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Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative a Threat to the US?

While there’s room for improvement, there is little evidence that the BRI is something to fear. By  Sara Hsu May 22, 2021 Credit:  Depositphotos ADVERTISEMENT As conflicts between the United States and China appear to mount, some experts have questioned the intentions of China’s infrastructure buildup across the span of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI has been viewed as a debt trap for impoverished states and a means for China to expand its territorial control, but is it really? Is the United States missing an opportunity to participate or engage in parallel activities? The BRI has repeatedly been labeled a debt trap and a power grab, and perhaps this seemed like a possibility at the outset. However, this concept has been debunked by careful research. Deborah Brautigam, director of the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, studies Chinese lending to Africa in depth. She found no evidence that Chinese banks over-lend or invest in loss-making projects

Balochistan, KP schools to reopen from May 24

SAMAA |  Mujeeb Ullah Posted: 22-May-2021 | Last Updated: 22 hours ago Photo: File Schools across Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will reopen from Monday, May 24. A notification issued by the Balochistan Secondary Education Department on Friday said schools will reopen with strict SOP implementation. Educational Institutions in Quetta will remain closed as the coronavirus infection rate in the city is above 5%. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, classes on alternate days will resume in these districts: Battagram Buner Lower Chitral Upper Chitral Dera Ismail Khan Hangu Khyber Upper Kohistan Lower Kohistan Kolai Pallas Karak Khurram Lakki Marwat Mohmand Malakand Orakzai Swat North Waziristan South Waziristan Tank Tor Ghar Sindh Educational institutions in 12 districts of Sindh will stay closed till June 6. These include Karachi, Sukkur, Badir, Jasmhoro, Nawabshah, Hyderabad, and Dadu. Punjab Schools in 16 Punjab districts will reopen with 50% attendance. Educational institutions in Bahawalnagar,

Rare Persian leopard pair spotted in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: A pair of rare Persian leopards has been found in the Chiltan mountain range adjacent to the Hazarganji National Park, southwest of Quetta. Officials of the Balochistan wildlife department first came to know about the presence of the pair six months ago. They launched a search for the Persian leopards, mostly found in Iran and Central Asia as well as some areas of Balochistan and Sindh. Hectic efforts made by experts of the wildlife depar­tment bore fruit when they spotted the pair in a rugged mountainous area of Chiltan range and took pictures of the pair, said the Chief Con­ser­vator of Wildlife Depart­ment, Sharifuddin Baloch. While releasing pictures of the leopard, the conservator said that the existence of this leopard species was in danger as it was rapidly becoming extinct. Deputy Conservator of Forest and Wildlife Depart­ment Nazir Ahmed Kurd and some other officials took part in the search efforts. Pictures and video showed the

Growth for Balochistan

Opinion Amir Hussain May 22, 2021 In my last article ‘Development for Balochistan’ , I tried to outline an alternative development paradigm for Balochistan as a process of engagement, local planning, resource ownership... Share Next Story >>> In my last article ‘Development for Balochistan’ (May 2), I tried to outline an alternative development paradigm for Balochistan as a process of engagement, local planning, resource ownership and inclusive governance. In this article I will focus on strategies and policy actions to translate the alternative development paradigm into practice. Empirical evidence from the Global South suggests that only those economic growth strategies work well in which the local and central governments work together to foster long-term partnerships for sustainable development. Vertical growth models may represent expansion of GDP but that does not necessarily mean economic inclusion, equality and prosperity for the majority. Most of our conventional polic

3 Islamist political party leaders killed in bomb blast in Balochistan: Report

Senior local police official Ahmad Mohiuddin said explosives were packed into a motorbike parked near the vehicle of a religious leader taking part in the rally, reported Geo News. ANI | , Islamabad PUBLISHED ON MAY 22, 2021 03:44 PM IST People push a stretcher carrying a victim who was injured in a bomb blast during a pro-Palestinian rally in which six people were killed and another 14 wounded, in Chaman of Pakistan's Balochistan province near the Afghanistan border, in Quetta. (AFP) Three leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Nazaryati) among seven people who were killed in a bomb attack in Balochistan's Chaman city on Friday, reported the Dawn. Senior local police official Ahmad Mohiuddin said explosives were packed into a motorbike parked near the vehicle of a religious leader taking part in the rally, reported Geo News. As per Dawn, JUI-N's naib emir Maulana Abdul Qadir Luni, who, according to officials was the target of the attackers, suffered injuries in the bombing.

CPEC achieves ‘remarkable results’: Chinese Prez Xi

In recent years, with joint efforts of both sides, the construction of CPEC has achieved “remarkable results”, bringing important benefits to the two peoples and adding strong impetus to regional prosperity, the state-run news agency Xinhua quoted Xi as saying. By:  PTI  | May 22, 2021 10:16:33 am In his message, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and firmly support each other on issues concerning their respective core interests and major concerns. (AP Photo) Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has achieved “remarkable results” and brought important benefits to people of both countries. He made the remarks in an exchange of congratulatory messages with his Pakistan counterpart Arif Alvi on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. ADVERTISEMENT In recent years, with joint efforts of both sides, the co