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Pakistan, China discuss strategic cooperation, pace of projects

Top Story APP November 06, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday stressed the need to speed up the completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects at Gwadar, enabling the Gwadar Port to achieve... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday stressed the need to speed up the completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects at Gwadar, enabling the Gwadar Port to achieve its potential. The Foreign Minister was talking to newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong who called on him here . Lauding his experience and strong credentials, he congratulated the Ambassador on his appointment to Pakistan and hoped that Pak-China ties will further strengthen during his term. During the meeting, Pakistan-China bilateral relations, cooperation in fighting COVID-19, CPEC and matters of regional and international interest were discussed. The Foreign Minister underlined that Pakistan and China were all-we

Balochistan Social-Media Activist Appears In Court After Disappearance

November 05, 2020 By  RFE/RL Gandhara Bayazid Kharotai (file photo) Authorities in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan have arrested a local social-media activist and newspaper columnist on charges of interfering in the work of police . Bayazid Kharoti appeared before a court in the provincial capital, Quetta, on November 5 that ordered him remanded in custody for five days , his lawyer, Enayat Kasi, told RFE/RL. Kasi said he had filed a bail application and that the request would be heard the next day. The Pakistani media watchdog Freedom Network denounced what it called Kharoti's " unlawful arrest ." Kharoti's friends and family sources have said he went missing in Quetta at noon on November 4. A spokesman for the Balochistan provincial government announced Kharoti's arrest on Twitter after news of his disappearance spread on social media. The spokesman, Liaquat Shahwani, said that Kharoti is accused of illegally entering the headquarters of the

Pakistan emphasises expeditious progress on CPEC projects

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday stressed the need for expeditious progress on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. Talking to the newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong, Mr Qureshi hoped that he would use his experience in trade and infrastructure development to “ fast-track CPEC projects and promote industrialisation in Pakistan”. Pakistan and China had launched the second phase of the CPEC in April 2019. Industrialisation was to be the main feature of the second phase. However, the progress in the second phase has been sluggish. Mr Qureshi, during the meeting, particularly called for speeding up the completion of CPEC projects at Gwadar so that the upcoming port could achieve its potential. He sought increased cooperation in the agriculture sector and opportunities for Pakistan to export its agricultural products to Chinese market. Agriculture projects were also part of the CPEC-II. The foreign ministe

CPEC to be ‘high quality demonstration project’ of BRI

November 06, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Newly-appointed Chinese envoy Nong Rong expressed determination that China will firmly support the timely completion of CPEC, making it a “ high-quality demonstration project”... ISLAMABAD: Newly-appointed Chinese envoy Nong Rong expressed determination that China will firmly support the timely completion of CPEC, making it a “high-quality demonstration project” of the Belt and Road Initiative during his meeting with foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday. According to a Foreign Office statement, China’s newly-appointed ambassador called on Qureshi. Lauding his experience and strong credentials, the foreign minister congratulated the ambassador on his appointment to Pakistan and hoped that Pakistan-China ties will further deepen and strengthen during his term. During the meeting, Pakistan-China bilateral relations, cooperation in fighting Covid-19, CPEC, and matters of regional and international interest were discussed. Ambassador Nong thanked th