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CPEC


Free Balochistan posters: A new game plan against CPEC

1396/8/27 | 21:55
  Transport for London (TfL) has removed posters with the messages “Free Balochistan: save the Baloch people” from London buses. It is the second time in as many weeks that such posters have appeared on London’s streets.   On the first occasion, on Nov 2, posters appeared on London taxis. “The Pakistan High Commission in London complained to TfL asking for those advertisements to be removed,” said Muneer Ahmed of the High Commission, adding that TfL acted quickly, removing the posters the next day.   But that did ...

Shafaqna Insight: Why India cannot sabotage CPEC?

1396/8/24 | 21:55
   India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had established a cell in 2015 dedicated to sabotaging China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Pakistan.   RAW established a new cell with a special allocation of over $500 million in 2015 to sabotage CPEC projects [in Pakistan]."   India's indirect interference in Pakistan is manifested in sponsoring Tehreek-i-Taliban-Pakistan, Baloch and other sub-nationalist outfits and many other terrorist groups     India has set up a Balochistan operational cell ...

Washington’s reservations over CPEC

1396/8/18 | 21:55
      Of late, the US has raised objections on the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Washington’s basis of objections on CPEC is that some part of the project runs through the internationally disputed territory of Kashmir.   While no part of CPEC runs through the Indian-occupied or the Pakistan-administered Kashmir but the US, like India, considers Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan as part of the greater Kashmir region. Therefore, any project in a disputed territory by a third country or ...

India’s man in Kabul: How Ashraf Ghani is playing Indian cards smartly?

1396/8/4 | 21:55
  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that his country will not be a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) unless it is given access to Pakistan's Wagah and Attari border, DNA India reported on Wednesday.       Addressing a gathering at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi, Ghani said that Kabul will restrict Pakistan's access to central Asia if it is not given access to India through the CPEC project, according to the DNA article.   The comment comes a week after a meeting took ...

Indo-US nexus ‘a threat to Pak security, CPEC’

1396/8/2 | 21:55
  The deepening Indo-US nexus is posing new challenges to Pakistan’s national security and a threat to the multi-billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project which Beijing and Islamabad consider as a game-changer.   India is opening up its market to the US in lieu of high tech weaponry which Pakistan says would adversely affect the strategic balance in the region and the most serious concern to Islamabad is the threat of fourth and fifth generation warfare that is ‘non-kinetic’ warfare from India aiming at ...

Fingers towards CPEC: An Indian tongue in Trump’s mouth

1396/7/19 | 21:55
  Pakistan has strongly rejected US objections on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’, in which China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project.     Reacting to US Defence Secretary James Mattis reservations over CPEC route, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said, “CPEC is a project for development and prosperity of the region and welfare of the people.”     Mr Mattis’s attack on CPEC is deeply troubling. The corridor’s vast potential of helping Pakistan become a trading hub and grow ...

Reservations on CPEC:  Finally the US cat is out of bag

1396/7/16 | 21:55
  The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory — originally an India claim aimed at thwarting the development plan.     The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakis­t­an’s northern areas, which India claims is part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir territory.     “The One Belt, One Road also goes through disputed territory, and I think that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort ...

Uniting the adversaries : What if Saudia and Iran join CPEC?

1396/7/1 | 21:55
  Saudi Arabia will "soon" undertake investments at Gwadar Port and join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), The News has reported quoting Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Malkiy, in a story published on Friday.     During an interview with Jang Group publications, the ambassador said Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are taking measures to strengthen "fraternal and trade ties".     The ambassador added that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would be further strengthened through ...

Free Balochistan: A joint venture of RAW and CIA to burry CPEC

1396/6/29 | 21:55
  Ambassador Farukh Amil, the permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN), has written to the Swiss authorities to take action against “Free Balochistan” posters that have appeared in Geneva.   In a letter, written to Ambassador and Permanent UN Representative Valentin Zellweger on September 6 — a copy of which is available with DawnNews, Amil said that the posters that appeared in the area around Rue de Ferney of Grand Saconnex “mentioned the name of Balochistan House (BH) as a sponsor.”     Pakistan’s ...

