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Over 2,000 border villagers in Jammu return home

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Jammu: Over 2,000 residents of border villages in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts returned home on Thursday following guns on the international border in Jammu region remaining silent for the last three days.

“Over 2,000 people from different villages in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts returned home Thursday and yesterday Wednesday after cross-border shelling and firing stopped on the international border in these districts,” a senior official told IANS in Jammu.

Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers field commanders held a meeting at Octroi Post in R S Pura sector of the international border in Jammu district on Monday to defuse tension on the border.

The commanders of both forces agreed to respect the bilateral ceasefire and work together to uphold it.

There has been no violation of ceasefire by Pakistan since Monday evening and peace has since then returned to the borders.

One civilian was killed and over a dozen others were injured in indiscriminate shelling and firing by Pakistan Rangers on the international border in Jammu region last week.

Over 3,000 villagers from border areas in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts had abandoned their homes after last week’s cross-border shelling.

The state government had set up 20 makeshift accommodations for these migrants in government buildings and religious places.

(IANS)

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Pakistan Decides To Shelve Major CPEC Power Project

A leading business tycoon had proposed the project and was expected to be one of its key sponsors

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Pakistan Decides To Shelve Major CPEC Power Project. VOA

The Pakistan government has decided to shelve a major power project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that was pushed by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s regime, the media reported on Monday.

Background discussions with government officials suggest that Islamabad has officially conveyed to Beijing that it was no more interested in the 1,320MW Rahim Yar Khan power project in view of sufficient generation capacity already lined up for the next few years, Dawn news reported.

It has requested China to formally delete the project from the CPEC list.

During the 8th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting held last month, a Pakistani delegation led by Minister for Planning and Development Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar “proposed to remove the Rahim Yar Khan imported fuel power plant (1,320MW) from the CPEC list, in order to provide structure optimisation space for the subsequent power market of Pakistan”, a government official said.

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is seen during talks in Beijing, China. VOA

The project was originally pushed as an imported coal-based plant by Quaid-i-Azam Thermal Company of the Punjab government led by former Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

A leading business tycoon had proposed the project and was expected to be one of its key sponsors.

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The official said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government has also decided to remove almost 400 “politically motivated” Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) projects as part of a comprehensive mid-year review later this month.

“We are reviewing all such schemes in detail; we do not want to waste public funds where lien has been created or sufficient progress achieved, but we definitely don’t like to throw good money after bad,” a cabinet member told Dawn. (IANS)