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PPIB rules out extension in LoI issuance for CPEC projects Request of investors will be considered only after announcement of national electricity plan, new energy policy January 12, 2018 ISLAMABAD - The Private Power Infrastructure Board’s board Thursday declined to grant  extension  in the  issuance  of letter of interest (LoI) for CPEC energy projects till the announcement of the national electricity plan and new energy policy. The new energy policy is likely to be announced in next two months and the  PPIB  board will consider the request of the investors regarding the  extension  of letter of interest (LoI) and letters of support (LoS) for the CPEC energy projects after that, official sources told The Nation. In a meeting, held last week, the CPEC energy project investors asked the Federal Minister for Power Awais Laghari for the  extension  of their letter of interest (LoI), letters of support (LoS). Responding to the investors on the is

BRA in war of words with BLF over who killed former black Baloch commander   mustikhan    Uncategorized  January 11, 2018 4 Minutes The guerrilla movement in Balochistan against Pakistan military occupation is increasingly becoming a tragicomedy, a war of words between two militant outfits over the killing of a former Baloch commander of black descent showed Thursday. Jaggoo Baloch lost his sons and brothers in the struggle against Pakistan army. On Wednesday Gohram Baloch, spokesperson for the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), had claimed the responsibility for killing Jaggoo Baloch, saying it should serve as an example for those who betray the cause. But five hours ago on Thursday Sarbaz Baloch, spokesperson for Baloch Republican Army, said in a statement headlined the “BRA killed Juggoo, BLF is emotionally owning responsibility for the killing.” Here is the translation of the statement of Sarbaz Baloch, pseudonym for a person who is widely be

China’s modern Silk Road hits political and financial hurdles AP JAN 11, 2018 ARTICLE HISTORY PRINTSHARE BEIJING – China’s plan for a modern Silk Road of railways, ports and other facilities linking Asia with Europe hit a $14 billion pothole in Pakistan. Pakistan’s relations with Beijing are so close that officials call China their “Iron Brother.” Despite that, plans for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam were thrown into turmoil in November when the chairman of Pakistan’s water authority said Beijing wanted an ownership stake in the hydropower project. He rejected that as against Pakistani interests. China issued a denial but the official withdrew the dam from among dozens of projects being jointly developed by the two countries. From Pakistan to Tanzania to Hungary, projects under President Xi Jinping’s signature “Belt and Road Initiative” are being canceled, renegotiated or delayed due to disputes about costs or complaints ho