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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad. — AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad. — AP

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has granted approval for assigning a division of Pakistan Army's special security for the protection of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan, President Mamnoon Hussain told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, during a one-on-one meeting.

The Army has created a special security division for the protection of Chinese engineers, project directors, experts and workers employed on various Chinese funded projects across Pakistan, the president said.

"I am pleased to inform you that the government has accorded approval to provide security to the Chinese working in Pakistan and a special security division has been created for this purpose," President Mamnoon Hussain told Xi Jinping.

Take a look: Xi Jinping's warm welcome in Pakistan

Military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa while talking to DawnNews confirmed the decision and said Rangers personnel will also be part of this security plan in addition to the army unit.

Military sources said a total of 10,000 troops have been dedicated to this purpose and a two-star senior military officer, who would report directly to the General Headquarters (GHQ), would head this security division.

Out of 10,000 troops, over 5,000 will be from the special services group of Pakistan Army who are specially trained for counter-terrorism and security.

Sources said the Chinese president during talks with Pakistani leadership had raised the issue of security for the Chinese professionals working in Pakistan. He was later assured by President Mamnoon that a decision has been made regarding security which would come into force with immediate effect.

Also read: Pakistan was with us when China stood isolated: Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan on Monday to launch projects worth $46 billion, a figure that would far exceed US spending in Pakistan and underscores China's economic ambitions in Asia and beyond.

Xi oversaw agreements on pipelines, power plants and other projects as part of a massive $46 billion joint development programmme that Beijing hopes will stabilise its longtime ally's economy and extend China's influence in western Asia. Pakistan hopes that the investment plan will end a chronic energy crisis and transform it into a regional economic hub.

Comments (131) Closed

Riaz Apr 21, 2015 03:57pm

Need of the hour !!!!!

Irfan baloch Apr 21, 2015 03:59pm

Chinese should first achieve consent of baloch govt and lastly punjab.balochs are not mine workers or coolies.we want respective positions.

Ali Apr 21, 2015 04:05pm

There he is Mamnoom Hussain, he was missing.

Shahzad Apr 21, 2015 04:09pm

No one should be allowed to hinder Pakistan progress and should be dealt with iron hands

Ahmed31 Apr 21, 2015 04:11pm

@Irfan baloch Balochistan is an integral part of Pakistan and hence permission should be directly sought from Baloch people. Even if this were to happen, Chinese shouldn't be required to take permission, the fed govt should.

Einstein Babar Apr 21, 2015 04:15pm

@Irfan baloch I agree with you, Punjab should not dominate other states of Pakistan. Each province and its people should receive what they deserve but with balance as engineer's position cannot be granted to under matriculation person. On other hand side people should also make themselves able to do something.

Pakistani Baluch Apr 21, 2015 04:15pm

We need to get to the root of the issue.

Indian backed terror outfits like th TTP, BRA and BLA.

The issue is Indian support for these criminals.

Kaz Apr 21, 2015 04:17pm

Awesome. Pakistan and China mean business now. Nothing can stop them.

Revolution Apr 21, 2015 04:23pm

@Irfan baloch, hey you are not an independent country and never will be. Balochistan is part of Pakistan, regardless of what your Indian handlers ate telling you. This is not 1971 and Balochistan is not thousands of miles away from Pakistan surrounded by India. Be Pakistan or leave Pakistan.

Haider Rehman Apr 21, 2015 04:26pm

Why bring Chinese workers? Why not give employment to local people? I sincerely hope, as a Pakistani, that no Chinese labourers are brought to my country.

Haider Rehman Apr 21, 2015 04:27pm

@Irfan baloch I completely agree as a Pakistani.

Munir Zia Apr 21, 2015 04:29pm

@Irfan baloch You are talking about Respected Position while killing teachers in Balochistan. First thing is to focus on education that is not on Baloch separatists' agenda.

Rizwan Apr 21, 2015 04:29pm

@Irfan Baloch -

Being Punjabi myself, I totally endorse that all provinces should have equal participation in decision making and should be given postings on merit. I would love to see Baloch Prime Minister, President from KPK and Sindhi COAS. Pakistan belongs to all.

Further, we should also look into an option of further division of provinces as smaller administrative units to ensure equitable allocation of resources and better accountability.

