CPEC – China Pakistan Economic Corridor
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.