China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Lines of development – not lines of divide

Published: May 17, 2015
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurate projects through video link in Islamabad on April 20, 2015. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurate projects through video link in Islamabad on April 20, 2015. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan today stands at a crossroad where it can utilise all resources and benefit from the Economic Corridor or squabble on its provincial divide. While the latter would most definitely result in further division of an already torn up country, a resolution to the conflict – where the government resolves differences – would lead to uncountable benefits for the current and future generations.

However, both China and Pakistan do not have the luxury of time.

As part of its long-term planning, China has framed three corridor routes to overcome a greater security challenge in the South China Sea in shape of possible blockade of Sea Lane of Communications at the point of Straits of Malacca during conflict times. Any blockade may stop 80% of Chinese imported energy supplies from the Middle East and West Africa. It also wants to develop western hinterlands by heavily investing in these regions.

The three routes

The southern corridor begins from Guangzhou, which is the third largest city of China in South Central China. This route moves towards western parts of China and connects Kashgar with Pakistan at Kunjarab – a point from where China wants to link to Gwadar port in the Arabian Sea. It is the shortest and the most feasible option for China. But it is not the only option.

 

The second Chinese option is the Central Corridor that starts from Shanghai and links the country to Tashkent, Tehran and onwards to Bandar Imam Khomeini Port of Iran on the Persian Gulf. One of its branches goes up towards Europe. This is the longer route but could be an option, if Pakistan does not deliver on the timelines of completing its road network to become a beneficiary of the New Silk Road Economic Belt.

The third Chinese option is the Northern Corridor that starts from Beijing, passes through Russia, and links it to European cities.

After over a decade of planning, China formally launched the idea of Silk Road Economic Belt, known as the One Road, One Belt, in October 2013.

The fear of a maritime blockade imposed by the US in the event of a conflict in East Asia has led Chinese thinkers to look for ways to bypass sea lanes subject to US naval dominance, writes Nadege Rolland, the Senior Project Director for Political and Security Affairs at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) in his February 2015 article.

China Pakistan Economic Corridor

In this backdrop, China and Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on July 5, 2013. The agreement was signed during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to China.

The CPEC, which will be constructed from 2014 to 2030, talks about integrated links to Chinese One Road, One Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Route. With active consultation of Chinese authorities, Pakistan has prepared a plan to construct three corridors, the western alignment, the central alignment and the eastern alignment. The last one has been picked for development in the first phase.

Article 3 of July 2013 MoU on Long Term Plan of CPEC explains the rationales behind picking the eastern corridor. “Long-Term Plan should be developed under the principle of scientific planning, steadily developing, and take the easiest the first,” it states.

It was on China’s demand for security and early completion of the route that led to the finalisation of the eastern corridor. The western route, where the Pakhtoon and Baloch belts lie, cannot be developed at a faster pace and is riskier in terms of security. However, there is a counter argument that development would address the security concerns.

The eastern alignment will pass through Thakot-Mansehra-Islamabad-Lahore and Multan. From Multan, the route will be linked to Hyderabad through Rohri and Dadu. The Hyderabad-Karachi portion will be linked through M-9. Karachi will then be linked to Gwadar through N-10 East Bay Express Way along the coastal line.

The work on central alignment will be completed later whereas construction on some parts of Gwadar-Dera Ismail Khan via Quetta route – western alignment – has already begun.

The argument that some parts of the country are being deprived off may be true in the short-term but, in longer term all these cities will be connected to the corridor. All provincial capitals are included as nodes, the key corner stones of CPEC on which it will be constructed. These nodes are at Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Sukkar, Karachi, Gwadar and Quetta.

While China will be able to address its strategic concerns, development activities will help propel growth in the country and could become a source for sustainable development. CPEC-related activities involve work worth $50.6 billion, although majority of the agreements will be settled in China.

The Chinese will provide a mix of concessionary and commercial loans to develop Gwadar Port, finance energy projects, build Infrastructure, and particularly industrial parks.

The role of the provinces remains critical as they will provide land for development projects and provision of allied facilities.

However, policymakers face significant challenges of creating synergy in leadership for ownership of CPEC, coordination among all organs of the state to realise projects in time, maintaining political stability and consensus and assuring security.

