US shouldn’t look at CPEC from India’s outlook: Pak
Pakistani minister says Washington’s unbiased attitude will benefit all sides
Dismissing the US’ concern over the ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that Washington should not look at the multi-billion dollar project from India’s perspective as it would provide a platform that would benefit all.
The CPEC will provide a platform for bringing together South and Central Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries by physically joining them through an economic corridor, Dawn News quoted Iqbal as saying.
The $ 50 billion CPEC passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), over which India has conveyed its protests to China. The area covers Karakoram mountain ranges, including the Siachen glacier. India has been severely critical of the CPEC, saying the project violates its sovereignty as it runs through PoK.
Iqbal, who was the keynote speaker at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies here, urged the US to deal with Pakistan on its own “merit”, instead of tagging it to other states and issues in the region.
“CPEC is not a conspiracy against anyone. It is not a security plan. It s a plan for eco- nomic prosperity, which is bringing investment in the energy, infrastructure and other key sectors,” said Iqbal when reminded of US objections to the plan to build a corridor. Defence Secretary James Mattis last week said CPEC passes through disputed territory and the US could not ignore this fact.