KM Apr 21, 2015 04:31pm

@Ali LOL

Buzdar Baloch Apr 21, 2015 04:41pm

@Irfan baloch what consent? Should the government be going to every single household to ask for their consent? Its a democracy and people have chosen representatives sitting in assembly. They have given consent. What else you want? Come on. Please stop putting hurdles to every development opportunity

Tariq Apr 21, 2015 04:46pm

Baloch people should dis associate with thugs who are sitting in else where in the world and funding violence and hate making life miserable for Baloch people. All Pakistan will be with Baloch people if they shun the tactics of killing on hate basis.

AKeenReader Apr 21, 2015 04:50pm

Forget about Chinese workers, how about protecting Pakistani citizens first from every day terror, target killings, roberry, fraud etc etc. Furthermore who will pay for this protection or will be indirectly charged through cost of chinese labour provision. Pakistani politicians should know that nothing in this world is free.

Hussain Apr 21, 2015 04:55pm

@Irfan baloch : With due respect to all Baloach brothers, when militants among you keep on killing university teachers and other professionals at the behest of India, the poor Balaoch students who cannot travel to outside Balochistan are not likely to raise beyond the level of laborers or coolies.

Hussain Apr 21, 2015 04:59pm

Army's special force is need of the hour to protect these projects from terrorism activities of Indians and their puppets. This is very intelligent move. In the mean while, federal and provincial governments must declare educational emergency to protect our youth from being the fuel to terrorism activities.

O Really Apr 21, 2015 05:06pm

Chinese workers need protection from Pakistanis? Who is negotiating these arrangements? What next...protect Pakistan from certain Pakistanis???

M.M.Sherazi Apr 21, 2015 05:11pm

It is a great tread towards successful completion of the on-going projects. It is the exclusive right of the Federal Government to ensure safety of the Chines workforce instead of referring back to the Provincial Governments.

liaqat Apr 21, 2015 05:12pm

a good move by pakistan to ask the chinese government for huge investment, i am working in the construction field from the last 20 years and have noticed that chinese companies working in pakistan normally bring their own workforce from china and very seldom hire professional from pakistan, as you aware that our huge lot of professionals are jobless and while granting the infrastructure projects to chinese, make a special clause in the agreement binding chinese to hire a portion of pakistani skilled peoples in the project so as to get some opportunity for our people as well.

Mustafa Apr 21, 2015 05:15pm

@Irfan Baloch, There are many Baloch working at a very high and respectable levels if different govt/non-govt departments. They are there because of their hard work, education, and capabilities. They have earned it, and no one stopped them. Respect is earned and not begged. Balochistan govt is already receiving huge amount of money, just wondering if this money is going into the pockets of Sardars or welfare of public?

Vince V James Apr 21, 2015 05:18pm

@Haider Rehman

You are clueless. Chinese are NOT going to bring their labourers, only professionals.

Awais Ali Apr 21, 2015 05:23pm

That is fantastic. Inshallah after this successful operation Zarb-e-Azb there will be no militancy in Pakistan.

Sami Qureshi Apr 21, 2015 05:23pm

@Ali He is the major player of the game who brought the army closer to civilian govt.

Goresh Baloch Apr 21, 2015 05:29pm

Gawadar is property of every pakistan, it was not and is not part of Balochistan historically. It was purchased by Pakistan from Oman using tax money of every Pakistani. So any baloch claim on Gawadar is invalid.

Still, baloch should be given priority in all positions and developments in Gawadar. And baloch should also correct their image by seperating themselves from terrorists and sardars and move towards development. First step is educating your kinds and training them to not obey any sardar.

Goresh Baloch Apr 21, 2015 05:30pm

best would be to employ balochs in this force. They will feel like part of the development and will protect is as thier property.

IMDAD ALI SHAH Apr 21, 2015 05:36pm

@Irfan baloch Saeen sorry but Gwadar is not originally part of balochistan rather it was purchased by ZA bhutto from Oman, if you are aware of history ?

Sami Qureshi Apr 21, 2015 05:37pm

@Hussain the number of terrorists and extremists from Punjab is much more than the other three provinces combined. Two- Third terrorists are punjabis according to the official record.

SamD Apr 21, 2015 05:38pm

How come Chinese projects abroad don't hire local workers. Isn't investment in a country suppose to create jobs for locals ? similar story in Sri Lanka and african countries.

Sami Qureshi Apr 21, 2015 05:41pm

Let the Army to work . Civilian interference may cause delay and bad feelings among different provinces of the country.