If, due to any reason, Pakistan remains unable to complete its part of the work in a timely fashion, the Chinese will still have the option to opt for other routes by cutting the country out from its long-term strategic planning.

DATA COMPILED: SHAHBAZ RANA & FAREEHA MUFTI

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th,  2015.

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  • Chachoo
    May 17, 2015 - 11:49PM

    The purpose of Economic corridor is to connect the industrial hubs of both China and Pakistan to the deep sea. So any person who is talking that EC should have the shortest route from China to Gwadar is stating flawed logic. Because we have to secure our own interests first and our interest is to connect our all industrial and bigger cities of our country with this corridor. We should make our industry more competitive by providing them with optimal routes before serving the needs of Chinese. So we need all three routes for this purpose. The eastern and central route are very important for this purpose. Both of the Central and eastern routes pass through South Punjab and for the progress of South Punjab these regions are important. Also one thing should be kept in mind that land of KP and Balochistan is hilly terrain and for the truckers this route will never be feasible.
    So all points should be kept in mind before opposing any particular route. We need all routes for the progress of the country. One more point should be remembered that Karachi-Lahore motorway is a part of this project and with this investment the time travel between two megacities will be reduced to less than 13 hours and it would be a remarkable feat indeed.
    I hope no nationalist will cash in on this situation.Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 18, 2015 - 12:06AM

    There are too many cooks cooking this broth………the result will be either no broth or one that is not edible.Recommend

  • pak47
    May 18, 2015 - 12:44AM

    Hope this shuts up ANP and PTI supportersRecommend

  • Aazad
    May 18, 2015 - 1:28AM

    “Punjab share will be 25% while 75% will go to other provinces” Khwaja Asif. Now look at the map, not a single project around the yellow line, which passes through KPK. Does it mean KP is not a province of Pakistan?
    Still not line of divide and no one should talk about this otherwise he will be for sure RAW agent and enemy of Punjab (they often called punjab as Pakistan).Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    May 18, 2015 - 2:16AM

    Beautiful info graphic, will print out and keep.

    Great to see dates attached to projects.

    I hope the paper will do monthly updates based on the figures provided, both percentage progress and budgetary targets.Recommend

  • roarwali
    May 18, 2015 - 3:20AM

    In the name of security, smaller provinces KPK and Baluchistan are being deprived of the benefits of the economic corridor. This security problem will create more security issues in the long run. Recommend

  • Fazal-e-Alam
    May 18, 2015 - 3:56AM

    There do not appear to be any developement projects along the routes through Balochistan and KPK. If not power plants, they could atleast build some hospitals, schools etc on these routes.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 18, 2015 - 5:51AM

    The cost of KK highway Phase1 from Khunjerab to Thakot is not mentioned. This is the most important and most expensive portion of KK highway. Also no cost is provided of any other phase except Phase 2 ( Thakot-Havelian) and Multan-Sukkur section. No money is set aside for Western and Central route..
    With regards to security concerns. Would it be complete responsibility of Pakistani security forces or Chinese Drones would also patrol the CPEC.Recommend

  • Chachoo
    May 18, 2015 - 5:53AM

    @roarwali: If you cannot even read the map then what the people can do?. Gwadar is the major beneficiary of this project and it is in Balochistan. Rather than giving generalized statements kindly talk with some logic. Even Our Bhabi Reham Khan was adding FATA in the economic corridor and i am afraid she never seen the map of Pakistan even once in her lifetime. Unfortunately people are jumping to conclusions without even doing simple research.

    @Aazad: I will suggest you to look at the map again. The Punjab’s share is what Mr Khawaja Asif have stated. A major chunk is going to Gwadar and it is in Balochistan. Also GB and Sindh are the second major beneficiaries afterwards. Also Metro Line project Lahore is a provincial project and it is a loan that Punjab government will have to pay on the longer run. Recommend

  • Wasim Ahmed
    May 18, 2015 - 9:35AM

    This is country of conspiracy theories… nothing good can be done here… Pakistani’s hate development projects.. but want to be a advance nation…. I never understand how ??Recommend

  • Khurram
    May 18, 2015 - 9:58AM

    Faisalabad label in the map is very confusing. Faisalabad is the node connecting M3 and M4. The Western and Central routes are not passing through Faisalabad.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    May 18, 2015 - 10:19AM

