General Aamir Riaz called on India to join the CPEC, in December 2016. What are the various concerns that have found a voice in Chinese public opinion? What do they indicate? Third Party Dilemma The CPEC, billed as the flagship project of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has been at the core of Beijing-Islamabad relations since its 2015 launch. On 21 December 2016, Lt General Aamir Riaz, Corps Commander, Southern Comma

Chinese university report on Pakistan economic corridor warns of India ‘creating trouble’ India’s strategic closeness with Afghanistan too is “destabilising” the border areas of Pakistan and creating problems for CPEC, the report contended.         Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a ceremony related to the CPEC project in Gwadar port.(AFP File) Updated: May 29, 2017 18:09 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing India’s alleged support to separatist forces in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, its diplomatic offensive against Islamabad and involvement in Chabahar port of Iran are factors that could impact the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a report by a top Chinese university has warned. India’s strategic closeness with Afghanistan too is “destabilising” the border areas of Pakistan and creating problems for CPEC, the report contended. The CPEC, which is expected to connect

Bangladesh: Capt Bashar's anniversary of martyrdom today City Desk Today is the martyrdom anniversary of Captain RAM Khairul Bashar, ASC. On this day in 1971, Captain Bashar, former officer commanding of Station Supply Depot (SSD), Chittagong Cantonment was bayoneted to death by a crack force of Pakistan army led by one Major Sarfaraz at a torture cell at Dhaka Cantonment. According to a press statment, Pakistanis proposed him to become a state witness against Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who was then facing treason charge at a Pakistani jail in the then West Pakistan. As he straightaway rejected the Pakistani proposal, the crack force tortured him for two months before killing him on May 29, 1971. In March, 1971, the forces of Baluch Regiment attacked the SSD led by Bengali Captain Bashar to capture it from his command. But Captain Bashar and his soldiers successfully repulsed the attack and drove them out from the SSD area, the

Three killed in separate incidents in Balochistan By  Mohammad Zafar Published: May 29, 2017 PHOTO: EXPRESS QUETTA :  Three people were killed while another was injured in separate incidents in Mastung, Bolan, Kalat and Awaran districts of Balochistan on Sunday. According to details, unknown armed men broke into a shoe shop on old Kalat road in Mastung and opened fire. As a result, the owner of the shop Jalil Ahmed died on the spot. He had received two bullet wounds in the head. The assailants managed to escape soon after. The cause of the killing, however, could not be ascertained. Gwadar will change face of Balochistan: PM Meanwhile, unknown armed men opened fire and killed a person identified as Naseer Ahmed in Bolan and fled the scene. Separately, a man identified as Abdul Khaliq sustained bullet wounds by the firing of unidentified armed men in Kalat. In another incident, a man was killed in an explosion in Awaran while a subversive act wa

Pakistan draws redlines for joining Saudi alliance By  Kamran Yousaf Published: May 29, 2017 PM Nawaz Sharif with His Majesty King Salman of KSA. PHOTO: REUTERS ISLAMABAD :  Pakistan has decided to draw certain ‘redlines’ for becoming part of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism (IMAT) in an effort to avoid the negative fallout of its participation in the initiative that has potential to undermine ties with neighbouring Iran. It was thought that the government had already joined the alliance when in April it granted permission to former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif to lead the 41-nation counter-terrorism alliance. Officials, however, clarified that the final decision had not yet been taken. ADVERTISEMENT What compelled Pakistan to have a second thought was the recent Arab Islamic-US summit in Riyadh where statements from Saudi authorities suggested that the alliance was meant to counter Iran as well as fighting

A GEOGRAPHICAL CASE FOR THE “ONE BELT, ONE ROAD” AND THE EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION 29.05.2017 © Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov Yaroslav Lissovolik In the discussions held at the “One Belt – One Road” (OBOR) Forum in Beijing, a great deal of attention has been devoted to the significance of this mega-project for development and the connectivity across national boundaries in Eurasia. The OBOR project was pronounced as a “win-win” option for countries participating in this mega-effort, whose important features apart from building connectivity include openness and non-discrimination. But while the importance of connectivity is well recognized by now as an essential feature of the OBOR project, its true significance for Eurasia is yet to be fully understood and evaluated from the point of view of the idiosyncratic features of the continent’s geography.    This unique nature of Eurasia’s geography has to do with the unprecedented distance of Eurasia’s Hinterland (inward) regions from the sea

China Expands 'Silk Road,' But Faces Questions About Trade Policies May 28, 2017 China Expands Globally Amid Concerns Over its Mercantilist Policies 0:02:18 0:00:00/0:02:18 ▶  Direct link  China Expands Globally Amid Concerns Over its Mercantilist Policies Share See comments China Expands 'Silk Road,' But Faces Questions About its Trade Policies 0:00:00/0:04:50  Direct link  China recently launched a diplomatic and economic development campaign called ‘One Belt, One Road.’ The name comes from the ‘Silk Road’ - the ancient system of roads that linked China with Central Asia and other areas. Traders used those paths centuries ago to transport Chinese silk, spices and other goods to the west. In exchange, China received gold, ivory, glass and other products from as far away as Europe. Chinese President Xi Jinping says the One Belt, One Road program is aimed at strengthening international cooperation. But former American off