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PM invites foreign investors to explore economic, trade potential in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said after successful completion of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Pakistan was poised to serve as a hub for enhancing regional trade and connectivity especially for land-locked Afghanistan and the Central Asian states.  The prime minister was speaking to a delegation of International Federation of Freight…

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CPEC finances are not limited to loans only: Spokesperson Planning Ministry

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms Tuesday said no preferential treatment had been extended to Chinese Companies in energy sector projects; executed in Independent Power Project (IPP) mode as per policy of Government of Pakistan for the last 15 years that catered the needs of all private power producers and investors. “Incentives offered under…

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Sindh CM approves appointment of 813 candidates for CPEC security

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved the appointment of 813 candidates, recommended by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh, A.D. Khowaja, to strengthen Special Protection Unit (SPU) constituted for the security of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) related projects and associated workers. According to a statement issued by the Sindh…

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NAB takes notice of irregularities in Gwadar land allotment

QUETTA: Irregularities and embezzlement of millions found in Gwadar Industrial Estate Development Authority (GIEDA) in Allotment of Industrial and Commercial Plots, resulting in massive loss to national exchequer, Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) took notice on Saturday. According to Spokesman Balochistan NAB, Gwadar Industrial Estate Development Authority put economic progress and prosperity of Balochistan at…

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India using Afghan soil to hamper CPEC: Ahsan

Quetta: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said neighboring country India was using Afghanistan soil for hatching conspiracies against China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and spending million of dollars for nefarious designs against Pakistan. Talking to newsmen after inaugurating an Executive Passport Office in Quetta, the minister said Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav had revealed these…

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Dream of strong economic cooperation linked to regional peace: President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said future of the region is deeply linked to active linkages, increased mutual trade and intensive cooperation. He was addressing the inaugural session of six-nation Speakers’ Conference in Islamabad on Sunday. The President invited all states of the region to join the fate changer project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)….

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Speakers call for joint mechanism on connectivity, security, anti-terrorism

ISLAMABAD: The heads of the parliaments from six regional countries at the First Speakers’ Conference on Sunday called for establishing a joint mechanism to cope with the challenges of terrorism and security besides promoting the inter-region connectivity. Hosted by the National Assembly of Pakistan, the three-day conference commenced here with an objective to focus the parliamentary cooperation…

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CPEC to be functional by 2030: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Thursday that the first phase of CPEC would be completed by 2020 while the entire project would be functional by 2030. During his weekly press briefing in Foreign Office, Dr Faisal said that Pakistan and China regularly monitor the progress of these projects, adding that the decision…

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Pakistan, China to jointly thwart conspiracies against CPEC: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday said that Pakistan and China would work together to foil conspiracies being hatched against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He expressed these views during a meeting with a Chinese Security delegation here, said a press release. The issues related to promoting Pak-China security cooperation and ensuring safety of…

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Govt to unveil CPEC Long Term Plan on Monday

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to officially launch the Long Term Plan of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Monday. The plan will expand the scope of cooperation in various new areas including social sectors, economic field, infrastructure, education, and health. Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal will be the chief guest of the…

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Parliamentary committee on CPEC briefed on project’s long-term plan

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Monday met under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and received briefing on long-term plan of the project. Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal gave a briefing to the members of the committee regarding the long term plan of CPEC which has…

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Only PPP can resolve issues of Pakistan: Zardari

UMERKOT: Current President of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) said that only his party can resolve the issues of the country, Samaa reported. He made the statement while addressing PPPP’s public meeting in Umerkot on Sunday. Criticizing political opponents of the party, Zardari said that the people claiming of making a “Naya Pakistan” don’t know…

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CPEC has opened new horizon of development to world: Ahsan Iqbal

LAHORE: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is opening up new horizon of development to the world. He said, “It is a matter of great pleasure that massive investments under CPEC is further strengthening Pak-China friendship, which is sweeter than honey, higher than stars and deepest than the Ocean.”…

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Stability, peace in Afghanistan key to sustainable development in region: Sartaj

ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz Tuesday said that any future progress on regional integration would sustain if peace and stability prevailed in Afghanistan. “This is not possible without Pakistan’s support to the international community and we will do all that we can to help the Afghan reconciliation process,” he said while addressing the…

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Patrolling ship symbol of Pak-China friendship: Naval Chief

KARACHI: A special ceremony to launch the patrolling ship of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) was held in Karachi on Tuesday. Addressing the ceremony, the Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that the ship is the symbol of long term friendship of Pakistan and China and has been built in the Karachi Shipyard with…

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Ahsan Iqbal suggests raising special riot police contingent

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said some forces are working to halt China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project which is a gift for the country. Talking to a private news channel, he said Faizabad protest sit-in, has portrayed bad image of the country and this practice should be stopped in future. To a question he said…

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3RD Media Forum to be held today to promote CPEC

ISLAMABAD: The third China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Media Forum will be held in Islamabad on Monday, November 27. The event will focus on promoting information and cultural corridor through the media to support and supplement CPEC. Among others, Minister for Maritime Affairs Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Chairman Parliamentary Committee…

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Pakistan, China okay CPEC long-term plan

The Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has approved Long-Term Plan (LTP 2017-30) envisaging broad parameters for future cooperation, but could not conclude agreements on development projects and special economic/industrial zones.

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Learning Mandarin Chinese: A new Trend

By Saman Siddiqui An increasing number of people in Pakistan are taking lessons in Mandarin Chinese.The main reason is to land jobs in China Pakistan economic Corridor Project “CPEC”. Many institutes in Pakistan are offering classes to teach Mandarin.The arrival of Chinese nationals for CPEC has definitely created a need for Mandarin speakers. The China…

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Energy-seeking Pakistan receives major setback

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan that is faced with huge energy crisis at the moment has received a major setback as Bhasha Dam project has been written off from the CPEC. Also, the project of Karachi Circular Railways is still on the cards but new feasibility report will be mapped out. The Joint Coordination Committee of China Pakistan…

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China’s Assistant FM meets PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Assistant Foreign Minister of China Kong Xuanyou called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Tuesday morning. Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua were also present on the occasion. Pak-China relations and matters pertaining to mutual cooperation between the two countries discussed in the meeting. The seventh ministerial level…

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