CPEC is not just a project deal signed by two countries: China and Pakistan. It has enhanced the geopolitical situation for Pakistan at many levels. CPEC is supposed to benefit the Pakistan’s financial markets given that there will be an increase in the trade activity. As the geopolitics has a crucial role in determining the fate of the financial activity of Pakistan.
Pakistan’s key players have not just been involved in deriving benefits from China, they have a history of getting benefited from the Americans too. An example of this can be seen in 2001, when America waived off all the loans off Pakistan after Pakistan showed its support with America to assist the Afghans in Soviet-Afghan war (2001). Although we had to pay the price in terms of terrorism and Talibanization as a result of this cooperation, but nonetheless it was beneficial for the time being.
Large investments have been seen as part of the CPEC. The reason why China is so committed to this project is the fact that CPEC will provide China a route to enter the Middle Eastern and African markets. Hence the commitment of about $46 Billion dollars to the Pak China Economic Corridor popularly known as the CPEC.
CPEC has been a lot of distress for India, as China has a history of blocking the entry of India continuously in the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), choosing Pakistan as an ally has further disheartened India.
To India’s utter dismay, Pakistan has been a number one priority for Pakistan in many ways. China sided with Pakistan on its Kashmir’s stance as well. Hopefully, this friendship will keep on going for a long time in the future as well, disheartening India as always.
Right after the Peshawar attack on 16th December 2016, while the nation was going through an emotional turmoil and everyone wanted an ultimate end to terrorism . With the approval of the Federal Government, the military courts were established in Pakistan. ISPR has defined this military court system as a result of the constitutional amendment to abate the level of terrorism in the country.
Since then about 274 cases were referred to the military courts. Out of which about 161 convicts were awarded with death penalties whereas 12 were executed. Apart from that about 113 received punishments of varying duration.
In a system where taking an immediate judicial action seems like a dream, this output of the military courts seems phenomenal. And the question of when will the trial against the terrorist happen looms somewhere in the air until people forget the terrorist or the activity he was involved in.
The National Action Plan (NAP) laid by the government to counter the TTP post the Peshawar attack included the implementation of the military courts. Other significant points were: banning the funding of the groups involved in terrorist activities. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan long ago gave its green signal for the military courts emphasizing on the fact that these courts would help create a ‘transparent and fair judicial system’ which Pakistan has been struggling to achieve for a long time. The government has for years failed to execute the prominent terrorists from banned terrorist organization. We all know how the civil courts in Pakistan work and any sort of transparency could not have put forth by them given that the judgments are largely influenced by bribery and violence. Prime minister Nawaz Sharif also showed full support for the military courts, encouraging fair results.
Rana Sana Ullah’s baseless statements that the military courts have not proven out to be successful call out for comparison between the military and the civil courts in order to prove the transparency of how the military courts worked to get rid of the terrorists whom others were fearful of even touching.
Now that the country is in a much better state than it was before Zarb e Azb, the question that hits our mind is that whether these effects are long term, or in the coming few days we will be seeing a deteriorated security situation again? God forbid if that happens, could we still sing the songs of Zarb e Azb as proudly as we sing them today when we see a much better Peshawar or Quetta?
The list of possibilities seems never ending but one thing is for sure that the law and order situation in Pakistan is much better than what it was about 2 years back. The major contribution put forth for this stability of region comes from Pakistan Army. As Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa puts it ‘ We believe in action and the world has seen its results’. He said that while addressing the officers of southern command in Quetta. No doubt the Law Enforcement Agencies have worked hard and lost many precious lives in order to attain this peace.
Zarb e Azb was not a mere security operation, it had many geo-political and geo- economic factors attached to it. The fact that Zarb e Azb wiped out the majority of militants ensured the progress of CPEC. A lot of economic development is anticipated and Baluch people are happy with these efforts. However, the plug of operation Zarb E Azb will not be pulled off no matter what, given that the world has seen the effects of it and even if the conspiracy theories against Baluchistan evolve , Pak Army is here to crush them and all the anti baluch activists who are working on a funded propaganda to separate Baluchistan from Pakistan.
