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ndia May Stymie Tibet's Participation in China's 'New Silk Road' BUSINESS 03:14 29.07.201 A number of provinces and cities are eager to be involved in the "Belt and Road"(B&R) initiative, including Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The opening-up of Tibet is in line with the general trend, but due to some historical and geopolitical factors, it has had to face some special challenges involving international strategy and security in the process of its development. First, India's attitude toward the B&R is not conducive to Tibet's involvement in the initiative. Among countries and regions along the route of the B&R, India is the only large economy that has yet to express public support for the initiative. Given this situation, India is unlikely to consider building a railway linking it to the autonomous region.  © AP PHOTO/ NG HAN GUAN Old World Must Engage China's 'Belt and Road' Initiative or Ris

These Days, All Roads Lead To Beijing The success of the new Silk Roads depends on delivering win-win scenarios. 07/28/2017 01:54 pm ET ZHANG PENG VIA GETTY IMAGES Tourists ride camels in the Mingsha Shan desert, part of the ancient Silk Roads, during the Silk Road International Cultural Expo in Dunhuang City. Sept. 20, 2016. When Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, at the beginning of September 2013, few thought it was anything but another ordinary visit. Xi’s predecessor, Hu Jintao, had been to the Kazakh capital several times and usually talked about how he welcomed good relations with one of China’s neighbors to the west. But when Xi began his speech , it was obvious that something new was afoot. The Chinese president was offering more than the usual banal platitudes. He was talking about the future, and he was talking about a plan. For more than 2,000 years, he said, the peoples who live in the heart of Asia had be

Govt committed to promote export of dates from Balochistan Date show and seminar held Our Correspondent Gwadar Trade Development Authority of Pakistan has organized a first ever Date Show and Seminar in PC-Gwadar on Friday. The objective is to provide technical awareness on Dates Sector of Balochistan to growers and to promote export of Dates from Balochistan. Balochistan produces 225000 tons of dates from an area of 42.3 thousand hectares and contributes 53 per cent to the total national output. Dates are second after apples in the area. The Makran Division is the largest date producer area in the country after Sukkur . In the province, the Kech district share is 59 per cent. Around 150 growers, exporters of dates, representatives from Balochistan Dates  GrowerAssociation , Pakistan Agriculture ResearchCouncil, Plant Protection Department, Agriculture Research Department GOB, Agriculture Extension Department of Balochistan, Head of Rural Support Programme Turba

Precedent set: NAB initiates probe against ex-Balochistan minister By  Mohammad Zafar Published: July 29, 2017 QUETTA :  Just hours after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as PM by Supreme Court for holding assets beyond known sources of income, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) took it as a precedent and initiated corruption probe against a former provincial minister. On Friday, the NAB authorised investigation against former Balochistan minister for Excise and Taxation (E&T) Mohammad Amin Umrani and his close relative E&T Inspector Ghulam Sarwar Umrani for holding assets beyond their known sources of income. The decision to initiate the probe was taken during a meeting of the NAB executive board, presided over by its chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry. ADVERTISEMENT Ad NAB to investigate former Balochistan minister for corruption It is alleged that Mohammed Amin Umrani, in connivance with Ghulam Sarwar Umrani, accumulated properties worth R

725 NEW PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO BE ESTABLISHED IN BALOCHISTAN: DIRECTOR EDUCATION Says 500 primary schools would be upgraded to the level of Middle across the province. File Photo 04:51 PM, 28 Jul, 2017   0 Balochistan government is utilizing all available resources for uplift of Education Sector to increase rate of literacy in the province. Director Education Department Balochistan told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent during an interview on Friday, five hundred primary schools would be upgraded to the level of Middle across the province during the current fiscal year. He further said that 725 new primary schools would be established in Balochistan in collaboration with Global Partnership for Education while buildings would be constructed for shelter less schools and more female teachers would be inducted in the department. Besides, procedure of screen test would be introduced under the in collaboration with National Testing Service to appoin

Concerns over CPEC security as violence spreads in Balochistan Source :Last Updated: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 08:48 hrs [Pakistan], July 29 (ANI): Recent violence in Balochistan has again fuelled deep concerns about security for projects of the USD 57-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) according to a report in the New York Times. Earlier this month, four Shias were murdered while travelling from Quetta to Karachi. Armed men riding on two motorcycles attacked their car on a highway close to Quetta in what police suspect was a sectarian attack. Though no group has yet claimed responsibility for the murders this has once again raised question marks about the future of the landmark transport and energy link that is being planned between western China to Pakistan's southern deep-water port of Gwadar. This latest killing would be fourth such attack in recent weeks in volatile Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan an

CPEC is driving force for economic growth, prosperity   PARVEZ JABRI    JUL 28TH, 2017 16:00   0  VIEWS: 140 ISLAMABAD: The Board of Investment (BOI) has said the development in trade and Industry is main gain from China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a driving force for economic growth and prosperity in the country.  Industrial Cooperation is the main component of CPEC, on which the sustainability of whole CPEC project is dependent, said in statement issued by BOI here on Friday.  Spokesman and Additional Secretary of BOI, Shah Jahan Shah said in addressing to consultative Session on CPEC Challenges and Opportunities was held at Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) jointly organized by BOI and Ministry of Planning Development and Reform with KCCI.  He said the role of private sector is more crucial and important in this phase of CPEC.  Shah Jahan expressed the view that transparency is very much there and government is

