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Balochistan, Sindh witness 50pc uptick in violence: Alarming rise in violence across Pakistan claims over 200 lives

National Rasheed Khalid July 10, 2021 ISLAMABAD: A total of 203 people lost their lives and 966 were wounded resulting from various forms of violence during the April-June quarter of this year. The brunt of violence was borne by... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: A total of 203 people lost their lives and 966 were wounded resulting from various forms of violence during the April-June quarter of this year. The brunt of violence was borne by civilians in the quarter, followed by an alarming rise in fatalities of security personnel. This was reported in the Security Report of second quarter of 2021 released by Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) here. According to the report, the highest number of fatalities from violence was in Balochistan (74), FATA (39), Sindh (39), KP (35), Punjab (8), Islamabad (4), and 4 additional persons in locations unknown as victims of violence carried out by TLP protesters in April. Combining KP and FATA fatalities equal that of Balochista

Zahoor Agha sworn in as Balochistan’s governor

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Syed Zahoor Ahmed Agha on Friday took the oath as the 22nd governor of Balochistan. Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail administered the oath to the new governor at a simple but impressive ceremony at Governor House. The oath-taking ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, Senators Manzoor Ahmed Kakar and Sana Jamali, provincial ministers, advisers, MNAs, Balochistan Assembly’s former speaker Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani, MPAs, senior government officials, including Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana, IG Police Mohammad Tahir Rai, the IG of Frontier Corps and a large number of leaders and workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. The parliamentary leader of the PTI in Balochistan Assembly, Sardar Yar Mohammad Rind, who has resigned from the cabinet as education minister, was not present on the occasion. Mr Rind’s resignation has not been accepted by

Karachi businessmen urged to invest in Gwadar, CPEC projects

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER KARACHI: Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani on Friday urged Karachi’s business community to expand their activities by setting up industrial export units in Gwadar as well as other parts of Balochistan. Addressing the business community at the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the Senate chairman said Gwadar is fast becoming a trading hub as development work in the port city had picked up pace. He asked Karachi businessmen to invest in Gwadar and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects. Chinese investors are continuously arriving at Gwadar for setting up industrial units, he highlighted. The issue of water scarcity in Gwadar has been resolved and desalination plants have been installed, he added. “Gwadar, being the only city after Islamabad, is being developed under a master plan aimed at providing all basic facilities. Power supply in the town would be linked with national grid in this fiscal year while development work at Gwadar Po

Chinese envoy holds talks with Bajwa on CPEC, regional security

 - Newspaper - DAWN.COM - Chinese envoy holds talks with Bajwa on CPEC, regional security THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong called on Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at the GHQ on Friday, said an Inter-Services Public Relations news release. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation, bilateral cooperation in various fields and update on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were discussed. The COAS thanked the ambassador for unwavering Chinese support extended to Pakistan during testing times of the coronavirus pandemic. The ambassador appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan’s positive role in the region and pledged to play his role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation between both countries. Ties with Qatar Meanwhile, Dr Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani, special envoy of the Foreign Minister for Counter-Terrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution, State of Qatar,

Destiny of CPEC depends on regional peace, while potential Afghan civil war serves US interests

By Aasma Wadud Published: Jul 09, 2021 03:12 P   China Pakistan File photo:VCG War is not an event. It is an economy. Countries like the US have reaped fortunes from it, leaving both destruction and devastation behind. With US troops leaving Afghanistan, the future of the country remains uncertain. It symbolizes that Afghanistan will be abandoned and left alone to an inevitable defeat at the hands of the Taliban. Critics are forecasting a civil war, but there is another perspective that many fail to recognize: The US failed to link its evacuation of troops to sustainable peace, but was it circumstantial or intentional?  With China emerging as an economic superpower, the war economy is now obsolete. China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has given the world generally and the region precisely a new dimension where growth, development, stability, and peace are inevitable for every nation. Afghanistan has been burning like fuel for decades with the past's war economy. Sometimes dir