A proposal is currently under discussion between the civil and military leadership of Pakistan which would allow both segments of the country to form a consultative forum on the development and implementation of China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC). Under this civil-military forum, the development of CPEC will be the collective responsibility of both the leaderships, which technically should allow a trouble-free implementation. This forum will be based off of apex committees which were formed for following the launch of the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism back in December 2014. This particular committee was formed for keeping a sharp eye as to whether goals, set forth by NAP, were being met or not. The concept behind the creation of this forum was so the CPEC stakeholders (provincial governments and security agencies etc.) could share their opinions and concerns.
While some anonymous officials denied the existence of any such proposal, others maintained that such a proposal was formulated primarily because of repeated concerns expressed by the Chinese government regarding development and security of CPEC, at the highest of levels. These concerns arose especially in wake of the political bickering that has been on the rise since the start of year 2016. Noting this issues, Chinese embassy in Islamabad stated,
China hopes that the relevant parties in Pakistan could strengthen communication and coordination on the CPEC to create favorable conditions for the project.
An anonymous Pakistan government official stated,
By creating such a forum where all stakeholders can duly register their concerns for effective redressal will not only help the federal government for an evenly execution of the corridor [CPEC], but also send a clear message to the Chinese investors about the safety of their investment.
While explaining several of China’s concerns regarding CPEC, a PML-N lawmaker, involved actively in the implementation of the corridor, said that most of the investment under the CPEC umbrella was kept for energy projects and the Chinese investors needed all sorts of guarantees regarding political stability and security,
Yes, the ongoing political uncertainty with regard to the lack of consensus on the CPEC has caused serious doubts among the Chinese businessmen and, therefore, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if a certain forum is created where the parties concerned can give their input.
A civil-military consultative forum is perhaps just what’s needed to ensure the security of the entire project and hence keep the investment from China safe. It not only provides a forum to discuss certain measures, but would also result in a lot more efficiency when it comes to communication between the two leaderships of Pakistan.Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.