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9th Joint Cooperation Committee of the CPEC concludes in Islamabad

6 November 2019, Wednesday

9th Joint Cooperation Committee of the CPEC concludes



The second round of government-opposition talks ends in a deadlock; Internet in Pakistan is not free, says the latest report of Freedom House

PR Daily Brief | D. Suba Chandran

9th Joint Cooperation Committee of the CPEC concludes

China and Pakistan held the 9th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting at Islamabad. Pakistan's Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform,  and China’s National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) Vice Chairman led the committee meetings.

The following were agreed during the meeting: Gwadar Smart City Master Plan,  two MoUs for cooperation in health and trade. 

The 392km Multan-Sukkur Motorway, funded by China was inaugurated.

The Planning minister was also quoted to have said that Pakistan and China are holding discussions to finalise Chinese funding through its currency Renminbi.

It was also reported that both China and Pakistan agreed to work on mines and mineral sectors, particularly in copper and gold excavation and evacuation.

 

Azadi March Update: Second round of government-opposition talks ends in a deadlock

On the fifth day of the sit-in led by the JUI-F, the government team led by its Defence Minister (Pervez Khattak) failed to reach any understanding with the opposition. The minister was quoted saying: “Talks are on. They (the opposition) have their own stance, we have our own position. We are trying to find a middle way between the two stances.”  He also said: “We are trying to find out a solution so that the honour of the opposition is not hurt and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government too feels content.” 

The opposition led by the JUI-F is not willing to budge from its four demands: immediate resignation of Imran Khan, snap elections, no role of the army in the electoral process and supremacy of the Constitution.

 

Internet in Pakistan is not free, says the latest report of Freedom House

In the latest report published by the Freedom House, Pakistan ranks low. The overview of the report on Pakistan states: “Internet freedom declined during this report’s coverage period due to authorities’ increased blocking of political, social, and cultural websites. The general election environment in July 2018 saw connectivity restrictions and increased disinformation. Meanwhile, authorities upped their efforts to silence critical journalists and activists using a range of techniques. Users were again sentenced to death on charges of posting blasphemous content online, although their convictions are under appeal.

Pakistan holds regular elections under a competitive multiparty political system. However, the military exerts enormous influence over security and other policy issues, intimidates the media, and enjoys impunity for indiscriminate or extralegal use of force. The authorities impose selective restrictions on civil liberties, and some Islamist militant groups carry out attacks on religious minorities and other perceived opponents.”
 

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