Category : Chairmans' Desk Source : Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Islamabad Date : 29-12-2016
He stated that the CPEC is a vote of confidence in the future of Pakistan given by its best friend China. Pakistan was supported by China at a time when neither any Muslim country nor any Western country came forward to help. In this situation China’s vote of confidence for Pakistan means a lot and further strengthens the bilateral friendship. He further elaborated that the CPEC is part of China’s One Belt One Road projected initiated by President of Peoples Republic of China Xi Jinping in 2013. It aims for the revival of ancient Silk Route, which is primarily the land route. Maritime Silk Route is the sea route, which covers approximately 65 countries of Asia, Africa, Middle East and European Countries. Gwadar port owing to its unique capability gains an immense significance in this regard. If CPEC is the pivot and flagship of One Belt One Road then Gwadar is the center piece of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Regarding regional connectivity, he expressed that it is not just about South Asia but about greater South Asia where Gwadar is the “port of connectivity”. He further added that today the future of region is not SAARC rather it is Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) where a new world is opening for Pakistan. In his concluding remarks; he stated that the geostrategic significance of Pakistan has transformed into geo-economic advantage wherein both China and Pakistan are working together for the elimination of threats and management of security risks.
He suggested that there is a need to identify and recognize the enemy within and to work together to succeed and quash the falsehood and rumor mongers with the spirit of national responsibility.