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Gwadar Port will take 20-25 years to develop: Gwadar Port Authority chairman

By Yasir Habib Khan Wednesday Apr 24, 2019 Chairman Gwadar Port Authority Naseer Khan Kashani. Photo: Author  speaks to Naseer Khan Kashani, the chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority (GPA).  Excerpts: What are some of the larger projects the Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) is undertaking? Kashani:  In order to make the Gwadar seaport functional, there are a number of projects being worked on, at the moment. A key project is the Gwadar International Airport. Then, there is the East-Bay Expressway, a Free Zone to spur economic growth, dredging of berthing areas and channels, coal-based power plants, a Pak-China technical and vocational institute, projects for portable water, a China-Pakistan Friendship Hospital, a project called ‘Clean and Green Gwadar’ for the local environment and the Gwadar Smart port city master plan. All these projects are at different stages of completion. Now, the development of ports is a technical and strenuous job. It demands patience and time. Sin

CPEC is game changer for region: Naval Chief

Imaduddin April 24, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi attended the Chinese Navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations in China. He also inspected international fleet review held in connection with the 70th anniversary of China’s Navy. During the visit, the Naval Chief held meetings with various Chinese personalities, including China’s Minister of National Defence Wei Fenghe. They exchanged views on professional matters of mutual interest. The Naval Chief thanked Chinese Minister of Defence for China’s participation in the recently held multi-nation naval exercise Aman-2019 in Pakistan. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said Pakistan gives values to the traditional Pakistan-China friendship. The two sides described China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as game changer for the region. According to a report quoting spokesperson for Pakistan Navy, the Naval Chief’s visit will further strengthen relations between the navies of the two countries.

CPEC Entrepreneurs Forum held in Beijing

APP April 25, 2019 BEIJING - More than 100 Chinese companies and 50 Pakistan enterprises gathered at “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Entrepreneurs Forum” held here on Wednesday to accelerate industrial cooperation between China and Pakistan under the CPEC, a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative. The forum was jointly organized by National Defence University, ‘Obortunity Consulting and ICarbon’, a Chinese company. The forum was attended by senior officials from Pakistani Embassy in Beijing, National Development Reforms Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Commerce (China), CCPIT and other state owned and private enterprises. The CPEC Entrepreneurs Forum is a part of 2.5 weeks International CPEC Workshop spanning across Islamabad, Beijing and Gwadar to mainstream business community in the second phase of CPEC.

China’s Belt and Road will advance, despite setbacks

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Resistance to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is growing ahead of the second BRI summit in China Source: Source: Oxford Analytica Outlook International pushback against the BRI is a response to its successes, but large and potentially unsustainable debt burdens arise from bad lending decisions rather than strategy. More ominous for President Xi Jinping are the signs of discontent with the Initiative within China. The Belt and Road Forum in China this month gives Xi a chance to reinvigorate the initiative. The meeting will be stage-managed to ensure this happens, but it could still be embarrassing if poorly attended or if opponents of the BRI are able to take advantage of the publicity it generates to broadcast negative messages of their own. Impacts Malaysia’s success in bargaining down the price of a major rail project may embolden other governments to attempt the same thing.BRI projects will play into election debates in host countries; transition

Sri Lanka: Explosions in Colombo- Who could be the Perperators?

Sri Lanka: Explosions in Colombo- Who could be the Perperators? Paper No. 6529                Dated 21-April-2019 By Prof. Suryanarayan South Asia Analysis Group The explosions that took place in few churches across Sri Lanka as well as two popular hotels in Colombo on Easter Sunday were completely unexpected. The sudden developments came as a shock to Sri Lanka watchers. The Government has not officially reacted so far nor has any organization claimed responsibility. Therefore, I have no clue about government thinking or of the culprits. Given below are my tentative views. The minorities in Sri Lanka have been treated very badly by majority Sinhalese as well as successive Sinhalese - dominated governments. Sections of Buddhist monks are in the forefront preaching violence against the minorities, especially Christians and the Muslims. It must be added that the Muslims fared no better under LTTE dispensation. They were driven out of Jaffna peninsula by the Tigers when they were in

Incidents of targeting women and children are being increased in war-torn Balochistan: BSO Azad

*(Current Balochistan)* The Central Spokesperson Baloch Students Organization Azad (BSO-A) said in response to the recent conducted military operations in Perandar area of Awaran that the incidents of targeting women and children are being increased in the war-torn Balochistan. The state forces are enforcedly arresting and disappearing women and children as the means of collective punishment. The rapid increase in such incidents has generated an environment of fear among the citizens of Balochistan. The Spokesperson said that the state military institutions have conducted series of military operations on a larger scale in Perandar, Zelag and Dhal Bedi areas of Awaran. During the search operations, the state forces have violated the international laws, extrajudicially arrested 11 persons and have shifted them to an undisclosed location. The victims of the Perandar enforced disappearances have been identified as Abdul Haye; Shehnaz, daughter of Abdul Haye; Farhad, one-year-old, son o

op Sri Lankan officials deliberately withheld intelligence on attacks: Minister

He said information on possible suicide attacks on churches, hotels and politicians were received from Indian intelligence on April 4 and a Security Council meeting was chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena on April 7, but the information was not... Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts.(REUTERS) Updated: Apr 24, 2019 12:47 IST By Reuters, Reuters, Colombo Senior officials deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks on Sri Lanka, where a rash of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday killed at least 359 people, the leader of parliament said on Wednesday. “Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully. Information was there, but the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions,” Lakshman Kiriella, who is also minister of public enterprise, told parliament. He said information on possible suicide attacks on churches, hotels and politicians were received from Indian int

China to recalibrate Belt and Road, defend scheme against criticism

Brenda Goh ,  Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - China is expected to promote a recalibrated version of its Belt and Road initiative at a summit of heads of state this week in Beijing, seeking to allay criticism that its flagship infrastructure policy fuels indebtedness and lacks transparency. The policy championed by Chinese President Xi Jinping has become mired in controversy, with some partner nations bemoaning the high cost of projects. Western governments have tended to view it as a means to spread Chinese influence abroad, saddling poor countries with unsustainable debt. While most of the initiative’s projects are ongoing, some have been caught up by changes in government in countries such as Malaysia and the Maldives. Projects that have been shelved for financial reasons include a power plant in Pakistan and an airport in Sierra Leone, and Beijing has in recent months had to rebuff critics by saying that not one country has been burdened with so-called “debt traps”. Xi lau