Ijaz Apr 21, 2015 06:01pm

Why do we need Chinese workers? Surely investment would mean much more if it provided employment especially to impoverished Balochistan.

wshaikh Apr 21, 2015 06:06pm

@Irfan baloch

The recent memorandum of understanding signed by the Chinese and Pakistani governments will help bring peace and prosperity. I know Balochis have been denied their rights in the past. It was not only Balochis but all Pakistanis were denied their rights. I believe Pakistan is moving in the right direction and Baluchistan is an integral part of Pakistan. It is evident that PML-N government is very mindful of the Baluchistan issue and doing every thing to bridge the gap. It may not happen overnight but inshallah within a few years Baluchistan will be a prosperous province of Pakistan.

I must point out that some of the problems in Baluchistan is a direct result of foreign insurgency supported by western powers, Arab countries and India in particular. We as united Pakistan will defeat all of our enemies with the strength and support of all the people of Pakistan.

Syed Zafar Kazmi Apr 21, 2015 06:14pm

@Einstein Babar "On other hand side people should also make themselves able to do something." It is the prime responsibility of the government and only the government to provide the infrastructure such as water, power, education and security to people and then people would automatically partake in their own and country's welfare and development. Balochistan and its people are for long have been far too neglected and their resources exploited by the federal government. It is about time we open up our eyes and make some strenuous effort to avoid our own history that had led to the separation of our Eastern wing more than four decades ago. Balochs are our brothers and deserve to be treated as such. Once they receive a fair and equal treatment, security would automatically follow and no extra divisions would be required for security by the country within the country.

Gaz Apr 21, 2015 06:25pm

The money being spent is Chinese so if they want to use Chinese companies they can. Let's face it I have more trust in China getting the job done on time than I would on NS. I could never trust NS with that money and it looks like neither do the Chinese.

Canada Apr 21, 2015 06:36pm

PK will never be a progressive state and regional economic hub unless it tackles corruption, nepotism, poor governance, equality, extremism, and illiteracy. So while non-state actors are taking care of certain areas terrorism(army), corruption and nepotism(IK), illiteracy and equality (Malala to a certain degree) what is PML doing? Nothing they are doing nothing. Have you noticed that army is involved in every meeting with Chinese? That is because they have no faith in PML and want guarantees from the army that their $46B won't disappear

Kashor Apr 21, 2015 06:40pm

For problems of Balochistan look within not outside. Check whether the system is fair towards all provinces. You will not be able to progress unless you bring every stake holder on board

asad Apr 21, 2015 06:42pm

@Rizwan Mr Jamali was PM from Baluchistan. Which is the province of current Army General???

Bhartiya Apr 21, 2015 06:46pm

@Haider Rehman As an Indian I completely agree with you. In any country, the outside workers must NOT be allowed untill ALL the citizens of home have jobs and making some money.

Atam Vetta Apr 21, 2015 06:48pm

The original figure was 12,000 but 10,000 seems to be the official figure.

Kashor Apr 21, 2015 06:48pm

You will not be able to progress unless you bring every stake holder on board. For trouble of Balochistan look within and not outside. I understand that Gawdar area was sold to you by Oman, just the way Kashmir was sold to Gulab singh by Maharaja Ranjit singh. That issue is still hurting kashmiris. So be respectful and understanding.

sohail Apr 21, 2015 06:49pm

China's investment will be a big push for the removal of poverty from all cities and provinces of the Pakistan.

IMRAN ALI Apr 21, 2015 07:02pm

Any genuine demand from out of Punjab are nailed and hammered and people are declared as a separatist.former E.Pakistan ,Karachi,Baluchistan.. there are more terrorist residing in Punjab than other provinces and exported to different area of Pakistan to create law and order to justify so called operation and instead of taking action against these terrorist local people are targeted

khurshid Apr 21, 2015 07:03pm

Please keep army away from police job. If the current GOVT cannot do anything civilian way then they should resign. Please do not destroy Pakistan armed force by involving them in the civilian duties.

Umar Baloch Apr 21, 2015 07:20pm

We Blocheez are thankful to Chinese Govt. We do not want vaderaz in our Province. We need economic growth. We need Pak Army to help us and liberate us from Indian funded Tribal Leaders.

Akram Apr 21, 2015 07:32pm

is it really necessary to use the SSG for this? surely the regular army and rangers should be doing this.

