Shehbaz Sharif’s government plans to dissolve the Sino-Pakistan Office for the Corridor

Shehbaz Sharif's government plans to dissolve the Sino-Pakistan Office for the Corridor

The Pakistan government has decided to dissolve the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority, with all project considerations being handed over to the Planning Commission. The Ministry of Planning and Development told the Senate Standing Committee on Planning on Friday. Senator Saleem Mandviwala presided over a meeting of the standing committee at Parliament Lodges, where the CPEC Authority Amendment Bill, 2021, was debated. The huge project will be handed over to the Planning Commission, according to ministry sources. They also stated that because the authority had done no meaningful work, it is being considered for disbandment, and a final decision will be made soon.

Gilgit Baltistan has been witnessing a spurt in local protests against the Pakistan Army over land issues. The local people are angry at the ‘land grabbing’ spree of the army, all in the name of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Local communities strongly believe that Pakistan has in fact leased out the entire Gilgit Baltistan to China under the garb of CPEC and its security for the next half a century. Several thousand Chinese are already present in the region working on the CPEC project. With them are hundreds of Chinese spies and military men keeping an eye on the locals as well as providing security cover to Chinese companies.

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