he China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an on going project that aims to connect China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang to Gwadar port of Baluchistan, Pakistan through a huge network of roads, highways, railways and pipelines. It is estimated that the road will run 2700 kilometers from Gwadar to Kashgar. The total budget of the project is estimated to be $46 billion. A motorway of about 1100 kilometers will be constructed from Lahore to Karachi as part of the project which will be connected to already constructed Lahore to Islamabad motorway. A train track between Peshawar and Karachi will also be constructed. The Karakorum highway between Rawalpindi and Chinese border shall also be widened and constructed. A network of pipelines shall also be constructed that will be used to transport An additional estimated $30 billion load-shedding crisis in Pakistan and infrastructure for the purpose shall be made over all the country. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is not just an infrastructure of train, roads and pipelines that connects Europe and Central Asian countries with the region but encompasses economic development but also intelligence sharing between the two countries. The work on the project has already begun but some aspects and technicalities associated with the route problems related to small provinces in Pakistan. The provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa adopted a resolution against the alleged decision of the Federal Government of Pakistan for diverting the route in Punjab. The Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal had formally denied any such change in the alignment. China and Pakistan have developed strong relationship over the period of many years. They have cooperated with each other on every moment of need. China has gradually emerged as one of Pakistan’s closest friend through ever bilateral trade between the two countries was signed in 1963. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is expected to further strengthen trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. Chinese Premiere Xi Jin Ping emphasized construction of the CPEC on urgent basis. The Nawaz Sharif lead Government has also shown keen interest and enthusiasm in the project. This project will not just make Gwadar a fully operational port but also It is important to note that Beijing certainly regards Pakistan as a strategic ally against India and United States of America. It has also brought strong attacks on India, and seek a reduction of tension with Delhi. China certainly is watching the whole situation silently terrorism or a new security crisis in the South Asia. This corridor will also enable India improve its relation with Pakistan to connect to Asia and Central Asian Countries through the corridor. A serious work is going on to develop a consensus between Delhi, Islamabad, Beijing and Washington DC on how to seek peace settlement in Pakistan for smooth running of the project and take Development Mr.Ahsan Iqbal has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a national project well as three billion people of region. No province or region of the country would be discriminated in the CPEC. Ahsan Iqbal stated while talking to media. He also said that CPEC offers equal opportunities to all the provinces and regions of the country to develop economically and socially. Government would honor all the commitments it made with the top political leadership of the country in All Parties Conference (APC). It is not one road project, but, a multi-sectoral framework covering energy, infrastructure, Gwadar and industrial sector in the country. A report assesses potential threats and risks that could affect the implementation of the CPEC project in terms of security, and for that purpose the Pakistan Army is playing its part by formation of a separate division that will contain 70,000 security personal whose role will be to provide security to people and to this project. Longterm political stability in Pakistan is very important for the smooth implementation and construction of the projects that are going on under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor banner. Pakistan has gone through many changes in the last few years related to political instability and turmoil that has weakened the countries development. These projects, if run well have the capacity to bring hundreds of billions of dollars in additional investment in Pakistan. It could restore Pakistan’s economic growth of the early 1960s which led economists at the time to predict that the country would be one of the future leading economic powers of Asia. The writer is an Information Engineer
working in Islamabad at INSPUR
as a Deputy GM.