India ‘must address Kashmir issue to become part of CPEC’

Published: April 15, 2017

KARACHI  : National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua on Friday conditioned India’s inclusion in the multibillion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project to the resolution of outstanding dispute on Kashmir.

“If India wants to become part of the corridor, it must first step forward and resolve Kashmir issue,” said Janjua while speaking at the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs.

The topic was: ‘Pakistan’s Security Environment and Future Projections’. The adviser also addressed the issues of how we are seen in the world, what is the reality behind it, what are our main security challenges and responses and what are the state’s future projections.

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A large gathering of diplomats, foreign policy analysts and media personnel attended the function.

Janjua said: “The world must tell India to do so. The animosity has to go out of the window – for the sake of wellbeing of the people.

“How long do we need to fight and struggle against the other? Before (eyeing) military and economic interest, it must see and address the human interest and resolve the Kashmir dispute.”

The adviser called out for cooperation and not competition, stressing, “The next generation will do it, I hope.”

Going further into his talk, he said, CPEC will provide great connectivity to the world.

While addressing the Balochistan issue, he said there had been a change in heart and mind of the people of Balochistan, because of the power of love.

“We address their issues; lick their wounds and concerns of sense of deprivation. These are honoured, valuable people. The insurgents are sitting abroad. They are the only ones left to win over.”

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Janjua said the government had addressed the root cause of the Balochistan issue which was ‘sub-nationalism’ and added that while picking up the ‘head of the octopus’, “we have resolved the issue of lack of integration, sense of deprivation, insurgency and terrorism”.

“Largely, as I see insurgency has been marginalised. The state is ready to reconcile with such people, if they come forward and don’t hedge on it. They should come forward and equally play their part in the country’s politics.”

He said Balochistan was the area where the national flag was being burnt, but now once again it was being raised, and added that “we have connected with the people”.

Janjua said: “We are a Muslim country, suffering from extremism. Terrorism has made us an insecure county, at the global level. Because we are a nuclear state, other world countries fear that our nuclear weapons may fall in terrorists’ hands. Also, we are poor economically. Some view us as playing a double game in case of Afghanistan and by claiming we are supporting the Taliban.”

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Through the slides, he proved what a beautiful country this is, with mountains, hills and its people. He said, “We are largely misunderstood. We are acting as a frontline state of the world, rendering sacrifices since the last four decades, from the times Afghanistan was invaded and the demise of USSR.”

He asked the audience a simple question, “Did we ask the Soviets to invade Afghanistan? Surely, we had nothing to do with that.”

On the same note he said, “Nobody send their soldiers to fight the USSR in Afghanistan. Pakistan stood by its neighbour.”

Addressing the issues of Fata, Karachi and Balochistan, he said the operations carried out by the armed forces has resulted in lessening terrorists activities like bombings, with great many of these happening in February 2014.

Earlier on he claimed, “Had Taliban been made part of the election process, would they be counting votes or fighting as terrorists? Who lost that opportunity?”

Janjua said, “The fallout of the war against terrorism has greatly affected Pakistani, in huge numbers, with losing as many as 40,000 of its civilian to 5,000 of its armed forces.”

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Reader Comments (21)

  • gulshan
    Apr 15, 2017 - 9:37AM

    India ready to join CPEC provided Kashmir is resolved, And resolution shall require solution to unfinished agenda of partition that could include:
    1. Taking back portion of Kashmir from China.
    2. Stop. CPEC through disputed area of j& K till resolution is done.
    3. Vacate entire j&k of Pak Army and non Kashmiri population.
    4. Remove all terror platforms from PAK.
    5. Render null and void accession agreements of Maharaja of J&K and Khan of Kalat so that Balochistan also comes on the same pre partition platform.Recommend

  • SHJ
    Apr 15, 2017 - 9:40AM

    As if India is desperate to join. Such statements show the level of ignorance in Pakistan.Recommend

  • onlooker
    Apr 15, 2017 - 9:50AM

    Ok Sir, please do not include India in CPEC and stay away from fermenting trouble in Kashmir. Please also vacate from occupied Kashmir and fully focused on CPEC to change your destiny, God bless Pakistan! Recommend

  • Arif Mohammed
    Apr 15, 2017 - 10:25AM

    OMG, When did India say it wants to be part of CPEC ?Recommend

  • Alien1
    Apr 15, 2017 - 10:30AM

    Was this guy smoking or what, who would want to be part of chinese debt trap. If pakistanis are foolish then he thinks Indians are foolish too.Recommend

