â€œCPEC to usher a new era of prosperity for Pakistanâ€
China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a mega development which aims to connect Gwadar Port in southwestern Pakistan to China’s northwestern autonomous region of Xinjiang, via a network of highways, railways and pipelines. The economic corridor is considered central to China–Pakistan relations and will run about 3,000 km from Gwadar to Kashgar.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Army has lodged protest with the UN military Observers Group for India and Pakistan against violation of ceasefire by Indian troops along the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
Speaking in Radio Pakistan's Nuqta-e- Nazar program, Dr. Sarfraz Khan (Defence Analyst) said : CPEC will have far reaching impacts on regional economic development. It will encourage foreign investment and multinational companies will consider Pakistan as their potential destination. In order to cultivate long lasting dividends of CPEC, government has to curb the menace of terrorism, extremism and ensure rule of law in the country. Pakistan has to maintain increasingly good relations with regional countries to perpetuate the benefits of this gigantic investment. There are some unsighted forces in India, which do not want to see CPEC succeeding that’s why India is causing hindrances. Pakistan should not loose temper and it must integrate all regional countries including India into this project. Moreover, operation Zarb-e-Azb must be made a success story in order to restore the confidence of international community. It is encouraging that our policies are being crafted and implemented effectively, but we have to keep the momentum going. Pakistan is facing conventional and non-conventional challenges simultaneously, but we have to respond the impediments with equal resilience.
Dr. Shahid Hassan Siddiqui (Economic Expert) said: “The law and order situation of the country has been improved and the massive investment of China in Pakistan shows that Pakistan is a safe country for the investors. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a game changer in the region and it will bring economic revolution in Pakistan. This project is not only beneficial for Pakistan but it is equally important for the entire region. After the lifting of sanctions on Iran, the huge Iranian investment is also expected to come in the country. We need to eradicate corruption, terrorism and injustice from the country to cultivate benefits of this huge foreign investment. A sustainable development is only possible in a peaceful and transparent society. Our progress is directly related to the elimination of terrorism and corruption from the country. Peaceful relations with neighboring countries are also helpful to complete the ongoing development projects in the country.”
Dr. Noor Fatima (International Affairs Expert) said: In China-Pak Economic Corridor priority is given to the energy related projects. As Pakistan is badly suffering from energy crises and it is one of current crises in Pakistan. This project would accelerate the journey to progress and development in country. Minister for Planning and Commission Ahsan Iqbal has taken political parties in confidence twice in this regard and also political parties were briefed about the advantage of this project and strategy to cope energy crises. Pakistan china economic corridor would benefit all provinces equally.
Air Marshal (R) Masood Akhtar (Defence Analyst) said: It is very unfortunate that despite lots of concessions by Pakistan, India is not ready to peacefully coexist with regional countries. India has been involved in unprovocative firing along LoC continuously. International community is willfully silent over Indian aggression, which is cruel in nature. We are a peaceful nation and accommodate all shades of opinion, while India is alleged for continuous human rights violations domestically too. However, global community is not paying any attention to Indian nefarious designs. Pakistan has great strategic advantage after its inclusion in SCO and we can utilize this forum to clarify our position on regional and extra-regional issues. India must learn a lesson from drone shot down and it should refrain from repeating this mistake again. We must sympathize and empathize with the families of people, who are murdered by Indian firing.
Brigadier Farooq Hameed (Defence Analyst) said: “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi had agreed on the resolution of all bilateral issues through dialogue and negotiations during a meeting held in Ufa. Yesterday, Indian forces opened unprovoked fire on line of control and working boundary, which negates the joint statement of the meeting between premiers of both countries. Pakistan should take this issue on international level and called the United Nations observers to assess the violation of line of control and working boundary. A strong political and military reaction on Indian aggression on borders is quite important in present situation.”
Majeed Aziz (Economist) said: “China is investing 46 Billion dollars in Pakistan through Pakistan China Economic Corridor, which will have long lasting impacts on regional stability. Since, the sanction are about to be relaxed on Iran, Pakistan can benefit from this development by making prudent policies vis-à-vis Iran. Many domestic and regional actors like India are unreasonably opposing CPEC, but incumbent government is determined to complete the project. The international community will witness the successful completion of CPEC within next five years.
Dr. Khurram Iqbal (Defence Analyst) said: “Since the induction of BJP government in India, anti-Pakistan sentiments are on a rise in New Delhi. Pakistan should raise the issue of unprovocative firing by India before international community and global forums like SCO, UN etc. Pakistan should urge Russia and China to pressurize India during SCO meetings for peaceful settlements of bilateral disputes with Pakistan.