【New Delhi】Much hope floats on the potential of the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor — but many are also highlighting the ambiguity about some links in the project
The “game changer”, which government officials, military generals, diplomats, journalists and a host of other observers refer to, is the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, a highway which is to run from Kashgar in China to Gwadar in Balochistan, on the edge of the Persian Gulf, in Pakistan.
Is China about to transform Pakistan? The unanimous consensus in Pakistan is that it is, and quite comprehensively too. Since April 2015, the term which has probably received far greater traction in the print and electronic media, more than any other, is “game changer”.
This term does not refer to the change in policy and tactics of the Pakistan military, which initiated armed action against different categories of militants and Islamist radicals, first in the Pakistani region, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and now more comprehensively in the rest of Pakistan under its “Zarb-e-Azb (Strike of the Prophet's Sword)” campaign, and has by most accounts changed the game regarding support for Pakistan’s Islamist radicals, and as a result, allowed the military to re-emerge as Pakistan’s dominant institution.
The author, S. Akbar Zaidi is a political economist based in Karachi. He teaches at Columbia University in New York, and at the IBA in Karachi.
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