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PM Abbasi: Central Asian countries interested in accessing Gwadar, Karachi ports

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says greater efforts are being made for optimal exploitation of Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. He was addressing an International Maritime Symposium, under the auspices of Bahria University, in Islamabad today with the theme of “Impact of Belt and Road Initiative on Geo-Economics of Indian Ocean Region”. The Prime Minister pointed…

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Gwadar students put innovative brilliance on display at first Science Festival

Gwadar’s largest one-day science festival for schoolchildren kicked off on Saturday at Government Model High School, to ignite a spark for science and discovery among students in the region, and to promote better quality of learning available in government schools.  According to a press release, the festival was organized by Deputy Commissioner Gwadar Dawood Ahmad…

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Pakistan, Iran agree to conclude FTA on priority

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and his Iranian counterpart Dr. Javad Zarif on Monday agreed to continue engagement for enhancing economic cooperation including bilateral trade, investments, and commercial interaction to promote shared prosperity. They reiterated their resolve to achieve the target of $5 billion by 2021 through regular exchange of trade delegations, establishing banking…

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War of Ports – Gwadar Vs Chabahar

By Jawad Akram Ongoing development of Chabahar port in Iran with collaboration of India in response to Pakistan’s Gwadar port is emerging as a proxy port of India for future. Gawadar Port, a strategic warm water deep sea port located on the Southwestern coast of Pakistan in the Baluchistan Province is the geographic center of gravity…

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HBL opens branch in Gwadar Free Zone

GWADAR (PR): Habib Bank (HBL) opened its branch in the Gwadar Free Zone earlier this week, making it the only Pakistani bank to have a branch in Gwadar as well as China. The branch was inaugurated by Chines Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Yao Jing, along with Mr. Zhang Baozhong, Chairman China Overseas Port Holding Company…

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PM to inaugurate two-day Gwadar Expo today

GWADAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will inaugurate first International Gwadar Expo in Gwadar today. According to Radio Pakistan, Foreign personalities along with members of the diplomatic community and businessmen from across the globe would attend the two day event. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the first phase of the Gwadar Free Zone. First…

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Pakistani interest in Gwadar project fully considered: COPHC

BEIJING:  The Chinese company that is developing the Gwadar Port and the Gwadar Free Zone has said it has fully considered the interests of Pakistani side and has also agreed to share revenues from those projects although it wasn’t originally required to do so. An employee from the China Overseas Ports Holding Co (COPHC) told…

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PNS Alamgir helps wounded fishermen off Gwadar

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani Dhow (fishing boat) named AL SHAHSAR while operating 280 miles off Gwadar requested immediate/ emergency medical assistance from Pakistan Navy through Joint Maritime Information & Coordination Centre (JMICC). The boat had seventeen fishermen on board. Pakistan Navy promptly responded to the call for help by immediately tasking Pakistan Navy Ship ALAMGIR for…

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Gwadar projects be completed on time, directs PM Abbasi

GWADAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed authorities concerned to ensure timely completion of all development projects in Gwadar. He was speaking at a briefing about developmental projects in Gwadar. Chairman Gwadar Development Authority Dostain Jamaldini and Commissioner Mekran Division Bashir Bangulzai briefed the Prime Minister on the pace of work on different projects…

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Gwadar to emerge on world map as major trade hub: PM

GWADAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi performed the ground breaking of the Rs17 billion East Bay Expressway and directed that the series of development projects for Gwadar be completed on time to ensure that the port emerges on the world map as a major trade hub. Addressing a ceremony here, the Prime Minister said the…

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Pakistan Motor Rally concludes, COAS distributes prizes among participants

GWADAR: Pakistan Motor Rally 2017, which started on October 31 from Khunjrab culminated at Gwadar on Tuesday night. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) along with Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri and former Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik witnessed final segment of the rally and distributed prizes to various…

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Grenade attacks injure 44 in Balochistan

Quetta: Two separate hand grenade attacks in Balochistan on Thursday injured 44 people, some of them seriously, police and hospital officials said. The incidents took place in Mastung and Gwadar districts. Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks. “Two men riding a motorbike threw a hand grenade at a busy boulevard, injuring 21…

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COAS spends second day of Eid at Turbat, Gwadar

GWADAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa spent second day of Eid at Turbat and Gwadar in Balochistan on Sunday. The army chief also met family of Shaheed Major Jamal Sheran who embraced Shahadat in Hayatabad on 17 July, 2017. During his visit, the Chief Of Army Staff also met local notables. Talking…

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Video: Commissioning Parade at Pakistan Naval Academy

KARACHI:  The 107th Midshipmen and 16th Short Service Commission Course Commissioning Parade, comprising 72 Pakistani and 28 officers from friendly countries, was held at Pakistan Naval Academy PNS Rahbar. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Upon his arrival, the Chief Guest was received by Chief of the…

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Political conflicts impeding Pakistan’s progress: Saad

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Saad Rafique Friday said squabbling among politicians was hindering progress of Pakistan which could join top economies of the world in coming years with right set of policies. Speaking at an event here, he said, “If we squabble less, Pakistan can make progress more speedily. We have to hand over…

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Gwadar airport construction to commence in September

ISLAMABAD: Construction work on Gwadar International Airport is likely to start by the end of September this year after approval of grant by the Chinese government. The project will be completed within three years and will cost two hundred and thirty million dollars, Radio Pakistan reported on Tuesday quoting official sources. The Chinese government has…

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Chaudhry Nisar deplores terror attack on Pak Navy men near Jiwani

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Pakistan Navy personnel near Jiwani on Monday. The minister, in a statement here, prayed for the swift recovery of those injured in the attack. Two Naval officers died and at least three others were wounded in an ambush in Jiwani area…

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Two Chinese nationals kidnapped in Pakistan

QUETTA: Two Chinese nationals working in Pakistan were kidnapped Wednesday, local police and China’s state media said, in an attack which could raise safety concerns for Beijing’s multi-billion dollar investment in the country.  The abductions happened in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Balochistan province, which is at the heart of the $50 billion China Pakistan…

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NA condemns killing of laborers in Gwadar

ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers on Tuesday strongly condemned a gun attack and killing of laborers in Gwadar and Kharan areas of Balochistan by terrorists and demanded of the government to use all resources for nabbing the culprits. “This House strongly condemns brutal killing of innocent laborers working in Gwadar area and extends deep condolences to bereaved families,”…

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Funeral prayers of Gwadar victims offered

NAUSHAHRO FEROZE: Nine labourers who were killed in the terrorist attack near Gwadar on Saturday were laid to rest in Naushahro Feroz, Samaa reported. Their last rites were held on Sunday and were attended by large number of people. The slain workers were busy in reconstructing road when they were targeted by terrorists near Gwadar….

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Ten laborers killed in Gwadar gun attack

GWADAR: At least ten laborers have been killed in a firing incident this morning in Gwadar area of Pushkan, Samaa reported on Saturday. According to details, some unknown gunmen opened fire at the laborers busy in construction of a road in a far-flung area of Gunz near Gwadar, leaving ten of them dead and two…

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