Is Gwadar a toll plaza?

1396/6/26 | 21:55
  The advocates of CPEC refer it as a game-changer for Pakistan and this region.   In contrast, opponents including some of the leading economists remain sceptical about the impenetrability of projects under CPEC and in specific the terms and conditions of loans Pakistan is acquiring from China under this project.   In my view, the government considers CPEC to be soothing for Pakistan economy, whereas for the experts and some economists, it is another form of “East India Company”.   If CPEC is viewed from objective perspective ...

Challenging CPEC: Is US agreed to fund Chabhar port secretly?

1396/6/22 | 21:55
  Afghanistan's foreign minister asked India on Monday to expedite development of a strategic port in Iran to bolster a trade route for land-locked Central Asian countries that would bypass Pakistan.     The port would allow India to transport goods to Afghanistan by sea. Pakistan currently does not allow India to transport through its territory to Afghanistan.Last year, India committed up to $500 million for the development of the Chabahar port along with associated roads and rail lines.     Indian External Affairs ...

US anti-Pakistan rhetoric amid realities of CPEC

1396/6/7 | 21:55
  The forces of US President Donald Trump have been unleashed. He is the guy who is convinced that Pakistan’s establishment is chock-full of double-agents, Marxists and socialists of every colour – except for the fact that he has zero evidence. Even if he has failed to support any conspiracy theory, his comments have always implied more validity to existing rumours. Every time you listen to Trump, it seems like the whole system is spinning out of control and Afghan people are feeling disenfranchised right now solely because of Pakistan.     POTUS ...

Why is Saudia keen to invest in CPEC and Gawadar?

1396/5/27 | 21:55
  Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Pakistan Nawaf Ahmad Al Malkiy  said his country is mulling to invest in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port projects.   While talking to state media, the ambassador said that the CPEC is a huge project, which would create many investment opportunities.   He further said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are fully engaged to strengthen and enhance their cooperation in military, economic and other sectors to benefit the people of both countries as they enjoy ...

 Pakistan budget: Why is health neglected again?

1396/3/6 | 21:55
  The federal government has unveiled a Rs1.001-trillion Public Sector Development Programme for the upcoming fiscal year, and nearly half of it will be spent on ‘special schemes’ and meeting funding requirements of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure projects.     The proposed PSDP for fiscal year 2017-18 is Rs201 billion or 25% higher than the outgoing fiscal year’s development outlay.   The demand for funding politically-motivated schemes during an election year, coupled with infrastructure ...

Why India has become an irrelevant power in South Asia?

1396/2/28 | 21:55
  India sees China’s effort to build roads and bridges as instruments of Beijing’s intention to build influence in its neighbourhood. India’s apprehension is that OBOR and CPEC will benefit Pakistan is a view of trade and commerce so myopic, it is as if they are stuck in colonial times with their economic policy.      Pakistan has never treated the people of Azad Kashmir with as much repression and disdain as India has its Kashmiri population. To cheat Kashmir of a project that will benefit the rest of Pakistan would be ...

Innocent killings: Is Gawadar still at risk?

1396/2/27 | 21:55
  Federal Minister for Defence, Khawaja Asif, has reiterated that India was trying to destabilise Pakistan by carrying out terrorist activities on its soil.   Speaking to media representatives on Sunday, he said terror incidents including the recent ones near Gwadar and Mastung areas, are New Delhi’s stabs to weaken Pakistan.   Labourers have tragically been targeted in the past as well, specifically those who originate from other provinces and are considered ‘settlers’ pk.shafaqna.com   Even as the attack in ...

Shafaqna special: US’s new game plan for CPEC

1396/2/24 | 21:55
  The United States on Thursday claimed the emergence of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan would allow terrorist groups more targets for attacks.    “The emerging China Pakistan Economic Corridor will probably offer militants and terrorists additional targets,” Daniel Coats, director of National Intelligence, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. Coats was testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence along with other top intelligence officials.     The National Intelligence ...

