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UNODC upgrades ANF Police Station in Gwadar 5      Staff Reporter Gwadar Cesar Guedes Country Representative UNODC Pakistan Thursday inaugurated Police Station ANF Gwadar. The Police Station has been constructed with the support and friendship of the Government of Canada. Speaking on the occasion, Representative UNODC Mr. Guedes said “The project will directly impact many existing and emerging challenges posed by drugs in the country and the region. The ANF Police Station in Gwadar complements deployment of the ANF at Dalbandin and Hub. Such strategic initiatives would enhance ANF’s capacity to detect, interdict and investigate illicit drug trafficking”. He also highlighted that the project contributes to the vision of creating “A safer community, free from the threats posed by illicit narcotics trafficking and transnational organized crime. Through this capacity-building initiative, we envisage enhancing the ANF’s operational capacities astride the main tr

Efforts on to build 4 dams in Balochistan, says Wapda’s chief Saleem Shahid August 25, 2017 Muzammil Hussain says Wapda is committed to providing modern treatment facilities to power sector employees. QUETTA: In view of water shortage in Balochistan, the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) is making all-out efforts to initiate construction work on the Naulong, Hingol, Badinzai and Sukliji dams in the province, Wapda chairman retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain said at a meeting here on Thursday. At the meeting held to review progress made on various projects, the Wapda chief was informed that the Naulong dam was ready for construction and that funding options for it were being discussed with the Asian Development Bank through the Economic Affairs Division. On the other hand, the Hingol, Badinzai and Sukliji dams were in the planning stage. The PC-II of these projects had been sent to the Planning Commission, through the ministry concerned, fo

Balochistan lawyers boycott courts The Newspaper's Staff Correspondent August 25, 2017 QUETTA: Lawyers boycotted proceedings of the Balochistan High Court and subordinate courts across the province on Thursday to show solidarity with Multan lawyers. The lawyers in Multan have been protesting for the past few days against the issuance of arrest warrants for Multan Bar president Sher Zaman Qureshi. The general secretary of the Balochistan High Court Bar Association, Nadir Chalgari, said that no lawyer appeared before any court in Balochistan on Thursday. Mr Chalgari said that the issue should be resolved amicably through talks and both sides should show restraint. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD He demanded that warrants issued against Mr Qureshi should be withdrawn immediately to normalise the situation. Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2017

CPEC: Special Economic Zones and Development Policy      Saira Ali Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are globally recognized as an engine for economic growth and development. Orthodox economic perspective views SEZs as “second best” and “Corner stone” strategy for economic growth and development. The increasing number of SEZs around the globe is the evidence of their substantial role in socio-economic development. During the 1970s and 1980s many SEZs were established in Asia, particularly in East Asia and have played key role in catalyzing the economic growth. According to Asian Development Bank in 2011, the increase in number of SEZs in Asia can help to revive its sluggish economy, to move up in the value chain and to enhance the trade performance of China, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Jordan shared some outstanding success stories from Asia. Clearly defined objectives help to design fo

CPEC key to economic success of China’s Belt and Road Initiative -economic-ripening-belt-road-initiative/ ASIA TIMES By JUNAID ASHRAFAUGUST 25, 2017 3:18 AM (UTC+8)390 China’s ambitious trade and infrastructure plan the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has already delivered benefits well beyond its borders. The roadmap is to augment international supply chains predominantly via debt-financed infrastructure projects, across more than 60 countries. China predicts annual trade with these countries to be worth US$2.5 trillion within a decade. THE DAILYBrief Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox More than 100 countries and international companies have given positive responses to the initiative, with the signing of about 50 inter-governmental agreements of cooperation. Chinese companies have invested more than US$50 billion and built 56 economic and trade cooperation zones in 20 countries along the BRI routes, generating nearly $1.1 billion in tax revenue, creating 180,000 local jobs and spurring the e

Untold Story: What is happening in Balochistan

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Indonesia, Vietnam mend ties after talks to settle South China Sea disputes Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (right) and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong brief journalists after their meeting at the presidential palace in Jakarta on Aug 23, 2017.PHOTO: AFP PUBLISHED 2 HOURS AGO JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Amid two recent maritime stand-offs in the waters around the Natuna Islands in South China Sea, Indonesia and Vietnam mended ties after President Joko Widodo and Communist Party of Vietnam secretary-general Nguyen Phu Trong held talks in Jakarta on Wednesday (Aug 23). The meeting produced key deals in a number of fields, ranging from education, energy, village development, law and maritime and fisheries. The speedy completion of the limits of exclusive economic zones (EEZ) between the two countries to prevent future maritime stand-offs and stability in the South China Sea was a 

