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China, Pakistan to strengthen science, tech ties Agencies/Islamabad Monday، 10 July 2017 12:26 AM China and Pakistan have agreed to strengthen bilateral co-operation on science and technology under the Belt and Road Initiative. The agreement was made on Saturday during a meeting between Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and visiting Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang who is here for the 18th Session of the Pakistan-China Joint Committee on Science and Technology Co-operation, reports Xinhua news agency. Wan said China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic co-operative partners and bilateral ties enjoy a smooth development with the steady construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, adding that co-operation on science and technology is an important content in the bilateral relations. Wan, also vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, said the two sides have carried o

China Focus: New high-speed rail opens along ancient silk road Source: Xinhua |  2017-07-09 21:15:25 | Editor: Mengjie The bullet train D2685 leaves Xi'an North Railway Station in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, July 9, 2017. A new high speed railway linking Baoji city in northwest China's Shaanxi Province with Lanzhou , capital of neighboring Gansu Province, started operation Sunday. Thanks to the new route, northwest China's Gansu and Qinghai provinces as well as Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have been connected to the national high-speed rail network. ( Xinhua /Zhang Bowen) LANZHOU, July 9 (Xinhua) -- A new high speed railway linking Baoji city in northwest China's Shaanxi Province with Lanzhou, capital of neighboring Gansu Province, started operation Sunday. Thanks to the new route, northwest China's Gansu and Qinghai provinces as well as Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have been connected to the national high-speed rail network

Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads? A tradition of cooperation is giving way to a much more complicated relationship By  Muhammad Akbar Notezai July 09, 2017 Historically, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed friendly relations. Iran was quick to reach out to the newly created Pakistan in 1947, and in its early decades, senior Pakistani leadership – including founding father Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah – mostly came from the Shia sect of Islam. So although Iran was then neither sectarian nor at the vanguard of Shia Islam, the two countries remained close in many respects. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, was the first head of a foreign country to visit Pakistan. Officially adopted in 1954, Pakistan’s national anthem, Alex Vatanka points out, is almost entirely written not in Urdu but in the Persian language. Meanwhile, Sunni Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, were themselves an underwhelming presence in those pre-oil years. Unsurprisingly, then, P

Pakistan Army killed three, abducted 250+ including women in Dera Bugti operation (Daily Sangar ): Pakistani army abducted numbers of Baloch innocent including women and children from Dera Bugti today.  Pakistani army carried out a huge military operation in Uch and outside of Pat areas in Dera Bugti and forcefully abducted more than 250 Baloch civilians who belonged Mundar Clan of Bugti tribe. All the abductees were the family members and relatives  of Haqqo Bugti, Nooral Bugti, and Wahido Bugti. The Pakistan army, on other hand, looted more than 300 camels from the same people. Three people were also killed in cold-blood when they resisted the abduction of their families members by the Pakistani forces. Their dead bodies were also have taken. It is worth to mention here that Pakistan armed forces backed by gunship helicopters have carrying out grand-scale operation in different areas of Dera Bugti and Naseerabad district from four consecutive days

CPEC expected to boost Pakistan’s insurance industry By  Our Correspondent Published: July 9, 2017 CREATIVE COMMONS KARACHI :  The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will provide new opportunities for the local insurance industry especially the non-life sector, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said in its annual Financial Stability Review 2016. “Pakistan is expected to witness continued growth in almost all sectors of the insurance industry with significant growth expected in the Takaful segment,” said the report. However, the report noted that the operations and investment returns of the insurance industry are subject to market volatility and macro-economic factors. ADVERTISEMENT Investments constitute about 76% of total insurance industry assets as of June 30, 2016. Consequently, the insurance industry may face financial risks ie an adverse change in the capital markets or a “low for longer” interest rate environment. If there is a “lo

The Balochistan Frankenstein By  Nauroz Baloch  on July 13, 2013 Before I express my condolences for the murder of Rationalism within the Baloch Community and martyrdom of ‘realization’ from the rest of the Pakistani society, I would like to share some relevant information about our insensitivities as Pakistanis. So much for the Aman ki Asha program aimed to build intra-cultural relationship with the neighboring India, one wonders why such a program is not launched to build strong bonds within the country first? What does a student from LUMS University Lahore knows about a student from Bolan Medical College? What are the political views of Peshawar University students and how do Karachi University students perceive certain political issues in the country? The lack of communication among the youth of Pakistan should be more concerning than the so called bridging the gap between Pakistan and her neighbors, as ‘charity begins at home’, isn’t it?

83 percent natural gas supply goes unbilled in Balochistan, Senate body told By Newsdesk on February 18, 2017 ISLAMABAD (APP) – The Senate Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources was informed on Friday that 83 percent natural gas supply was going unbilled every year in the Balochistan province. “Out of the total annual natural gas supply to Balochistan , 83 percent is going unbilled, which means the commodity is being stolen,” Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the committee meeting, chaired by Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri. He underlined the need for finding a solutionof the issue instead of political scoring, adding that currently around 180 mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) gas was being supplied across the province against the requirement of 130 mmcfd gas. The total number of consumers in the province is around 2,60,000. The committee was holding debate on a Calling Attention notice referred by