    Some political parties are trying their best and utmost to take Pakistan-China economic corridor as the Kala Bagh dam issue to prove that by this economic corridor Balochistan and KPK will suffer in the future whereas they have to look at Pakistan-China economic corridor road map and ANP is on the top on the list.Recommend

  • wow
    May 18, 2015 - 10:28AM

    wow, kudos to the writers for putting together this piece. amazing coverage and amazing graphical representation. by the way, PMLN rocks. ! Recommend

  • Khattak
    May 18, 2015 - 1:37PM

    @Chachoo, connect the established industries in Punjab to the Corridor by all means. These are already connected to Wahga-Attari dry port & Karachi port. But don’t take away the industrial zones from KPK & Baluchistan. This will kill the purpose of corridor. This purpose built map does not industrial zones & timing of phase-II. Eastern route has got allocation, it means this is the corridor. The rest is paper work. Recommend

  • zahid
    May 18, 2015 - 1:46PM

    @Chachoo:
    You seem to be well connected with the ‘iqtadaar’. For Saraikistaan (which you call South Punjab) there are just peanuts.Recommend

  • ali
    May 18, 2015 - 2:03PM

    Why there is only one route in Gilgilt baltistan ! there should be more routes connection all parts of GBRecommend

  • zahid
    May 18, 2015 - 2:20PM

    PMLN government never address the divides until the divides become a threat to their ‘business’ they come to power for. Now everyone in power is saying that inter and intra provincial divides are threats to CPEC; but they never paid attention to settle these issues and bring the stakeholders to terms after coming into power, this time or their earlier regimes. For instance, within Punjab, PMLN won election 2013 from Saraiki region on the promises for creating new province(s) but forgot to take action after coming into power. They do every effort to put the matter in cold storage. As CPEC was under consideration since 2013 or before, sufficient steps could have been taken till now to address inter and intra provincial concerns and trust building. But now, when voices of mistrust, deception and exploitation are being raised from every nook and corner, government is keen to demand silence, peace, harmony and consent from everywhere. PMLN should learn that nothing can satisfy the people until they enjoy self governance, identity and equality. You cannot appease the people, especially the disgruntled groups, with your definition of development while literally continuing modern day slavery for Punjabi control and hegemony over other regions.Recommend

  • Irfan Ullah
    May 18, 2015 - 2:30PM

    if any of the province perceived that they are being deprived then it will results in what had happened in 1971, so it needs a meticulous decision while selecting the best possible route.Recommend

  • Yousaf
    May 18, 2015 - 2:53PM

    @Aazad:
    First need to look up the whole map not just a single color line, the yellow line show the Western Route (which is also the shortest one) the construction of that route itself is a huge project along with KKH upgradation which has a good chunk located inside KP province and than you have Sukhi Kinari Hydro Power Project Located in Mansehra District (which to my knowledge is a District of KP). The development of this route itself provides a huge opportunity to the areas through which this route will pass, Industries can be developed there and those industries will not only have a direct route to China but also to the Gawadar Port as well. Even inside Punjab and Sindh the projects you see are nearly all Power Generation projects, the electricity will be given to the “National Grid” to be used by whole of Pakistan.

    Please ppl stop calling it a PMLN achievement or work remember Chinese President’s statement where he said CPEC is not a plan which was decided by a single government in Pakistan rather its a long effort by different Governments over a long stretch of time.Recommend

  • Chachoo
    May 18, 2015 - 3:11PM

    @zahid: I am from South Punjab. Also let me tell you that the so called Seraikistan members are mostly non local second third generation Baloch, Pukhtoons and so called Syeds and Gailanis. They do not want to be identified with Punjabis and so this new ethnicity is emerging. Because these people love to live in Punjab but want to backstab at the same time. Jehangir Tareen is a settler of this region and so does Gailanis. Even Abbasis are not locals. The local tribes do not consider themselves different from the people of North or from Northern Punjabis.
    PPP did the politics of divide and rule and they failed. Now PTI is doing the same and they will fail as well. People are tired of divide and conquer strategies. So anyone calling for the separate province or a different identity will fail in South Punjab. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 18, 2015 - 3:52PM

    so according to the map here is what we have:

