Islamabad, July 16: A senior Pakistan army officer has accused India's Research and Analysis Wing of targeting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) via Afghanistan. He said this while addressing the passing out ceremony at the Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi.
"We are aware of the enemies' designs to hamper CPEC," Pakistan's Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mehmood Hayat, said, adding that peace in Afghanistan is fundamental to peace in Pakistan.
“Indian intelligence is operating from Afghanistan to stoke unrest and instability in the country and sabotage the multi billion dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor project”, he said.
The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said we are committed to tackle these threats through synergetic efforts. He categorically stated that the country is capable to beat back the enemies' designs.
He further said Pakistan is vital to regional solutions. Attempts to coerce and isolate it have failed in the past and will also meet the same fate in future.
Pakistan seeks peaceful coexistence with all its neighbors. The CJCSC said peace and stability in Afghanistan is fundamental to peace in Pakistan, he added.
Notably, the federal government has allocated Rs 44 billion for western route of CPEC, while 1.8 billion rupees have been set aside for CPEC security. Dar said imports have been recorded at $37.8 billion during July-April, showing an upward trajectory compared to the same period last year.
Interestingly, China has also emerged as the single largest lender of money to Pakistan ever since the two countries decided to undertake the CPEC project a little more than two years back.
Beijing will provide loans of Rs168.3bn, including Rs1.3bn as grants for the international airport and a vocational training centre in the port city of Gwadar, to Islamabad next year. Over 55pc of the Chinese loan, or Rs93.4bn, is meant for the controversial orange line metro train project in Lahore.