NEW DELHI: There are two Pakistani security personnel for every Chinese national working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), indicating the high threat perception to the project despite China's billing as Pakistan's "all weather ally".
A series of attacks targetting the project has seen Pakistan deploy as many as 14,503 security personnel to secure some 7,036 Chinese nationals working on CPEC+ with most in Punjab which is home to several jihadi tanzeems.
A written reply in Pakistan's National Assembly+ said 6,364 personnel were protecting 7,036 Chinese professionals in Punjab, 3134 in Balochistan, 2654 in Sindh, 1912 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 439 in the Islamabad area. The information was provided in response to a question raised by Pakistan People's Party member Shahida Rehman.
The threat to the corridor comes from Balochi nationalists who have targeted the project and also from Taliban factions who have abducted Chinese personnel working in Pakistan in the past. Though the 2,000-km CPEC is viewed in Pakistan as a "game changer" that will boost economic infrastructure by connecting Kashgar in China to the Gwadar port in Balochistan, the project has attracted hostile attention.
The corridor's strategic implications are not less important as the project envisages reconstruction of the Karakoram highway that passes through Gilgit-Baltistan, offering China passage through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The Gwadar port is also important to Pakistan as it is not too far away from the Chabahar port in Iran which is being developed by India.
The project offers India an opportunity to reach Afghanistan through a port-road link. The distribution of CPEC projects also reflects the threat perception to various segments of the corridor. Of 330 CPEC projects, just about eight are in Balochistan where separatists are opposing the corridor.
Pakistani authorities claim attacks have been curtailed after stepped up security deployment with a special security division comprising nine composite infantry battalions and six civil armed force wings dedicated to the task.
India sees the corridor as a challenge to its security+ as it passes through areas of Jammu and Kashmir occupied by Pakistan and the Chinese role in developing the region ignores Indian claims on the area post-independence.
Terrorists will never interupt this project since China and Pakistan are the main state sponsors of terrorism.......LOL
It is good that 15 K starving Pakistanis are able to earn their daily bread now. Perhaps Pakistan should increase their strength further so that more people are able to earn.
pakistan economy is worth 300-400bn will soon be down to zero because of trade deficit with china. ultimately the beggars will beg more
They are either guarding them, or forcing them to work at gunpoint! This the terrorist nation of pakistan we are discussing.
The CPEC project is illegal as it passes through POK which is claimed by India. Also Balochistan objects to this project passing through its territory. China is surely taking huge risks which might one day back fire!
Everyone knows the coordination the two countries are providing each other. But how long? Soon Pakistan may have the bitter experience.
hahahaha hahahahahaha pakistan you make me laugh so hard
paki-chini bhai-bhai .....
China should understand that teaming up with Pakistan and N.korea will gain them nothing in the long run. These two countries will be eventually the cause of fall of the Chinese Dragon.
why the fuuuck India is keeping quite on this. they should raise the subject in international forums. India should warn china not to carry out any construction activity in POK. it will be a shame for India if China succeeds in its plan.