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Qatar expresses interest in CPEC, investment in Gwadar

By  Aamir Ilyas Rana Published: January 16, 2019 Groundbreaking of Gwadar projects to be held this year. PHOTO: FILE Qatar has expressed interest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and has shown willingness to invest in the deepsea port of Gwadar, reported  Express News  on Wednesday. Qatar plans to invest in food storage facilities that will be established at the port in Gwadar. The investment will also help develop the region and the local economy. Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to leave on an official trip to Qatar on January 22 and is set to hold meetings with the Qatari leadership. The prime minister is also expected to discuss various deals including one on the import of liquified natural gas (LNG). Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistani Zulfi Bukhari, Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and the advisor on trade are expected to accompany the prime minister. https://tribun

'China has no concerns over Saudi oil refinery in Gwadar'

By  Zaigham Naqvi Published: January 18, 2019 ISLAMABAD:  Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Ghulam Sarwar Khan has sought to quash speculations that China has concerns over the Saudi Arabian plans to set up an oil refinery in the port city of Gwadar. Speaking informally to journalists in Islamabad, the minister said he had met the Chinese ambassador in Pakistan who welcomed Saudi participation in the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Khan said the existing LNG import agreements could not be revoked, though they could be reviewed after a period of 10 years. “The government would facilitate, if the private sector wants to import LNG,” he added. He added that the Pakistan government had completed its homework for a review of the LNG import agreement with Qatar. “Prime Minister Imran Khan would take up the matter with the Qatari officials during his upcoming visit,” he said, adding that he would also be accompanying the prime minister and

Four key areas under CPEC prioritised

Khaleeq Kiani Updated January 19, 2019 Early completion of the CPEC projects is in Pakistan’s interest, says prime minister. — File photo ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday prioritised four key areas under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for the next couple of years and ordered the groundbreaking of at least three special economic zones (SEZs) before end-June this year. He was presiding over a meeting here to review progress on the CPEC. Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar briefed the participants on the outcome of the 8th CPEC Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting and progress on the projects. The prime minister gave targets for short- to mid-term phases, focusing on cooperation in industrial, socio-economic, agriculture and Gwadar. “It was decided to make the period as a phase of industrial cooperation, socioeconomic and agriculture sector development. Timelines for the development of prioritised SEZs were finalis

BNM leader submits report of human rights violation in Balochistan to US Congressman

BNM  Press Relesed 2019-01-18 BNM leader submits report of human rights violation in Balochistan to US Congressman US based senior member of Baloch National Movement, Nabi Bakhsh Baloch met with US Congressman Rob Wittman. In the meeting both discussed on ever deteriorating situation of enforced disappearances in Balochistan. During the meeting Nabi Bakhsh Baloch submitted a report to US Congressman on human rights violations by Pakistani security forces and its intelligence agencies in Balochistan. In the report situation of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings in detention, forced migration, the destruction of means of livelihoods due to incessant military operation, conversion of schools into military camps and check posts, increasing number of military check posts and harassing the families of missing persons in there homes and in the protest camps are highlighted in detail.