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ISLAMABAD: A Chinese minister on Tuesday urged Pakistani political parties to join hands for the success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and attainment of the ‘shared goal of development’.

“Political parties in Pakistan have divergent interests. We hope that the political parties can work together to resolve their differences and make CPEC a success,” Zheng Xiaosong, Vice Minister of International Department, Central Committee, The Communist Party of China (CPC), said in a lecture at the Pak-China Institute.

Mr Zheng, during his visit, met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party and extended invitation to these parties for a visit to China.

China has been giving a lot of importance to CPEC, which is the flagship project of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative. Therefore, CPEC’s success is being viewed as a key to the future of the Belt and Road project that has drawn a lot of international interest.

Examine: Has CPEC now kicked off?

Critical views of some of the Pakistani political parties on certain issues related to CPEC have, therefore, been a cause of concern for the Chinese leadership.

The project’s success is viewed as key to the future of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Project

Mr Zheng explained that it was natural for CPEC, a project with “long timeline” and one that is a “corridor of strenuous endeavours”, to face issues from time to time. He offered the Chinese government’s help to Pakistan for dealing with those issues. “We are ready to work with Pakistan for consensus and strive jointly for the way forward,” he said.

The Chinese minister emphasised the need for public support for guaranteeing “safe and stable environment for investment” and developing “sound political and public opinion” for the project.

Dispelling the perception that CPEC was benefiting some of the provinces more, Mr Zheng maintained that it was for “entire Pakistan”.

Touching upon the concern about India and some of the other countries conspiring against CPEC, he said project’s success would be the best response to its opponents.

His two-pronged strategy for dealing with external conspiracies against CPEC was “strengthening of cooperation and communication” between Pakistan and China; and promoting unity within Pakistan.

Mr Zheng said a “high level of political trust” was the feature of longstanding Pak-China ties. He assured that his country would remain Pakistan’s strong ally and would continue extending support to it on the issues of its core interest.

Senator Mushahid Hussain applauded the governance of the CPC for bringing “stability and prosperity to the world’s most populous country,” as well as for “making positive contributions to global issues such as climate change”.

He appreciated the role of Communist Party of China in taking 700 million people of China out of poverty within a generation, something unique in the annals of history. He added that the CPC was playing a positive role in building a 21st century multi-polar world based on rule of law and the UN charter, opposing hegemony and interference in internal affairs. He also praised the CPC for giving equal rights to women in Chinese society.

Senator Mushahid praised the Chinese government for its effective and exemplary fight against corruption. The ruling party of China, with around 89 million members, he underscored, has punished up to one million officials over corruption. He said Pakistan should learn from its neighbour.

Published in Dawn December 21st, 2016

Comments (111) Closed

Ashraf Dec 21, 2016 07:51am

What to choose for the people ?

shakil khan Dec 21, 2016 07:52am

what a pity . Our Chinese friends have to tell us to be united for Pakistan first.

Ahsan Dec 21, 2016 08:09am

This way or that way, my obsession is successful completion of CPEC and inshallah my dream will come true

Aussie Dec 21, 2016 08:12am

chinese should know pakistani politicians better by now.

if they want a successful CPEC then do what they fall for... i mean bribe them (buy them) or get them an appartment in dubai or london.

Fast Dec 21, 2016 08:10am

More than 99.99% people in Pakistan support CPEC. So forget about some political parties focus on CPEC success.

Shah Dec 21, 2016 08:10am

Rightly said... Its duty of Federal Govt. to listen to all political parties and relieve their grievances. Not all progress should be done in Punjab other provinces should be given due share. Some time other provinces chief minister are not called for any consultations or briefings.

Wtf Dec 21, 2016 08:15am

Business sense says that we should negotiate hard with Chinese. They seem to be very interested so need to extract as much as possible. Once CPEC is complete, no chance of negotiation.

salma Dec 21, 2016 08:19am

This clarification should have been done by Pakistan and Minister Ehsan Iqbal...

Anwar Mahmood Dec 21, 2016 08:26am

Such projects like CPEC always succeed.America's route 66, China's 100 billion dollars route that goes and trades right as far as into Europe as well.

