Pakistan dismisses India's concerns over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Published: June 2, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Dismissing India’s concerns over the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, Pakistan said that the $46 billion project will prove to be beneficial for the entire region.

The Foreign Office has responded to the Indian Minister’s statement strongly, stating that Pakistan is committed to the project as it will benefit the entire region.

On May 31, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “very strongly” raised the issue regarding China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his recent visit to Beijing, and termed the project “unacceptable”.

Read: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ‘unacceptable’, Modi tells China

“Prime minster during his visit took up the issue very firmly and spoke very strongly that the CPEC going through PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) is unacceptable,” Swaraj said at a press conference.

PHOTO: DEFENCE.PK

Read:Pakistan-China Economic Corridor: a cost-benefit analysis

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had forewarned about possible backlash from local and international bodies, but he said that this project is very significant for a prosperous Pakistan.

Read:India raises objections over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

The Pakistan-China Economic Corridor was announced in April this year during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Engineer
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:29PM

    Well you can ignore our warnings at your own peril. We will make your life miserable and make sure you pay a heavy price for going ahead with CPEC in Pakistan occupied Kashmir which is Indian territory. Recommend

  • AsR
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:52PM

    Indian opposition to this project means that we will double our efforts to complete it as soon as possible. It is really fun to see our neighbor burning due to our progressiveRecommend

  • Sobriquet
    Jun 2, 2015 - 2:03PM

    In the UN resolution, the cease-fire order and the truce agreement that the Pakistani govt signed, it agreed to withdraw all its troops from the whole of Kashmir, before any further steps could be taken. So it is clear that Gilgit is illegally occupied by Pakistan and is in violation of the agreement and the ceasefire by using Kashmiri territory as its own.Recommend

  • Ifti
    Jun 2, 2015 - 2:20PM

    @Engineer dont forget you belong to india which is a third world country like ours,You are threatening as if your country is USA not india.Wake up Recommend

  • Neo
    Jun 2, 2015 - 2:31PM

    @Sobriquet:
    It goes both ways, can’t be lopsided…what about the withdrawal of Indian forces, more than 6 lacs, the largest concentration of forces in the world in any given area, in terms of army men per square kilometer. Recommend

  • Freebies
    Jun 2, 2015 - 2:33PM

    Indian concerns was an old news when Modi visited China…to take selfies there. It is again quoted here, and remember what China did in return, China high ups called Pakistan and told that ‘India will sabotage the PCEC’ so they need to be careful. This was reported about two weeks back.
    That’s how strategic and strong Pakistan-China friendship is, Xi Jinping in his recent visit to Pakistan has called this ‘Iron Friends’. China India relations are just transactional.
    The CPEC is proposed by China to Pakistan as China needed it to open the western region which is not as economically developed, along with the corridor to be used as an energy supply route. India should keep this in mind.Recommend

  • Dan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 2:42PM

    True, CPEC is a good project and is good for the entire region. We don’t have any problem with it. Just get your corridor out of disputed lands- PoK and Balochistan. Recommend

  • Khattak
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:21PM

    To avoid the disputed Kashmir region, the Corridor should be diverted to Wakh Khan in Afghanistan & through Badahshan to Chaman & Gawader. China is already building road from Kashghar to Badakhshan through Wakh Khan corridor so it will be an alternative & undisputed route. Think about with cool mind & without any prejudice.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:27PM

    @Dan:
    shut up.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:28PM

    @Dan:
    We would have asked for your feedback but wait, since we don’t give two hoots about what the Indians think, we wont.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:30PM

    @Engineer:
    Run for shelter, pigeon on the way.Recommend

  • GKA
    Jun 2, 2015 - 4:12PM

    India’s objections to China’s investment in Pakistan, are quite similar to Pakistan’s objections of India’s investment in Afghanistan. Both fear encirclement – India by China, and Pakistan by India. Both are deeply suspicious of the other’s motives. Recommend

  • Sobriquet
    Jun 2, 2015 - 4:35PM

    @Neo: The UN resolution states that India should keep its forces in Kashmir to maintain order and requires Pakistan to withdraw from all the areas that it occupied. Read the resolution and the relevant documentation. Recommend

  • Aazad
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:17PM

    @Sobriquet:
    funny guy, how did you learn such nice jokes. Instead of reading UN resolution you may have red secondary school book in indian gujarat which also says that airplane was invented by indians, lol Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:22PM

    India’s concerns and opposition are necessary for successful completion of CPEC. Thank you India..Recommend

