Pakistan came into existence and was declared a sovereign nation after the Partition of erstwhile British India on August 14-15, 1947.
Since 2013 Beijing has worked diligently to develop the Belt and Road Initiative as a win-win project capable of transcending adversarial diplomatic relationships. Its success will depend heavily on decreasing regional hositilities.
During a closely orchestrated gathering of a Beijing-led bloc, China has sought to portray itself as a defender of free trade in response to Donald Trump's support for import controls.
The merger of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is a key step to ending the region's much-criticised colonial-era governance system.
The blast occurred at a bus stop in the provincial capital Quetta and the area caught fire soon after the explosion.
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