In­dian de­signs & Chaba­har ac­cord

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - M OSAMA AFNAN HANAFI

The de­vel­op­ment of CPEC project is of geostrate­gic im­por­tance for the re­gion’s eco­nomic growth. Gwadar is strate­gi­cally lo­cated on the west­ern end of Balochis­tan coast, op­po­site to the Gulf of Oman which is an im­por­tant route for oil tankers bound for Ja­pan and West­ern coun­tries. The route through Gwadar to Cen­tral Asia is the most eco­nom­i­cal, with a dis­tance of only 1400 kilo­me­ters.

But In­dia doesn’t want to see the es­tab­lish­ment this route. In­dia made counter al­liance against Pak­istan with the help our brother coun­tries Iran and Afghanistan. Ac­tu­ally In­dia wants to build three way tran­sits for ac­cess to cen­tral Asia by­pass­ing Pak­istan but Iran must re­alise In­dian dis­hon­esty and ma­li­cious ill-will for Pak­istan.

In 2009 In­dia voted against Iran at IAEA res­o­lu­tion. In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Man Mo­han Singh said that he was against Iran ac­quir­ing nu­clear weapons. Ira­nian think tanks should think as to why In­dia is in­vest­ing 500 mil­lion dol­lar in Chaba­har. In real­ity the de­vel­op­ment of the port of Gwadar pro­vides an al­ter­nate trade route for the land-locked coun­tries of cen­tral Asia. In­dia hopes that In­dia will use Iran and Afghanistan as a proxy war to desta­bi­lize Pak­istan. So both Is­lamic states must re­think and re­view once again their re­la­tions with In­dia and opt for a clear-headed in­dige­nous for­eign pol­icy, for en­sur­ing last­ing in­ter­ests of the Mus­lim Ummah.. —Karachi

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