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CPEC: the Baloch Perspective

 Naseer Dashti   CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) is one segment of the proposed ‘One Belt One Road’ program of the Chinese government aimed at expanding Chinese economic and strategic influence in Asia. It involves a road and rail link from the Baloch town of Gwadar to Western Chinese city …

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Balochistan by road

Saad Qaisrani Covering over 3,000 kilometres in five days, to experience the calm but uneasy peace of this isolated province While travelling across Balochistan, I can so easily relate Lt. Henry Pottinger’s luscious descriptions in his book, Travels in Beloochistan and Sinde, published in 1816. Apart from the rare additions …

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Setting the record straight

KHURRAM HUSAIN THE Long-Term Plan (LTP) document for CPECwas developed by the China Development Bank and finalised by December 2015. One year later, on December 29, 2016, it was finalised by both sides in the sixth Joint Cooperation Committee meeting held in Karachi. Minister for Planning and Development, Mr Ahsan …

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Pakistan Caught In The Middle As China’s OBOR Becomes Saudi-Iranian-Indian Battleground

By James M. Dorsey Pakistani General Raheel Sharif walked into a hornet’s nest when he stepped off a private jet in Riyadh two weeks ago to take command of a Saudi-led, 41-nation military alliance. Things have gone from bad to worse since. General Shareef had barely landed when Saudi Deputy …

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The sordid saga of FC corruption

ABBAS NASIR The action ordered by the army chief against six officers for offences committed during their tenures in the Balochistan Frontier Corps generated considerable debate on social media where some commentators lauded the military action while others questioned why the offenders were allowed to keep their pensions, medical benefits …

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China has Pakistan over a barrel on ‘One Belt One Road’

By F.M. SHAKIL Tax concessions for Chinese firms, mounting security costs, crippling debt… The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is beginning to look like a disaster for its host nation The US$56 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a part of China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ vision – has yet to translate …

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پاکستان میں مردم شماری پر سیاسی جماعتوں کے تحفظات اور ان کی حقیقت

عبداللہ فاروقی بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد پاکستان میں چھٹی خانہ اور مردم شماری کا دوسرا مرحلہ منگل سے شروع ہو گیا ہے۔ اِس مرحلے کے دوران ملک بھر کے 88 اضلاع میں خانہ و مردم شماری کی جائے گی۔ پنجاب اور سندھ کے 21، بلوچستان 17، …

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CPEC portfolio keeps increasing, but does it really add value?

ISLAMABAD:  It was January 2017 and a big day for China as the island nation Sri Lanka handed over the Hambantota deep sea port as well as 15,000 acres of its rich agricultural land to establish a new Chinese-operated industrial zone – in exchange of writing-off its $1.1 billion debt. …

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CPEC and Balochistan

Dr Shabir Choudhry From Chinese territory, the CPEC will enter an occupied territory of Gilgit Baltistan, as that is the only land link of Pakistan with China. Is it not interesting that the CPEC enters an occupied territory (Gilgit Baltistan) and ends in another territory, Balochistan, which is also considered …

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The Reko Diq mystery

The final amount of damages payable to TCC in the Reko Diq case may carry serious implications for future development projects in Balochistan By: Adnan Aamir This time Balochistan has appeared in the news not for a brutal terrorist attack but for the controversial mega development project, Reko Diq. On March …

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