The controversies are heard via social media over the Pakistan China Economic Corridor plans, a potential agreement between the two countries worthy of 46 billion US dollars. According to economics, political and social sciences expert the actual route or natural route for the said plan should go through the Balochistan’s Baloch, Pashtun and then FATA areas as well as Khyber Pashtunkhwa’s DI Khan, up to Mansehra. But the current route is showed in two possible routes one through Punjab having an extra distance for contacting Gawadar to Kashghar.
As most of the Pashtun in particular and other in general are condemning the unclear stance of Punjab, the leading Pakistani province. And the oppressed nations or other than Punjab’s masses are always worried they are kept deprived and disappointed since the creation of Pakistan.
Though the stance of the federal government is yet not clear nor they have announced the permanent route to go through. The young Pashtun lot is busy on social media; mostly criticizing their nationalist parties, the Baloch are divided in two categories. One of the parliamentarian category, still keeping silence over the issue, the other is separatist minded Baloch youth lot who sees the Gawadar handover to Chinese a neo-colonial status of their rights.
In this regard, Balochistan and Khyber Pashtunkhwa provincial assemblies have clearly passed their resolutions. The Balochistan assembly went a step ahead and called the corridor being signed between Punjab and China not Pakistan and China.
Just read the news of a Pakistani leading news paper, that Chinese have pressed Pakistani authorities to be focused on peace in Afghanistan otherwise this project can’t get the desires. We know this all is part of the political and development agreements between Pakistan China and China Afghanistan. The said agreement has some 46 billion dollars worth; different energy producing projects, as well as spread of industries around the terrorism affected and longer deprived masses in Pakistan. Another analyst even called it that both United States and Chinese government are agreed to have this project equally shared in the future.
Though the Pakistan People’s Party had called a meeting of the opposition parties the previous day, and had discussed their concerns over the said mega project. Talking to a Pashto Radio Mashaal; Wasyatullah Khan told that the opposition outcry won’t result until the governments announce its intended plan.
On the other hand; Ahsan Iqbal federal minister for planning and development had raised his finger on the neighboring country India; lobbying to make the Pakistan China Economic Corridor controversial. India has remained rival both to Pakistan and China; when the two countries used the friendship. Afghan current government has also given a broader space to Pakistan; as the previous government had India. Same is happening to China, as Afghan elected president Ashraf Ghan had his first visit to China and he sees the economic and development sector a solution to Afghanistan miseries.
Would be looking forward, but as said many slips between cup and lips. But Punjab has not to ignore the reservation of the nationalities other than Punjab.