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Pak soldier killed in militant attack on security post in Balochistan

PTI |   Published: 15th February 2021 07:47 PM     For representational purposes (File Photo | AFP) KARACHI: Heavily armed militants attacked a security checkpoint in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, killing a soldier before fleeing, the army said on Monday. The Frontier Corps soldier was killed during the attack in the remote area of Kech in Balochistan on Sunday night, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – the media wing of the army. "Terrorists opened fire on a check post established for security of N-85 Highway near Hoshab, District Kech late last night," it said. During the exchange of fire, Sepoy Asad Mehdi was killed, it said, adding that security forces had blocked the area and a clean up operation was underway to apprehend the terrorists. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid termed the attack "a cowardly attempt of anti-state elements". No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but previous such attacks have been claimed

China did not fund any infrastructure projects of CPEC, says Pakistan

With the CPEC, Beijing aims to expand its influence in Pakistan and across Central and South Asia in order to counter the influence of the United States and India. ANI, Islamabad PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 06:10 AM IST A general view of the port before the inauguration of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor port in Gwadar, Pakistan. (Reuters File Photo) Beijing has not funded any infrastructure project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative, said the Senate Special Committee on CPEC projects. According to a report by The Express Tribune, during the committee meeting Senator Sikandar Mandhro, chief of transport planning at the Pakistan Planning Ministry, said because of the absence of the CPEC funding, some projects, including the Khuzdar-Basima project, were being carried out from the federal development funds. Meanwhile, Committee member Senator Kabir Ahmad Shahi informed that only paperwork was carried out on CPEC. "The project started in a way that a tent