South China Sea Dispute Undermines Maritime Security in Southeast Asia August 23, 2017 By  Lynn Kuok Regional security in Southeast Asia, to a large extent, means maritime security. All but one of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states are coastal states; two of these are the world’s largest archipelagic nations. The  joint communiqué  of the recent 50th ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Manila, Philippines, highlighted the importance of “strengthening linkages in maritime cooperation to further promote mutual trust and confidence.” Maritime tensions in the region reached a high a little over a year ago when the United Nations tribunal  ruled largely in favor  of the Philippines in a case it brought against China over the latter’s claims in the South China Sea. Southeast Asia is a critical maritime region for commerce and resources, as $5.3 trillion in goods transits through Southeast Asian waters each year. Photo/F

Trump’s Afghan policy, Pakistan and China’s New Silk Road By continuing the failed strategy and paradigm of the last 16 years, Trump has in fact renewed his war against peace in Pakistan and China’s prospects to build a New Silk Road August 23, 2017, 10:20 pm/ 2 Comments Donald Trump in his speech on Afghanistan scolded Pakistan for allegedly failing to use its position effectively despite hefty financial backing of Pentagon. Trump accused Pakistan of nurturing safe havens for terrorists and allowing them space to operate successfully which eventually disrupts the peace process envisioned in Afghanistan by America. In an attempt to present himself as more of a serious and astute politician, Trump put forward his future strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia. The US president delivered exactly what the US media and war mongers in the country wanted. Tump clearly parted ways with his campaign promise of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Af

No other country may be able to join CPEC before 2020 Pakistan, China agree to first complete projects before opening CPEC’s door to others By  ZAFAR BHUTTA Aug.23,2017 ISLAMABAD :  Islamabad and Beijing are unlikely to welcome other countries to become part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) before 2020 as they will wait until energy and industrial projects are completed, say officials. Pakistan and China are developing energy projects of $35 billion under CPEC and want to complete them first before opening the door to Middle Eastern states, Iran and Central Asian countries for joining the gigantic economic corridor. ‘Multan will be a major trade centre with the arrival of CPEC’ Some of the power projects like Sahiwal coal power plant have been completed and some others are expected to be ready next year. According to officials, Pakistan has not officially invited these countries in writing to join CPEC as Islamab

Zehri links prosperity of country with Balochistan 9      Rafiullah Mandokhail Zhob Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has said that Balochistan was rich in mineral and resources that need to be utilized. Prosperous, developed and peaceful Balochistan was the vision of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, which should be materialized. He was addressing a public gathering in Sabakzai dam area during his visit to Zhob on the special invitation of Ex-speaker Balochistan Assembly Jamal Shah Kakar. On his arrival to Sabakzai Jamal Shah Kakar warmly welcomed the chief minister. As per tradition guard of honor was presented to chief minister by a smartly dressed FC contingent on his arrival. Inspector General Police Ahsan Mehboob, Commissioner Zhob Division Dr. Saif-ur-Rehman, DIG Zhob Region Abdullah Marwat, Deputy Commissioner Azeem Kakar, Commandant Zhob Militia Col. Rehan Satti, District Chair Sheikh Yousaf Mandokhail, Chairman Municipal Committee Abdul Saleem M

Balochistan sans gas 10      It is deplorable that Balochistan, the richest province in terms of minerals, remains deprived region in the country when it comes to the supply of gas – a natural resource which it has in abundance. Despite being the site of Sui gas, Balochistan continues to shut out of the supply. Many promises were/are made but the current situation shows the neglect. The saddening news is that 62 years have elapsed only fourteen towns out of thirty four districts have the access to natural gas. The other regions are deprived of rudimentary facilities. Gwadar, the area which has come to be the Pakistan’s economic hub and the backbone of CPEC lacks the basic gas facility. The city population is also flourishing due to CPEC project and the crisis will become more serve if strong measures are not taken. These days, many promises are being made to turn the city into a hub of industry, trade and development. It is odious that Gwadar lacks the most b

CPEC: Major Strategic and Economic Advantages 5      Col (R) Muhammad Hanif China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a mega project undertaken by China and Pakistan with $ 52 billion Chinese investment to connect Kashghar city of the Xinjiag Autonomous Region of China to Gwadar port city of Balochistan province of Pakistan. These two cities are being connected through construction of a vast network of highways, railways, airports, oil/gas pipelines, many energy projects, construction of special economic zones (SEZs) along the route and laying of fibre optics for telecommunications and internet. Modern transportation networks built under the CPEC will link Gwadar and Karachi seaports with northern Pakistan, including Quetta, Lahore, Peshawar, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, western China and Central Asia. The CPEC plan includes the construction of an 1100 kilometre motorway from Karachi to Lahore, complete reconstruction of the Karakoram Highway from Rawalpindi