Akram Apr 21, 2015 07:35pm

@Irfan baloch

the Balochistan CM was there, he is hardly going to say no to huge development at Gwadar is he.

KM Apr 21, 2015 08:18pm

@Vince V James You are wrong bro, even in Africa & GCC countries Chinese construction companies bring managers, technical staff, administrative staff, manpower from China only. So I doubt here if any at all employment will be given to Pakistani workforce and if yes it will be miniscule.

Blue Saffron Apr 21, 2015 08:19pm

Pakistan is a beautiful country. We should be providing security to all foreign workers that maybe required to work in Pakistan. In fact all forms of terrorism should be eliminated from Pakistan. We also need to ensure that local workers are provided jobs on a priority basis.

Harmony Apr 21, 2015 08:19pm

@Bhartiya - In that case why are there so many NRI's in other countries, if other countries still have their own jobless people there? Be logical!!!

Raja Farhat Abbas Apr 21, 2015 08:39pm

@Revolution Well done,a good reply.

Metchant Apr 21, 2015 08:40pm

This is a short term and temporary measure. A country's security and justice system should be strong enough to protect any one and everyone in the country regardless of their origin and without recourse to extraordinary measures. Now an ordinary Pakistani will they BG that these Chinese workers are more important than them.

Raja Farhat Abbas Apr 21, 2015 08:44pm

@Goresh Baloch A very good comment brother.

syed baqar ahsan Apr 21, 2015 08:54pm

How this other's tamed bureaucracy would react.Army intelligence has to watch this aspect seriously through its fresh selected top of the line counter-intelligence set up.

Khalid Apr 21, 2015 09:18pm

Great news! I hope that the investment will provide "much needed" jobs for "local people" in all regions who will "learn and earn a wage" thereby securing the future prospects of the people in Balochistan, Khyber and all other areas, by alleviating "poverty" the people will "go against" the terrorist outfits that recruit them, and the longer term prospects are "economic security, and jobs for all"

KN Apr 21, 2015 09:22pm

Chinese don't trust Pakistanis...Even if China invests in Pakistan...China gets the profits and Pakistanis don't even get employment as it is Chinese employees working. China is taking advantage of Pakistan's desperation

Jason Rafei Apr 21, 2015 09:22pm

@Revolution You said it brother! We all need to realize that our regions offer unique prospects for the advancement of our country. Now either we can share it, or lose it all to foreign interests. If we share it, we will become one of the most successful countries in the history. If we do not, the same will happen, but in a negative way. Talent in Pakistan and other natural resources have always overflowed, but the management has been the worst possible, of any nation, in history.

Shahpur Apr 21, 2015 09:25pm

Stay with China, forget the Arabs. Let Arabs deal with their problems.

AW Apr 21, 2015 09:28pm

We need Baluchistan to be peaceful for implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic corridor which is critical for Pakistan's socio-economic development. It is obvious that the successive political governments have failed to control the separatists and end the foreign funded proxy wars in the province. As the last resort and soon, Baluchistan should be handed over to the Pakistan Army for permanent clean-up job so that the Country is able to move forward. We cannot afford to hold our future hostage to anti-state elements and to foreign enemies.

Baluchi Apr 21, 2015 09:29pm

Why is Pakistan making decisions on behalf of Baluchistan?

AJ Apr 21, 2015 09:35pm

@SamD It would be a shame, if Local professionals and workers are not hired for any of the projects. Reflects badly on the part of our negotiators of agreement, that they can not protect the interest of the country, and insist on local hires. On the question of protection by an army division: Are they sure, that they can protect with just one division of 10,000 personnel? No way, sir. Try to realize, that the projects shall be spread out at many locations. Then, You will need huge logistics to support those military personnel. Then, some of the projects shall also be constantly moving. Better do some homework.

JD Apr 21, 2015 09:47pm

@Irfan baloch I think you meant to say respectable positions. Do all the Balochis have the required qualifications? If yes, then yes they should be getting respectable positions.

OmKar Singh Apr 21, 2015 09:53pm

Sir, it is good that there will be army division to protect Chinese. But what about Pakistanis who also want to live in violence free world. Or there is some special category!!

ARy Apr 21, 2015 09:53pm

Ohh great now the army has become security guards. What a sad state of affairs.

woody Apr 21, 2015 09:54pm

How many tens of thousands of additional Pakistani soldiers are going to be needed to protect thousands of miles of pipeline? Who pays for that?

