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NA dedicated 8% agenda to CPEC, foreign affairs, anti-terrorism issues

 BY APP ISLAMABAD:  The last National Assembly took up China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), foreign affairs and anti-terrorism issues by dedicating 8 per cent of agenda during its five-year tenure that ended on May 31 . The 14th Assembly preferred these issues on the government-sponsored and supplementary business items over private lawmakers’ interventions, said a press release by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) issued here Wednesday. Pakistan witnessed crucial foreign relation challenges during last five years, including increasing tensions with neighboring India and Afghanistan, various conflicts in the Muslim world and strained ties with the United States (US) amidst warming relationship with Russia and the development of CPEC. Despite the urgency warranted by many of these issues, the government avoided proactive deliberation on foreign affairs in the National Assembly. In fact, some efforts by private lawmakers, particularly by the Opposition members, to take up

Bringing environmental sustainability to the fore-front of the CPEC agenda

June 27, 2018 3:38 pmby  Waqas Jan For all the hopes and excitement being generated by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), it is easy to lose sight of why and what exactly CPEC means for the country in its present socioeconomic context. For years, Pakistan’s economic stagnation has been directly linked to its inability to surmount key developmental challenges. Its decades old infrastructure and increasing stress from a fast rising population, has given way to a vicious cycle of underdevelopment, severely limiting its ability to progress in the 21st century. China’s $62 billion injection of developing key infrastructure under CPEC is poised to directly address this gap, offering nothing short of an economic life-line to Pakistan. Especially considering the long continuing financial and energy crises, CPEC’s targeted focus on boosting Pakistan’s transport and energy infrastructure is being touted as a much needed panacea to the myriad socioeconomic developmental challenges l

CPEC encroachment on India's sovereignty not acceptable: Senior official

By PTI | Jun 27, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers his inaugural speech for the third annual meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), in Mumbai on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. MUMBAI:  India  continues to oppose the  China Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC), a part of Beijing's One Belt One Road ( OBOR ) initiative, as it "encroaches" on sovereignty and territorial integrity, a senior government official has said. "We have a problem there. We have a problem with CPEC, our problems are well known because it completely encroaches on our sovereignty and territorial integrity. And that is not acceptable," the official told PTI, requesting anonymity. "We have to keep making them aware that this is a sensitive issue...there are sensitivities and you can't be insensitive to somebody's core concerns and we will articulate it," the official added. ADVERTISEMENT Asked about the country's stance at the Asian Infrastructure I

India must explore new strategies to counter Pakistan

India Smarak Swain & Pradeep Singh GautamJun 27, 2018 13:13:2  India and Pakistan have been in a state of covert and overt aggression against each other since their partition in 1947. There have been sporadic efforts at peace, but Pakistan remains ideologically and irreconcilably hostile to India's growth and prosperity. With conventional war no longer an option between the nuclear-armed rivals, India needs to explore more effective methods of neutralising this threat. In his classic treatise  The Art of War , Sun Tzu had argued that the perfect strategy would be to subdue the enemy without fighting. Novel strategies need to be explored to make the cost of Pakistan's unrelenting hostility literally unaffordable. In a recent report on the state of Pakistan's economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) questioned its macroeconomic stability. Surging imports have led to a widening current account deficit and a significant decline in international reserves despite hi

China will not cede a single inch — South China Sea

SupChina / Jim Mattis arrived in Beijing on June 26, becoming the first U.S. Secretary of Defense to visit China in four years. The  South China Morning Post reports  that he met with his counterpart, Wei Fenghe 魏凤和, with whom he had what he characterized as a “very open and honest dialogue,” and with President Xi Jinping. Xi told Mattis: Our attitude is firm and clear in terms of Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity, that we would not lose a single inch of the lands we inherited from our ancestors, while we would not take a single penny of others’ possessions. Xi also called for the “strengthening inter-military exchanges on all levels,” after the U.S.  withdrew its invitation  for China to participate in the biennial Rimpac military exercises following a confrontation in the South China Sea. The South China Sea remains a sore spot for the U.S. and China. Throughout April, China sent missiles to the Spratly Islands, a development that many Western security experts lab

CHINA: Veteran protests: Is this time different?

