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How CPEC Left Behind the People of Gwadar

The locals of Gwadar have little to show from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – except for broken promises. By  Mariyam Suleman June 30, 2020 Children of fishermen hold posters asking government to have sewerage lines fixed in their neighborhood. Credit: Mariyam Suleman ADVERTISEMENT In May, the United States’ senior diplomat for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, repeated her criticism of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its flagship project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In response,  the foreign office (FO) in Islamabad immediately defended CPEC,  offering reassurances about CPEC’s transparency and its perspective contribution toward national development. But on the ground, fears and concerns continue to grow in Gwadar, more than 2,000 kilometers away from the national capital, Islamabad and hundreds of kilometers away from Quetta, the provincial capital. This remote fishing town gained a deep-sea port in the early 2000s and was announced as

CPEC Business Council reconstituted to accelerate industrialisation

National APP July 01, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Chairman Board of Investment Atif R Bokhari has reconstituted the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Business Council to accelerate the process of industrialisation under the umbrella of... ISLAMABAD: Chairman Board of Investment (BOI) Atif R Bokhari has reconstituted the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Business Council to accelerate the process of industrialisation under the umbrella of the CPEC. On the advice of the Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment, the chairman BOI, being convener of the Joint Working Group (JOP) on Industrial Cooperation, was to reconstitute the following CPEC Business Council to enhance the industrialisation in the country, said a press release issued here on Tuesday. According to a notification issued here, the following CPEC Business Council was notified as Chairman and member Steering Committee, the Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood and Minister of State and

Pakistan’s CPEC Obsession: Boon or Bane?

Yaqoob-ul-Hassan Yaqoob-ul Hassan is a Research Analyst at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. More from the author J June 30, 2020 Since its inception, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has evoked a lot of interest among the policymakers, analysts, and strategists around the world. While the ruling elite in Pakistan considers it a boon that would transform Pakistan’s future, many analysts have viewed it as a Chinese game-plan to turn Pakistan into a permanent colony, a rentier-cum-client state. Others in Pakistan have called it a debt trap and a neocolonial ploy. Senator Tahir Mashhadi, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Planning and Development of Pakistan, has termed CPEC as “another East India Company in the offing”. 1  Some have also argued that despite the obsession with CPEC, the economic relations between Beijing and Islamabad would remain “low-profile” even though “closed, sec

Baloch Liberation Army accepts the responsibility of the attack on Karachi Stock Exchange. Jeehand Baloch

 Source: Social Media Today on Monday, Baloch Liberation Army attacked Pakistan’s largest stock exchange ‘KSE’ and killed several security personnel. BLA accepts the responsibility of this attack. The attack was aimed at targeting Pakistan’s economy which stands on the seventy-two years of exploitation of Balochistan and the genocide of Baloch people. Majeed Brigade targeted Pakistani economy’s backbone at KSE. By this attack, we want to send a message that Pakistani economy which is based on the exploitation and blood of Baloch, no matter how secure Pakistan keeps it, Balochs are capable of attacking it anytime and anywhere. Not only Pakistan but China is also directly involved in the exploitation of Balochistan’s resources. We had warned China to cease her expansionist and exploitative ambitions in Balochistan. In order to stop China from advancing, Majeed brigade has already attacked Chinese Engineers in Dalbandin, Chinese consulate in Karachi, and attacked Chinese delegates at PC h

Balochistan Budget: Juggling expenses

NASIR JAMAL PUBLIC investment in social and economic infrastructure development is the most important tool a provincial government can wield to boost economic growth for alleviating poverty and creating jobs. But it is observed that Balochistan has not been able to make any noticeable progress in mitigating widespread poverty despite a substantial rise in its budget allocations for development post 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) award. Balochistan, for example, has almost doubled its budget allocations for the annual public sector development programme (PSDP) from Rs54.5 billion in 2015-16 to Rs108.1bn for the present financial year. Even the revised estimates for the provincial development programme show a spike of more than 62 per cent to Rs81.9bn, yet this growth in funds is not complemented with improvement in the social and economic outcomes in the province. Instead, we have seen the province’s development throw-forward spike to Rs288.9bn at the close of the previous fiscal

Beaten for Demanding Internet Access, Balochistan Students Draw Parallels With Kashmir

South-Asia With no or poor connectivity, students cannot attend online classes while schools and colleges remain closed due to the pandemic. Jun 29, 2020 | Veengas         Students protesting in Quetta, Balochistan. Photo: Special arrangement Karachi:  Students in Quetta, Balochistan, were beaten up by the police last week when they protested the lack of internet access across the province. With no internet connectivity in several districts of Balochistan, and very poor network in others, the students cannot attend the online classes announced by the Pakistan government as schools and colleges remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the students in the province come from villages and small towns with limited facilities for internet access. The Inclusive Internet Index 2020, which surveys 100 countries to determine who gets internet access and who is denied it,  ranks Pakistan at No. 76 , stating that “low levels of digital literacy and relatively poor network quality are ma

Balochistan collects Rs2.5b from minerals sector during outgoing FY 1 day ago APP       ISLAMABAD - The Balochistan government has collected Rs2.5 billion from minerals sector during the current financial year, despite coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown. The government has collected the huge amount from mining sector and deposited in the provincial treasury, an official of the Balochistan government said. Computerized weighing scales have been installed besides increasing mining check posts in the province and upgrading royalty system in line with the modern technology, he added. The official said that the Department of Mines and Minerals would launch a project of digitisation of royalty system to bring transparency in revenue collection management

Why Balochistan Liberation Army, which targets Chinese interests in Pak, may have attacked Karachi stock exchange

Pakistan Stock Exchange attack: If indeed this is an attack by the BLA, this is their second time in Karachi, Pakistan’s business capital and its largest city where the country’s biggest port is located. Written By  Nirupama Subramanian  , Edited By Explained Desk | Mumbai | Updated: June 30, 2020 12:14:47 am Security personnel surround the Stock Exchange Building after gunmen’s attack in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo: Fareed Khan) Posted on Twitter and other social media, a photograph stamped with the letters B L A, showing four armed men in camouflage with a caption naming them and their “self-sacrificing attack” on the  Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi  earlier on Monday, is being widely seen as a claim by the Balochistan Liberation Army for the attack. The BLA is a Baloch secessionist militant group headed by UK-based Hyrbayair Marri. Pakistan has long accused India of backing Baloch separatists and militants — an allegation India has always denied. It also

BLA released Further details for the attack on Pakistan’s Stock Exchange in Karachi.

BLA released Further details for the attack on Pakistan’s Stock Exchange in Karachi. Date:  29 Jun 2020 Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), an armed group who claims to fight for the “independence of Balochistan, has release the offical statement. According to the detailed statement released to the media, Baloch Liberation Army’s (BLA) spokesperson, Jeehand Baloch, claimed the responsibility of an attack on Karachi Stock Exchange and claimed that the attack was carried out by its Majeed Brigade, which carries out sacrificial attacks. Jeehand Baloch said that the attack was aimed at targeting Pakistan’s economy which is built on the seventy-two years exploits of Balochistan and genocide of Baloch people and his organization see Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) as a base and symbol of exploitative machinery of Pakistan. He said that the purpose of attacking Pakistani economy’s backbone at KSE was a message to Pakistan that the economy which is based on the exploitation and blood of Baloch, no matt