Not only initial CPEC project will move goods and build power plants from coal or hydro(America, China, India and most of the world produces 70 percent power from coal), CPEC will pave the way to build refineries to supply gasoline and diesel to CPEC trucks and trains andALSO, Pakistan and China.

cpec's next big phase would be to build over 100 billion dollars gas from Iran pipelines to fill 7-10 trillion cubic feet gas shortfall of China and Pakistan.

TirahWall Dec 21, 2016 08:27am

"Dispelling the perception that CPEC was benefiting some of the provinces more, Mr Zheng maintained that it was for “entire Pakistan”. really; What is CPEC for the war torn FATA, nothing!, nothing!, Mr Zheng. You are yet to know politics in Pak where the mandate to determine federal lies entirely with Punjab with more than 50 population residing in 26% of Pak by land. KP/FATA/Balochistan make 70% of Pak by land by their mandate in determining federal govt is just marginal and so are these areas on neglected in development to appease voters for future govt of incumbent govt. For your info The incumbent party in govt wins from punjab and and gets the privilege to rule rest of pak in accessories. Imbalance in vote strength has made the politicians prejudice to rest of Pak and ongoing CPEC projects in respective provinces is a practical demo of this imparity...

M. Emad Dec 21, 2016 08:32am

A Chinese minister speaks about Pakistan's internal political matter.

javed ali mian Dec 21, 2016 08:38am

China punished 1 million people on corruption charges,but how many by Pakistan.corrupt Pakistanis are doing real estate business on plundered money in Dubai.more than 3$ billion invested only in Dubai.PIA,PSM state organs are pne arrested.

Zak Dec 21, 2016 08:37am

People of Pakistan implicitly trust Chinese like blood brothers and in CPEC, those political parties who work against CPEC will be shown the door by people of Pakistan, so China need not worry and should plan for substantially higher investments in coming days.

Anand Dec 21, 2016 08:43am

If they want it so badly, why are they not funding it themselves and instead giving a loan on interest to Pakistan adding further strain on Pakistan's resources? CPEC is more beneficial for the Chinese so they should fund it rather than providing loan and earning interest

Shiraz Dec 21, 2016 09:08am

People of Pakistan are very happy and grateful to our Chinese friends for this huge CPEC project, and we deeply appreciate. It's the only PM and CM Punjab who have created this problem, they didn't explain to the people and distribution of $46 Billion, we are of the view that big chunk of this money is being spent only in Lahore, which doesn't even fall in CPEC route. We still don't know the details of the spending of this generous investment.

Re Dec 21, 2016 09:14am

Corruption is seeking in.

Omar Dec 21, 2016 09:14am

This country doesn't deserve CPEC. Nor our society is ready for it .. Raheel Shareef the only.true advocate to make this happen has come and gone..

Zak from panama Dec 21, 2016 09:15am

Touching upon the concern about some countries conspiring against CPEC China said project’s success would be the best response to its opponents.

And in turn Pakistan praised Chinese government for its effective and exemplary fight against corruption which was well accepted by the Minister. This shows close relationship.

Now nothing to worry ...table is very well laid ! Nothing can stop onward march of both the countries.

Ahmed bin Babar Dec 21, 2016 09:20am

Mr Minister! Don't worry, political & religious disunity or diversity you may call, is part of our culture but this works however, with lesser gains...

Denali Dec 21, 2016 09:21am

Shame on those who cannot see the benifit of CPEC

y-fi Dec 21, 2016 09:22am

Seems like it will collapse before getting operational

Jubeir Dec 21, 2016 09:34am

Looks like an unwarranted interference in matters within the Pakistani state . The opposition and the regional states absolutely have s rights to seek details . This is not about China's ambitions via Pakistan to export its goods . It's about indebting Pakistani citizens to fulfil China's regional aspirations. Be ready for questioning and explaining the CPEC projects and costs to the people . The Pakistani public has a right .

Kashmiri Dec 21, 2016 09:34am

We all should pray for the success of (CPEC) which will be a game changer Lots of Love from indian occupied Kashmir

cyber Bhai Dec 21, 2016 09:40am

When many people are shouting save save, it means that something is sinking.

the MUHAJIR Dec 21, 2016 09:48am

Isn't he interfering in our internal matters our govt is capable of solve all the issues we don't need your suggestion.

