Gilgit-Baltistan fears it will not benefit from CPEC

Published: August 10, 2016


GILGIT: Fears that Gilgit-Baltistan will gain nothing out of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project loomed large at a session chaired by Senator Taj Haider in Gilgit on Tuesday evening.

Haider, who is heading a special committee of senators on CPEC, is in Gilgit along with other senators. The committee has held meetings with various stakeholders in various parts of Gilgit-Baltistan to understand the concerns of people about the project that passes through this region. The meeting was attended by activists, journalists, lawyers and members of G-B Assembly.

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“There is officially no word about the share of G-B in CPEC,” said Israruddin, a rights activist while speaking to the participants of the meeting.

He said G-B should be given its due share and constitutional status to win the confidence of the people.

Similarly, while sharing views, Assistant Professor Iftikhar Hussain said CPEC is like a “seal pack” for G-B’s residents as they have been kept in the dark about the details of the project for which the region serves as a gateway. “We are super patriots and it is our right to know about it and [demand] a share in it.”

Senior journalist Manzar Shigri said the federal government should end the sense of deprivation among the people of G-B as they have been left out of the mainstream politics due to its constitutional status. Dr Jalil, a retired government official, asked senators to highlight the challenges being faced by people. He added the disparity could lead to unrest in the region.

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The speakers asked senators to help the G-B government prepare policies that could help generate revenue from the project that has been billed as a “fate-changer” for the country. Haider, in his remarks, said, “Hurdles in the way of CPEC projects will be removed to ensure it is completed in time.” He said reforms were needed in tourism, mining and other sectors of G-B to enable people to benefit from them.

The senator said that after a detailed visit of the area and meetings with different stakeholders, they will submit recommendations for approval in the Senate. The recommendation will be based on the aspirations of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2016.


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Reader Comments (8)

  • abreez
    Aug 11, 2016 - 10:48AM

    Internal tourism sector is very important for Pakistan’s economy, at least 15 to 20 million tourists in Pakistani northern areas every year. Tourism will create jobs, hotel industry, food industry, dams in northern Pakistan and ultimately prosperous people of Northern Pakistan will spend their winters in Southern Pakistan.Recommend

  • ibn e ashfaque
    Aug 11, 2016 - 12:25PM

    CPEC will only benefit Punjab others can suck it up.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Aug 11, 2016 - 12:48PM

    As the saying goes ‘every one wants to fry their own fritters in this pot of oil’ … or something like that.Recommend

  • Baltistani
    Aug 11, 2016 - 10:05PM

    Yes, GB will not get nothing from CPEC (China Punjab Economic CHORIDOR) except the vehicle’s smoke. 650 Km of CPEC route passes through GB and not a single economic zone for GB. So, it’s not a fear but truth.Recommend

  • Dr. Arif
    Aug 12, 2016 - 12:40PM

    GB has been highly neglected in the CPEC , GB is the Gateway of CPEC , the higher authorities are continously ignoring the voice of GBIANS For decades , they have left only dust of the big vehicles from CPEC for GB ,
    GBIANS have shown their reservations already bit federal is not ready to give an ear .Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Aug 12, 2016 - 1:17PM

    So what would be next?Recommend

  • Tariq
    Aug 12, 2016 - 6:16PM

    Please think about smart cities along with cpec industrial zones Saudi Arab can invest in smart cities India is already working on 20 smart cities.Recommend

  • mehdi
    Sep 8, 2016 - 7:38PM

    if things go like this , then we will start uprising against state .. u neva gave us anything .. we want our rights , our share enough is enough we are are not your puppets we love pakistan but we want our rights .. .. i hope gb will get its share.thats good for pakistan,or else ?? u will see our reaction.Recommend

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