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Extra judicial killing, Enforced Disappearances high in Military operations

(Daily Sangar) 17 years old daughter of Yousuf, Shams Khatoon was killed in aerial sheling of military helicopters during an operation in Kilkor area of Panjgur, on 17 August 2017. Participation of Pakistan’s Air Force in combating Baloch Nationalist militancy is not a new development. Nor killing of innocent civilians is. Reports from Balochistan states there are dozens of military operations in Balochistan’s vast mountainous areas every day. Abduction and Enforced Disappearance is also high, along with extra judicial killings, specially during these military operations in the villages. Military handed over two dead bodies in District Head Quarter’s Hospital, saying they were killed in the battle in the areas of Awaran where military is engaged in months long military operations. On 27 August 2017, Saleem Dilmurad was abducted by security forces during a military operation in Machat area of Dasht district Kech. On 25 August 2017, at around 17:00 Balochistan time, security forces

UBL, Chinese Firm Sign MoU To Promote Economic Development of Gwadar KARACHI : United Bank Limited (UBL) and China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC) recently entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for “Framework of cooperation” to promote economic development of Gwadar and its free economic zones, a statement said on Wednesday. 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, it added. The signing of the MoU was held at the UBL head office. Zhang Baozhong, chairman of COPHC, Sima Kamil, president and CEO of UBL, along with senior executives from the two organisations attended the event. Baozhong said that four new projects have been announced for Gwadar. COPHC has invested around $200 million for developing

Where are Balochistan’s female doctors? Muhammad Akbar Notezai September 02, 2017 SITTING with two of his friends in front of Balochistan Kebab House on the main Brewery Road in Wahdat Colony, a heavily populated area of Quetta, elderly Haji Abdul Zaman Zehri shares that his daughter had recently survived a pregnancy complication after undergoing surgery. Mr Zehri hails from Norgama town situated in Zehri tehsil, Khuzdar district, and talks about how there isn’t a single gynaecologist for the women of the town he hails from, which has a population of around 5,000 people. He had travelled to Quetta to be with his daughter who was brought to the Bolan Medical Complex for surgery. “Luckily, we brought her to Quetta. Otherwise, my daughter would have met the fate of other women in our areas and elsewhere in the province that do not have female doctors, and would have died during pregnancy,” he says, adding that it was hard to come across good gynaecologists or female doctors even in Quetta.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's India visit to see Asia-Africa Growth Corridor launch By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau | Sep 02, 2017, 06.00 AM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abe will outline the vision of the AAGC during the three-day summit that starts on September 13. NEW DELHI: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s mid-month India visit for an annual summit will see the launch of  Asia-Africa Growth Corridor  (AAGC), an initiative seen as providing an alternative to the One-Belt-One-Road (  OBOR ) initiative of  China . Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) is a development cooperation initiative envisaged to link the two continents. The agreement entails development and cooperation projects, quality infrastructure and institutional connectivity, enhancing capacities and skills and people-to-people partnerships. Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  and Abe will outline the vision of the AAGC during the thr

“CPEC is not a game-changer, it’s game over” Shahzada Irfan Ahmed September 2, 2017 Interview: Kaiser Bengali Kaiser Bengali is a senior economist who has served as advisor to the chief minister Balochistan as well as consultant/national coordinator for Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Government of Pakistan. Besides, he has headed research institutions including Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC), Karachi, and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad. He has done his Masters in Economics from Boston University, USA, and has a PhD from Karachi University. He has vast experience in the fields of teaching, research, publications and finance. Here he talks to  The News on Sunday  (TNS) about the country’s economic policies, the priorities of those managing the economy, the economic challenges faced at local and international levels, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its relationship with Gwadar, development of the so

CPEC projects 'transparent' and 'clean', zero tolerance for corruption: DCM China embassy September 01, 2017, 11:46 am Deputy Chief Mission (DCM) of Chinese embassy in Islamabad, Lijian Zhao, has rejected the reports of corruption in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). While responding a tweet on his twitter handle Zhao stated that all projects of CPEC are transparent and clean as there is zero tolerance for corruption.  On a request of 'exposing the culprits who are taking kickbacks in CPEC projects', Zhao replied that "This is not true." "All the projects of CPEC and transparent and clean," he asserted. "If any thing is wrong please report to the embassy," he added. Earlier, Zhao clarified about issue of fake companies working in Pakistan. He wrote that Chinese company Yabeite was not working in Pakistan. "It had made some fake letters to cheat government and was punished," he asserted. 

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Pakistans neighbours may also reap fruits of CPEC 60      Karachi Speakers at a seminar on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) emphasised that Afghanistan and other neighbouring countries may 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 global distribution centre, they added. The seminar titled ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – Rhythm of Progress’ was organised by Sahafi Welfare Association Karachi. 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 has to benefit from around $60 billion CPEC projects. The FPCCI President said the first special economic zone in Sindh is being set up in Dhabeji, which would be completed by 2019, which would crea

CPEC A hope for the nation Columns  Comment11 SECONDS AGO BY SULTAN M HALI _________________________ BalochHouse Comment CPEC is slavery for entire Pakistan. 🔴 The agreements with China are not on public domain or made.public 🔴 What if the agreements about BALOCHISTAN have clauses that require heavy penalties for not honouring, and payouts on the part of free BALOCHISTAN , if pakistan collapse. What international law says about penalties in such scenarios? Does the onus of debt fall on breakaway free Balochistan? 🔴 Baloch leadership should openly declare that all agreements with China are null and void and free BALOCHISTAN will not honor. 🔴 Do Chinese consider such investments as sunk costs ? Or demand payments from free Balochistan? Not all projects financed by Chinese policy banks are driven by commercial logic , says Tom Miller, an analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, a research company. A $46bn plan to finance an “economic co