THE CHINESE CPEC PUZZLE SOLVED

The Chinese seem to be a godsend for Pakistan or India. At a time when Pakistan is increasingly short on Dollars and Friends, China backs Pakistan like a brother, protects it like a mother, and funds us like a father. Is this so or does it have a longer sinister plan which will help India in destroying Pakistan without waging a war.

The Chinese seem to be a godsend for Pakistan or India. At a time when Pakistan is increasingly short on Dollars and Friends, China backs Pakistan like a brother, protects it like a mother, and funds us like a father with CPEC. Is this so or does it have a longer sinister plan which will help India in destroying Pakistan without waging a war.

All of which raises the question: Why?

The real question we need to ask is, are Pakistanis like their predecessors who naively sold their entire nation to a foreign power centuries ago?

Nonetheless, if there is any nation Pakistan should be in bed then its China. They aren’t threatened by Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal because they very well know it’s actually their own. If we see superciliously we will say the following:-


• They have no interest in promoting any religious ideology inside Pakistan because they have none. However, already they have started influencing the regions where CPEC is flowing by infiltrating by marriage and following the concept of Pak-Chin plan. A much dangerous and sinister plan to Chinify entire of Pakistan.
• They have no interest in ruling Pakistan because it’s uncharacteristic of their foreign policy thus far. But a true foreign policy of a country is known to a handful of people and will not be revealed to the world and especially the targeted country which in this case is Pakistan.
• China is its neighbor and the next global superpower. Yes, it is good for China but how does Pakistan fit in is not clear at all.
• They are also more than capable of assisting Pakistan in solving some of its most pressing problems such as the lack of dams, energy shortages, and obsolete infrastructure. China is already indebting Pakistan to attain leverage and control its decisions. How well is Pakistan poised to repay the loans whose documents are under wraps is to be seen in the future.

Will CPEC ever benefit Pakistan

CPEC has all the potential to revive Pakistan like the Marshall Plan did for Europe after WWII. This is the best-case scenario but can only happen if Pakistan safeguards its rights and negotiates to ensure maximum benefit.
It starts with transparency. Currently, our national assets are being leveraged to secure the exuberant amount of loans, which are being used by the government to implement numerous projects. The interest rates offered by China is very high. Since the majority of these projects are neither funded by the National Exchequer not executed by local companies, but by Chinese companies and they are also not scrutinized as they should be. As it stands, people of Pakistan are unaware of how well Chinese loans are being utilized or what the payback strategy is. Whether we’re being colonized, exploited, or saved all depends on the terms of our agreements which are known only to Pakistan Army Generals.
The subcontinent has been conquered and pillaged by just about every foreign force in the last five thousand years. First came the Aryans and then the Greeks, Persians, Pashtuns, Moguls and finally the British. Pakistan is now a well-armed democracy. Its resources no longer belong to the Sultans or Nawabs or Lords. They belong to the people who must now come out and dutifully defend it from being pillaged.

08 Jun 2018/Friday                                                                           Written by Mohd Tahir Shafi

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