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China’s New Silk Road plan: What’s in it for Myanmar? Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing on May 16. (AFP)  Sunday, June 04, 2017   Mail At the summit hosted by Beijing last month to promote its plan for a new Silk Road, Myanmar and China signed five agreements and two are of particular economic significance. By SITHU AUNG MYINT | FRONTIER STATE COUNSELLOR Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was among about 30 heads of government or state who attended a summit held in Beijing last month to promote President Xi Jinping’s ambitious plan for a new Silk Road. During the summit on May 14 and 15, Aung San Suu Kyi held separate meetings with Xi – who launched what China formally calls the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013 to expand trade links with Asia, Africa and Europe – and Premier Li Keqiang. The state counsellor also signed five bilateral memoranda of understanding with China, of which two are especially

28,000 ghost employees in Balochistan Staff Reporter Quetta A verification exercise carried out by National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) has revealed that some 28,367 ghost employees are working in various government departments in Balochistan. An official in the Balochistan finance department said during Nadra’s verification drive involving 249,749 government employees, the identities of 28,367 employees could not be verified. Verification of more than 278,000 employees was conducted by Nadra on the request of the provincial government, in an effort to trace out fake employees. Information provided by the officer revealed that most of the fake employees had blocked national identity cards and turned out to be underage or working dual jobs during the verification process. As per the documents, 2,181 ghost employees were detected in the police department. Similarly, 2,261 employees in education, 1,568 in health and 1,372 in communication and works

FBR creates taxation officer posts in all Balochistan districts Saleem Shahid Published about an hour a Chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue Dr Mohammad Irshad speaks to media persons after the inauguration ceremony on Saturday.—PPI QUETTA: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has created the post of district taxation officers in all 32 districts of Balochistan aiming to provide facilities to people of the province in connection with tax collection. Speaking at a ceremony held for the inauguration of a new office of the regional tax officer, Quetta, here on Saturday, FBR Chairman Dr Mohammad Irshad said that appointment of district taxation officers in all districts of the province would create job opportunities for the educated youth at district level. Chief Commissioner Income Tax, Baloc­h­istan, Nazeer Ahmed Shoro, Commissioner Income Tax, Balochistan, Sahabzada Abdul Mateen, Collector Customs, Quetta, Saeed Ahmed Jadoon and a large number o

CPEC future of Pakistan: FBR chief June 04, 2017 QUETTA -  Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Dr Muhammad Irshad Saturday termed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor future of Pakistan, Balochistan and coming generations of the nation. Talking to media persons at the inaugural ceremony of a new building of the FBR regional office in Quetta, Irshad told traders and citizens that stern action would be taken against those who were found harassing them. The FBR chairman was flanked by Customs Collector Dr Saeed Jadoon, the chief commissioner, the RTO and other senior officers. Later, the FBR chairman held a meeting with the members of Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Speaking on this occasion, he said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would open new vistas of prosperity and uplift in the province. It would revolutionise the economy of the country and the region, he added. Dr Irshad announced formation of an advisory committee which woul

'CPEC can help solve regional disputes': Gen Zubair speaks at Shangri La Dialogue June 3, 2017 SINGAPORE : Pakistan on Saturday said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can help resolve the regional disputes. This was said by General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, who was speaking at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Pakistan facing grave internal security challenges due to presence of large number Afghan refugees, he noted. Gen Zubair was a keynote speaker at a session titled ‘New Challenges For Crisis Management In The Asia-Pacific’ along with Malaysian and Canadian defence ministers at the Asia Security Summit. Commenting on the security threats he said, in South Asia millions are unemployed, which is a huge HR management task and adding that cyber space is emerging as a new challenge for the global community for which close diplomatic ties are needed to cope with. The Asia Security

CPEC and undeveloped Gwadar 04-Jun-17by  DailyTimes Sir: It is indeed puzzling that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is considered a game-changer which is poised to boost development in the port city of Gwadar, but unsurprisingly, its natives are still confronting serious problems such as power, loadshedding , extreme water shortage, lack of hospitals, free medical facilities, etc. Authorities have failed miserably to take timely measures and eradicate the chronic issues that are rendering the life miserable for the citizens. Therefore, I request to make sustainable economic changes for provision of these fundamental amenities in order to facilitate the local people so that they can lead their lives in peace and prosperity. SHEER MUHAMMAD Turbat

Chinese entrepreneurs keen to explore JVs, investment in CPEC projects ICCI signs MoU with China Council to promote int’l trade Observer Report Tianjin The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has signed an agreement of cooperation with China Council for the promotion of international trade, Tianjin Sub-Council to promote business linkages between the private sectors of Pakistan and China. The agreement was signed by Khalid Malik, Senior Vice President, ICCI and Zhao Feng, Vice Chairman, China Council for the promotion of international trade in Tianjin during the visit of Khalid Malik to China, said a statement issued here on Saturday by the chamber. Khalid Malik visited China to attend some important forums related to CPEC where he was the key note speaker. By signing this agreement, both sides have agreed cooperate with each other for enhancing exchange of trade missions in order to explore new areas of mutual collaboration between Pakistan and Ch

U.S. Passivity Towards Pakistan has Prolonged the Afghan War

by  LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD   June 2, 2017 Each year the United States sends Pakistan billions of dollars in aid. In return, Pakistan provides safe haven and material support for our enemy the Taliban, while, through Pakistan's network of radical Islamic schools "madrassas," a continuous supply of jihadi recruits is produced to fill the ranks of the Taliban and other terrorist groups. The policy towards Pakistan that U.S. politicians have pursued is not only stupid, but it could be considered willfully negligent. It is a strategy based on bribery and submission, not unlike jizya, a tax historically levied by Islamic states on non-Muslim subjects known as "dhimmis" or, in our case, dummies. It is a form of insanity, repeatedly giving Pakistan money in the vain hope that the Pakistanis will change an approach which they consider successful, the use of terrorism as an instrument of their foreign policy. The U.S. cannot win in Afghanistan unless there is a signi

Bloody military operation in Mastung and Kalat areas: BNM

(Sangar News) The central spokesperson of Baloch National Movement (BNM) in his statement said, it has been three days since Pakistani military started aerial and ground operation in Mastung and Kalat districts, due to which a large number of civilian casualties are feared. He said, as in past, Pakistani military is using chemical weapons and poisonous gas excessively again on civilians and has poisoned all the available sources of water. Last year, security forces also poisoned sources of water in the same area. According to the initial reports, the villages are sieged, many have been abducted and live-stocks have been destroyed by the military. Due to the siege and blockade of communication systems, the situations remain unknown. Johan, Narmuk, Kabu, Kohak, Talkhawi, Dilband,Dashtadi, Sarshar, Ispilanji, Koh-Siya and Koh-Maran areas are under intense military operations, since yesterday, all the areas are under military control, all the routes are blocked and leaving no one to ent