Namesake Apr 21, 2015 09:55pm

@Pakistani Baluch : Nonsense!

Patariot Pakistani Apr 21, 2015 10:05pm

good intellegent move!

GA & GO Pakistan ARMY!!!

Mohammad Saleem Apr 21, 2015 10:07pm

Needless to say, with the initiation of the projects by the Chinese in Baluchistan , the level of violence there is expected to intensify the formation of the army's security division notwithstanding

rizwan Apr 21, 2015 10:21pm

How about special forces to protect Pakistani s?

A Shah Apr 21, 2015 10:24pm

Please protect Pakistanis before protecting foreigners

HelloWorld Apr 21, 2015 10:25pm

Is it just me who can see how China is using Pakistan to fulfill its desire to reach central Asian?

If course roads will be built but in the end what are Pakistanis learning? China always bring their worker and managers, the local country people learn nothing!

I remember African counties talking about it, in fact they were talking about how India hires locals to make them a skillful workers as compared to Chinese who bring their own.

It's good to have investment but money is not the solution to problems, education is. Rest its your country now but I still believe Pakistan should look more than investment only.

A Shah Apr 21, 2015 10:26pm

No foreign power will be allowed to enter Baluchistan until it is freed from its illegal occupiers.

whatever Apr 21, 2015 10:31pm

@wshaikh "I must point out that some of the problems in Baluchistan is a direct result of foreign insurgency supported by western powers, Arab countries and India in particular Hmmm....Any body else you would like to blame?

Ayesha Apr 21, 2015 10:36pm

This is a serious deal, and as a Pakistani i am really happy. Finaly Pakistan is on the road of prosperity.

CYRUS Apr 21, 2015 10:48pm

Hope they are chosen for how accurately they are able to shoot, rather than who in politics they know.

Ahmad Mohammad Apr 21, 2015 10:57pm

If 80% of $46B is a loan, how would we pay back $36.8B? Pakistan needs Foreign Investments but the price we have to pay to get them...that's another story. In other words, every Pakistani just added $184 loan upon himself including every new born baby. Within 10 years, with interest, it will be $500 per person. Majority of Rich Pakistanis have their money out. Why not start a major industrial investment program whereby 80% money should be Pakistani and 20% Foreign? I may even settle for 70-30%. It will employ a few million berozgar Pakistanis. Why our Pakistani engineers are working so well for USA companies but can't work in their own country?

Ashutosh Apr 21, 2015 11:07pm

@Rizwan yours is an intervention of rare sort, and very desirable. Hope you don't mind me congratulating you about this as some from your country might. Well, wishing you all gentlemen the very best in times to follow. However, I too sometimes think that we Indians have president, Chiefs of armed forces, superior judiciary, chief election commissioner and other constitutional post appointees from amongst India's religious minorities; we even had a Sikh as prime minister of India. But India democracy will come into its own only when a Muslim minority candidate becomes the prime minister of my great nation. We do have a SHUDRA as a prime minister now, Narendra Modi is not a Brahmin, Rajput or a Bania etc. and several provincial chief ministers are even DALITS. Lots of growing up to do to catch up on political development and political culture over here...

Amir Iftikhar Warraich Apr 21, 2015 11:20pm

Those who complain about Chinese workers remember that Pakistani lack professional expertise and Chinese are crucial for implementation of projects. Let there be no doubt that Pakistan has unique potential, but we seriously lack (1) security, (2) professional expertise and (governance.

Seedoo Apr 21, 2015 11:40pm

@Irfan baloch Qualified people should get qualified jobs regardless of where the job happens to be in Pakistan. The feudal mindset calling for Baluchis to be given respectable jobs on any project in Baluchistan, Sindhis to be given respectable jobs on any project in Sindh is detrimental to the whole country and does disservice to the very people it is expected to provide jobs to.

Seedoo Apr 21, 2015 11:42pm

If military has to be used to protect foreign investors in Pakistan, then only a country like China will invest. No one else will. And the investment from China will be a token investment, more like a handout. No one has ever become prosperous on handouts.

Sarmad Apr 21, 2015 11:49pm

And who will protect the Pakistani citizens?

sana Apr 22, 2015 12:00am

@Haider Rehman

Clearly not a Pakistani...

