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China's Risky Investment in Pakistan LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 11:09 AM 09/15/2017 The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of China’s larger Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aims to connect Asia through land-based and maritime economic zones. CPEC is an infrastructure project, the backbone of which is a transportation network connecting China to the Pakistani seaports of Gwadar and Karachi located on the Arabian Sea. Pakistan has made a different type of investment, in radical Islam, one which could become very costly to the Chinese. At a recent conference in the Chinese city of Xiamen, the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, issued a declaration that for the first time highlighted shared concerns about terrorism from radical Islamic groups, most based in Pakistan. Although not naming Pakistan directly, the BRICS nations listed specific Islamic terrorist organizations;

Balochistan will soon become Pakistan's richest province: PM Abbasi Updated September 14, 2017 PM Abbasi inaugurates Kacchi Canal in Dera Bugti. ─DawnNews Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday inaugurated the Kacchi Canal project in Balochistan's Dera Bugti district,  Radio Pakistan  reported. According to the state-run daily, the Canal will irrigate 72,000 acres of land in the far-flung areas of the district. "This is no ordinary project. It will change the destiny of Dera Bugti," the prime minister said as he addressed a public gathering in the district. "This project is a symbol of love between two provinces," Abbasi added, explaining that the 300-kilometre canal runs from Punjab and provides water to Balochistan. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD "[Former PM] Nawaz Sharif should have been here today. This [canal] is his project," Abbasi said as he criticised the PPP for not developing the project

PM Abbasi inaugurates Rs80 billion Kacchi Canal Project in Dera Bugti September 14, 2017   By: Samaa Web Desk Published in  Pakistan   DERA BUGTI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday urged the people of Balochistan to vote for those political parties who had put the country and their province on the road to progress and prosperity. “ Now you have to decide whether you want development of your province or not, the future of Balochistan is in your hands,adding that the PML-N is the only political party which has always thought about Pakistan and put it on the path of development.” The prime minister stated this while speaking to a public gathering after inaugurating the Rs 80 billion Kachhi Canal designed to turn 72,000 acres of barren land in Balochistan green. He said the PML-N did not believe on hallow slogans and promises but practically work for resolutions of people’s problems. The Prime Minister said this vital pro

CPEC Support Project PD replaced ISLAMABAD - The government has replaced Hassan Daud Butt with Zafar Hassan, as Project Director China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Support Project. The Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms has taken back the adhoc charge of Project Director CPEC support Project from the Deputy Director of the project and handed over the look after charge to the additional secretary of the ministry, official sources told The Nation here on Thursday. In the previous set up dozen of PSDP funded project was being managed through adhoc basis without full time project directors. Even the most important CPEC support project had been operating without a full-time project director. After the expiry of the contract of the previous project director, Major General Retired Zahir Shah, about one and a half year ago the then planning minister handed over the adhoc charge of the CPEC Support Project to Deputy Director Hassan Da

CPEC projects enter second phase By  Our Correspondent Published: September 15, 2017 A truck drives along the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway before the Karakorum mountain range near Tashkurgan in China's western Xinjiang province. PHOTO: AFP KARACHI :  Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) Chairperson Naheed Memon has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects have entered their second phase where collaboration between local and Chinese industries is expected on a large scale. “I have no doubt that CPEC will be a game changer for Pakistan and the region,” she said on Thursday while visiting the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI), a representative organisation of industries in one of the largest industrial zones of Karachi. Sindh’s Projects: Inclusion in CPEC to bring prosperity ADVERTISEMENT SBI and KATI also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote investment and trade activities. Memon said joi

Govt urged to solve missing persons issue By  Our Correspondent Published: September 11, 2017 18SHARES   SHARE   TWEET PHOTO: EXPRESS QUETTA :  Voice for the Baloch Missing Persons (VFBMP) Chairman Nasrullah Baloch has asked the government to ensure implementation of the recommendations given by the working group of the United Nations regarding the issue of the missing persons. Speaking at a press conference here on Sunday along with VFBMP Vice Chairman Mama Abdul Qadeer Baloch at the missing people’s camp, he urged human rights organisations to establish a joint force on the issue of missing persons. Baloch Missing persons: 121 bodies recovered in eight months ADVERTISEMENT Ad He said that Voice for the Baloch Missing Persons is a non-political organisation, which was making peaceful and constitutional struggle for the recovery of missing persons. “We staged a historical long march from Quetta to Karachi and Islamabad on the issue of miss