In the light scenario when the CPEC is labeled as ‘The modern East India Company’ people fail to understand its economic importance. After what Baluchistan has been through CPEC seems like a ray of hope and before criticizing it, one must think of the options we are left with in order to bring stability and economic development in the region . After major security operations held in Baluchistan and losing many precious lives, this is one effort to help derive job opportunities through this project.
As Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Amir Riaz has already put it that about 700 people from the security forces have given their lives to support the cause of bringing prosperity to Baluchistan and eradicating the militant groups from the core.Apart from these deaths, 2000 personnel of the security forces were seriously wounded in Baluchistan during the process of restoration of peace in the disturbed areas. In fact, personnel of security forces restored peace in province at the cost of their lives. The number is significant enough to realize the efforts of Pakistan Security Forces trying to bring stability to Baluchistan. After the area was declared militant-free, there was a dire need of establishing a level of trust between the people of Baluchistan and the government. Given that the separatist elements funded by RAW like Brahamdad Bugti are feeding anti-Pakistan sentiments in the hearts of Baloch people. CPEC is a crucial step to gain the trust of the Baloch people back.
Chief Of Army Staff : Qamar Javed Bajwa has ensured the fool proof security of CPEC. This ensures the level of commitment that will ensure trust between Pakistan and China to move forward towards better implementation of CPEC.
Chief Of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited corps headquarters and rangers HQ Karachi on 15th December 2016. During his speech he clearly emphasized on the fact that there are no circumstances under which the Karachi operation will be reversed.
Karachi, being the metropolitan hub of the country has been facing severe security crisis. It is heart wrenching to see that the cultural hub of the country, having people from diverse backgrounds and ethnicity, the security of the civilians is a Karachi is also known for the fact that people having different religions reside here. However, the city has been facing major challenges since an air of terrorism has hit the country. There was a surge of criminal offenses committed on a large scale over a period of the last decade. These included theft, robbery and other street crimes, and the people allegedly involved in all these particularly had a criminal or political agenda of creating a prolonged unrest in the city. So a operation in Karachi had to be launched by September 2013. About 12000 people have been arrested by far and 7000 raids have been conducted.
During his recent visit to Karachi, COAS General Qamar Bajwa visited the frontier corps and appreciated the efforts made by the Army, Rangers, Law Enforcement Agencies and Intelligence Agencies for their efforts of maintaining law and order in the city. COAS further said that the security situation will be further improved by helping the provincial government in training of the law enforcement agencies to get a better security situation in Karachi and Sindh altogether.
World’s major organizations are getting the map of Pakistan wrong, and it is time that we start launching our protests, online or in person. Earlier this year, we saw major peaks and areas of Pakistan like K2, Nanga Parbat, Gilgit and Skardu as a part of India, in the google maps which created an air of protest as many people expected Google to come up with a reasonable response of such flawed mapping system. As we all know that Google maps are considered a valuable source of tracking down locations, and it is considered as one of the most authentic and reliable source of information when it comes to locations. However, this wrong information has raised many questions on the authenticity and clear mandate of google. Were there any deals going on behind the curtains to win the hearts of the Indians? Were there any hidden/unidentified business interests?
The same questions have been raised once again. During a book launch ceremony held in Islamabad, World Bank’s economist Vincet Palmade used a flawed map during his official presentation. The book launch was held at the annual meeting and conference arranged by the Ministry Of Planning And Development and Pakistan Institute Of Development Economics (PIDE). The map shown did not recognize AJK and Gilgit Baltistan as a part of Pakistan. Planning Commission’s top economist, Dr. Nadeem Javed said that Pakistan would go on protest for this wrong information and would ensure that this map does not appear on the book ‘South Asia’s Turn: Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse’.