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[29 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

THERE is much to criticise in the conduct of vast sections of the media and especially the level of editorial influence many owners of media houses exercise. But let it also be clear that the prosecution of the Jang group ownership and senior employees on charges of hurting religious sentiment smacks of persecution.  Consider that the controversial content that Geo Entertainment aired earlier this year had already been dealt with by the regulators, the channel was fined and even taken off air, and the Jang/Geo group had profusely apologised for …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[29 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: The president of the Council of Pakistan News­paper Editors (CPNE), Mujibur Rehman Shami, and the president of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Hameed Haroon, have, in a joint statement, expressed dismay at what they called unlawful conviction of Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, the Editor-in-Chief of the Jang-Geo media group and associated media persons, by an anti-terrorism court in Gilgit-Baltistan.
 
They said that the conviction was incompatible with press freedoms enshrined in Article 19 of the Constitution and that the Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment & Self-Governance) Order, 2009 under which the judicature …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[27 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Shabbir Mir  in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2014.
GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) is all set to introduce a non-political interim government to ensure free and fair elections are held next year.
 
Speaking in Darel Valley, G-B Interim Chief Minister Sher Jehan Mir said on Friday that cabinet members would be free of political affiliations. He added they would be selected once the amended governance order is made available to him.
 
One of the recent critics of a ‘technocratic government’ was former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf president Javed Hashmi. He managed to trigger a debate …

China-Tibet »

[27 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

( The writer, a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, is the author, most recently, of “China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.”)
In 1989, Chinese cities were rocked by huge protests, most notably the Tiananmen Square crackdown, while in Europe, the Berlin Wall fell and talk of a global Marxist-Leninist extinction began. Many observers, both in China and abroad, assumed that the Chinese Communist Party was on its last legs.
 
How wrong we were. A quarter-century later, the party — the world’s largest political organization, …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[25 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

MUZAFFRABAD: Four people, site for a major dam project in Kashmir, officials said.
including a Chinese engineer, were killed on Wednesday when a wall collapsed at a construction
The accident happened at the Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project intake site 40 kilometres north of Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
 
“Four workers including a Chinese engineer were killed when a wall collapsed,” Sayed Asif Gardezi, a local administration official, told AFP.
 
He said a Chinese engineer and two other Pakistani workers were injured but they were out of danger.
 
The incident was confirmed by local rescue …

China »

[25 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

BEIJING: China is losing more than $10 billion a year from its expressways, state media reported on Wednesday, despite levying hefty tolls on the world’s largest highway network.
 
China spent 431bn yuan ($69bn) on building, maintaining and operating highways in 2013, but only took in 365bn yuan from tolls, the China Daily reported, citing the Ministry of Transport.
 
For years the building of roads, high-speed rail lines and other infrastructure projects helped China hit double-digit gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
 
But with the economy slowing and authorities working to fight graft, the government …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[23 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

MIRPUR (AJK): As many as 1,170 people representing all segments of the society have signed a petition seeking early amendments in the interim constitution of Azad Jammu & Kashmir to ensure more empowerment of AJK government.
A civil society organisation namely Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms started the online petition calling on the governments of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to amend AJK Constitution commonly known as Act 1974 and empower AJK Legislative Assembly by drastically reducing AJK Council’s administrative and financial authority to ensure democratic and transparent governance.
CPDR …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[22 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Khalid Mustafa in the News, December 22, 2014
ISLAMABAD: In 2005 a devastating earthquake hit Pakistan that wreaked havoc in the northern areas, AJK and some parts of KPK. Balakot city was totally destroyed.
The world community offered $5.5 billion funding to rebuild the badly hit five districts of KPK and 4 districts of AJK. The government of Pakistan prepared a special plan to develop new Balakot city in Mansehra district for which it paid Rs1.5 billion to the KPK government for the acquisition of land. Nine year down the road …

China-Tibet »

[22 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a freelance columnist based in Lahore
When the prime minister visited China in November and signed pacts of $45.6 billion investment in development projects, the nation had a good reason to be euphoric. Of the committed investment, $33.8 billion is allocated for power generation and $11.8 billion for developing roads and transportation network.
Pakistan and China signed the China-Pak Economic Corridor Agreement, under which China would develop a four-lane road infrastructure from Kashgar to Gwadar, besides setting up power generation plants in the power scarce country. The power plants …

China-Tibet »

[22 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

 
By Abdul Manan in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2014.
ISLAMABAD: China’s President Xi Jinping is to visit Pakistan in February 2015 along with the heads of dozens of companies, members of a Chinese delegation told the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz at a meeting on Sunday.
 
The delegation, led by Vice Minister of the International Department of the Committee of the Communist Party Chen Fengxiang, has called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad and Lahore, respectively.
 
The sources revealed that the PML-N …