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Chinese ‘Silk Road’ firms to help Balochistan mine minerals

The government of resource-rich Balochistan wants Chinese companies to kick-start a boom in its mining industry by including the sector into Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, a senior provincial mining official said. Beijing has pledged $57 billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship Belt and Road project that …

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Dubai govt discontinues 90-day visit visa for Pakistanis, Filipinos

Dubai’s immigration authorities have discontinued the three-month visit visa for Pakistanis and Filipinos for the next three months, Noor Mohammad, a local travel agent, told Dawn.com on Friday. “We have been directed to refuse applications for the three-month visa starting June 1,” he said; adding, however, that those travellers who …

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‘India should not be afraid of CPEC’

PESHAWAR: Indian industrialists should not be afraid of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and if they want to be a part of it they may formally send a request to our government, Regional Chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee Ahmad Jawad said …

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Afghan claim holding Pakistan responsible for Kabul attack ‘baseless’: FO

Pakistan has rejected Afghanistan’s “baseless allegations” holding the former responsible for a deadly attack in Kabul that killed at least 90 people, the Foreign Office said Thursday. In his weekly press briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the Afghan intelligence agency’s claim that Pakistan is behind the deadly bombing …

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China reaffirms early harvest power projects under CPEC

BEIJING: China confirmed that most of the early harvest energy projects being built under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework would be completed before 2019 and help ease the electricity shortage in Pakistan. Hua Chunying, the spokesperson of the Chinese foreign ministry, said this while replying to questions regarding the …

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Iran calls Gen. Mattis’ accusations ‘fabricated’

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday that accusations made by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis against Iran are “unfounded” and “fabricated”. In a televised interview with CBS’s Face the Nation on Saturday, Mattis claimed that Iran is at the center of dysfunction in the Middle …

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Border politics

Sikander Ahmed Shah IRAN is claiming that 10 of its border guards were killed by long-range guns from across the border in Balochistan on April 26. The attacks, according to Iran, were perpetrated by Jaish al-Adl, an extremist Iranian Sunni militant group active in the Iranian border province of Sistan-Baluchestan. …

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Regional crises won’t affect Tehran-Muscat ties: Oman

TEHRAN – Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah has said that Tehran-Muscat ties are based on “honesty”, “friendship” and will not be affected by crises in the Middle East region. Oman has “strongest” relations with Iran on the basis of “cooperation” and “friendship”, the foreign minister said in …

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Kulbhushan Jadhav continues to provide ‘crucial intelligence’, says Pakistan’s FO spokesperson

Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav continues to provide crucial intelligence with regard to recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told DawnNews on Monday. Jadhav’s death sentence was stayed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Hague on May 18, following proceedings in which Pakistani …

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ایران کو کسی صورت میں ایٹمی طاقت بننے نہیں دیا جائے گا-صدر ٹرمپ

روم : امریکی صدر ڈونلڈ ٹرمپ نے کہا ہے کہ ایران کو کسی صورت ایٹمی طاقت نہیں بننے دیا جائے گا، بجٹ میں فوج کے لئے مزید رقم رکھوں گا۔ امریکی ٹی وی کے مطابق امریکہ کے صدر ڈونلڈ ٹرمپ نے اٹلی کے شہر سسلی میں بیس پر امریکی فوجیوں …

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