Pakistan rejects India’s assertion that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor violates India’s sovereignty since the project runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, said Mushahid Hussain, chairman of Pakistan’s parliamentary committee on CPECBSE -4.45 %. In an email interview to Economic Times , chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Defence Committee, said he hoped that the project would prove to be a positive influence on bilateral political relations.He assured that there are no Chinese military personnel in Pakistan, and neither will there be any in the future. Edited excerpts:
How will the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor impact Pakistan’s relations with India?
Hopefully, CPEC should be a positive influence on politics between Pakistan and India because it is all about connectivity between countries in the region. If India can be part of SAARC or the TAPI (Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India) pipeline, supporting CPEC would provide continuity in regional cooperation and connectivity. CPEC has immeasurably enhanced Pakistan’s leverage and clout in the region.
Do you see any possibility of India participating in CPEC?
India seems unlikely to participate in CPEC for two reasons. First, India sees China as a potential competitor and feels upstaged by this mega initiative of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ of President Xi Jinping, of which CPEC is the flagship pilot project. Second, India, under Prime Minister Modi, is still confused over what kind of Pakistan policy it should pursue.
Article Credit- The Economic Times