  • AikPakistani
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:35PM

    @Pakistani:
    LOL, you made my day.Recommend

  • Karrar
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:37PM

    Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) is not and never have been the part of Kashmir for much of its history. Just because Kashmir based Dogra Raj illegitimately ruled it once as a part of broader Kashmir doesn’t make it its integral part. Pakistani bureaucracy have created all the fuss which is haunting them back. By the way, Chinese authorities treat GB as a semi-autonomous territory, independent of the disputed region of Kashmir. For this reason, they don’t care what either India or Pak thinks of GB’s legal status.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 2, 2015 - 6:03PM

    @Sobriquet:
    “In the UN resolution, the cease-fire order and the truce agreement that the Pakistani govt signed” and india wasnt supposed to vacate kashmire according to the same agreement???? what rubbish you indiots believe inRecommend

  • Jun 2, 2015 - 6:50PM

    In short Pakistan said SHUT UP.Recommend

  • Ussamah
    Jun 2, 2015 - 7:56PM

    @Dan,

    Can you explain how Baluchistan is a disputed territory? Have you lost your mind completely like the rest of India, which is obsessed with destroying Pakistan?Recommend

  • iBleed!
    Jun 2, 2015 - 8:01PM

    As both sides know Indian goal was-&-is to Fail Pakistan as a state. Even though India has no surety it will ever step a foot in Pak Kashmir, it don’t harm to make Pak Bleed from any corner it can. I remember when their leader claimed a while back; We will make Pak starve for one drop of water coming down from Himalayan range, India or Afghanistan. Their mind set is set-on-hate & revenge. They can’t peacefully Sleep Now!..Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 2, 2015 - 9:16PM

    Getting pretty sick and tired of Indian trolls coming on pakistani websites and trying to put us down. Do you guys not have anything better to do?

    And also, since when exactly was Balochistan a disputed territory? As some bright indian commentator above puts it.Recommend

  • Ridwan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 10:33PM

    no one cares about India’s claims to Kashmire least of all China. China needs this project to develop its western half, and it will not sacrifice development in this region to appease India. Even the USA supports this. India cannot yet accept the fact that literally no other country in the world accepts India’s claims to kashmir, but indians are so deluded that they make it literally illegal to display the ground realities on maps! It literally is the law in India that the entire region of Kashmir be included in a map of india. What a laughable law that highlights India’s insecurity!Recommend

  • shahid
    Jun 2, 2015 - 11:40PM

    Do anything you want to, you can shout, cry, throw tantrums and rub your ankles on the ground, what Pakistan and China have done to you HINDU-stanis, it is called FAIT-ACCOMPLI; it is done and its over; cannot be undone and the door is shut on your face; Recommend

  • Xman
    Jun 3, 2015 - 12:14AM

    @Engineer : who took the jam out of your donut? You folks have more malnourished people in your country than the entire population of PK.Try making their lives a little less miserable first.

    Look what the world thinks about your country : http://www.forbes.com/sites/jplehmann/2015/04/12/indias-wrong-priorities-as-children-go-hungry-pm-modi-buys-fighter-jets-in-france/Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Jun 3, 2015 - 2:47AM

    @Engineer:

    You sound like a typical ranting and raving fly from a neighbouring gutter called india !! Your misery about this economic route can be measured by the degree of blisters erupting on your az. Possessed by your pain you are not able to register what is coming your way! Chinese N submarines are already taking positions in the Indian Ocean since your PM complained about this Pak-China project which when ready will complete the loop of encirclement around you. Once that happens the next step , in polite terms , will be gang rap of your miserable country.Recommend

  • faaiz
    Jun 3, 2015 - 11:53AM

    @Engineer:
    please learn to make peoples life peaceful instead of making them mesirable.
    coleboration among neighbour countries is much benificial then war.Recommend

  • Jun 3, 2015 - 7:53PM

    We shall complete cpec on time inshallah.indians are jelous.but plus point is that they accepted kashmir as disputed region.Recommend

  • Jul 17, 2015 - 11:52PM

    we are belong to Gilgit Baltistan,Gilgit Baltistan is our motherland and we condemn this china, Pakistan economic corridor,because GB is not part of Pakistan its disputable area ,we want to take interest from china and Pakistan with equality.

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  • Rubbish!
    Jul 18, 2015 - 2:51AM

    @wajahat hussain: Smart man! You definitely should get as much benefit as other provinces are getting for getting this rout goes through their land. As a matter of fact you can ask China to take this route through Tajikistan and Chitral of KPK instead. Those areas are really left behind in this process. I am surprised too, why all are fighting to have this trade route goes through their areas including you India.Recommend

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