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Afghanistan desires role in CPEC, says Afghan envoy Dr Zakhilwal

Ambassador of Afghanistan Dr. Zakhilwal

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Zakhilwal on Friday said Kabul absolutely supports China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and wants to become a part of the project. Dr Omer Zakhilwal, while talking to media in Islamabad, said “the CPEC was a great project that was equally relevant to Afghanistan like Pakistan, and anything that will be good for Pakistan will be good for the entire region.” The Afghan envoy asserted that the people of Afghanistan were “thirsty for development” and wanted to see their homeland prosper. “I think CPEC is not limited to Pakistan,Read More


TAPI gas pipeline consortium plans investor roadshows in November

TAPI gas pipeline consortium plans investor roadshows in November

TAPI, a long-delayed pipeline project from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan is in the final stages of financing, and investor roadshows are due to be held next month, a Pakistani official said on Friday. Head of Pakistan’s state-owned Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS) Mobin Saulat told media there was “significant progress” with the TAPI project and that investor roadshows to raise funds are planned for November. “There will be roadshows soon in all the major financial hubs and the project’s planned commissioning is 2020 and I think we areRead More


ANALYSIS: Civil-military relations in dire straits?

Analysis: Imran Khan’s U-turn or a new game plan!!

Ansar Mahmood Bhatti A recent leak in an English newspaper about an internal security meeting held a couple weeks ago, seeks to give birth to controversy that all is not well in terms of civil-military relations. While one may not challenge intentions of the reporter Cyril Almeida, whom I know for quite some time, some parts of the story may appear in conflict with the national security policy and thus providing opponents with an excuse to grill Pakistan and its security establishment. The way the Indian media and some segmentsRead More


Pakistan fully supports UNESCO work for social sector development

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PARIS, OCT 11 (DNA) – Pakistan Government welcomes UNESCO’s help for its broad based agenda for the social sector development, especially in the fields of education, health, empowerment of women and preservation of cultural heritage.   This was stated by the Ambassador the Permanent Delegate of Pakistan to UNESCO in his statement at the landmark 200th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board held in Paris, France, today.   The session was presided by Ambassador Michael Worbs from Germany and was also attended by Madam Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO and other fiftyRead More


Brahmaputra dam not to affect India, says China

Brahmaputra dam not to affect India, says China

China on Saturday sought to allay Indian apprehensions over the construction of a dam on the Brahmaputra river, saying there would be no negative impact on areas downstream, Indian media reported. Earlier this month, China blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra river as part of a major hydroelectric project whose construction began in 2014, days after reports that India was considering expediting hydropower projects on the Indus river in order to put pressure on Pakistan. China’s move was seen as a warning to New Delhi against moving too far in theRead More


Pakistan stronger, securer today than 2013: PM Nawaz

Pakistan stronger, securer today than 2013: PM Nawaz

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is economically stronger and securer today as compared to 2013. He was chairing a high-level meeting here on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, Nawaz Sharif said PML-N government has put the county on path of progress and prosperity. He said the increasing foreign investment in the country would create more jobs. Prime Minister said the government has achieved various successes on the economic front. He said economy of the country is strengthening and stabilizing. He reiterated the resolve to continue effortsRead More