    Punjab = $12.45bn
    Sindh = $9.25bn + LNG terminal (amount not given)
    KPK = $2.72bn
    Balochistan = $1.21bn

    These are the projects on which formal agreement was signed during the recent trip. Tells you the priorities of the ruling elite. Recommend

  • Aimla
    May 18, 2015 - 3:56PM

    These Personals from N.League cant be trusted any more. This is a complicated map.Just Remember when Ishaq Dar tell a lie about growth in GDP. When detect by IMF it was replied as Typo mistake…. Noon League is not a representative of a Federation just a representative of Punjab.They will not care about the reservations of small provinces. No care for other small provinces. This is not good for the country. we are already suffering from injustice and if it continues who knows…………….. here i must say that Pak Army a binding force of the federation shall look in to the matter……… this is not good for them also…. Recommend

  • Arshad
    May 18, 2015 - 5:07PM

    Important information on China-Punjab Economic Corridor. ThanksRecommend

  • roarwali
    May 18, 2015 - 5:07PM

    @Chachoo:
    I think you didn’t get my point. The point i wanted to make is; quoting security issue and diverting the road to eastern side now will create more divide among the already deprived provinces (KPK and Baluchistan) and Punjab. The situation is already tense in Baluchistan and will give the militants more reason to fight for independent Baluchistan. This is what I was referring to in my previous comment.

    As for developing the western corridor in the later phase, i am not sure. If the area needs more resources and effort at the moment because the area is backward, then the Punjab should apologize to smaller provinces for unjust development and distribution of wealth in the past and the federal government release immediate fund for the uplift of the region. Recommend

  • Waseyullah
    May 18, 2015 - 8:27PM

    A very balanced article. Govt must develop a task force and PMLN should develop a think tank which should go across Pakistan in universities & colleges, should tell masses about the plan and how it works and what’s the real execution methodology.Recommend

  • Baloch
    May 18, 2015 - 10:20PM

    Well done to both of you. Great map.Recommend

  • Irfan Jalel
    May 18, 2015 - 11:41PM

    I was in China last week, I meet few businessmen who were worried cos of higher labour rate in China, according to them the 300 RMB is minimum wages for semi skilled person or around Rs. 50000 per month.

    They were surprised to learn the pays in Pakistan and looking forward to invest in Pakistan once the economic zones and energy supplies are established in Pakistan.

    It’s a wonderful oppurtunity, and win win situation for both countries.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 19, 2015 - 12:16AM

    this will be another kalabagh and that will be because of the short sightedness of nawaz sharif and his governmnet. we have no statement from any chinese official who favours the eastern route.Recommend

  • Taimoor
    May 19, 2015 - 12:29AM

    I see NO industrial project in KP and Baluchistan in the diagram.

    Is this fair? This is not acceptable.

    PMLN govt is hurting the country. Shame on them. Recommend

  • Baryal Khattak
    May 19, 2015 - 12:32AM

    Interestingly, China had issued this project mainly to develop its under developed areas to vanish the sense of deprivation of Xianjiang muslim majority people. Logically, same should be done here, to develop Khyber Pashtunkhwa and Balochistan in order to remove the sense of deprivation and to counter the independence movements. Ironically, Punjabi leadership is killing them and keeping them backward forever by such non sense decisions. This Map, clearly depicts that there is not a single mega project on western route which means that this will only be used for EMPTY OIL TANKERS COMING FROM CHINA that would not contribute in there economic growth. I fear that such blunders & uni directional approaches would definitely push federation in to disintegration and bloodshed. Pashtunkhwa and Balochistan should be considered part of Pakistan and should be given proper and due shares. If not, then Punjab and China too should know that Gawadar belong to Pashtun and Baloch and means for them more than a soul. Recommend

  • Taimoor
    May 19, 2015 - 12:38AM

    @Chachoo,

    Spoken like a true imperialist!

    Why not create industrial hubs in Baluchistan and KPK? This is precisely the issue. First those provinces have been ignored and deprived, strategic games have been played at the cost of those provinces, and now you are arguing let’s invest more on industrial hubs of Punjab and ignore those provinces, ensuring that they continue to remain deprived? Are they not part of Pakistan? It is responsibility of Pak govt to give equal – in fact more – share to underdeveloped parts to develop them.

