CPEC – China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor

The Diplomatic Insight - - Special Supplement on China Pakistan Economic Corr - 1.

Given the state of de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tions of Pak­istan’s econ­omy ac­com­pa­nied un­em­ploy­ment, bulk of youth mount­ing threat of ter­ror­ism, any sign of eco­nomic up­lift should be wel­comed to all and sundry. In the given cir­cum­stances the CPEC is a very im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity apart from the de­bate, who ini­ti­ated it, the present govern­ment is lucky that it seems to ma­te­ri­al­ize in its ten­ure. I am nei­ther an econ­o­mist nor de­vel­op­ment an­a­lyst but as it starts and I hope it would be soon. One thing is clear that it will bring only but for the en­tire re­gion. Pak­istan needs eco­nomic up­lift in the terms of pro­vi­sion of jobs, con­struc­tion of roads, eco­nomic zones and so on so forth. China needs ac­cess to Cen­tral Asia and the Middle East through a shorter route then the longer and ex­pen­sive sea route used at present. Pak­istan and peo­ple of projects, em­ploy­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tion projects and all sort of so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment that the CPEC has to of­fer. But we have doubts and mis­un­der­stand­ings on the is­sue which may harm our na­tional prospects. True, it is not only pol­i­tics, the govern­ment on its part has not come out in crys­tal clear words and in­tents on the sub­ject, which is the right of all political and fed­eral en­ti­ties in fact all re­spon­si­ble con­sci­en­tious cit­i­zens de­serve to know but apart from the govern­ment. In­di­vid­ual and na­tions both need ideas and ideals to sur­vive and pros­per, both for the in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive progress. All ideas and ideals may not be re­al­ized but hav­ing life and nour­ish­ment, in­tel­lec­tual and col­lec­tive. The col­lec­tive is more im­por­tant as it would make up for the in­di­vid­ual. There­fore we should re­al­ize that may be with some dis­tur­bance of bal­ance at the fed­eral and political level, we should hope and go along with the pro­ject’s achieve­ment which is pos­si­ble only in cor­dial and peace­ful at­mos­phere - peace from ter­ror front and peace within our ranks. Un­less the coun­try is cleared of ter­ror and ter­ror­ism and also in a po­si­tion to gen­er­ate – in­vest its share of in­vest­ment par­tic­u­larly in the en­ergy sec­tor the CPEC will re­main a dream. China is in­vest­ing and no stake­holder will do so if the div­i­dends are not in­sight. The idea is good for both coun­tries – the ideal is at­trac­tive but the achieve­ment yet ques­tion­able not much from China’s end but at our end. Nei­ther is end to ter­ror­ism in­sight nor is any im­me­di­ate recipe for the in­vest­ment re­quired from Pak­istan’s side. We all know that we are a na­tion of hopes and given the chance we can achieve the much wanted con­sen­sus and suc­cess on all fronts but those who are our own – our own govern­ment should put its trust in the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the na­tion as a whole not just de­pend on the abil­ity of its func­tionar­ies – say the es­tab­lish­ment. An elected govern­ment should rely on its strength – that is the peo­ple – the na­tion. Put the whole plan – pro­ject in black and white to the peo­ple make them see and un­der­stand get their con­sen­sus and with their zeal and zest achieve what seems a gi­gan­tic task. In a log­i­cal man­ner the is­sue can be sum­ma­rized as :- It is im­por­tant that the govern­ment lay in full de­tail the whole plan/ pro­ject that is CPEC with all de­tails, terms and con­di­tion be­fore the na­tion through par­lia­ment and print and elec­tronic me­dia with­out any am­bi­gu­ity. Be­sides in­volv­ing the Fed­er­at­ing and Non-Fed­er­at­ing units i.e. Gil­git-Baltistan, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Azad Jammu Kash­mir, Fata etc. 2. The at­ten­tion of gov­ern­ments – Fed­eral and Pro­vin­cial, all in­sti­tu­tions Civil and De­fence, all stake­hold­ers Civil and Mil­i­tary Bu­reau­cracy, Par­lia­ment, all Political par­ties, all in­di­vid­u­als and groups is fo­cused on the elim­i­na­tion of ter­ror­ism of all forms. 3. The dif­fer­ence of opin­ion be­tween gov­ern­ments Fed­eral and Pro­vin­cial, political par­ties, govern­ment and op­po­si­tion be thor­oughly dis­cussed, sorted out and even if some la­cu­nas re­main, those should be set aside for the ra­tio­nal in­ter­est. 4. If this is achieved (let’s hope against hope) then all re­sources at­ten­tion and fo­cus should be on re­al­iza­tion the CPEC in prac­tice. This will in Na­tion as a whole - if still a prov­ince a do­main or a group feel un­happy they should be com­pen­sated in other ways. But no con­tro­versy within Pak­istan can be af­forded at this stage of our Na­tional crises at all ends. Pak­istan is in dire need of Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment which we have missed so far, we owe it our com­ing gen­er­a­tions not to miss any op­por­tu­nity to­wards this end. China is a friend and neigh­bor, if with China’s co-op­er­a­tion we can gain, in en­ergy, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­dus­trial sec­tor. We should work on this op­por­tu­nity and make the best of it. Mean­while and at any stage if some other op­por­tu­nity like the Iran – Pak­istan Gas Pipe Line is pos­si­ble we should work to­wards it dili­gently and con­tinue to do so like a ‘Na­tion’ should. In­di­vid­u­als and Govern­ment come and go, Pak­istan and Pak­istani’s are there to stay. So the way for de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try and its peo­ple should be cleared and ev­ery­one should con­trib­ute no mat­ter in how big and small way the process should go on. De­vel­op­ment is a par­tic­i­pa­tory process which has to go on and on with­out break. Lets hope, pray and work for our Na­tional progress. With our sin­cer­ity when we work God will help, guide and give us op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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