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India’s opposition to CPEC on shaky ground POSTED IN OPINION Neither of New Delhi's two main justifications for opposing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor stands up to scrutiny By  ADNAN AAMIR APRIL 1, 2020 Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 3, 2018. Photo: AFP / Jason Lee Speaking during Raisina Dialogue 2020 in January, Indian Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh claimed that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor impinges on India’s sovereignty. This was a repetition of India’s stand against CPEC, which is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Indian government also opposes CPEC because it considers Sino-Pakistani cooperation a threat. However, the Indian opposition to CPEC on these two points does not hold ground. There are two major reasons that drive the Indian opposition to the  US$50 billion CPEC initiative . The first reas

Security situation in Balochistan reviewed

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: With proper efforts by law enforcement agencies, the law and order situation in Balochistan is being maintained adequately amid the coronavirus outbreak, says the provincial home minister. “Security forces, police and other departments are alert and the overall state of affairs in the province is being monitored,” said Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs Mir Ziaullah Langove while presiding over a meeting held here on Tuesday to review security situation in the province. Published in Dawn, April 1st, 2020

Balochistan CM promises relief for industries, daily wage earners soon

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that his government would soon announce tax exemption for industries in the province. Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, he said the industries would get incentives through exemption in service tax and reduction in other taxes which would help them to continue their production. The chief minister said the industries would be given tax relief so that its benefit could reach the people who were suffering badly due to the coronavirus outbreak. He said the provincial government was aware of the difficulties of daily wage workers who had been rendered jobless because of lockdowns and a package for them and other needy people would be announced within a week. The departments concerned were preparing that package, he added. “We are evolving a ration distribution system in consultation with welfare organisations so that food items could reach every deserving person,” Mr Alyani said. He expressed anger over negat

Balochistan CM accuses centre of not providing adequate assistance

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has alleged that the federal governm­e­­nt, the National Disaster Manage­ment Authority (NDMA) and other provinces have not provided required assistance to Balochistan for coping with the situation created after people returning from Iran were required to put in quarantine centres at the Taftan border due to outbreak of Covid-19. Talking to reporters here on Monday, he said the provincial government used its own resource to deal the situation at the border. He said no financial support had so far been received from the federal government to deal with the situation at the Taftan border. The NDMA only provided 1,200 tents, blankets and plastic sheets, he added. The chief minister said the Balochistan government had so far released Rs2 billion for making arrangements to stop the spread of Covid-19. Provincial Finance Minis­ter Mir Zahoor Ahmed Bule­­di, Home Minister Ziaullah Langove, Health Secretary Waheed Mudassar M

Balochistan reports two more coronavirus cases, provincial tally reaches 154

SAMAA |  Muhammad Atif Ali Posted: Mar 31, 2020 | Last Updated: 37 mins ago Photo: AFP Two more cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Balochistan on Tuesday taking the total number of those affected in the province to 154. According to Balochistan Government Spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani, of these, 15 were local transmissions and the remaining patients had travel history. “So far, a total of 1,854 people have been tested across the province,” he confirmed. One patient of the virus has been discharged and reports of 60 people are awaited, Shahwani added. More than 400 people have been quarantined. Following the increase in the cases, the Balochistan government has closed Pakistan’s Taftan and Chaman borders with Iran and Afghanistan. A lockdown has also been imposed across the province and Section 144 has been imposed