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China aims to up Nepal partnership with Belt and Road Initiative

13.10.2019 Xi Jinping has become the first Chinese president to visit Nepal since 1996. Sandwiched between regional titans India and China, the mountainous country is increasingly looking to Beijing for investment. Xi Jinping wrapped up his brief visit to Nepal on Sunday. He is the first Chinese president in over 20 years to visit the Himalayan country. Nepalese and Chinese officials signed 17 agreements dealing with health, agriculture, industry, tourism and infrastructure, among other areas, the South Asian country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday. Xi had arrived for a brief stopover on his way home from India, where he had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks on combating terrorism and rebuilding ties after the  Kashmir dispute . Nepal's 'transformation' Nepalese authorities said that President Xi promised to help their country transform from a landlocked to a land-linked nation. "I hope the countries will enhance their connectivity,"

Belt and Road Initiative can be win-win, says Australia's Northern Territory chief minister

Source: Xinhua |  2019-10-15 00:46:10 | DARWIN, Australia, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chief Minister of Australia's Northern Territory (NT) Michael Gunner said on Monday that the Belt and Road Initiative can be win-win for China and Australia. A reception was held on Monday night in Darwin, the capital city of NT, by the Chinese Embassy in Australia to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Delivering a speech at the reception, Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye said over the past 70 years, China has not only developed itself, but also contributed to the world peace and injected impetus to the common development of all nations. "Cooperation at local level is an important part and a solid basis of China-Australia relations. The Northern Territory is Australia's nearest part to China, and Darwin is the Asia Gateway of Australia," said Cheng. China has become the top trading partner and the second largest export mar

Imran Khan discusses Kashmir issue with Iran President Rouhani

PTI ISLAMABAD, OCTOBER 14, 2019 00:05 IST UPDATED: OCTOBER 14, 2019 00:10 IST Pakistan PM expressed gratitude over ‘Tehran’s support’ on the Kashmir issue, says Foreign Office. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday discussed the situation in Kashmir with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani amid tensions with India after New Delhi abrogated Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Mr. Khan, who visited Tehran on Sunday to help mitigate tensions between bitter regional rivals  Iran  and Saudi Arabia, held talks with President Rouhani at the presidential palace and later met with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement said Mr. Khan discussed the situation in Kashmir with Mr. Rouhani and expressed gratitude over “Iran’s support” on the Kashmir issue. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue after India withdrew the special status of  Jammu and Kashmir  on August 5, but New Delhi has asserted that the abrogation of

Baloch leader vows support for Kurdish people

ANI | Updated: Oct 14, 2019 02:50 PM IST Undisclosed location [Pakistan], Oct 14 (ANI):  Baloch leader   Allah Nizar Baloch  has condemned the ongoing military offence by  Turkey  on the  Kurdish  population living in north-east Syria, saying that the Ankara has invaded the territory of peace-loving Kurds. The leader said that the Baloch people can "feel the pain of our  Kurdish  sisters and brothers", and like them, the Baloch land too has been invaded and occupied by several countries. He said that it is not surprising that Pakistan has supported the unilateral military offence that has already claimed the lives of dozens of people and displaced hundreds of thousands. "The irony of the latest assault on the Kurds is that all this is being done in the name of countering terrorism, while at the same time it is providing ISIS space to recoup that was otherwise denied to it by the brave  Kurdish  people who have sacrificed more than anyone else to combat radical jiha

Kurdish soil is a strong front for the battle of human dignity and national rights. Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch

Kurdish soil is a strong front for the battle of human dignity and national rights. Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch sangar publication - 14 Oct, 2019 at 4:37 pm Sangar News “As a nationalist, I believe that the Kurds will continue to fight for their land and national dignity with or without the USA and international support but the shameful betrayal of the United States and other Western nations will echo throughout history.” Baloch Pro-Independence leader Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch condemned Turkey’s attack on the Kurds in the Syrian-administered areas, saying that the Kurds did not fight for Western arms and aid, but rather to defend their national values and soil. As a nationalist, I believe that without international or US assistance, the Kurds will continue to fight for their land and national dignity, but history will know the US and other Western countries as indebted to the Kurds. Dr. Nizar Baloch said that the Turks are an aggressive force and the Kurds are fighting to defend their

Balochistan to seek review of ICSID decision in Reko Diq case

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: The Balochistan government has decided to file a review petition in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against its decision in the Reko Diq case. ICSID had imposed a fine of around $6 billion on Balochistan in the case. Balochistan Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi disclosed this while responding to a question raised by opposition member Sana Baloch on the first day of the autumn session of the Balochistan Assembly on Monday. The session was presided over by Speaker Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo. Sana Baloch and other members took up the issue and said that elected representatives had no information as to what steps were being taken by the government in this regard. Mr Buledi said the house would soon be informed about the steps being taken regarding development and changes in the case of the Reko Dig copper and gold mines project. He said the ICSID, one of the five organisations of the World Bank Group, had imposed a

Balochistan, KP: UAE assisting over 100 mega projects worth $200 milion

The United Arab Emirates-Pakistan Assistance Program (UAE-PAP) is working on more than 100 large scale projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan, said the top diplomat of United Arab Emirates in Islamabad, adding that the organization was primarily focusing on education and health care sectors during the third phase of its program. “Last year in May, we signed a $200 million cooperation agreement to execute Phase III of the UAE-PAP. This was for more than 100 bigger projects in Balochistan and KP focusing on education and health care," UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi said. The UAE-PAP was launched in January 2011 with the objective of providing help and humanitarian assistance to the people of Pakistan and supports their development initiatives for a better future. The program's third phase complements the previous two phases in which 165 development and humanitarian projects were completed at the cost of $365 million. Al-Zaabi said

Opposition seeks probe into terrorist attacks in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Opposition lawm­akers in the Balochistan Assembly have demanded setting up of a fact-finding committee to probe increasing terrorist attacks in the province. However, the debate on the adjournment motion of Nasarullah Zerey of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) could not be completed as Speaker Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo adjourned the session because of the lack of quorum. The quorum was pointed out by Minister for Public Health Engineering Noor Mohammad Dummor when Syed Fazal Agha of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl was speaking on the motion. During the last session of the Balochistan Assembly, the speaker had fixed Oct 12 for general debate on the motion. Treasury members urged to ensure quorum is present in assembly Members of the opposition and the speaker expressed reservation over breaking of quorum by the treasury benches and noted that the home minister was not in the house when the adjournment motion was being discu

CPEC’s 2nd phase to focus on industrial, agricultural cooperation, Gwadar port construction

Pakistan APP October 12,2019 “During Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China, the relevant departments of the two countries signed a series of cooperation documents, paving the way for the second phase of the construction of the CPEC”. Share Next Story >>> BEIJING: The second phase of construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will focus on industrial cooperation, agricultural cooperation, and construction of Gwadar port and socio-economic development, of which 27 new projects will be launched during the year. “During Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China, the relevant departments of the two countries signed a series of cooperation documents, paving the way for the second phase of the construction of the CPEC,” Cheng Xizhong, Professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law and Senior Research Fellow of the Chahar Institute, Special Commentator told “The Overseas Network” here on Saturday. During the meeting, the leaders of t