    Why no industrial projects in KP and Baluchistan?

    Of course, we know Gawadar is being developed, but of course, that is because the seaport is there. The Sharifs bro can’t possibly move seaport to Lahore even if they want to! But they moved most of the related major projects to Punjab – fact.

    So don’t teach us lessons here.

    I am telling you, this is unacceptable and it will cause problems. The patience of people of KPK and Baluchistan is at the tipping point! Sharif bros should not play games with Pakistan due to their small minded vision and greed! And narrow-minded people like you should not support them. Recommend

  • Taimoor
    May 19, 2015 - 12:46AM

    @Chachoo,

    It’s PMLN which believes in divide and rule, not PTI. PMLN plays ethnic Punjabi card to win votes. It’s a provincial party with no support outside Punjab. It is a divisive party totally rejected in KPK and Sindh.

    Where did your ancestors come from? Are your ancestors living in Punjab from the days of Hazrat Adam?

    You need to learn something. Punjabi is NOT an ethnicity. Different people came to live in Punjab and became Punjabis. It’s simply is a land of five rivers.

    Punjab should be divided administratively. It’s not divisive politics, it’s only fair. First, all provinces should have similar sizes and voices. Having one province which is more than half Pakistan creates unevenness. South Punjab is underdeveloped, yet Punjabis get the blame. It’s also good for Punjabis.

    It will also silence imperialist minded people like you. Recommend

  • sharaf
    May 19, 2015 - 12:47AM

    The EC is indeed a greatest opportunity for the entire nation. A blessing from Almighty Allah and Chinese brothers. But my request to stakeholders is to look into western route. The route itself will kill all sorts of much talked deprivation of balochistan in the form of jobs’ transportation’ and business and commercial hubs. Further the route will connect balochistan with kpk and central Punjab which at present is in extreme deplorable state. God speed…Recommend

  • Taimoor
    May 19, 2015 - 12:47AM

    Western corridor should be built FIRST. Recommend

  • May 19, 2015 - 1:09AM

    This corridor is not name of single road only.From Hussan Abdal till Khohistan it covers KPK.There is Dam in Abotabad .Moreover Peshawar is already linked with motorway..From Peshawar to DIKhan Indus Highway is going to be improved.What else they want. Balochistan port Gawader is ultimately going to develop as international link.We from KPK and Blochistan should be happy that we are benifitted more than other provinces.Recommend

  • Hamza
    May 19, 2015 - 1:23AM

    @Aazad: are thakot, mansehra, abbottabad, havelian, haripur not part of KPK? Recommend

  • Aazad
    May 19, 2015 - 2:07AM

    @Chachoo Punjabi nationalism has blinded you people. Do you see any project along the yellow in KP region?Recommend

  • KhanKhel
    May 19, 2015 - 2:45AM

    The denial mode of some individuals makes no sense. Same atttitude was meted with bengalis as well. We are just asking our rights and for that we are being punished. I am just telling you guys that please dont get carried away by the prospect that by diverting all the resources, projects and opportunities to Punjab will benefit the federation in long run. Kalabagh dm, yes it became political, too bad, but the most blame partied for it was PML-N and ANP but ANP cashed on the spoils and blunders of PML-N in previous tenures. This time PML-N is doing the same, confusing the nationa nd jeopardising our economy. KPK has been given peanuts. Even less. If the security situation is bad in KPK then i want to ask a question, is it any good in other provinces? In lahore srilankan team has been attacked, in karachi ismailis mass executions and various atacks in ISB. does that mean we would stop going there? Does that mean that place be deprived of its opportunities? Why dont federal governement work for improving law and order with the help of provinces. Why dont federal govt give railway land so that peshawar also has a rapid bus system, why it is creating hurdles. We are watching closely, and we are not fools. Secondly why dont fed govt pay all the royalties of KPK which is pending for decades. What about PML-N PUNJAB PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHAREEF visit APS School victims like army chief, imran khan and other leaders? question marks are too many!Recommend

