What’s new? Pakistani leaders say the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), launched in 2015, is a “game changer” for the country’s ailing economy. But opaque plans for the corridor, the upheaval likely to affect locals along its route, and profits flowing mostly to outsiders could stir unrest. The government has repressed CPEC critics.
Why does it matter? CPEC could help revive Pakistan’s economy. But if it moves ahead without more thorough debate in parliament and provincial legislatures and consultation with locals, it will deepen friction between the federal centre and periphery, roil provinces already long neglected, widen social divides and potentially create new sources of conflict.
In Balochistan, the Baloch nation is facing the curse of slavery from 27th March 1948
By Saaho Baloch
Gwadar is a small district in Makuran as compared to other districts of Balochistan. The estimated population of Gwadar is 263,514. It has a small to medium-sized settlement with an economy largely based on artisanal fishing port.
The strategic value of its location was first recognized in 1954 when it was identified as a suitable site for a deep seaport. On April 2015, Pakistan and China announced their intentions to develop the $46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC); however, the estimated budget was increased to $51 billion later. Recently, according to a US based report, published last month, Pakistan has given permission to China to build a military base in Jiwani area, which is on a par to the strategic Gwadar port being developed by China.