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The future of Chabahar Port

Harsh V. Pant December, last year, saw the inauguration of the first phase of the strategic Chabahar port by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the presence of officials from 17 countries. India is central to this port project as it remains keen on opening a trade route to Afghanistan and …

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Chabahar project not in competition with CPEC: Iran’s ex-foreign minister

KARACHI: Iran’s former foreign minister Kamal Kharazi has said the perception in Pakistan that Iran’s Chabahar port, including subsequent development of roads and railways networks for enhancing the country’s trade, is a ‘rival project’ of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is not correct. He was speaking at a roundtable discussion …

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Big powers endorse ‘Afghan-led’ peace effort

TASHKENT: The five permanent members of the United Nations Secu­rity Council and more than a dozen other national delegations declared on Tuesday their support for the peace process in Afghanistan after talks that Taliban did not attend. The more than 20 signatories of a declaration, including the United States, Russia, …

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Pakistan asked India to review short-sighted approach to CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has asked India to benefit from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, instead of criticising it. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, he advised New Delhi to review its short-sighted approach towards the project. He said the “CPEC is purely an …

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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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Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

AP ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan. Russia, …

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Pakistan suspects India may target CPEC installations: Report

HIGHLIGHTS The CPEC is a network of infrastructure projects that are currently under construction throughout Pakistan The ministry has issued directives for making foolproof security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident.   ISLAMABAD: India may target the installations of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in a bid to sabotage the …

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Indian aggression will always get most befitting response: Gen Qamar

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Indian aggression or any misadventure would always get a most befitting response, the military’s media wing said. He has also given directives for enhanced protective measures including the construction of greater community shell protection shelters for the civil population. According to the Inter-Services Public …

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Why Balochistan has become a thorn in Pakistan’s crown

MANOJ JOSHI On Saturday, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q), the so-called kings’ party of the Musharraf era, took over as chief minister of Balochistan along with a 14-member cabinet. He is the third chief minister in four and a half years. Bizenjo replaced Sanaullah Zehri of …

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Iran, India Sign Major Rail Deal

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran and India have signed a deal worth 2 billion US dollars for cooperation in the rail sector, a report said. The agreement was inked Friday in India’s capital New Delhi in the presence of Abbas Akhoundi, Iran’s minister of roads and urban development, and his Indian …

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