Islamabad : Pakistani Army has invited India to shun its enmity and participate in the ‘China Pakistan Economic Corridor’ (CPEC). India has opposed this project which passes through Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The people of ‘PoK’ and Baluchistan too are bitterly opposing this project. Due to the inconsistency in work most of the work relating to this project has been delayed. China is displeased over this and fears for its investment in this project. With this background, Amir Riaz, the Lieutenant General of the Pakistan Army has sent forth this proposal to India.
Many nations seem desirous to join the ‘CPEC’ project. Along with Iran and Afghanistan, some nations in Central Asia have expressed a keenness to join this project. Lieutenant General Riaz has invited India to shelve its animosity with Pakistan and join ‘CPEC’ like these nations. India too, can reap the fruits of future development from this project, claims Lieutenant General Riaz.
There seems a background to an invitation coming as it does from the top brass of the Pakistan Army, reared on anti India sentiments.
Only two days back, Zheng Xiaosong, Assistant Minister in the International Department of the Central Committee of China’s ruling Communist Party visited Pakistan. During this visit, Xiaosong requested that all political parties in Pakistan should keep their differences aside and come together to make this project a success. Though he may have used mild words on this occasion,China’s extreme displeasure over the current chaos in Pakistan over the ‘CPEC’ is clearly obvious. China believes that if this situation prevails, the project can never be completed.
If China backs out of this project, then the relations between China and Pakistan will not remain friendly as before, indicate analysts in Pakistani. The onus, therefore, is on Pakistan to make the project a success, as the situation is a do or die one for Pakistan. If the project is scraped, Pakistan’s survival would be at stake, feel some analyst. Hence the efforts to invite India and increase the feasibility of the project by the Pakistan Army.