  • babar
    May 19, 2015 - 4:01AM

    Perfect One.. Connecting Each port with shortest route to Kashgar! or PCEC!
    well blue line is for Port Qasim and karachi port too ..we cannot neglact this ports too! as blue line would be the shortest distance from this too ports! why so biased man? for Balochistan and KPK there are yellow and Gree Line.. If there was no blue line then Sindh would be deprived from the entire PCEC..! that plan is perfect comprises of every part of Pakistan..! and we can not neglact billion dollar business hub ports like KHI and Port qasim ports! the Indian RAW backed opposition parties must understand this!Recommend

  • babar
    May 19, 2015 - 4:01AM

    Perfect One.. Connecting Each port with shortest route to Kashgar! or PCEC!
    well blue line is for Port Qasim and karachi port too ..we cannot neglact this ports too! as blue line would be the shortest distance from this too ports! why so biased man? for Balochistan and KPK there are yellow and Gree Line.. If there was no blue line then Sindh would be deprived from the entire PCEC..! that plan is perfect comprises of every part of Pakistan..! and we can not neglact billion dollar business hub ports like KHI and Port qasim ports! the Indian RAW backed opposition parties must understand this!Recommend

  • Virkaul
    May 19, 2015 - 9:32AM

    @Woz Ahmed:
    When I scrutinise the map for completion dates, I find most projects will get completed in 2017. I wonder what projects will be taken between 2017 and 2030?Recommend

  • zahidkakar
    May 19, 2015 - 10:16AM

    If we will talk about the security of Western Route i.e. from Burhan-DI Khan-Zhob and then Gawadar, if the Heavy weapons of NATO and USA can pass safely from the same route for more than 10 years, Then Why not the Chines raw materials and other products where after the development initiatives would have been initiated and job opportunities would have been provided after completion of this route. Federal Government is thinking only about the development of Upper Punjab which is extremely dangerous for the prosperity and integrity of the country. Recommend

  • patriot
    May 19, 2015 - 11:33AM

    @zahidkakar Thats the crux of the debate. Seems like some people are deliberately in denial mode. The nato supplies can pass through this route DI khan for over a decade now. Not everything is an indian propaganda. That way we have lost bengal and we dont want KPK or balochistan to meet the same fate due to ignorance by punjabi establishment for its own interests. This will not be acepted by any means. The people of both provinces are convinced that they are deprived of this opportunity and yes the the routes are planned to go with eastern western and the third route but the question is which will be the primary route where all or most of the infrastructure will be built and seems like its the route connecting punjab and thats most unfair. Some development share should be left for KPK and balochistan. Recommend

  • Rational
    May 19, 2015 - 12:20PM

    Provinces other than Punjab are treated as colonies of Pakistan. In this case though the neglect may be a blessing in disguise as China demands 200 times return for every penny it invests so if some provinces will not be seeing this so called Chinese investment then they should be thankful. Though if Pakistan establishment and Punjab steal even more from the colonized provinces to pay back their Chinese masters then their sufferings would increase. In any case it is loss loss situation for them. Only Punjabis and their master China would benefitRecommend

  • oBSERVER
    May 19, 2015 - 1:11PM

    Picking the eastern corridor has malafide intentions. We would like to know who all were the signatories to this project? This also reveals Nawaz Sharif’s Lahore centric approach. The western corridor passes through the most under developed areas of our country. This is an oppertunity to develop those. Security concerns are baseless and can be tackled. It is the people who should matter. The eastern corridor also appears to be an afterthought by the ‘team’ that accompanied Nawaz Sharif in June 2013. If Nawaz Sharif is sincere to the nation he should go for the western corridor first which I doubt he will for family business and kickbacks do matter.Recommend

  • oBSERVER
    May 19, 2015 - 1:19PM

    There is another most important aspect of the western corridor. Gawadar represents a people who are repeatedly being denied their rights for development and Gawadar is IN Baluchistan. There would be no corridors if there was no Gawadar.This port city was purchased from Oman by a visionary man Ayub Khan in early sixties.Ayub Khan was also a Field Marshal.Recommend

  • Waqas
    May 19, 2015 - 2:37PM

    @oBSERVER when did Govt say they are not working on western corridor? Ahsan Iqbal has mentioned numerous times that western part of the corridor will be operational firstRecommend

  • Chachoo
    May 19, 2015 - 3:57PM

    @Rational: Punjab was the land of five rivers. The racist government of Ayub Khan made a Deal with India and secured all the Water Resources of KP and Northern Pakistan while Punjab was deprived of all the the rivers. Biaas, River and Sutleg were given to India and millions of acres of Land became barren afterwards. But Indus and every water resource of Northern region was protected in Indus water treaty.

