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India’s end game in Kashmir could blow up

Elaborate plans to restore some normality vs a developing political vacuum on the ground BySAIKAT DATTA More than a month after India  ended the special status  for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is preparing to restore a high degree of normality by mid-October. This means that the curbs on people’s communication and movement in force since August 5 are likely to continue for another month, highly placed Indian government sources have told Asia Times. “We believe that by mid- or end-October we will have snowfall in the mountain passes that link the state to Pakistan-administered Kashmir,” a senior official said. “Once the passes are closed, attempts by armed militants to infiltrate into the Indian side will diminish rapidly. That seems to be the ideal time to restore normalcy in the region.” Indian intelligence officials claim that nearly 230 armed militants from the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Hizbul Mujahideen are waiting to cross over into Indian Kashmir. Reports of the Lashkar

Squeezed by debt and the US, Pakistan slows Belt and Road projects

BELT AND ROAD Squeezed by debt and the US, Pakistan slows Belt and Road projects 'Even Beijing knows' things are on hold, experts say W. TARIQ, Contributing writerSEPTEMBER 08, 2019 12:08 JST Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. left, speaks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a signing ceremony in Beijing, in April.   © Reuters KARACHI -- Facing a prolonged financial crisis, and trying to balance ties between China and the U.S., Pakistan's policymakers are slowing the pace of multibillion dollar projects under China's Belt and Road Initiative. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, launched in 2014, aims to build links between China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region and the port city of Gwadar in southern Pakistan. The total cost of the project is estimated at $60 billion. According to Hassan Daud Butt, CPEC project director for the Pakistani government, many Phase-1 projects, including improvements to the port of Gwadar, power plants and road constru

Pakistan-China Gwadar Port runs into rough weather

Chinese co terminates container liner services to Gwadar; inadequate cargo & lack of use of port for transit to Afghanistan cited as reasons By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau | Sep 09, 2019, 08.20 AM IST Getty Images The Gwadar port container liner service was launched to improve maritime trade. NEW DELHI: Pakistan's  Gwadar Port , built and managed by China, has run into rough weather due to inadequate cargo handled at the port and lack of use of port for transit to Afghanistan casting a shadow over Beijing’s  Belt and Road Initiative  (BRI) in the region. China's  COSCO  Shipping Lines recently terminated its container liner services between Karachi and Gwadar due to slow construction of  Gwadar Free Trade Zone  leading to insufficient pick up in export and import volume at the port terminal, ET has learnt. Rivigo’s disruptive scale-up model Insufficient functioning of Gwadar customs, high inland shipping cost and non-acceptance of transit items by the Karac