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Planning minister promises SEZ for G-B region


ISLAMABAD: The government on Monday reassured that a special economic zone would be established in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) after it initially ignored the region in its planning for the execution of the $46 billion project. In the first phase, special economic zones would be established in all the provinces including G-B and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, ...

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Significance of CPEC


In Pakistan, the significance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is poorly understood. The Straits of Malacca connect China with global trade through an expansive 12,000km sea route. Then, to transport their goods to the Xingjiang region, the Chinese must travel another 3,500km over land. A quarter of the world’s, and most of China’s oil, passes through the Straits, whose ...

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UBUNTU-‘I am because we are!


By Amjad Ali I am happy to see you all read my blog again after quite a long break. Breaks are important to take as they refresh us and fill us with new energies and ideas. The day I left for my home town Hunza, Pakistan, I made a commitment with myself not to write on these vacation days; instead, ...

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Punjab gets lion’s share in CPEC projects


ISLAMABAD: Punjab is to benefit most from the projects starting under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), statistics shared with the Parliament revealed. At present, 53 per cent of the total projects are being assigned to Punjab. The provincial government has deployed 6,346 security personnel for the protection of 3,754 Chinese nationals. According to official statistics, out of the total of ...

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Modi, RAW must remember, our defence is impregnable: Raheel Sharif


GILGIT:   Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has on Thursday sent a clear message to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian intelligence agency RA&W that Pakistan sborders are completely secured, reported Dunya News. Addressing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Conference in Gilgit, COAS said that he completely understood the games being played by the enemies. He added that ...

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Two American mountaineers missing in northern Pakistan

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By Shaiq Hussain ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two American mountaineers have gone missing in northern Pakistan, more than 10 days after they set off to climb one of the steepest peaks in the region’s Karakoram range. Officials said bad weather is hampering rescue efforts. The Alpine Club of Pakistan announced Thursday that Scott Adamson and Kyle Dempster, both reported to be ...

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Representatives of mountainous cities come together to tackle rising air pollution


Press Release Policy makers, experts, and practitioners from Asia and Latin America met to discuss the challenges and available tools for managing air quality in mountainous cities at a session held on the side lines of the 17th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress and 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference in Busan, Korea. The conference is taking place from 29 August to 2 September 2016. ...

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Modi’s Gilgit-Baltistan remark draws a withering rebuke

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By Shahbaz Rana GILGIT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) was a manifestation of growing Indian frustration over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the strategic initiative that has isolated India in the region, said Chief Minister of the region Hafeezur Rehman Tuesday. The chief minister was speaking at a CPEC seminar organised by the special region’s government to give ...

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Mushahid Hussain: ‘CPEC to bring prosperity in GB and Balochistan’

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Gilgit: Chairman Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor Mushahid Hussain has said the CPEC will bring prosperity in Gilgit Baltistan and Balochistan besides other parts of the country. However, he didn’t explain how CPEC will bring prosperity in GB. Addressing a summit on CPEC in Gilgit on Wednesday, he said China is a time tested friend of Pakistan which ...

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Modi’s remarks on Gilgit-Baltistan shows frustration over CPEC: G-B CM

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By Shahbaz Rana GILGIT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) was a manifestation of growing Indian frustration over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Chinese strategic initiative that has isolated India in the region, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafeezur Rehman said on Wednesday. “India feels isolated in the region after CPEC was launched as part of greater One Belt One ...

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