PM’s visit to China will reinvigorate CPEC, strengthen bilateral ties: analysts

PM’s visit to China will reinvigorate CPEC, strengthen bilateral ties: analysts

Naghmana Hashmi (former ambassador to China): Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to China is historic and of strategic importance. The presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan explicitly shows the international community that Pakistan stands firmly with China. Moreover, it has been clearly communicated to the world that sports should not be the target of nefarious political interests. The strategic importance of the Prime Minister’s visit is measured by the fact that the international economic and political order is in full mutation. It is therefore high time for the two leaders to endorse the realization of megaprojects in practice. The obscurities and doubts must be put aside because the CPEC project has already entered its second phase. The industrial boom in the special economic zones will help Pakistan reduce balance of payments and trade deficit problems.

AZ Hilali (IR Expert): The justification for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China is manifold. The international political landscape is changing and it was a good time to reaffirm Pakistan’s support for China. Although the partnership between Pakistan and China is overwhelmed by economic cooperation and CPEC, the friendship will have ripple effects in many sectors. Pakistan is focused on long term economic stability which is not sustainable for radical India. India’s uncontrolled arms race is disrupting regional stability. The Kashmir issue is not only a territorial dispute, but has also become the worst example of Indian human rights abuses and relentless genocide.

Waheed Ahmed (former ambassador): International human rights monitors are aware of the ongoing atrocities in the disputed territory of the IIOJ&K. The Hindu majority as well as the radical political parties must understand that minorities cannot be alienated from their cultural and historical claims on the land. The resolution of the Kashmir conflict must be Kashmir-centric and political differences must be put aside. Pakistan has echoed the Indian sponsored terrorism in the territory and now the international community also subscribes to Islamabad’s stance on the Kashmir issue.

Lt Gen Retd Raza Khan (defense analyst): The revocation of the special status of Kashmir occupied by the Indian government led by Modi was wrongful. The feelings of Kashmiris across the world have been hurt and none of them want Kashmir to be part of India. Political persecution and discrimination of the Kashmiri people is at its peak in the IIOJ&K. Political and economic unrest have long haunted the disputed territory, but the natives have never resorted to retreating from their freedom movement. India has already spent billions of dollars to subjugate innocent Kashmiris. But now the dynamic has changed. The three major nuclear powers are involved in this dispute. India must recognize the fact that regional development and stability cannot be achieved without resolving the Kashmir issue in accordance with international law.

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