Khat­tak’s un­abated tar­get­ing of CPEC

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

CE­co­nomic HIEF Min­is­ter KP, Pervez Khat­tak per­sists with his anti-China-Pak­istan

Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) pos­ture de­spite all ef­forts made by the gov­ern­ment and the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to ad­dress gen­uine reser­va­tions of the Prov­inces on so-called Pro­vin­cial share in the mega project. This be­came once again ev­i­dent from the meet­ing held in Pe­shawar the other day where CM threat­ened to ob­struct land ac­qui­si­tion for the West­ern route if nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties were not en­sured along the route.

The wor­thy Chief Min­is­ter and likes of him are so im­pa­tient on the is­sue of West­ern route and al­lied fa­cil­i­ties that they are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to wait for prac­ti­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion of the plans re­peat­edly an­nounced even at the level of the Prime Min­is­ter and in the pres­ence of the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship re­gard­ing pri­or­ity treat­ment to the West­ern alignment. They for­get that th­ese are mega projects and not cash hand-outs and there­fore, they in­volve time-con­sum­ing process of im­ple­men­ta­tion es­pe­cially when funds have to come from an­other coun­try. The ven­omous cam­paign against CPEC is so in­tense and jaun­diced that it be­comes ab­so­lutely dif­fi­cult to sur­mise whether it is aimed at se­cur­ing in­ter­ests of just one Prov­ince (KP) or un­der­min­ing the mon­u­men­tal project for ul­te­rior mo­tives. We say so be­cause while ad­dress­ing an anti-CPEC Con­ven­tion in Pe­shawar in Jan­uary this year, Khat­tack threat­ened the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment that KP would not al­low CPEC to pass through the Prov­ince if its due share was de­nied. And in Fe­bru­ary, he, along with PTI leader Im­ran Khan, met Chi­nese Am­bas­sador and con­veyed reser­va­tions over CPEC de­spite re­peated as­sur­ances from the Cen­tre. It is all the more un­for­tu­nate that anti-CPEC cam­paign, which has be­come part of anti-Pun­jab rhetoric by some politi­cians, has the full back­ing of Im­ran Khan, who is as­pir­ing to be­come the Prime Min­is­ter but ig­nores the re­al­ity that it would re­main a dream with­out sup­port of masses in the Prov­ince, who have be­come weary of his Pun­jab-bash­ing.

IN the con­tem­po­rary in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment, one of the fore­most pre­vail­ing chal­lenges to global peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity is the spread of nu­clear weapons. The in­ter­na­tional mech­a­nism to com­bat nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ‘in­ad­e­quate’ not only to deal with po­ten­tial pro­lif­er­a­tors, which are few yet more de­ter­mined, but also un­der­mines ob­jec­tives of the Ar­ti­cles I, II, IV and VI of the NPT. Un­til the 1980s, the in­ter­na­tional mea­sures to pre­vent hor­i­zon­tal nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion were rel­a­tively more suc­cess­ful, but later not only In­dia, Is­rael and Pak­istan be­came de facto nu­clear weapon states but the non-nu­clear weapon states (Iran, North Korea, Libya and Syria) were not fully com­mit­ted by the in­stru­ments of in­ter­na­tional non-pro­lif­er­a­tion regime. So far, nine states (P-5, T-3 and North Korea) have ac­quired nu­clear weapons while more than 40 states have tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity to ac­quire them.

The ef­forts that took place to curb the spread of nu­clear weapons have re­in­forced the im­pres­sion that un­der the chang­ing dy­nam­ics of global pol­i­tics and re­gional/na­tional se­cu­rity, chal­lenges to nu­clear non-pro­lif­er­a­tion are in­ef­fec­tively ad­dressed. The NPT re­view con­fer­ences, which took place ev­ery five years, have of­ten failed to achieve con­sen­sus on a fi­nal doc­u­ment on dif­fer­ent is­sues per­tain­ing to non-pro­lif­er­a­tion. Dis­agree­ment be­tween NWS and NNWS on nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment/hor­i­zon­tal

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