Source:SupChina In the last few days, the news out of China that has most animated my Chinese friends — especially those with official backgrounds — is the latest protest by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) veterans. Over the last few weeks,  veterans have held protests in several cities. The New York Times  reported (paywall) that they were complaining about mistreatment, poor job prospects, and inadequate benefits. Last week, more than 1,000 veterans gathered in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, “after rumors spread that at least one veteran had been beaten while seeking government help.” On Monday, “scores of armed police came…along with government officials to force everyone to go home,” a witness who supported the veterans  told Agence France-Presse . (See also  China Digital Times  and the  South China Morning Post  for reporting and links.) Veteran protests are not new:  There was a  similar protest in Luohe,  Henan Province , in May, and here is a  Chinese-language web page  that li

Current Balochistan: Conflict Updates from the ground

Source: Baloch Social Media groups 27/6/2018 KECH:- Baloch freedom fighters have attacked on pakistani army camp in Gowarkop Sari'Kallag, with heavy weaponry due to which heavy losses occurred to pakistani army. 26/6/2018 KECH:- Members of BNM did a wall chalking and distributed pamphlet to boycott upcoming elections  in Hotabad, Khairabad, Meerabad, Lallain, and Churbuk areas of Tump. 26/6/2018 KECH:- Yesterday, Pakistani army conducted a military operation in Margoti a area of Zamuran, Violent military personnel tortured women & children, looted houses & abducted 7 Baloch civilians namely Malang S/o Atta Ullah, Abdul Qadir S/o Khan Mohmad, Imam S/o Hammal, Tariq S/o Habib Ullah, Gos'Bux S/o Qadir Bux, Muneer S/o Hayat & Rasheed S/o Hayat. 27/6/2018 TUMP:- Today occupying army started a military operation in Meerabad,  Tump, for more updates be await. 27/6/2018 KECH:- Yesterday in Nasirabad Pakistani army abducted Karim Baloch R/o Gebun and Shahid R

World Music Day 2018: 5 Unique Musical Instruments Used in India

World Music Day 2018: 5 Unique Musical Instruments Used in India FESTIVALS EVENTS   Ojaswini Shrivastava Jun 21, 2018 12:07 AM IST Music is one thing that is so consistent in our lives that we can’t imagine what will happen in it its absence. In the Indian culture, music has a special significance. Each state has its own kind of music, like Rabindra Sangeet in Bengal and Lavani in Maharashtra, Carnatic music in the Southern states and Sastriya Sangeet (Hindustani music) in the North. Not only that, India also has particular types of music for festivals and celebrations, like the  shehnai  for weddings and  pepa  for Bihu celebrations in Assam. Like our music, our musical instruments are also varied and unique. (Photo Credits: Pinterest) The specialty of music is that it can almost be created from anything. Indian musical instruments are made from things as unique as those made of the horns of buffalos and coconut shells. As we celebrate World Music Day on June 21, here is a list

How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port

How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port New York Times A cargo ship navigating one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, near Hambantota, Sri Lanka, in May.ADAM DEAN FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES By  Maria Abi-Habib June 25, 2018 HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — Every time Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with an ambitious port project, the answer was yes. Yes, though feasibility studies said the port wouldn’t work. Yes, though other frequent lenders like India had refused. Yes, though Sri Lanka’s debt was ballooning rapidly under Mr. Rajapaksa. Over years of construction and renegotiation with China Harbor Engineering Company, one of Beijing’s largest state-owned enterprises, the Hambantota Port Development Project distinguished itself mostly by failing, as predicted. With tens of thousands of ships passing by along one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the port drew only 34 ships in 2012. And then the port became China’s.