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CPEC transforms Pakistan's remote Gilgit-Baltistan

Investors believe the region will become business hub after full operationalization of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Islamuddin Sajid   | 18.08.2020 GILGIT, Pakistan The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is transforming the remote but spectacular Gilgit-Baltistan or the GB region of Pakistan. Formerly known as the Northern Area and once part of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, the region at the confluence of world’s greatest mountain ranges – the Karakoram, the Himalaya, the Hindukush, and the Pamir – is witnessing a brain gain, as people return to invest in the region. Rich in history, culture, and natural beauty the area which also remained a center of rivalries between Russian, British and Chinese empires has been a cynosure of trekkers and adventure tourists over centuries. Hassan Nasar 46, has returned from Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and has established business of precious and semi-precious stones business in Gilgit, the provincial capital of GB. Since th

Gwadar cut off as flash floods hit parts of Balochistan

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: At least four people died, many others were injured and over a dozen others went missing in different parts of Balochistan, as torrential rains that lashed 22 districts of the province on Saturday caused flooding and damaged bridges and highways, cutting off Gwadar and some other areas with Quetta and rest of the country. The provincial disaster management authority along with other authorities concerned launched a rescue operation as thousands of people were stranded in flood-hit areas of Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Jhal Magsi, Nasirabad and Sibi districts where floodwater entered houses and submerged large swathes of land while mud-houses in villages collapsed. A bridge at the coastal highway linking the port city of Gwadar and other areas of Makran with Karachi and rest of the country washed away in the Padirak area of Gwadar district. In Bolan area, flash floods swamped and damaged the main Quetta-Sibi highway at various points, cutting off the area with the provincial

Paulo Coelho wants you to send books to Balochistan

UPDATED   ABOUT 3 HOURS AGO HAFSAH SARFRAZ What do you do when Paulo Coelho tells you to send books to Balochistan? You send books to Balochistan, duh! On Monday evening, Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his work  The Alchemist , Paulo Coelho, tweeted: ‘Send books to Balochistan, they’re building reading rooms’ with a news story from Pakistan. Without any surprise, the tweet gained significant attention and retweets in Pakistan and many are wondering if he has a Google alert for himself (I wouldn’t be surprised if he does). ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD On the brighter side though, lets become an ally in this effort to help Balochistan’s youth and kids get the books they deserve to read while growing up. There’s a lot more to Coelho’s tweet than what meets the eye. Local community members in the province have opened one room libraries in different parts of Balochistan including Naal, Wadh, Awaran, Quetta, Kohlu, Turbat and Gwadar in an effort to make reading material more a

China Appears To Increase Foothold In Strategic Port In Pakistan

H I Sutton   I cover the changing world of underwater warfare. China has a commercial and political interest in developing the port of Gwadar in Pakistan. It is of strategic importance because it will provide China with a port facility which bypasses the Strait of Malacca. That narrow choke point could, in wartime, be  closed off by the Indian Navy . Gwadar is also believed to be a possible future Chinese Navy overseas base, adding to the  existing one in Djibouti  on the Horn of Africa. Now new buildings point towards the next phase of China’s development at the port. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) reveals that a third new site of interest has been constructed in the past few months. I have been following the construction. Twitter  account d-atis , which monitors Asian defense topics and specializes in image intelligence (IMINT), shared a tweet showing the three sites. These have characteristic blue roofed buildings which contrast with existing local building materials and styles. T