Ab Mateen Birmani Apr 22, 2015 12:00am

Hope, these projects would be great infuenced in prosperity of pakistan. pak China have always been allegiance with each other since years, may this neighbour caring moment abide forever.

M.Saeed Apr 22, 2015 12:20am

Let China decide the most convenient route of corridor. We can always have connecting lateral routes to the corridor to make a whole network of corridors.

si Apr 22, 2015 12:26am

I don't know what is pak govt doing.first china invest in road and build port for own proposed. The other root is 12000km long and sea root.second bring china labour to work gives Chinese people employment and protected by pak solider. It means throw axe into own foot.

jawad Apr 22, 2015 12:29am

India will try hard to damage this by supporting terrorists in Pakistan to attack Chinese workers

Neutralist Apr 22, 2015 12:31am

i wonder how they could protect chinesse workers if they have failed to protect themselves and their countryman.

Khalid Apr 22, 2015 12:42am

Army man ex President Musharaf stated his vision on the project few years back. Good news that Army will provide security.

KM Apr 22, 2015 01:44am

@Ayesha Ameen.

Sarfaraz Abbasi Apr 22, 2015 01:46am

This is not Pak-China friendship. Mr. President of China did not visit Balochistan or Sindh - the two provinces whose resources are to be exploited for the benefit of China and Punjab provinces.

KM Apr 22, 2015 01:46am

@IMDAD ALI SHAH Well wasn't whole of Pakistan carved out of India?

syed Apr 22, 2015 01:50am

What a pity this nations can't protect the lives of their own people they will protect the Chinese,funny

Sarfaraz Abbasi Apr 22, 2015 01:53am

@Rizwan Mr. Rizwan So you believe that becoming President or Prime Minister for 5-year tenure or COAS for 2-year tenure will erase all the misconceptions of both under-privileged Sindhis and Balochs?

Haider Apr 22, 2015 01:57am

@Irfan baloch Chinese President took consent from Pakistan.Gawadar is in Baluchistan which will boost Baluchistan the most

Haider Apr 22, 2015 01:59am

@Einstein Babar Punjab has population of 50% of Pakistan..Punjab should not dominate but it deserves a bit upper hand due to its population.... Other provinces should not be neglected

Iqbal Apr 22, 2015 02:10am

"Army's special security division to protect Chinese workers in Pakistan". How many times has security division come out to protect Pakistanis? This deal is big money for Chinese companies and Workers while Pakistanis will go hungry and with out protection.

Gfellow Apr 22, 2015 02:23am

Pakistan needs to solve the terrorism problem. If they don't solve this, what happens to the projects after these are completed. Still you will need forces to defend them.

Weirdity Apr 22, 2015 02:27am

Wow...foreign business interest are being protected by special division.

Weirdity Apr 22, 2015 02:30am

So this special division will protect Chinese people from some Pakistanis? Yes. That's a real threat. Protection is needed.

Omar Apr 22, 2015 02:37am

@Ali hahaha, yeah finally he has seen light of day.

Riaz Apr 22, 2015 02:49am

Pakistan must make sure that this investment works. Lot of hard work ahead. It is important for all Pakistanis to understand this. I travel,all,over the world and I note particular hatred towards Pakistan from the usual block who profess to represent the International,community. Read the history and you will know who I am talking about. I have been a china fan for many years their hard work and commitment has delivered tremendous economic growth unmatched by not other country innthenworld. West dominance has been by stealing from other countries....not China.

Dip Apr 22, 2015 03:21am

How about protection for Pakistani civilians first?

unbelievable Apr 22, 2015 03:52am

Why not just hire Pakistani workers?

knightshiner Apr 22, 2015 03:54am

@Revolution why are you so angry with him my friend. Unfortunately, he is right. Locals must have a stake in the resources and its exploitation. Unfortunately Pakistanis are united only outside pakistan. Internally we are all divided.

Balaji Apr 22, 2015 04:36am

Not able to protect common Pakistani but willing to spend money on special security force for Chinese? Is Pakistanis second class citizens in Pakistan? Government giving assurance to protect the guest workers is good but not in the expense of common hard working Pakistani.

Santosh Menon Apr 22, 2015 04:53am

@Irfan baloch : Totally agree with you. If Baluchistan was independant, that country would be better than all other SAARC nations, except india!

