Category: Development

GB province: a CPEC prerequisite

THE Pakistan government is projecting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project as a panacea to all its problems, one which will result in unprecedented nationwide prosperity. Undoubtedly, an investment of the proposed scale and a project completed within a limited time frame is welcome, but a cautionary note is in order: mega projects of this […]

CPEC and Gilgit–Baltistan

Some are calling the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the China-Punjab Economic Corridor, while some are seeing it as a game-changer for the entire region. Every province is striving within and outside the parliament to become a major beneficiary or at least a beneficiary of the project, except Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), which is the gateway to […]

Diamer-Bhasha land compensation: Irregularities worth over Rs500m allegedly committed

ISLAMABAD: Massive irregularities of over Rs500 million have been allegedly committed by the bureaucracy, in connivance with revenue officials, in land compensation for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam project, revealed an internal official memo. Irregularities were committed during the distribution of compensation among the dam-affected people when barren land was shown as being cultivable through revenue officials, in […]

CPEC programme: Centre tight-lipped on sites for economic zones

ISLAMABAD: Amid controversy over the route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the federal government has failed to identify the potential sites for establishing industrial/economic zones under the multibillion-dollar bilateral project. Under the CPEC, the federal government is supposed to establish scores of industrial/economic zones in all four provinces as well as Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu […]

Ghizer connection: G-B chief minister wants road to Tajikistan

ISLAMABAD: Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman has proposed the federal government include the Ghizer-Tajikistan route into the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects to directly connect the G-B with Central Asian countries. During his recent meeting with Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, the GB chief minister said the Ghizer-Tajikistan route would be the most feasible and […]

Pakistan delegation visits China to learn about renewables

Pakistan delegation visits China to learn about renewables I was part of a delegation from Pakistan that was selected to attend a training program on Renewable Energy Integration into the Grid in Central Asia at the North China Electric Power University (NCEPU) in July 2015. It was an eye-opener for us in terms of the […]

China helps Pakistan build world’s largest solar farm

Some 400,000 solar panels, spread over 200 hectares of flat desert, glare defiantly at the sun at what is known as the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Park(QASP) in Punjab, named after Pakistan’s founding father. The 100 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar farm was built by Chinese company Xinjiang SunOasis in just three months, at a cost of around […]