People and the media in Pakistan are scared of speaking against the multi-billion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as critical voices are being suppressed, treated as anti-national or branded as terrorists, a former Obama Administration official has told US lawmakers.
“Rarely will you read an article that’s critical about CPEC in the Pakistani media. Very rarely. There’s been a media capture essentially and there’s only the CPEC narrative because people are scared or they’ve been intimidated or threatened not to do certain pieces,” Shamila Chaudhary from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies said.
Testifying before a Congressional committee last week, Chaudhary, who served in the previous Obama Administration, told the lawmakers that at the very local level, people who critique CPEC are often labelled as terrorists. Read More