NOBODY can deny the significance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project (CPEC) for overall and sustainable economic development of Pakistan and the region at large. But there are certain inimical forces which do not want to see Pakistan making progress and the region cultivating the fruits of peace.
At the forefront of hatching conspiracies against the CPEC is our arch enemy India. Speaking at the inaugural brief of naval exercise ‘Shamsheer-e-Bahar VII’ and ‘Tarseel-e-Bahar II’ in Karachi on Monday, President Arif Alvi very emphatically once again exposed the ugly face of India saying it wanted to sabotage the CPEC. The fact of the matter is that this is a mega development project envisaging projects ranging from infrastructure to establishment of Special Industrial Zones for industrialization in Pakistan and both Pakistan and China have repeatedly urged the regional countries to join the corridor project as it is not against any other country. But New Delhi is not ready to shun its intransigence due to the animosity it harbours both for Pakistan and China. The very confessional statement of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the RAW agent, itself is a clear proof how far the extremist government in India can go to hurt and disrupt the corridor project. Apart from carrying out sabotage activities in Balochistan and other areas of Pakistan, Indian leadership is now also involved in wooing other countries not to invest in the CPEC. The Indian media itself reported the other day that the immediate task for Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to South Korea will be to block Korean funds flowing into Pakistan and that he will also urge his Korean counterpart to stay away from the CPEC. It is a matter of satisfaction that top authorities both in Pakistan and China are fully cognizant of the Indian designs. The best way to counter them indeed is to expedite the work for the early completion of all the pending CPEC- related projects. Then we also need to inform the world the benefits being offered in the SEZs to the businessmen and entrepreneurs so that their investment can be attracted in a big way. As President Arif Alvi himself stated that prosperity of our people is intrinsically linked to the security of our sea lines of communication, it is important that all the requirements of Pakistan Navy are met in order to ensure unhindered flow of traffic in our waters and make Gwadar one of the busiest ports in the world.