ABC Apr 22, 2015 05:00am

@Haider Rehman Given that Chinese companies will be investing, they have to bring in some of their skilled labour and managers. Of course, most employment will be of Pakistani workers. Now it is another question whether Chinese investments in Karachi, or in other non-Punjab city, will employ Punjabi workers. That has yet to be seen.

Bachabassi,karachi Apr 22, 2015 05:11am

No matter what hundreds of Chinese workers bound to die in this war torn country

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 05:29am

@Irfan baloch

    I don't think you know how little Chinese workers are paid.  They will receive more money for working outside of China, and probably combat pay for working in a war zone.
CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 05:31am


    Working undercover for Pakistan's national security agency.
CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 05:34am


    You have no idea.
Surinder Kade Apr 22, 2015 05:35am

Out of $46 billion how much ic aid and how much loan and under what conditions and interest?Look at African countries when loan is very high and cant be repaid chinese offer to convert it into equity thus owning every thing. Nehru was first to champion on international forums and ended up as Hindi Chini bhai bhai Hope Pakistan remember this?

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 05:45am


    Thinking doesn't cost anything except in a police state.
CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 05:47am


    Hope he isn't investigating your family.
Bahadur, India Apr 22, 2015 05:49am

Those who can't give security to their own Polio Aid Workers and ordinary citizen, what kind of security they can provide to Chinese Engineers and workers? Isn't China risking too much?

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 05:50am


                                                              "Hate.  It's the only thing that lasts."

Mickey Rourke in the film Barfly.

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 05:53am


    Good point.  However, you need to protect yourself, your family and your money.  No one can do that for you.
Humza Apr 22, 2015 06:08am

@Canada I think that events will prove that Pakistan will develop as long as institutions, stability and the democratic process continue. You mat wish to deride the cutrrent administration in Islamabad or Ottawa for that matter but know that stability is a prequisite for development and growth. So much has improved in such a short time with the current and previous democratic governments. Ten years of dictatorship under Musharraf undermined much of the nation and brought instability and terrorism. Now the biggest foreign investment the nation has ever seen is coming into fruition but you still find reason to belittle the current elected government? It seems that the majority who voted them in know a little more about progress in Pakistan than you.

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 06:13am


    The Chinese built the world's biggest dam.  Pakistanis can have dams build or float down river into the Arabian Sea and rid Pakistan of it's excess population.

If you don't want dams in Pakistan start building your family rafts and gathering survival equipment and supplies. Don't forget flashlights, radios and fishing line.

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 06:19am


    Write to Nawaz Sharif and let him know.  Seriously, should to be informed.

He did get the money for these projects from the Chinese because he knew Pakistan does not have enough money the treasury and can't borrow it from the usual sources. Beijing wants to put Chinese people to work, so contracting Pakistani workers would have to be negotiated.

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 06:22am


    Let's guess, but also have Dawn create a polling question readers can answer.
miqbal Apr 22, 2015 06:24am

They can not protect the public who are raped in sind 12 years girls how I wonder they will protect cheneses

raj Apr 22, 2015 06:30am

@Revolution surely they will opt to leave Pakistan .this is what everyone asking !!!

Brennan Apr 22, 2015 06:33am

@Buzdar Baloch Since,when Pakistan become a democratic ??? It was,is and will remain a Islamic country !!!

ZAK Apr 22, 2015 06:33am

@jawad have you heard of a thing called payback time.

CYRUS Apr 22, 2015 06:42am


    You are 100% wrong.
Raja Farhat Abbas Apr 22, 2015 03:01pm

@A Shah Are you the owner of Balochistan ?.Balochistan is Pakistan!!

Mr China Apr 22, 2015 09:19pm

Should check on this, are Chinese labor wages higher than Pakistani labor?

If local Pakistan contract workers are cheaper than Chinese labor, You can be sure China will bring core team and will subcontract to Pakistan local adequately skilled quality workers.

Result? Pakistan win China win

Mabob Apr 23, 2015 05:48am

A great step for a great cause. BRAVO

Zaffar Apr 23, 2015 08:48am

Balochistan and KPK CMs already crying foul and injustice over the corridor project. This is how PM of Punjab takes everyone onboard! the game has just begun. Pakistan will deploy a division of soldiers to protect the chinese workers. Just imagine how many Chinese workers are coming.. it will be anywhere between 30000-50000. And Pakistan is dreaming of prosperity. Funny.