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Gen Raheel says army will turn CPEC dream into reality

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Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Friday said that security forces are ready to pay any price to turn the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) dream into reality.

“We are aware of all the campaigns against CPEC,” said the army chief.

During his visit to the headquarters of the newly raised Special Security Division (SSD), responsible for the security of CPEC projects, the army chief instructed the force to take all possible measures to make all CPEC related projects a success.

COAS was given a detailed briefing over raising of the force and the security threats faced by the CPEC project.

Gen Raheel Sharif reiterated the army’s commitment to provide security for CPEC and the work force involved in the projects, terming the plan a game changer for Pakistan and its people.

On arrival, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal and Major General Abid Rafique, Commander SSD.

The CPEC is a 3,000-kilometer network of roads, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas from Gwadar Port to Kashgar city, northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Proposed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to Pakistan in May 2013, the CPEC will act as a bridge for the new Maritime Silk Route that envisages linking three billion people in Asia, Africa and Europe.

An official agreement on the corridor was signed between the two countries last year during President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Pakistan.

The project links China’s strategy to develop its western region with Pakistan’s focus on boosting its economy, including the infrastructure construction of Gwadar Port, together with some energy cooperation and investment programs.

It also involves road and railway construction including an upgrade of the 1,300-km Karakoram Highway, the highest paved international road in the world which connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountains.

The CPEC will reduce China’s routes of oil and gas imports from Africa and the Middle East by thousands of kilometers, making Gwadar a potentially vital link in China’s supply chain.

Pakistan has reason to believe that the Indian spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), has established yet another desk with a special allocation of a huge sum of money to scuttle CPEC.

According to reports in the local media, RAW, created in the wake of the 1965 war between Pakistan and India, has been assigned the gigantic assignment to ruin the trade corridor project, the biggest operation after the creation of Bangladesh tasked to it immediately after its creation way back in September 1968.

Pakistan’s intelligence gathering agencies had collected authentic evidence and proof about the designs of RAW that has already initiated its work. RAW is known for sponsoring terror activities for attaining its objectives. It is engaged in promoting and aiding disruptive elements in Pakistan to destabilise the country.

The budget of RAW isn’t known to anyone but $300 million have been earmarked initially for subverting the economic corridor.
 

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Man craves too much media attention like Donnie
General Sharif is a man of honor. He isn't like 4 feet tall Bangladeshi generals who remain silent and can't take any soldier-like actions when their officers are killed like stray dogs, and their wives and daughters are raped by the very soldiers they are supposed to command. He commands a standing army with convictions to stand up to a 7x larger enemy whose redemption lies in Pak's destruction. His men are killing and get killed in relentless war against proxies having full faith in his command. I know it's a little difficult for Bangladeshi folks to understand for what they know is officers and soldiers killing each other like goons in the street..
 
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is he pointing towards the stance of Baloch and Pashtun nationalist?
 

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General Sharif is a man of honor. He isn't like 4 feet tall Bangladeshi generals who remain silent and can't take any soldier-like actions when their officers are killed like stray dogs, and their wives and daughters are raped by the very soldiers they are supposed to command. He commands a standing army with convictions to stand up to a 7x larger enemy whose redemption lies in Pak's destruction. His men are killing and get killed in relentless war against proxies having full faith in his command. I know it's a little difficult for Bangladeshi folks to understand for what they know is officers and soldiers killing each other like goons in the street..
Redemption, lulz.
 

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Due to corrupt culture of South asia an authority is need to keep the politicians in check and for projects to get completed on time.
A strong Pakistan army supporting democracy will make Pakistan the first non corrupt nation in South asia.And the campaign is already started with all corrupt politicians fleeing the country.

Aapka kia hoga kalia
Pakis have a long history of putting all their eggs in one basket and lifting up one guy to the top most citadel and then dumping him when he comes up short, that has been the case from the bhuttos to the zias to the musharafs to kyani and will continue on.

It just takes an average mind to know from one experience that the army and its generals need to remain in their barracks, but getting fooled and hoping that the next general is the promised messiah that will magically transform a dump into a paradise? - they are trained and paid to man the borders , not run civilian projects and take cuts out of it.

The leadership comes from the people, the corrupt are the people - it takes more than a general to change a mindset. The rule needs to be with the people.
 

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Why does the boss keep on reiterating the same thing ?
Every now and then he gives a statement about CPEC and its security.
We are giving an impression that CPEC is the last thing which can save Pakistan and we'll be doomed if the CPEC bubble bursts.
Our security situation is still volatile and we have a lot to do to achieve the anticipated results of CPEC and our history regarding mega projects is no good.
CPEC should not be portrayed as Pakistan's lifeline.It's a very ambitious project and again,too many things need to be done the right way to enjoy the benifits after a decade or two.
 

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