Mir Dec 21, 2016 09:48am

Last para sums it all - well said Mr. Senator. China should let us fight corruption and not interfere in our internal matters. Corrupt people shall be held accountable.

khanm Dec 21, 2016 09:55am

Chinese minister ... dear minister we are Pakistan not China we will never be united..How i wish if we could realize that when there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt us .Folks..Whether it is good or evil, whether life in itself is pain or pleasure, whether it is uncertain-that it may perhaps be this is not important-but the unity of the country, the coherence of all events, the embracing of the big and the small from the same stream, from the same law of cause, of becoming and dying

Akil Akhtar Dec 21, 2016 10:03am

Our politicians are the biggest threat to Pakistans future and its progress....

BOOND BOOND PANI Dec 21, 2016 10:05am

Everything in cpec will be fine if concerns of India is addressed.

sATT Dec 21, 2016 10:11am

Now that's called interference.

sana-1 Dec 21, 2016 10:15am

Thanks to China for building economic gateway to Pakistan from China,

syed zafar kazmI U.S Dec 21, 2016 10:16am

What a shame! A foreign leader, though a great friend, has to appeal to the political parties to set aside their differences and be united for the greater interest of the country which squarely lies with CPEC.

Rocky Dec 21, 2016 10:17am

Sacrifice a black goat to make it success.. ha ha ha!

ahmad Dec 21, 2016 10:25am

why not all the agreements made public, if you and govt are transparent.

DR. SALARIA, AAMIR AHMAD Dec 21, 2016 10:25am

What else can he say ? They do not want to loose their billions over uncertainity and anarchy.

vicky Dec 21, 2016 10:39am

Learn from Lanka-China economic cooperation..........and you will get the answer to the future of CPEC. Because of that "game changer" cooperation Lanka is now world "economic power". "Mr Zheng, during his visit, met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party and extended invitation to these parties for a visit to China" sums it up. After visiting China all these parties will fall in line. You cannot wake up a person who is pretending a sleep.

Omer Dec 21, 2016 10:43am

Its not interference. CPEC success is crucial for both countries and he is just playing his part. Pity for us that he has to tell us this!!

Manjunath Naik Dec 21, 2016 10:43am

Time will tell how the two countries meet to help each other. Just one year from now is good enough to know the details and put a chapter on economics for all to learn.

hamdard Dec 21, 2016 10:43am

it is only india which has a problem.

GS Dec 21, 2016 10:45am

Start of interference !

Amir Ali Khan Dec 21, 2016 10:46am

I am not pessimist , but I think the Chinese are asking for the moon .

TAUseef RASHEED Dec 21, 2016 10:56am

The Chinese government is wisely advising the political parties to be patient and do not indulge in mud slinging. The benefits of CPEC will come with time as it is in the initial stage so be wise and patient to ensure successful completion of the project which will boost the Pakistan and regional countries economy in shape of more jobs and industry.

Syed F. Hussaini Dec 21, 2016 10:58am

As the Chinese minister has urged, to protect the CPEC, all the political parties must merge into one--The Communist Party of Pakistan (Pro-Beijing).

Ssfaps Dec 21, 2016 11:00am

@hamdard You are wrong. India has no problem with CPEC. If as a result of this, China forces you to behave then India will be the biggest beneficiary.

Lost cause Dec 21, 2016 11:12am

Chinese should respect the debate happening in Pakistan, the ambassador should not test the sovereignty of a friendly country.

Shahid Dec 21, 2016 11:21am

There is something more to this.

H. Khan Dec 21, 2016 11:27am

Thank you China!!!!

Shahid Dec 21, 2016 11:36am

I think, there needs to set a few things straight. One, there is nearly no one in Pakistan who opposes the CPEC and if some provinces are criticizing the government for not giving them their agreed due share then it should be considered as something against CPEC itself. Secondly, the people of Pakistan are some what worried about the repayment of all these loans and our capacity to bear this outflow of foreign exchange. We just want our government to come forward and answer these questions. They could, for example tell us that our projected incomes from CPEC goods transport would be enough to meet such and such percentage of these payments. But our government is just not capable and honest.

Cricket lover Dec 21, 2016 11:48am

We must unite. Think Pakistan, Think about Pakistan, Think about you. Think about you being Pakistani. Pakistan first. Think about CPEC and our Chinese friends.

Taj Dec 21, 2016 11:55am

@Tsai. Nice job trying false flagging the comment. Btw which countries debt has china forgotten?

