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Pakistan approves to extend western route of CPEC to Gilgit

ANI 19 July 2021, 5:10 pm Representative Image Islamabad [Pakistan], July 19 (ANI): Pakistan government on Wednesday decided to extend the Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Gilgit via Swat, Chitral and Shandur. With the addition of Gilgit-Shandur, Shandur-Chitral and Swat motorway, western corridor would be 1,617 km, reported Pakistan Today. The meeting to extend the route was chaired by Federal Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar. The meeting was attended by Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid, Chairman CPEC Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa and other officials. As per the earlier plan the Western Alignment of the CPEC was to be of 1,153 kilometres starting from Gwadar in Balochistan to Brahma Bahtar Interchange near Hasan Abdal, of Punjab province, reported Pakistan Today. According to an official, through connecting Shandur-Chitral road project (172 km), Gilgit- Shandur route (212 km) and Swat Motorway (M-1) of 80

China senses risk and opportunity in Afghanistan

ANI |  Updated:  Jul 19, 2021 16:21 IST Hong Kong, July 19 (ANI): The sudden withdrawal of American troops from  Afghanistan  presents Beijing with both opportunity and challenge. The first is because  China  can partially fill a power vacuum vacated by the West, and the second because the  Taliban  is a militant organization with historical ties to Islamic terrorist groups. The recent US military withdrawal after a 20-year presence in  Afghanistan  has paved the way for the  Taliban  to seize control of vast swathes of  Afghanistan  - around 223 of its 400 districts at last count - and it will eventually threaten the Kabul government. President Joe Biden said, "We did not go to  Afghanistan  to nation-build. And it's the right and the responsibility of the Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country." This disguises the truth that the USA, despite its military might, failed to stabilize the war-torn country. Does  China  think it can