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India: Belt and road initiative

Belt and road initiative MANOJ JOSHI Cherry-pick the BRI and look for business opportunities that can be fruitfully exploited Belt and Road’s  West Passage 1 exits from Xinjiang’s Alashankou (Khorgos), running through Kazakhstan BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE BRI India needs to get off its high horse on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It is a Chinese project, funded and largely executed by China in third countries. True, New Delhi has the right and duty to object to the project including what we call Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. But in reality, this is a  pro forma complaint, since the road there between China and Pakistan has been operational since the 1970s. We have since has many occasions to talk to Pakistan on a variety of areas, but the Karakoram Highway has never been on the agenda. Chinese motives in investing in Gilgit-Baltistan do not have to do with their support for Pakistan, but their self interest in stabilizing the area which is proximate to their troubled province o

Jamshoro plant’s low cost shows power of competition

By  SYED AKHTAR ALI Its EPC contract has been signed at half that of CPEC projects PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD:  Recently, the Power Division secretary signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract in Islamabad for the Jamshoro coal power plant. The plant with 1,320-megawatt power generation capacity is being built in two phases of 660MW each. The EPC contract has been signed at an extraordinary low price, almost half that of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. This is the power of competition. CPEC projects are being built without holding competition while Jamshoro power plant is being built under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) financing and it is necessary to hold competitive bids. One cannot remain without saying, hats off to the ADB and to the government of Pakistan as well as after all the latter is the owner of the project. Death toll from Balochistan mines collapse tragedy rises to 23 Let me clarify that the aim of this article is not to de

Over Rs400 million allocated to IT and telecom services for CPEC

The Pakistan government has allocated over 480 million rupees for the expansion and upgrading of 3G/4G mobile services. (Shutterstock photo) ISLAMABAD: The government has allocated Rs486.726 million for the expansion and upgrading of Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS - 3G/4G) services and seamless coverage along the Karakoram Highway (KKH) in support of CPEC in Gilgit-Baltistan. The project is one of the most important on-going projects being spearheaded by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. A total of Rs2658.713 million have been allocated for eight Information Technology and Telecommunication Division on-going schemes for the fiscal year 2018-19 via the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). Talking to APP, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication said, the ongoing scheme regarding CPEC include the construction of a cross-border OFC system between China and Pakistan for international connectivity of vo

Key CPEC route blocked as local traders protest

ANI | Gilgit [PoK] | Last Updated at May 07 2018 15:25 IST Trade with China through the Khunjerab Pass, a key part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has been halted for more than a month over objections to the existing clearance system. Traders have reportedly refused to clear their consignments through newly introduced Web-Based One Customs (WeBOC) system at Sust Dry Port. Presently, about 36 trucks carrying goods to and from China are stranded at the Sust Dry Port due to this ongoing dispute. The Gilgit-Baltistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GBCCI) and this trade organisations are backing these traders (exporters and importers) who have rejected the goods clearance system, the Dawn has reported. The system was launched last month. Talks are being held between trader representatives, the FBR [Pakistan Customs] and the government officials to settle the issue, but a consensus is yet to be reached. The traders feel that the region lacks proper internet service

SC moved against relaxations to Chinese citizens

LAHORE: A senior lawyer has approached the Supreme Court against certain relaxations given to the Chinese citizens under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party pleaded in his petition submitted to the Lahore registry that the government of Pakistan allowed Chinese citizens to acquire property/land on lease, which amounts to leasing out its sovereignty . He said the recreation parks and residential colonies being established for the Chinese in Pakistan is a deceptive way of permanent occupation. He stated that people of the country are relating the CPEC project to the example of East India Company where the British occupied the sub-continent. Barrister Khan argued that the Chinese citizens are allowed free access to Pakistan under the CPEC while local businessmen have been complaining about strict and prolonged process for getting visas to enter China. He appealed to the court to order the government to review the conditions of the CPEC agr