China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the extent of formally complaining to the Chinese President regarding CPEC. The Indian contention was that since the CPEC passes through Azad Jammu Kashmir, which is disputed territory, hence it is controversial and must be stopped. President Xi Jinping made it clear that CPEC is a commercial venture and not a strategic one hence it will continue.
Meanwhile, in order to sabotage the CPEC, India launched terrorist activities in Balochistan to harass the Chinese engineers and technicians working there and to scare the Chinese investors away. The arrest of a serving Indian Naval officer, Commander Kulbhoshan Yadav, also a senior operative of India’s secret service Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), spilled the beans on Indian machinations. Commander Yadav, who has been singing like a canary, has admitted to his role in RAW agents recruiting Baloch dissidents, training, arming and equipping them to sabotage the CPEC.
Ever since the arrest of Commander Yadav, RAW’s heinous machinations against CPEC, have taken a jolt, have diverted their focus to Karachi, where hundreds of Chinese engineers and technicians are busy working at Port Bin Qasim and the K-3 nuclear reactor.India has also enlisted the support of Iran and Afghanistan to offset the impact of CPEC. During his recent visit to Iran, Modi launched work at a new economic corridor, linking the Iranian Port of Chah Bahar with Afghanistan and Central Asian States.
The Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his benevolence, instead of criticizing Email: email@example.com the Chah Bahar project, welcomed it. He opined that the addition of the Chah Bahar link will enhance the connectivity in the region. Commander Yadav had set up the regional headquarters of RAW at Chah Bahar and was constantly shuttling between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, laying traps for Pakistan. It may be mentioned that there are four Indian Consulates and ten trade missions in Afghanistan. All of them are swarming with RAW operatives, engaged in odious plots to destabilize Pakistan. It is possible that RAW operatives in Iran tipped off CIA regarding the movements of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour from Iran to Pakistan. The Taliban chief was successfully targeted and eliminated inside Pakistan. Killing of the innocent driver Azam (Taxi driver of Mullah Akhtar Mansour) in US drone attack is a stark violation of human rights and in contravention to international law/ international norms. No wonder that his family has filed a law suit against unnamed CIA operatives for the wanton killing.
It is imperative that the government of Pakistan takes concrete steps to protect the Chinese citizens working inside Pakistan. Last year, when the Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Islamabad, he was assured of fool proof measures to ensure the security and safety of Chinese workers in Pakistan. The Army has deployed a Division level force under the command of a Major General, to secure the CPEC and the Chinese in Pakistan.
Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan, His Excellency Sun Weidong has declared satisfaction at Pakistan’s security measures although has expressed concerns after the dastardly attack on the Chinese Engineer at Karachi. In an interview to the media, the Chinese Ambassador has declared solidarity with Pakistan and stated that “Pakistan’s safety is China’s safety”. He has promised that work on CPEC will be completed on schedule and no untoward incidents will derail the mega project.
It is for the people of Pakistan to realize that China is Pakistan’s most trusted and tried friend, its “iron brother”, which has taken steps to invest 45 billion dollars to establish projects, which will benefit ordinary Pakistanis. Communication links, road and railway connectivity, information technology linkage, industrial parks, schools, colleges, energy hubs, dams, hospitals, airports, factories and commercial centers will provide investment and job opportunities to Pakistanis. It is imperative to safeguard CPEC and the lives and well being of our Chinese brothers and sisters working here for our future is dependent on Chinese munificence.
Another group, which is being exploited by the enemies of Pakistan, is the Afghan refugees. It has been more than three decades now that Afghan refugees are not only living in Pakistan but also spoiling the law and order situation of the country. They have become a security risk. It is high time that they are sent back without giving any extension or time frame. The nation wants them to return to their own country immediately as we have suffered heavily in men and material and earned the animosity of the Afghan government. Numerous terror attacks are traced back to the Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan. For the sake of Pakistan’s prosperity and development, let us join hands with our Chinese brothers and add to the security of Pakistan. —The writer is retired PAF Group Captain and a TV talk show host.