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[14 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: A petition was filed in the apex court of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), seeking implementation of the decision taken by the chief minister (CM) in 2013 to carve out two new districts in the region.
CM Mehdi Shah announced to give the status of a district to Shigar and Kharmang valleys of Baltistan in March last year, raising the number of districts in the region from seven to nine.
The announcement, however, was not acted upon as the bureaucracy raised objections in relation to the powers of a CM to do so under …

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[13 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The government disclosed on Thursday that the financing and development of Gwadar International Airport had been “taken over by China” and that the Civil Aviation Authority would not be involved with the process.
In addition, the controversy over the change in the route of the $35 million Pak-China Economic Corridor deepened as government officials continued to contradict each other over the reasons for the change.
Planning and Development Secretary Hassan Nawaz Tarar told a Senate committee that a special board had been established to oversee the construction of Gwadar airport. Pakistan …

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[6 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT: Demanding service structure and clear rules for their promotion, hundreds of male and female teachers of government schools staged demonstrations in the seven district headquarters of Gilgit Baltistan and announced boycott of classes across the region till June 10.
The GB Teachers Association had given the call for protest.
The teachers, who had also brought their students on roads, said that if their demands were not accepted they would continue their protests. The protesters also blocked the main roads of Gilgit, Skardu, Hunza Nagar, Ghizar, Diamer and Ghancha besides the Karakoram …

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[6 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

MUZAFFARABAD:  A police officer was killed, while three protesters were injured due to tear gas shelling in Charhoi.
PML-N leader Munsifdad Khan  and members of civil society were protesting against the transfer of tehsil headquarters offices to newly-constructed buildings some five kilometres away from Charhoi city when the protest turned violent.
Mirpur Station House Officer Raja Jameel reached the spot to negotiate with protesters when they started pelting stones on the police. In retaliation, the police fired tear gas shells because of which Jameel suffocated to death, while three PML-N protesters were …

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[5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

BEIJING – Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Fan Changlong met on Wednesday with visiting Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
Calling Pakistan a “true friend” of China, Fan said that the development of bilateral “all-weather friendship” is the common option of the two peoples.
China appreciates Pakistan’s strong support for China in combating terrorists of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Fan said, calling on the two sides to further counter-terrorism cooperation.
Fan said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is willing to enhance concrete and long-term exchanges and cooperation …

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[1 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a security expert.
THE issue of terrorism remains at the heart of the world’s diplomatic, economic and strategic engagement with Pakistan. It invariably constrains Pakistan’s pursuit of economic, strategic and political interests.
The ghost of terrorism will continue to haunt Pakistan and put more pressure on the country’s relations with its neighbours after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. Pakistan’s major economic, strategic and political partner China will also expect that the former puts extra efforts into dealing with terrorism.
The recent incident of the kidnapping of a Chinese …