Government commits to timely completion of projects being executed under CPEC
Talking to a Chinese delegation headed by President of Power Construction Corporation of China Yan Zhiyong in Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Completion of ongoing energy projects will help end the energy crisis in the country, which is top priority of the government.The government will extend full cooperation for early completion of power projects.Nawaz Sharif acknowledges the support of Power China and invited it to explore investment opportunities in transmission lines and hydro-power projects, including water reservoirs and power generation components.
Host : Waqas Saleem
Co-Host : Ghina Mehar & Zara Sikandar
Analysts on Telephone :
Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi (Expert on CPEC):
"CPEC is a mega project that will benefit different regions. Both Pakistan and China are very much committed for the timely completion of CPEC projects. Almost 500 Chinese companies are ready for the up-gradation of railway infrastructure in Pakistan. 60% work in first phase of establishment of free zones in Gawadar has been completed. This game changer project is going to benefit all the provinces of Pakistan equally. The incumbent government should also pay special attention on development projects in tribal areas. Development projects in Baluchistan will definitely eliminate the sense of deprivation among Baloch people."
Topic 2: Israel inks missile system contract with India worth almost $2 billion
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced on Thursday that the deal includes medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) systems, which is known in Israel as the Barak 8 (the Hebrew word for Lightning), and long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) systems for India's first aircraft carrier, which is still being built.The statement described the nearly 2-billion-dollar contract as the largest military deal Israel has ever signed, which are designed to destroy hostile aircraft, missiles and drones at a range of 70-km, to further tighten the bilateral strategic partnership.
Analysts on Telephone:
Dr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan (IR Expert):
This India-Israel weapon deal will definitely destabilize the balance of power in the region. Unfortunately, India has involved itself in arms race during last few years. This high technology weapon deal is serious point of concern for other countries of South Asian region. The situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir is getting worse with the increase in Pak-India tension at LoC and the Working Boundary. International community has started to express serious concerns over Pak-India tensions as it is well aware of the fact that increasing tension between two countries may lead to a nuclear war. The world must play its role to force India to resolve its outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue.
Topic: Operation Radd-ul-Fassad to completely crush extremism, terrorism: President
Addressing the officials of Quetta Command and Staff College in Islamabad, Mamnoon Hussain says the armed forces have played an important role to address the problem of lawlessness in Balochistan.The role of Pak Army in restoring law and order in Balochistan is appreciable.Our armed forces, law enforcement agencies, and civil administration have rendered relentless services in addressing the challenges of terrorism and lawlessness.He commended the role of Command and Staff College, Quetta in imparting quality strategic training to officers of Pak Army and those from the allied countries.