Taj Dec 21, 2016 12:01pm

Question: since china is building the infrastructure for transportation of goods, does anyone know if they take a cut of any possible future levy earnings..and do they themselves pay any levy for their goods transfer?

Sameer Dec 21, 2016 12:39pm

I still dont understand how CPEC benefits Pakistan. We were supposed to have 150000 jobs by now. Where are they?

Sameer Dec 21, 2016 12:40pm

@Tsai we trust China.We dont trust our leaders you are working with. You shouldnt trust them too. You can trust the people of this country.

Masoud Dec 21, 2016 12:44pm

Is gher ko aag lag gaye gher K chiragh se. A very wise suggestion by our Chinese friend regarding CPEC. When will our politicians & leaders rise to the occasion of unity at least on issues like CPEC, a real game changer for Pakistan. There are many enemies of CPEC let us unite to defy in order them to make Pakistan one of the most prosperous country of the world

jawaid Dec 21, 2016 12:47pm

Investment in any country is beneficial and helps alleviate poverty and raise standards of living. Those who are casting unfounded doubts must realize this basic concept.

We must be grateful to our true-friendly country (CHINA) for this act.

A Khan Dec 21, 2016 12:46pm

True leadership can make bold decisions in national interest and taking everyone along. Unfortunately, lack of vision and interests of the federal government made CPEC controversial.

F Khan Dec 21, 2016 12:51pm

Thank you politicians for making CPEC another kalabagh dam.

Anjum - KSA Dec 21, 2016 12:52pm

@Wtf A mad man went to a wedding, naturally he was not allowed, upon many requests, got permission. Once he entered, he said I want to sit with the bride. The result was the same as expected, he was shown the door. (do you want the same?)

At this crucial time when Pakistan is globally isolated by India and its 2 real brothers BD/Afghanistan, secondly, the US Army, whom we fed for 15 years in Afghanistan through our Karachi port & our national highways (Chaman/Torkham borders), has left you alone as usual. (hope they would now have been noted as unfaithful friend in the Pakistani history books).

China is the only sign of hope, it is extending a great business proposal, ofcourse its going to benefit them as well, but don't you think it will bring $$ to you too? & most importantly it will bring peace to Balochistan and Gwadar as China and Russia will now protect their assets in this region. Due to this fact, Indian policy makers' heads are boiling and the nights are sleepless for them.

Mastang Dec 21, 2016 12:54pm

PTI biggest obsticle.

Shah Dec 21, 2016 12:57pm

@Sameer ... CPEC is only just started. You will get jobs, Industries and so on...

AW Dec 21, 2016 01:00pm

In order to get enthusiastic public support for CPEC, the government needs to take the steps which it has so far not taken:

1) Public disclosure of all agreements signed under CPEC by the government on behalf of the nation so that the public can understand all of the terms and conditions as well as the scope of benefits which shall accrue to the people of Pakistan over time.

2) Presentation of all CPEC related agreements in the Parliament for the purpose of discussion and ratification.

Pakistan is a democratic country so the government is obligated to follow the democratic process.

Ah Dec 21, 2016 01:07pm

You need to support to loot our country ?

Jafar Abbas Dec 21, 2016 01:14pm

It is very unfortunate that Chinese are advising us to unite. It clearly indicates the poor governance of the Govt. to dear with purely internal subject.

Afridi Dec 21, 2016 01:18pm

Please give this advice to the prime minister of Pakistan to honour the decision taken in the all parties conference in May 2015.

Sarim Dec 21, 2016 01:25pm

What China will think? PTI making issues for everything They will lose more votes because of these negative politics

Imran khan Dec 21, 2016 01:32pm

Close the curse, Close CPEC.

win win Dec 21, 2016 01:33pm

India wants a WIN-WIN situation for CPEC between India and China so both India and China can share CPEC.

asif Dec 21, 2016 01:42pm

The government shall come forward and tell about this project, its pros and cons, long term benefits and what could be at stake. I have got no clue how we as a Pakistanis have got what share in it.

bENEFIT EVEN MORE Dec 21, 2016 01:43pm

Pakistan can benefit EVEN MORE from Indian use of CPEC.

M. MaliK Dec 21, 2016 02:04pm

Impossible may yet happen in Pakistan. Miracles will take a lot longer.

