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Balochistan has potential to fast-track national development: Rashid

Wed, 24 Nov 2021, 4:07 PM Balochistan has potential to fast-track national development: Rashid ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP):Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Wednesday said that Balochistan had potential of fast-track national development due to a lot of investment opportunities in the province. Addressing the 8th National Workshop on Balochistan here, he said Gwadar was the best deep sea port in the world which could change the fate of people of the province. Regarding overall law and order situation of the country, the minister said Pakistan was a peaceful country, however in terms of geography, law and order was a major challenge in Balochistan. He said the federal government was providing necessary resources and technical assistance to the provincial government for maintaining peace. Sheikh Rashid said the government had ensured a conducive environment for investors in the country. He said Pakistan had played a key role for bringing long lasting peace in Afghanistan and helped 100,000

Protests intensify in Pakistan's Gwadar against China's CPEC projects

ANI |   Published: 24th November 2021 02:51 PM BALOCHISTAN: Protests have intensified in Pakistan's Gwadar district against China's multi-billion belt and road project, with people fearing threats to their livelihoods from illegal fishing, according to local media reports. Scores of people have staged a sit-in protest against various issues including needless check posts and fishing trawlers in Balochistan province. Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman, the Provincial General Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Balochistan is spearheading several demonstrations in the region against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). CPEC has been marred with controversy since the announcement of the USD 46 billion project in 2015. Locals are opposing China's increasing involvement in Balochistan. They are protesting as the CPEC project has not benefited the people of Balochistan while people of other provinces are enjoying the fruits of the mega project. This has led to widespread protests as

Corridor Backlash

**  Statesman News Service)    It is intrinsically a backlash against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of China’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative and hence the spirited protests in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar against obstructionist checkpoints, a severe shortage of water and electricity and threats to the livelihood from illegal fishing. Thus far the protests, organised by political parties, civil rights activists and fishermen, have stretched to a week in Gwadar, in the restive Baluchistan province. The demands include removal of unnecessary security checkpoints, supply of drinking water and electricity, eviction of big fishing trawlers from Makran coast, and opening of the border with Iran from Panjgur to Gwadar. Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rahman, the head of the entity called “Give Rights to Gwadar” has warned that the protests will continue till the demands are met. Not that this is the first time that such issues have been raised; there ha

Two security personnel martyred in Balochistan

Group of 'externally sponsored terrorists' opened fire onto a check post, says ISPR News Desk | November 24, 2021    security forces personnel stand near the site of the bomb blast at the torkhan border crossing photo inp Security forces’ personnel stand near the site of the bomb blast at the Torkhan border crossing. PHOTO: INP Two security forces personnel were martyred during an engagement with a group of 'externally sponsored terrorists' after their check post was fired upon in the general area Tump, Balochistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Wednesday. "To prevent the move of these terrorists into built-up areas, security forces responded with all available weapons, in which terrorists suffered heavy losses," the military's media wing added. The martyred personnel were identified as Sepoy Naseeb Ullah, resident of Kharan, and Sepoy Insha Allah, resident of Lakki Marwat. "It is reminded that Pakistan's Security Forces remai

The Belt and Road Initiative: A true win-win situation or a double win for China?

24 November 2021 RENITA D’SOUZA As the  second  largest global economy, the most  populous  nation with a population exceeding 1.4 billion, the largest carbon  emitter , and one of the fastest growing global economies, China’s climate action will have a decisive influence on bending the temperature curve to 1.5°C as required by the Paris Agreement. China  emitted  more than a quarter of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2019. The nation’s CO2 emissions hit a new record high of around  12 GtCO2  in the 12 months to March 2021. Nevertheless, the  updated  Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) lack the ambition required to be demonstrated by China in the global fight against climate change. It appears that China has failed to put its best foot forward in marching against the biggest ever challenge facing the global collective. Amongst the highlights, China has committed to peaking its carbon emissions before 2030 and to attaining carbon neutrality by 2060. the effectivenes