Under Shahbaz, democracy will weaken in Pakistan: Experts Catch News 28 July 2017 Under Shahbaz, democracy will weaken in Pakistan: Experts More Under Shahbaz, democracy will weaken in Pakistan: Experts Democracy in Pakistan will weaken under new Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, said experts on Friday. Shahbaz was appointed Prime Minister on Friday after Pakistan's Supreme Court delivered its verdict in Panamagate and disqualified Nawaz Sharif to remain Pakistan Prime Minister for acquiring illegal offshore assets and lying to the nation. Nawaz appointed Shahbaz in an attempt to face the challenge and remain politically relevant. But, experts and observers feel that Shahbaz's appointment will weaken civilian rule in the nation. One has to keep fingers crossed whether democracy survives in Pakistan or not. Talking exclusively to ANI over phone, Harsh V. Pant- Distinguished Fellow and Head of Strategic Studies at Observer Research Foundation, New

WITH SHARIF GONE, WHAT HAPPENS TO CHINA’S INVESTMENTS IN PAKISTAN NOW? BY  TOM HUSSAIN 29 JUL 2017 China has a lot riding on Pakistan, that’s where its showpiece Belt and Road project is located   Pakistan has being upheld as a model for the deeper, expanding security relationships China is seeking to establish around the world, but Beijing will now be concerned about… China has been assured by Pakistan’s powerful military and politicians that its multibillion-dollar  Belt and Road  investments would not be disrupted by the landmark verdict on Friday that felled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, even though some of its investments could come under the widening corruption probe currently playing havoc with Pakistani politics. Speaking at a July 12 conference, Pakistani Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said it was his “dream” to see Pakistan become a middle income economy at the conclusion of the US$62 billion China Pakistan Economic C

SC’s ruling on Panama case would not affect CPEC: China BEIJING : China affirmed its stance on CPEC as its Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Lu Kang on Friday said that Nawaz’s disqualification from public office would not affect China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) . While commenting on SC’s verdict that disqualified Nawaz to hold any public office, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Lu Kang said that ruling is the internal affair of Pakistan. ”As a friendly neighbor, China hopes that all parties and sections in Pakistan can prioritize state and national interests, properly deal with their domestic affairs, maintain unity, stability, and keep focusing on the economic and social development”. While expressing its government stance after supreme Court’s verdict on Panama case that disqualified PM Nawaz, Lu Kang said, "We believe that the China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership will not be affected by the change of the situa

Ousting Nawaz Sharif, implications on CPEC

Below question was asked to Dr.Siegfried O Wolf few days back, we are reproducing his answer. Q. If Nawaz Sharif government fails to continue, what will be its implications on China's multi-billion dollars CPEC project ? Most likely, an ousting of PM Sharif’s government will have no severe impact on the continuation of CPEC implementation. However, it will definitely determine another setback in Pakistan unhealthy civil-military relations and a strengthening of military influence over CPEC. Since the launch of CPEC, the army was able to increase tremendously its formal role within the country’s political-administrative institutions on the expensive of the civilians. Here, the establishment of the so-called Apex Committees at the federal and provincial levels, combined with a lack of parliamentarian oversight by the national and provincial assemblies seriously hampers decision-making power of the government. In other words, most of the important decisions related to CPEC are made

Nawaz Sharif unseated by Army-backed judicial coup

Na waz Sharif unseated as PM of Pakistan ove r corruption allegations By  Sandhya Jain  - July 28, 2017      Nawaz Sharif. Graphic courtesy  Indian Express S U M M A R YNawaz Sharif removed from the post of Prime MinisterThe Party has not yet chosen his successorSharif cannot contest elections for 10 yearsPanama Papers scalps its first major political victim Pakistan’s now former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appears to have fallen victim to an Army-backed judicial coup . Sharif stepped down earlier today after the Supreme Court removed him from office in a unanimous verdict over corruption allegations involving close family members in the now famous Panama Papers leak. The petition was filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party leader, Imran Khan, who has close ties with the military establishment and is understood to be keen on early elections. With this development, the Panama Papers leak, which exposed the financial dealings of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca

Supreme Court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in unanimous verdict Haseeb Bhatti Updated July 28, 2017 The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office in a landmark decision on the Panama Papers case. The decision brings Sharif's third term in power to an unceremonious end, roughly one year before the scheduled general elections which would have seen him become the first Pakistani prime minister to complete a full five-year term. It is unclear at the moment who will be appointed to take over the post till the next general elections, which are scheduled for 2018. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been asked to de-notify the prime minister from his National Assembly seat to fulfill the technicalities of implementing the order. The Supreme Court said the ECP should de-seat the PM for not disclosing his role in the Dubai-based Capital FZE company in his nomination papers, saying that this meant he was