    So Pushtoon domination and hatred was very evident when Its general sold all the rivers of Punjab to India. Now rather than chanting Discrimination first you should share the Royalty of dams with Punjab as these dams were made after selling the water of Punjab to India.

    @Taimoor: A PTI person is always ill informed and your comment is a clear evidence to that. For your information Punjabi is an Ethnicity. People can settle in Punjab and their second third generations can call themselves Punjabis. But it does not change the fact that they are adopting the Punjabi ethnicity. Some people out of their Racist Bias even deny the basic definitions. I have heard such mentions mainly from Pukhtoons and it is sad that their Racism makes them blind and then they even deny the existence of Punjabi ethnicity. Recommend

  • Aazad
    May 19, 2015 - 10:29PM

    @Hamza:
    Funny guy, what is happening there? that is the only option to connect with China. Fortunately Punjabies very kind to KP and are not saying that the corridor should be from Gawadar to Lahore airport and then from there upto China it will air corridor :)Recommend

  • Muhammad Arslan
    May 19, 2015 - 10:44PM

    Imran khan pointed out on numerous occasions during his speeches in sit-ins that chinese prime minister was not coming.
    No development will be seen as a result of chinese president tour. Pakistan and prime minister Nawaz Sharif gets their percentage share. And now Imran’s fans are crying over KPK not getting fair share of the deal. we must not have that short term memory loss. I too am(Perhaps was) fan of Imran khan but his series of ever changing statements aren’t stopping this really affects his credibility.
    I request Imran khan and his fans to please have one straight and constant point of view.Recommend

  • Aazad
    May 19, 2015 - 10:45PM

    @Yousaf:
    Well, industries will be developed and and and … along the western rout. May I ask what is the time frame for western rout to be developed? If you say 2030, simply means never.
    These are jokes nowadays being made by PLMN, once one rout is completed there will be not other rout. About the hydro power projects, they would never let it happen if they would other option. It will be just like Terbela or others, located in KP but controlled from Lahore, KP will produce and Lahore will distribute and resell it on KP. There is no justice, it is all about the punjabies monopoly and that’s all. Recommend

  • Muhammad Arslan
    May 19, 2015 - 10:56PM

    I seriously think we should come out of this provincialism and instead prefer nationalism. Lots of blame game going on. sad part is that no one talks about Pakistan. These Politicians will try every bit to stop us from being united by having divide and rule policy and we keep falling in the trap. So please guys try and understand whatever is happening is not being controlled by any of us whether we are punjabi sindhi pakhtun or balochi. thats all decided at beaurocratic level who just think of how to prolong their supremacy and dominance and congrats to them they are successful in this divide and rule policy as they are very lucky to have such short sighted and short tempered people like us….Recommend

  • Abdullah Safi
    May 20, 2015 - 1:37AM

    The majority perception to rule will sink Pakistan (God Forbid) but these punjabies opportunists will never understand that rule for snatching has less time while rule for justice remains ever green.
    The public of small provinces are realizing that their rights are being swallowed by majority in power & that they will never ever get a chance of representation in majority.
    The majority is depriving them again & again & they are regretting their declaration to become part of Pakistan. We are burning & boiling why a province CM is given representation opportunities & other provinces not, why Punjab cM is invited to foreign tours & others not why prime ministers budget is spent in Punjab & others not, why only Punjab is given this opportunity to produce prime minister s & why the rotation of prime minister is to the provinces is not part of the constitution so that other provinces get equal representation. I apologize to say that with rule to snatch we can’t be united. Punjab is Pakistan other provinces are wounded tails they should be cut off.Recommend

  • The right opinion
    May 24, 2015 - 11:06PM

    @Chachoo – the real purpose of this economic corridor was to provide access to China to a route that saved time and costs. Furthermore this route tends to give China a strategic advantage in event of war. If ever this was to connect economic hubs then we would have needed to connect it to Gawadar. The main route should always be the shortest possible route and not a snake like route which takes several curves inside Punjab and reaches China after an eternity.Recommend

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