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PML-Nawaz Policies Turned Balochistan Into ‘Pakhtunistan’: Former PM Jamali

“I haven’t joined PTI but have allowed my sons to shake hands with Imran” JUN 10, 2018 — Days after quitting Nawaz-led ruling party the PML, former prime minister and senior Baloch politician Zafarullah Khan Jamali has upped the ante against the deposed prime minister. Jamali has criticized Nawaz Sharif’s policies towards his resource-rich province, saying the PML-N-led government has turned Balochistan into ‘Pakhtunistan’ — an apparent pointer at Sharif’s alliances with Mahmood Khan Achakzai’s Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) and Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s JUI-F party — both these parties’Read More


Need For Local Expertise, Skills Development To Maximize CPEC

HASAAN KHAWAR: Over the last few months, I have been asked one question repeatedly at multiple forums. What kind of skills should Pakistan invest in to prepare its workforce for CPEC-related projects? While I have not come across any detailed research on the subject, although based on available information it is possible to draw some broad conclusions. The upcoming job opportunities and skills demand can be broadly categorised into three major areas. First comes the infrastructure-related jobs created by China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) investments in roads, energy projects, GwadarRead More


Mercedes-Benz Signs MoU With NLC for Assembly of Trucks in Pakistan to Meet CPEC Logistics Needs

It will ensure a healthy competition in the industry as well as will meet the logistics requirements of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). May 6, 2018 (BE2C2) — The National Logistics Cell (NLC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Daimler AG for local assembly and production of Mercedes‐Benz trucks in Pakistan with the aim to become a major player in harnessing logistics and connectivity opportunities of upcoming China Pakistan Economic Corridor.Mercedez In a statement issued on Saturday, NLC said the local assembly of Mercedes‐Benz trucks will mark aRead More


CPEC Projects ‘Come With 2.39 Pct Loans’ Payable Over 25 Years

Trade through the corridor will surpass $3 trillion; toll income would be 3 times the annual budget of Pakistan ~ $135+ billion May 5, 2018 (BE2C2) — The Project Director for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, has said that Pakistan is the center of three engines of growth and will benefit the maximum from the successful operationalization of the CPEC as the trade through this corridor will surpass US $3 trillion. It was the first time an official figure on cost ofRead More


Pakistan Part of New South Asia Economic Geography

Pakistan needs to quickly initiate a progressive model of economic reforms in line with the changing regional and global dynamics. This will not only ensure sustainability of economic growth but will also put Pakistan in a leadership position in the new South Asian economic geography. HAROON SHARIF – THE contours of a new economic and political geography within South Asia are clearly emerging on the map with enhanced connectivity among China, Pakistan, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia. This transition is already having a remarkable influence on the thinking patterns,Read More


Overseas Pakistanis ‘Own’ a $587 Million Organization Called ‘OPF’

IRSHAD SALIM — Pakistani expatriates collectively own a $587 million+ organization back home but were unaware until the newly appointed Chairman Board of Governors of the Overseas Pakistan Foundation (OPF) broke the news at a town-hall-style meet of more than 500 Pakistanis at the embassy in Riyadh. More than 2.5 million Pakistanis are in the Kingdom — the largest community among Pakistani Diaspora worldwide and last year they remitted close to $5.6 billion (largest amount among the Diaspora). According to analysis, they will continue to hold the coveted spot forRead More