Economic corridor: Pakistan, China agree on four-layer security

Published: November 1, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan and China have agreed on a four-layer security plan for over 3,000km-long trade route that will connect the Gwadar port to China’s north-western Xinjiang province.

“We are going for a four-layer plan for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), integrated with a new security policy,” said a senior security official, who attended a meeting in China last month. “An estimated 32,000 security personnel will guard over 14,321 Chinese workers engaged in some 210 small and mega projects in Pakistan.” Before this decision, a three-layer security plan was envisioned, he said.

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The fresh plan of providing security to Chinese nationals includes over 500 Chinese security personnel for capacity-building of the newly-raised special force as well as local police to better guard the sensitive routes surrounding the port, added the official. “The Chinese are pretty much satisfied with the new security plan,” said CPEC Project Director Maj Gen (retd) Zahir Shah.

According to this plan, Balochistan would get more security, as six wings (5,700 personnel) of the Frontier Corps, 3,000 police constables and 1,000 Levies personnel would guard all the routes, disclosed an official at the Ministry of Interior. He said the Pakistan Marines and the border security forces would also guard the port and its adjacent routes.

More than 3,500 policemen, 900 Rangers, 4,100 private security guards and 740 Askari Guards would protect various projects linked to the economic corridor in Punjab, he said.

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He said the military was setting up a special security force (nine battalions) comprising an estimated 12,000 personnel, who would be inducted into the special division to be headed by a serving major general.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has also suggested registration of Chinese nationals for their security. NADRA is evolving a new procedure for ensuring security of the Chinese nationals.

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“NADRA would maintain the record of Chinese nationals residing in or visiting Pakistan, and would share its records with all the federal and provincial authorities of the country,” said an official spokesman for the interior ministry.

“For Pakistan, it is a do-or-die situation,” former chief of NACTA, Hamid Ali Khan said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2015.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • TarzanA
    Nov 1, 2015 - 10:12AM

    Wow!! The CPEC has created employment even before it started . Great!!
    But Why 14321 chinese workers are used
    Talented Pakistani people can do the work , they can also be trained by china, if they lack certain skill set.
    In this case major chunk of investment chinese will take back as salary and take it back to china as their per hour is significantly higher .Recommend

  • abreez
    Nov 1, 2015 - 10:46AM

    “An estimated 32,000 security personnel will guard over 14,321 Chinese workers engaged in some 210 small and mega projects in Pakistan.”
    High pays, quality life for the families of these security personnel, better life after retirement will insure that these security personnel will guard Chinese, Otherwise Pakistani know their security agencies.Recommend

  • ghazaraah
    Nov 1, 2015 - 12:58PM

    “”friends not masters””Recommend

  • Alam
    Nov 1, 2015 - 1:05PM

    Last time i checked facts…..GB and Muzzafarabad were disputed areas as per pakistan..so why is CPEC passing through that land….will somebody please throw light on this as i am a foreigner……….Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 1, 2015 - 3:00PM

    I have seen some reports in media about how much millions a host nation bears on security of any heads of state,delegation and other including locals journalists etc attending like BRICS,G20,UNGA etc in just a single day to 3-4 days and billions of dollars if we includes events like CWG,Olympics.But these things .Such security costs are too high but here pakistan is talking about giving security to 14,000+ Chinese nationals and the troop required is 32,000 or more.Man this will eat your money straight away as unlike the above events i mentioned are held in one particular place but still cost high but in CPEC case you are talking about guarding 3000Km so you can imagine costs.Recommend

  • shafi
    Nov 1, 2015 - 5:15PM

    @Alam, if it is disputed area .Gilget and Kashmir, then according to ur plea it shuould be left as a land stone age and undedeveloped?Recommend

  • saad
    Nov 1, 2015 - 5:28PM

    Thats typical chinese mindset, they try to benefit their own people. Even common labourers are brought from China. All money is going back to chinese families ans pakistn is getting nothingRecommend

  • pakistani
    Nov 1, 2015 - 8:36PM

    How about also de weaponisig society, improving the training of the police force and getting rid of the bad eggs, and ensuring the courts are effective?

    I am serious, we should get 100 Brits back to run the police for 5 years and hire 100 English judges to deal with cases pertaining to laws we inherited at partition. In 5 years Pakistan would be a different place and law enforcement would be respected again.

    I really hope and pray CPEC delivers for Pakistan. We should work together as a nation and with the chinese to ensure success. The Govt has to address the RAW/NDS backed terror outfits in Afghanistan that will try to harm the chinese.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Nov 1, 2015 - 8:53PM

    “An estimated 32,000 security personnel will guard over 14,321 Chinese workers engaged in some 210 small and mega projects in Pakistan.”

    Instead those 32k personnel can finish the same job in half of the allocate time, also more than 50% money will be saved. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Nov 1, 2015 - 9:11PM

    So Gawadar would be free of weapons but also free of Baluchis and only outsiders would benefit from it. No wonder four layered security is required when you are actively oppressing the locals and shamelessly stealing from them. How is then struggle of Kashmiris justified but not of Baluchis?Recommend

  • vinsin
    Nov 1, 2015 - 10:35PM

    @Alam:
    Nehru accepted GB as part of Pakistan as per Dixon Plan and didnt object to karakoram highway. Only India current government object to or I must say it has happened first time that India has objected to development of GB. Congress and previous Indian government never objected to any plan made by Pakistan and China. Congress since Indira Gandhi always wanted to convert LOC to International border. Also it is not 1947 but 2015.

