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High level Iranian delegation to visit Islamabad for FTA

A high level Iranian delegation is scheduled to visit Islamabad in April to participate in the fourth round of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Iran and Pakistan, local media reported. The quoted sources saying that a high-level Iranian delegation will visit Islamabad to hold talks aimed at making advancement …

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THE ROAD OUT OF GWADAR

Shah Meer Baloch Twenty-three billion rupees. This is the cost of ‘Motorway 8’ (M-8), which (ought to) connect the port city of Gwadar in Balochistan with Ratodero, Sindh. Forget the cost; It’s the status of this “motorway” that is intriguing: complete yet incomplete, secure yet insecure. There is great buzz …

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‘CPEC is a loan, not a giveaway from China,’ says OICCI president

The money being poured in the power and transport infrastructure under the multi-billion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative will improve Pakistan’s competitiveness internationally and link it with more countries than it is doing business with at present. That will create a huge space for foreign direct investment in the …

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Chabahar Port provides the chance for regional convergence: Iranian Envoy

Iran’s ambassador to Kabul described the southeastern Iranian Port of Chabahar as an opportunity for regional convergence in line with serving the common interests of all countries in the region. It needs to facilitate banking relations in order to make use of Chabahar’s capacities, Mohammad Reza Bahrami said in a …

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Five suspected ‘militants’ arrested in Balochistan

QUETTA: Security forces arrested five suspected militants and recovered a cache of weapons and explosives in intelligence-based operations in various areas of Balochistan on Sunday, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement. The operations were conducted in Quetta, Uch, Dera Bugti, Loralai, Pishin and Sibi in which five suspected terrorists …

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CPEC, Chabahar and Indian challenge

Shahid Jameel Since the start of the global war on terror by the US and coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2001, India has been struggling to propagate that Pakistan was the epicentre of terrorism in the region. India has been doing that with two main objectives; one, to alienate the …

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Balochistan Assembly calls for increase in number of provincial constituencies

Quetta: Balochistan Assembly on Saturday urged the federal government to review the recent delimitations across the province and increase the number of provincial assembly seats based on the evident increase in population. The assembly adopted a resolution to further the concerns of political parties regarding the ‘reduced’ number of provincial …

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Iranian forces fire mortar shells into Panjgur

GWADAR: Iranian forces fired about half a dozen mortar shells into Pakistani territory near the Panjgur border in Balochistan on Saturday, according to official sources. The shells were fired by Iranian border guards without provocation. The shells landed and exploded in an open space in the Parako area, a small …

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Talks on Iran nuclear deal amid questions on US commitment

VIENNA: Talks on the Iran nuclear deal got underway in Vienna today amid growing questions about the US commitment to the plan. President Donald Trump has vowed to walk away from the 2015 agreement in mid-May unless European countries join the US in addressing what the president says are its fatal flaws. …

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SC asked to declare Sanjrani’s election illegal

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has been requested through a petition to declare the entire process of electing Sadiq Sanjrani as chairman of the Senate illegal, void ab initio and in violation of the Constitution. The petition, filed by Ammar Hussain Khushnood, sought a declaration that the qualifications for a person …

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