India fears Pakistan's successful CPEC project

1395/11/19 | 21:55
A Swedish think tank has claimed that India is afraid of Pakistan’s economic stability through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).     According to the report titled “Silk Road Economic Belt considering security implications and the EU-China cooperation prospects”, India does not want China to perform as a mediator in the disputes.   “There is considerable concern within India that China, which has been neutral on Kashmir since 1963, can no longer be so now that its economic and security interests ...

China’s new game: How CPEC can isolate US in the world?

1395/11/5 | 21:55
  After Lt Gen Aamir Riaz, commander, Southern Command, suggested the Indian government to shun enmity and join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor a few months ago, the Indian media advised its government to become a part of the project rather than oppose it.       For one, the Indian media has highlighted the role of China as a global power and its efforts in redrawing the whole One Belt One Road initiative of China along Central Asia, just to incorporate Pakistan's interests.   India has been unsuccessful in ...

India’s Growing frustration: Can India succeed in sabotaging CPEC?

1395/11/1 | 21:55
  Police o claimed to have foiled a plan sponsored by the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to sabotage projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and generate anti-Pakistan feelings in Gilgit-Baltistan.     Police arrested 12 workers of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF) from Yasin Valley of Ghizer district and seized a large quantity of weapons during a raid.     It is claimed by the police that the arrested suspects had received funds from RAW and prepared a plan to sabotage the ...

No reservations over CPEC but with govt’s approach: Imran

1395/10/6 | 21:55
SWABI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Sunday said his party does not have anything against China but with the federal government’s approach over China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Addressing a rally at Swabi, Imran said that CPEC would brighten the future of Pakistan. He said that the federal government should make the CPEC contract public, adding that Nawaz Sharif had promised that western route would be made first in the project. Every province should get its rights, he added. The PTI chairman said ...

Abduction of Polish workers: Security back to square one after General Raheel Sharif

1395/9/13 | 21:55
  Six Pakistanis working for a Polish oil and gas surveying company have been kidnapped in northwestern Pakistan, military sources told media, years after a Polish engineer from the same company was beheaded by Pakistani militants. The six Geofizyka Krakow workers were snatched from their vehicles on Saturday afternoon on a road near the village of Drazinda, about 80km (50 miles) from the city of Dera Ismail Khan, two officials with security forces in the area said. One of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not ...

Attracted to CPEC: Would Britain be a part of Gwadar port?

1395/9/9 | 21:55
South Asia, the home of the legendary Silk Route, now remains the least inter-connected part in the world in terms of trade. Yet it has the potential to do so much more, noted British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday. He was speaking during a visit to the Government College University (GCU), Lahore where he was welcomed by Vice-Chancellor Hassan Amir Shah, who gave a tour of the varsity to the British envoy. He called for a more dynamic relationship between the UK and Pakistan saying that the current level of bilateral trade at £2.7 billion ...

The victims of CPEC: A bombshell for land owners

1395/8/24 | 21:55
  A compulsory land acquisition award notification has been issued in connection with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for nine revenue estates in Mianwali tehsil. This ends speculation about the corridor’s route, which had remained a mystery for some time. A similar notification is expected for land in Isakhel tehsil. When the corridor was announced last year, the route it would take had become the centre of a hot debate. Yet the government had remained silent on the subject until the recent notification outlined the inclusion ...

Shafaqna Special: Finally, The Gawadar goes operational

1395/8/24 | 21:55
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has inaugurated the first mega pilot trade cargo at Gwadar Port today. Terming the arrival of the first trade convoy at Gwadar Port as 'a watershed event', the Prime Minister said the CPEC project, conceived by the leadership of China and Pakistan, had materialized, bringing a dawn of immense trade and commerce opportunities for the whole region. The CPEC was the fusion of Chinese President's concept of 'belt and road' project which came as integrating the trade and commerce activities of the various ...

A test flight: What China showed the world?

