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Three more motorways ‘to be made part of CPEC’

ISLAMABAD:  National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar has said three more motorway projects will be included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during the upcoming meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC). The projects include Naukundi-Mushkel-Panjgur (90km), Gilgit-Shindor-Chitral (364km) and Mirpur-Muzaffarabad-Mansehra (228km), said the chairman on Wednesday while …

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Punjab gets lion’s share at the cost of Balochistan and KP in reconstituted CCI

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday reconstituted the Council of Common Interests (CCI), with an overwhelming representation from Punjab, amid emerging crucial issues like census results and gas allocations. Even more surprisingly, the notification to that effect came from the prime minister whereas the Constitution mandates the president …

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Bank of China, others to open branches in Gwadar soon

QUETTA: The Bank of China and other national and international banks would soon open their branches in the port city of Gwadar. The Chairman Gwadar Port Authority (GPA), Dostain Khan Jamaldini disclosed this in meeting with President Bank of Smit, Zaheer Ismail who called on him during his visit to Gwadar on Thursday. …

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India Holds Talks with Iran over Development of Chabahar Port

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – India’s Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said he has held talks with Iranian officials on a range of issues, including the development of Iran’s port of Chabahar. Gadkari said that during his recent trip to Tehran, he held talks with Iranian officials on a wide range …

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Baloch activists gather against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Indian Media

BERLIN: Exiled Baloch leaders and activists will gather in Berlin, Germany, on August 11 to voice their protest against the under construction multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The event titled “China’s One Belt One Road Initiative – Its adverse impact on Balochistan & the region” would be organized by the …

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Can CPEC weather Pakistan’s political storm?

In a highly partisan political environment, China reiterated its neutrality towards the internal affairs of the country by stating its resolve to abide by ‘a strategic cooperative partnership with Pakistan’. Despite this stance the momentum of the CPEC initiative seems to have been compromised over the last two months. Senior …

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India sees Iran’s Chabahar ‘a gateway to golden opportunities’

PTI Keen on boosting bilateral trade and ties, India and Iran have expressed commitment to operationalize the strategic Chabahar Port at the earliest. On the sidelines of the inauguration of the second tenure of Hassan Rouhani as the President of Iran, the Indian union minister Nitin Gadkari, representing Prime Minister …

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Nimroz melon, watermelon yield goes up by 80pc

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): There has been an 80 percent increase in the watermelon and melon yield this year in southwestern Nimroz province, an official said on Sunday. Agriculture and Irrigation Director Akbar Sharifi told Pajhwok Afghan News Nimroz had produced 160,000 to 170,000 tonnes of watermelon and melon last year. The fruits …

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Chahbaar port may be opened next year: Indian minister

NEW DELHI: The Indian government is hopeful that the strategic Chabahar port in Iran will be operational by 2018, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said. India’s minister for transport, highways and shipping was in Tehran on Saturday in connection with the inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani’s second term in office. …

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‘China ready to continue working jointly on CPEC despite PM’s disqualification’

China on Friday said that the Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification from public office would not affect Islamabad and Beijing’s bilateral ties or the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang, while reacting to news of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case, said during a press briefing: “We believe …

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