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Tajikistan can boost trade through Gwadar, CPEC: Alvi

8 hours ago Our Staff Reporter       ISLAMABAD - President Dr Arif Alvi has underlined the need for enhanced engagements with Tajikistan in the areas of trade, defence, energy, tourism and culture. Talking to the visiting Defence Minister of Tajikistan, Col Gen Sherali Mirzo, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, on Wednesday, the president attached great importance to Pakistan’s relations with Tajikistan. The President emphasised the need for exchanging economic and cultural delegations to expand the volume of bilateral trade as well as cement cultural linkages between the two sides. He added that Gwadar port and CPEC offered enormous opportunities to regional countries and Tajikistan, in this regard, could benefit of the emerging opportunities by exporting its goods to foreign countries through the Gwadar port. He expressed the hope that the continued interactions between military and defence leadership of the two countries at the higher levels would further expand military cooperation

As Imran Khan considers talks with Balochistan insurgents, key questions remain

Much blood has been shed, with very few families in the region unaffected by tragedy. Abbas Nasir, Dawn.com Yesterday · 09:30 pm Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. | Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP Six years after Pakistan’s last attempt to try and embrace estranged Baloch leaders failed, or was foiled, the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has  announced  a fresh move aimed at Baloch reconciliation but critical questions will need to be answered before such an initiative can get off the ground. A quick reminder: the current round of insurgency is the fourth since the Khan of Kalat acceded to Pakistan some seven months after the country’s birth, triggering unrest in 1948. The decision did not sit well with some Baloch leaders. Unlike the troubles of the 1950s and then the 1970s, the current round has lasted a long time since the  killing  of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, as the military stormed his hideout in 2006. The tribal elder had taken to the mountains to protest agai

Can Pakistan secure Chinese investment in restive Balochistan province?

16 hours ago Pakistani PM Khan recently said he would like to reach out to Baloch separatists, who vehemently oppose Chinese-funded projects in the western Balochistan province. Will negotiations allay insurgents' concerns? Prime Minister Imran Khan said last week he was considering "talking to insurgents" in Balochistan province, adding that the country's western province can only progress if there was peace in the region. Had development work been carried out in the province, "we would never have had to worry about insurgents," he said. Khan made these comments during his visit to  Balochistan's Gwadar city , which is central to the  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC), a multi-billion-dollar project linked with Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Balochistan remains Pakistan's poorest and least populous province despite several development projects which Islamabad initiated there in the past. Rebel groups have waged a separatist ins

China’s Belt and Road won’t readily reach Afghanistan

Beijing's hope to connect a Taliban-led Afghanistan with neighboring Pakistan overlooks rising and lethal resistance to the scheme By  FM SHAKIL JULY 14, 2021 A mountain pass along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Image: Facebook When suspected militants killed nine Chinese nationals in a blast that sent a bus plunging into a high mountain ravine in northern Pakistan, it marked the latest in a rising string of attacks on Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the country.   The bus was carrying over 30 Chinese engineers to the site of the Dasu dam, a hydroelectric project being built as part of the BRI’s associated US$60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). As China seeks to lure Afghanistan’s Taliban into its BRI, rising security concerns and stalled progress on the CPEC in neighboring Pakistan raises doubts about Beijing’s grand plan for Central Asian connectivity.   China has recently dangled big-ticket infrastructure projects in recent meetings with repres