  • Raw Is War
    Apr 15, 2017 - 10:39AM

    India does not want to join the “white elephant”.Recommend

  • ABCD
    Apr 15, 2017 - 10:47AM

    What benefits India will get if she becomes a part of CPEC? NSA should explain the benefits. Is India interested in it?Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Apr 15, 2017 - 10:52AM

    we are not dying to be part of CPEC, it is your partner wants us to make project viable.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Apr 15, 2017 - 11:15AM

    CPEC,CPEC,CPEC….I pity these Pakistanis delusions.India got nothing in CPEC nor it will join.It is passing through a disputed territory.Without India,Chinese know very well,that it is going to be an utter flop.If you read global times ,the Chinese government mouthpiece,every alternate day there is an article why India must join this corridor and other south Asian OROB belts.With a market as large as India is of paramount importance for all these projects to succeed in south East Asia.And India is least Interested…..Recommend

  • Naveen
    Apr 15, 2017 - 11:41AM

    Who said India wants to join cepec? India is doing well without cepec with a growth rate of >6%in last 10 yrs. its cepec who needs India for success otherwise it will be failureRecommend

  • Vineeth
    Apr 15, 2017 - 11:43AM

    Hilarious. Has India ever expressed desire to be part of CPEC? Indian economy is doing very well without it and the country has made it clear that it does not want to become a dumping ground of Chinese goods.Recommend

  • Arif Mohammed
    Apr 15, 2017 - 11:48AM

    Pakistanis will surely benifit economically and repay all loans from the money earned by roadside vendors selling chai (tea) and chana masala to Chinese truck drivers.Recommend

  • Indian
    Apr 15, 2017 - 12:02PM

    India never asked to join CPEC it is only Pakistan and China who are saying India to join this project. First try to understand economy policy of China, China has built this road for exporting it’s good. If India would join what benefits India would get?
    India exports mostly to Europe, middle east and USA etc.Recommend

  • Xman
    Apr 15, 2017 - 12:18PM

    NSA has a point. Window of opportunity is closing fast. US is no more going to be the dumping ground for the cheap Indian IT labour. Pakistanis will be happy to hire them as truck drivers though. Better look for opportunities closer to home, than licking Uncle Sam’s boots.Recommend

  • Ali Khattak
    Apr 15, 2017 - 1:15PM

    No need to involve India in this trade corridor, there is nothing they produce which we can’t buy from elsewhere.

    As for @Gulshan:
    Return Kashmir that India has illegally occupied to the Kashmiris. If they are so keen on remaining part of India then why was there a 6% turnout in elections and why do Kashmiri youth burn Indian flags?

    India has behaved like a violent when it invaded Junagarh, Hyderabad and Goa prove this. No wonder the Kahlistani, Assam, Tripura and Naxalite movements for freedom rose, those people probably regretted joining the Indian Union in 1947.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Apr 15, 2017 - 2:09PM

    Since CPEC started, Endians have pain in their A. If CPEC is not so much important, then why Endia is crying since the day one.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 15, 2017 - 2:14PM

    Whoever country is initiating being part of CPEC, will surely get huge benefits. Recommend

  • Naresh
    Apr 16, 2017 - 3:27AM

    India has Two other Options to get access to the Central Asian Republics as well as Europe.
    As such India thanks Pakistan for the Offer and Declines without any further comments.

  • nit
    Apr 16, 2017 - 2:45PM

    If India wants to send stuff to China, we will send it through Tibet or Burma. Why would we want to send it through Pakistan? Recommend

  • Sajid Ansari
    May 13, 2017 - 1:18PM

    Better get lost you all Indians, the CPEC will enable China to eat-up Indian economy totally and become the Super Economic Power of the world. US economy is in dole-drum because of China and Trump factors.

    Kashmir is coming into Pakistan’s lap soon, along with all 60 dams built be India. Take care of the river Brahmaputra as its water being stopped by China as a big dam is under construction on it then dry India will beg to be included in CPEC. You will see it happening in 5-10 years.Recommend

  • Sajid Ansari
    May 14, 2017 - 12:17PM

    Well, will India get access to CAR via China or via Pakistan..? and why China would give India access to its Market/s whereas Pakistan will also never ever allow India Transit Route via Wagah and Torkham …!!!
    So, India will have to use Polar Route or by Sea up to Chahbar, cross-over Iran, then to Kandahar, Afghanistan, Taliban’s stronghold and then to the CAR, Have you imagined where the cost of transportation will go….?
    Pakistan may consider giving all those facilities India wants, if India agrees to hold Plebiscite in Kashmir, in accordance with UN Resolution-1948.Recommend

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