1395/8/15 | 21:55
Hundreds of Chinese trucks loaded with goods rolled into the Sost dry port in Gilgit-Baltistan on Monday as a multibillion-dollar project between Pakistan and China formally became operational.The shipment arrived more than two weeks after the first Chinese ship docked at Gwadar port that is the centre of the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. The corridor is about 3,000-kilometre long consisting of highways, railways and pipelines that will connect China’s Xinjiang province to the rest of the world through Gwadar port. ...

Escaping the accountability: Why Imran Khan is right in his stance?

1395/8/1 | 21:55
   A petition filed in Sindh High Court maintains that blocking access to Defence, Interior and Finance Ministries would harm the country. A new dimension was added to the issue when the Chinese envoy took the unusual step of calling on Imran Khan. Khan had to dispel the perception that his party’s ongoing accountability movement against the prime minister was somehow meant to sabotage the CPEC. Meanwhie Nawaz Sharif lambasted the PTI for having wasted time on protests and sit-ins instead of delivering in KP where it is in power. He predicted ...

Clearing a controversy: China allay concerns on CPEC routs

1395/7/29 | 21:55
China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong Sunday said the passage going through western part of Pakistan to Gwadar is definitely part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Speaking at an event at Pak-China Friendship Centre here to welcome participants of a car rally arriving from Chinese region of Ningxia he said CPEC is for Pakistan as a whole with multiple passages and it brings benefits to all Pakistani people. “As we see it all the routes lead to development and prosperity. Under the Belt and Road Initiatives CPEC will make its ...

Prevailing ambiguity: What is Govt hiding on CPEC?

1395/7/15 | 21:55
 The Chief Minister of KPK Pervez Khattak asked the federal government to declare the western route as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) while talking to the bureau chiefs of electronic media channels at the Chief Minister’s House. The chief minister said he recalled that the prime minister at the all parties conference had agreed to declare the western route as the shortest route and part of CPEC but he said unfortunately the signals from different quarters indicated otherwise. The CPEC is no less important to the Chinese ...

Pouring more money: Why CPEC is question of life and death for China?

1395/7/13 | 21:55
China has so far invested $14 billion in 30 early harvest projects to be completed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the “One Belt One Road” initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Out of the 30 projects, 16 were under construction, a statement quoted Chinese Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Zhao Lijian as saying. He said some early harvest projects would be completed by early 2018 while hydroelectric power projects would be ready in 2020. he CPEC is meant not just for Pakistan’s economic ...

Quetta carnage: Does any Government exist in Pakistan?

1395/7/3 | 21:55
 The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Balochistan and the Chief Secretary (CS) to submit detailed report regarding Quetta blast before the next date of hearing along with CCTV footages of the incident. During the course of proceedings, the court reprimanded IGP Balochistan for lack of progress in investigation into the incident. Senior Advocate Hamid Khan counsel for victim families appeared before the court and stated that neither any arrest had so far been made in the case nor anyone had been held responsible. ...

FDI fall: Why the World donors don’t trust in Pakistan?

1395/7/2 | 21:55
 AS the Government is making tall claims about economy being on the right track, the foreign direct investment (FDI) went down drastically to $113 million in the first two months (Jul-Aug) of fiscal year 2016-17 as against $241 million received during the same period of the preceding fiscal year, thus showing a decline of 53%, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan on Tuesday. Geopolitical tension with neighbouring countries is not looking promising and could also swallow the progress made under CPEC. In such a scenario, ...

Civil-Military wrangling: CPEC in limbo

1395/6/31 | 21:55
 Plans for operationalising the Special Security Division (SSD) for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) have been held up by civil-military wrangling, multiple sources told Media .It is feared that the issue, if not resolved at the earliest, could potentially affect the CPEC timelines. The military had announced the raising of the SSD soon after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad last year for the groundbreaking of CPEC projects. The division was to provide security to the Chinese personnel working on the CPEC projects ...

Interest in CPEC: Can Pakistan assign a role to Iran without China’s approval?