ZAK Dec 21, 2016 02:03pm

Logic is simple. You have bribed only the ruling party. Then how can the other parties support CPEC?

shopman Dec 21, 2016 02:13pm

In many countries such a comment would tantamount to interfering in local affairs.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Dec 21, 2016 02:36pm

Excellent advice. However, it's almost impossible that political parties in the "land of the pure" could unite any time in the near future.

sahid_kashmiri Dec 21, 2016 02:40pm

Whole drama is all about high interest rate expenditure facilitated by China as well Chinese military strategic link purpose served with almost whole costing undertaken by Pakistan. Do any one here ever gone through the documents related CPEC commercial proposal and plan of action ? Answer is non but all are thumping their benches as if they gained something huge.

Mandy Dec 21, 2016 02:47pm

@ZAK Finally logical stuff coming from you.

sheryaar Dec 21, 2016 02:46pm

i think this is a msg for NS that he should let democracy flourish and should step down for CPEC success so all parties should get united. until he resigns there is no ques of beiung united !!

Khuda hafiz Dec 21, 2016 02:51pm

Please unite for corruption and looting.

M. Asghar Dec 21, 2016 02:53pm

For the success of the CPEC project and its fruitful spin offs, Pakistan has to to put its political house in order and contribute accountably as an equal partner;otherwise its lopsidedness will cause more harm than good for the future of the country.

Darawal Dec 21, 2016 03:01pm

As long as Ahsan Iqbal is leading the show, no unity can exist. He is pushing for Punjab dominance. He does not care whether other provinces develop or not. It will be in national interest to remove Ahsan Iqbal and let some military general set the priorities.

ramesh Dec 21, 2016 03:06pm

so China start their own progress and development

cooperation Dec 21, 2016 03:07pm

Rather than confrontation between China and India there should be co-operation between China and India on CPEC, both should work towards success of CPEC.

A Dec 21, 2016 03:14pm

If this is going to be constant interfering by China then better all Parties unite and give strong support to the project in which the nation has made high investment of money and hopes !

Infidel Dec 21, 2016 03:24pm

Awesome, so the new East India company is slowly taking shape

Make Pakistan great Dec 21, 2016 03:33pm

Pakistanis can sort out their political differences themselves. CPEC's success doesn't have to mean that opposition's role in this country should be eliminated altogether.

Chinese friends should exercise discretion and not try to get involved in the politics of this country, same way as they would not want any external interference in their system of governance.

tomUHTO TAWMAYTO Dec 21, 2016 03:34pm

As usual, this CPEC story is rivetingly amusing

Neutral Dec 21, 2016 04:09pm

Chinese interference in domestic matters

Ikram masood Dec 21, 2016 04:08pm

If this was language of diplomacy...i wonder what hard talk actually took place...China must have sought immediate redressal of its concerns on CPEC...wake up call.

mansoor mubeen Dec 21, 2016 04:37pm

keeping eyes on the isolation of pakistan internationally specially by its immediate neighbors, we must value and appreciate the support extended to us by China. but at the same time, we must understand that unless we put our house in order, mere corridor project can shower us much benefits. the example of suez canal is very pertinent. with more than 5.5 billion dollars annual net profit, what egypt has achieved so far. besides it is a fact that CPEC has been negotiated without taking into account the potential benefits to the fullest. i do not buy the idea that if china is investing 46 b dollars, why we were not able to fetch as much clear infrastructure development funds as well. the other side of the story, is uptil now, it is only the pakistani banks who have raised the required capital and there is no significant positive indicator in FDI.

Abdullah Dec 21, 2016 04:48pm

All the political parties should unitedly urge China to make Pakistan it's 35th provience.Pakistan does not have the resources to manage a project of CPEC's magnitude.China should make Pakistan it's Provience and them build CEPC in best interests of its 35th Provience.

Raj Dec 21, 2016 05:05pm

Why is Chinese minister interfereing in the internal affairs of Pakistan. NO investing partner ever does that with any country.

Make Pakistan great Dec 21, 2016 05:20pm


Why don't the PTI and other patriotic political parties take the issue to the parliament? In democracies around the world, parliament is the venue to discuss and decide all contentious issues of national importance.

Unfortunately in Pakistan, democracy has come to be taken as the right of the government in power to do and act as it pleases without being answerable to the parliament.

Sadly, the opposition also subscribes to this mind set and readily accedes its right to oppose and contest any issue in the parliament, choosing instead to air its frustration through street protests, dharnas and jalsas.