    @saad:
    Pakistan will get road.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Nov 1, 2015 - 11:11PM

    We should give full security to Chinese because they are investing so much money here.Recommend

  • someone
    Nov 2, 2015 - 4:19AM

    Almost 2 person to guard one chinese worker. Ordinary pakistanis would be lucky if they even get 1 guard for 500 pakistanis. Seems Pakistani liaves are cheaper than chinese ones.Recommend

  • hari
    Nov 2, 2015 - 4:58AM

    Pak and China might build it at a high cost but will not be able to use it as it will become the international terror corridor.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Nov 2, 2015 - 5:17AM

    I too need ten watchmen for my home and am willing to pay.Recommend

  • Genius idea
    Nov 2, 2015 - 5:53AM

    Or you can give up on strategic assets and become terror free. Just sayin…Recommend

  • K Sudhir
    Nov 2, 2015 - 7:56AM

    Four layer security shows fear of Balochistan becoming independent like Bangladesh did!Recommend

  • Shahdab
    Nov 2, 2015 - 8:09AM

    Just imagine the savings if Pakistani workers were employed with the necessary Chinese supervision. Should have made these issues clear before commencement of the project. Recommend

  • Salima H. K.
    Nov 2, 2015 - 2:10PM

    @Vectra:
    The CPEC project is worth any cost. It’s as simple as that.Recommend

  • Madiha Arshad
    Nov 2, 2015 - 2:12PM

    @pakistani:
    “How about also de weaponisig society, improving the training of the police force and getting rid of the bad eggs, and ensuring the courts are effective?” — That will take years if not decades to accomplish, and we need security for the CPEC project NOW! And your proposed measures will still not stop RAW from sabotaging this project, who has already set up a dedicated cell specifically for that purpose.Recommend

  • Even more genius idea
    Nov 2, 2015 - 2:24PM

    @Genius idea:
    Or India and Afghanistan can stop wrecking Pakistan with their strategic assets which prevent Pakistan from being terror free. Just sayin…Recommend

  • Qadir
    Nov 2, 2015 - 2:26PM

    @hari:
    LOL Only a jealous frightened insecure Indian could make that remark. Sonny, not everything Pakistan does have to do with you or terrorism. Your round the clock Pakistan obsession is your problem, not ours.Recommend

  • Samina
    Nov 2, 2015 - 2:27PM

    @someone:
    Those Chinese are developing something extremely vital to Pakistan’s strategic security and future prosperity, so yes, their lives are absolutely more important than the lives of Pakistanis. Deal with it.Recommend

  • Arshad Ch.
    Nov 2, 2015 - 2:28PM

    @ajeet:
    Then go get those watchmen instead of making noise about it here. What did you want all of us to do with that information?Recommend

  • K B Kale
    Nov 2, 2015 - 5:21PM

    This is really a waste of money for Pakistan & China, also a great ‘good bye’ gift to Balochistan because Balochitan will liberate itself even before a first consignment enters free Balochistan territory! When Gwadar is no more in Pakistan, there is no future to CPEC!Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Nov 4, 2015 - 9:31AM

    Not my words, CPEC will be China Pakistan Economic Colonization – As per Md. Arif Aajakia

    Anyway good luck to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shah
    Dec 31, 2015 - 12:17PM

    @K B Kale:
    And Then Mr Kale Woke Up and Found Out That Assam Khalistan And Red Corridor Have Broken From India ROFLRecommend

  • Faruk
    Jan 3, 2016 - 1:27PM

    I have few Bluchi friends who I have known for yeas, according to tham the only problem in Bluchistan is tribal leaders, it’s not the people of Bluchistan a tribal Sirdar as never done a day’s work in his life, most of the sirdars families live in Karachi,Islamabad,Lahore, one should see Bugti house in Lahore. Sirdars don’t want schools in Bluchistan, Money is given to Bluch government but it’s divided among the sirdars nothing spent on poor peopl’s need, instead they are told punjabis are taking our wealth. The sirdars who are in the government are happy about everything, once they are out of the government they go againist the devolpment of the Provence, it’s like Afghans India puts money in their pockets, they are against Pakistan, Iran puts money in their pockets they are againist India and Pakistan, if Pakistan puts money in their pockets they are blood brothers of Pakistan. Once we Demolish SIRDARI NAZAM like we have done in Punjab and KPK, things will get better in Bluchistan and Sindh. India is afraid of Pakistan and China, Pakistani population is far better off than Indian naighbours, China has taken 40million people out of poverty it has never been done anywhere in the world. Millions of Indian people live in the streets it doesn’t happen in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Saudkhan
    Jan 11, 2016 - 10:21PM

    Cpec importance much more for pakistan as well as china so that should be completed within time and all should support that corridor for pakistan Recommend

  • Saudkhan
    Jan 11, 2016 - 10:29PM

    Cpec for pakistan much more important then any project so all political parties should support for pakistan Recommend

  • Sajid khan
    Mar 9, 2016 - 7:28PM

    Cepec is best project and I want to join its security as Ex Army officer and Also served in kpk Police as Supritendent of policeRecommend

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