1395/6/22 | 21:55
Iran is desirous of participating in the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) which is one of the greatest projects in the history of the region, Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoust said on Friday. During a visit to the capital office of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), the Iranian envoy said his country has the capability to help the development of Pakistan’s economy through energy supply and construction of roads, railways dams and others area. While Iran and China may not see Chabahar and Gwadar as rivals, ...

Grave challenges: Would CPEC meet a dead end?

1395/6/19 | 21:55
 The Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was informed that a Special Security Division (SSD) comprising 9,000 Pakistan Army soldiers and 6,000 para-military forces personnel has been set up for the security of the project and individuals working on it. ”Special Security Division has been entrusted with the duty of protecting Chinese workers and projects under CPEC,” officials of ministry of defence said while briefing the parliamentary panel. The National Highway Authority raised the matter relative to the ...

Bad time interference: India HC invites Pakistan’s ire

1395/6/19 | 21:55
 Indian Higher Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale has said that India’s objections to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project are based on the particular route of the corridor, when it goes through areas to which both Pakistan and India claim sovereignty. “We have not any problem with the CPEC project if it contributes to prosperity and stability in Pakistan but the problem for India comes when the corridor of the project goes through such areas where both of us claim sovereignty. That is from where our objections come ...

An overt message: Indo-Pak war on CPEC

1395/6/14 | 21:55
In a recent seminar Raheel Sharif said that army was ready to go to any extent for peace in the country and its security and stability. The army chief spoke about the overall fight against terrorism, security of CPEC projects, strategic importance of Gilgit-Baltistan, and their role in CPEC. Referring to Modi’s recent statements, General Sharif said, “Let Modi and RAW know that our borders are secure. We know our enemy and its conspiracies, and we will leave no stone unturned to defeat those plots.” It is most certainly a powerful message ...

A categorical assurance: Security concerns of Chinese official in Pakistan

1395/5/29 | 21:55
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Monday said the federal government attached high importance to the security of Chinese workers engaged in construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.Nisar, who met Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong at the Punjab House, said his country is fully committed to early completion of CPEC projects.“Friendly relations between Pakistan and China are based on mutual trust and respect that meet the common aspirations of their people,” said the minister. He added that the Sino-Pak all-round strategic ...

Quetta Aftermath: Was Quetta Attack a conspiracy against CPEC?

1395/5/21 | 21:55
Top civil and military leadership believed that Monday’s suicide attack at the Civil Hospital was actually an attempt by the “enemies of the country” to sabotage the ongoing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed all state security institutions to respond “with full might to eliminate terrorists” and Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif gave a free hand to intelligence agencies to target anyone linked to the terrorist attacks. The PM and the army chief separately arrived in the provincial ...

Growing political differences: Why CPEC is in danger?

1395/5/9 | 21:55
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said agreement of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is confidential and cannot be made public. “Agreement of the economic corridor with China is sensitive and it cannot be disclosed,” Iqbal said in the Senate session. However, the minister handed over a sealed copy of the CPEC agreement to Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani and asked the members to examine the agreement in the chamber of the chairman if they wished to do so. Earlier Chairman Senate Rabbani, on the request ...

The CPEC challenge: Can Pakistan thwart international conspiracies?

1395/5/5 | 21:55
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Sunday said that the business community wants early completion of game changer project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) so that Pakistan can enjoy fruits of massive Chinese investment.The President of FPCCI Abdul Rauf Alam said that the Chinese investment of $34 billion in Pakistan's energy sector which is 76 percent of the total package, will end loadshedding forever and will turn the wheel of economy. He said that business community of Pakistan is poised to offer ...

Marred by a land dispute:  Dirty politics leaves CPEC projects in limbo

1395/4/23 | 21:55
Suki Kinari 870 megawatt hydroelectric power project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) might be delayed for one year since the Khyber Pakhutunkhwa government did not resolve the land acquiring issue. The project is worth 1.8 billion dollars and it is being constructed by the China Gezhoube Group in Mansehra district of KP and was said to be completed by 2020 revealed the Planning Commission. The Federal Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal is seeking help of the parliamentary committee of KPK in order to resolve the ...