This must change if the ruling party is to be made answerable to the parliament. However, this requires the opposition to be confident about its potential.

M. Siddique Dec 21, 2016 05:32pm

Chinese Minister needs to understand that all provinces of Pakistan must benefit from it. Most of the opposition parties represent smaller provinces and CPEC routing is of concern to them. Those parties should be consulted as well.

M. Siddique Dec 21, 2016 05:35pm

@Fast, How did you arrive at 99.99%? My family lives in Sibi, the second largest city on Balochistan after Quetta. We do not see any beneficial impact of the CPEC in our area or even Quetta. We cannot live on trickle down benefits. Wake up and feel the reality.

Iftikhar Husain Dec 21, 2016 05:45pm

China is our best friend and must be respected by all parties.

D Dec 21, 2016 06:04pm

Chinese Minister is advising Pakistan and Pakistani Military Commander is advising India over fruits and CPEC.

Very difficult to get at the bottom of this!

Becky Dec 21, 2016 06:57pm

@M. Siddique then you are one of those .01% who are against this project along with India.

A. Rashid Dec 21, 2016 07:05pm

All political parties should, for once, think of Pakistan than their own interest. Healthy discussion should go on but without narrow political interests.

SB Dec 21, 2016 07:05pm

Enjoying Headlines on CPEC

Truthnext Dec 21, 2016 07:31pm

@y-fi what you have seen

Aftab Dec 21, 2016 09:00pm

Tough ground reality.

Aftab Dec 21, 2016 09:02pm

@Fast 99.9% don't want Chinese help because they are the one who will be burdened with the spiraling debts.

Ajmal Dec 21, 2016 09:38pm

This is blatant interference in our internal affairs

Alba Dec 21, 2016 11:42pm

The Chinese are a bit disappointed. They expected better cooperation. They assumed Pakistan politicians could work together for the good of the country like the Chinese do.

Vijay B. Dec 22, 2016 01:30am

CPCE is major component of China's grand plan to dominate this planet economically, politically, and militarily and its regional /Asian hegemony as well. They got what they would have happily paid for handsomely handed to them on a platter free of charge. Moreover they stand to reap up to a 16% return on their investment, when the going interest rate around the world is lower than 5%. China has a very lucrative deal going and will do anything from letting it slip away

nasir s. Dec 22, 2016 02:56pm

CPEC. A so called route being build by China, using Chinese machinery, Chinese materials, Chinese Labour and will be used to move Chinese products. For some reason Pakistan has to keep it secure and also pay it all back with interest. Does not sound like a very good deal to me.

Mir Dec 23, 2016 01:48am

Allowing someone to get away with corruption establishes a precedence or a benchmark and determine the future of a country. If you don't hold a corrupt prime minister accountable today, then there is no justification in blowing a whistle on any public servants engaged in mega corruption. Then there is no justification in holding anyone accountable for embezzlement, money laundering, evading income taxes. Then that leads to a gloomy future. So, cooperation or political parties working together and synergizing each other contributions does not mean not holding the prime minister accountable.

Ring Ring Dec 23, 2016 04:14am

@y-fi You Must be an Indian

Another regular Dec 23, 2016 08:05am

Is it the Chinese vision or Pakistani vision that is needed for Pakistan

BAXAR Dec 23, 2016 10:43am

@nasir s. Since we are not doing all that, someone is gonna do it. China is not stopping you from doing all these development work and use your own labor, it's even encouraging you to do so. If you do not have leaders competent enough to take advantage from prevailing opportunities for the country, you should refrain from blaming others who have.

ashraf Dec 23, 2016 11:33am

The choice of where to invest belongs to the investor . At best a smart govt can guide the investors to suit its development objectives but cant force them. It is easy for the opposition to be critical. But no one in Pakistan believes any other political party will do a better job. This is a historic opportunity for Pakistan. The politicians need to overcome their instinct of criticism and stay on the same page for the sake of the country.

Anwar Ali Dec 23, 2016 12:59pm

Bangladesh is doing good business with India through It's many land based border ports which ran through the various points deep into the each other terrains by easy & cost efficient road, rail and waterways connectivity. But China still remains in number one position in terms of import. Pakistan and India can follow that example as the both countries inherit the same geographical position and demography in addition to CPEC.