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Here’s How China Is Changing Africa’s Future Moving away from Western influence, Africa is already getting a glimpse of a different future. 08/30/2017 11:51 am ET THOMAS MUKOYA / REUTERS China’s Belt and Road Initiative could alter the meaning of globalization itself. JOHANNESBURG ― The contrast couldn’t be starker. As U.S. President Donald Trump ’s government continues to champion isolationism and undermine decades-old international relationships, China is rolling out its Belt and Road Initiative , or BRI, a project to build a new “Silk Road” that could change the meaning of globalization itself. Africa is at the margins of both of these developments, but its future will be determined by them. As someone who grew up in Africa, the project stirs a tangle of emotions. While it will directly affect East and North Africa, there is the chance that it could spur desperately needed development all along Africa’s eastern seaboard, where countries are still trying to rec

At least 10 including five women and children killed

At least 10 including five women and children killed Three brothers also among the dead Detailed report The military operation started yesterday in Shahrag is still underway. Gunship helicopters have heavily bombarded houses belonging to Yar Mohammad Chalgari’s family and relatives. At least 10 including five women and children have been killed in the offensive so far. Many others have also been injured. Reports suggest that the injured have been taken away by the Pakistani security forces. According to details, the military operation is still underway in different areas of Harnai and Bolan. Many houses have been burnt to ashes in Shahrag and adjoining areas. We have reports that confirm at least 10 people have died and many others have been injured in the offensive. Scores have also been abducted by security forces. The women killed in the operation have been identified as Bibi Makhmal, Khatt Khatton and Bibi Bano. A teenage girl Mino Bibi and a minor named Jaffar have also lost

12 members of BRA surrendered to security forces in Balochistan 31 August, 2017    Related News   QUETTA: Twelve members of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) surrendered to security forces in Balochistan on Wednesday, a statement issued by military's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said. "The militants relinquished their weapons and ammunition to security forces in Balochistan's Noshki area, the statement said. "Those surrendered included two mid-tier militants identified as Wali Khan and Karghani." Separately, security forces apprehended 39 suspects, including eight Afghans, during intelligence-based operations (IBOs) conducted jointly by the Pakistan Rangers, Punjab Police and intelligence agencies in Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad on Wednesday. Security forces also recovered weapons and ammunition from those arrested. The developments were attributed to the ongoing Opearation Radd-ul-Fasaad. T

Terrorists surrender in Balochistan, operations conducted in Punjab: ISPR By GEO NEWS   Wednesday Aug 30, 2017 RAWALPINDI: In a major intelligence effort, 12 Baloch Republican Army (BRA) militants including two important terrorists, Wali Khan and Karghani, have surrendered to security forces in Balochistan’s Noshki area, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). In Punjab, Rangers along with police and intelligence agencies conducted intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in Faisalabad, Lahore and Islamabad. During the operations, 39 suspects including eight illegal Afghans were arrested in the last two days, added ISPR. Illegal weapons and ammunition of different calibers were recovered from the suburbs of Faisalabad.  Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad entails conduct of broad spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations by Rangers in Punjab, a continuation of ongoing operations across the country and focuses on more effecti

Balochistan, not Balochis By  Northlines  - August 30, 2017      Pakistan for Balochistan, not Balochis RSN Singh Balochistan province of Pakistan constitutes nearly half of country’s landmass, i.e. 347,190 sq km. This province has never accepted the Pakistani framework of nation-state. Most Balochis maintain that they have been Balochis for three thousand years, Muslim for may be thousand years and Pakistani for 70 years, therefore, the Pakistani identity means nothing to them. The Balochis straddle the Iran and Afghanistan border, at least 30 percent are in these countries. Just as Pakistan is not interested in Kashmiris but the territory of J&K because of its innate desire to control the complete Indus River system, it is also not interested in Balochis but the land of state for its mineral resources and strategic location. The contrast between Balochistan and Kashmir Valley in geopolitical terms is telling. While Balochistan which i

COPHC, UBL to promote economic development of Gwadar, free zone      Amanullah Khan Karachi United Bank (UBL), Pakistan’s Best Bank 2016, and China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC), recently entered into an MoU for “Framework of Cooperation” to promote economic development of Gwadar and its Free Economic Zones. The two institutions have mutually agreed to cooperate for banking services in response to strategic national priorities of China and Pakistan with respect to the “One Belt – One Road” initiative in general and the “China – Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)” initiative in particular. The signing of the MoU was held at the UBL Head Office in Karachi. Zhang Baozhong, Chairman COPHC, Sima Kamil, President & CEO, UBL, along with senior executives from both organizations attended the event. Mr. Baozhong, Chairman COPHC, informed the attendees that four new projects have been announced for Gwadar. He further informed that COPHC has invested around USD 

CPEC to benefit Afghanistan, other neighbouring countries Karachi 1 DAY AGO BY APP Share this on WhatsApp KARACHI: Speakers at a seminar on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have emphasised that Afghanistan and other neighbouring countries can also benefit from this multi-billion project. They expressed that Pakistan would become twenty-fifth world economy in the next 15 to 20 years owing to the CPEC. Gwadar Port is a gateway to the CPEC and it would become a global distribution centre, they added. The seminar titled ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – Rhythm of Progress’ was organised by Sahafi Welfare Association Karachi the other day. Speaking at the seminar, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Zubair F Tufial said that China has become a world economic power and Pakistan will benefit from around $60 billion CPEC projects. The FPCCI president said that the first special econom

Business with China Editorial Updated August 29, 2017 Slowly but surely a crucial realisation is setting in amongst the business community here that dealing with their Chinese counterparts is  not going to be easy . The rhetoric coming from the Pakistani government had made the relationship sound like it was some sort of family affair. But those sections of the business community who have tried to build commercial ties with their counterparts in China are finding out that, over there, profits come first and sentiment second. One thing the business community has noticed is that their Chinese counterparts prefer dealing with the government rather than building private-sector partnerships, according to a  report  published on Monday in this paper that presented the opinions of a range of Pakistani businesses that have, or are seeking to build, ties with Chinese enterprises. They have noticed that the Chinese do not negotiate very much. They lay down their terms, and expe

US targeting Pakistan for CPEC: Fazl RAHIMYAR KHAN: JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday said the US had targeted Pakistan for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and started its conspiracy by creating a political crisis in the country.  Speaking at the Makki Masjid here, Fazl said Washington was religiously pursuing its policy to promote instability in the world. He said US President Donald Trump was using his new policy on Afghanistan as a weapon to target Pakistan. He said Pakistan was picked up as the first victim of this policy where a democratically elected prime minister was ousted, thus affecting the civil-military relationship and creating an air of distrust between parliament and the judiciary.   on former pilots who opted to work in the private sector after 10 years of service in the air forces to return to the military, but only 50 pilots responded to the call. As an antidote to the crisis, the government introduced an art