Rejecting the CASA: Is US playing own game in the shadow of project ?

1395/4/6 | 21:55
As US-backed projects for transnational energy imports from Central Asia gain momentum, the Planning Commission has opposed the Casa-1000 project and described it as expensive, against development of domestic energy resources and the West’s “handsome parting gift to Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense”.The commission warned that the proposed project was being pushed forward with greater emphasis to counter the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and gas import from Iran. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan had on May 12 ...

An unabated controversy:  Are political powers conspiring against CPEC?

1395/3/21 | 21:55
 The Senate Special Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor raised on Monday serious doubts about CPEC’s western route and decided to submit its report to the upper house soon. At an in-camera meeting mainly attended by senators belonging to opposition parties, the committee decided to call senators from the treasury benches at the next sitting to convey its concerns. The meeting discussed issues relating to the CPEC toll regime, proposed economic zones, local and Chinese investments, etc. On May 11, the federal government assured ...

Another front: The tacit war of India against CPEC on social media

1395/3/19 | 21:55
  Pakistani intelligence agencies and Law enforcement authorities claimed to block several social media accounts inciting public against CPEC project. Authorities claimed that these groups were operated from foreign countries with the names of Sindhi and Balochi organization. Authorities claimed that RAW and other regional intelligence agencies were found involved and sponsoring the anti-CPEC propaganda.Authorities revealed that some of the anti-state elements discarded their accounts after learning about cyber chase by intelligence authorities. ...

Row over NFC award: Why Punjab is preferred over other provinces?

1395/3/19 | 21:55
Senators on Monday called the National Finance Commission Award (NFC) to ensure equitable distribution of resources among federating units besides broadening tax net, more funds to National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta) and revival of loss-making public sectors enterprises. They described China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a game-changer and called for not making the project controversial.Opening debate on the budget 2016-17, Ilyas Bilour of Awami National Party (ANP) said the government, in PSDP 2015-16 had also allocated funds for ...

A disappointing budget : All the promises proved be bombast

1395/3/16 | 21:55
 Finance Minister Ishaq Dar unveiled a Rs4.4 trillion budget on June 3, kicking off his speech by praising the government’s achievements. The platitudes he indulged in are the same that we have been hearing ever since the PML-N took office and this was no different. It was interesting to note that for the first half hour, the Economic Survey 2015-16 press conference and the budget speech had the same tone, recalling all ‘achievements’ — most of which were not directly attributable to the government, but were owed to external factors ...

On the brink of Isolation: The time of introspection for Pakistan

1395/3/16 | 21:55
 Two retired generals, both former defense secretaries, spoke at the Strategic Vision Institute workshop and said that the three-state trade hub at Chabahar in Iran was a threat to Pakistan’s security while the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was no threat to India. “The alliance between India, Afghanistan and Iran is a security threat to Pakistan and Pakistan is going into isolation,” said one while the other described it as “falling into an abyss of isolation.” They blamed Pakistan’s Foreign Office—“without a fulltime ...

No funds for CPEC: Mega billion project on the verge of closure

1395/3/10 | 21:55
Financial constraints may hamper progress on critical projects of the much-trumpeted China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as the Planning Commission has so far indicated an allocation of only Rs124 billion in the next financial year, an amount just slightly over one-third of total demand. The Planning Commission’s hands seem to be tied, hindering allocation of sufficient funds for CPEC projects, with Finance Ministry’s refusal to increase the proposed size of the development budget being the major hindrance, said officials close to the ...

Iran’s assurance: Does Chahbhar really pose no threat to CPEC?

1395/3/10 | 21:55
  Addressing tensions surrounding Chabahar, Mehdi Honerdoost, the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, on Friday said the Chabahar port agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan is “not finished” and “not limited to these three countries”. Speaking on Pakistan-Iran relations at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad (ISSI), the envoy revealed that the offer to cooperate had first been extended to Pakistan and then China, implying neither had expressed interest. Ahmed Saffee, a research fellow at the ISSI, quoted the Iranian ...