India termed big threat to regional peaceArchive
HYDERABAD: India is a big threat to regional peace and the Modi government sabotages peace in Balochistan.
This was stated by speakers on Tuesday at the concluding session of a two-day conference titled “Pak-China Strategic Partnership and its Regional Implications” organised by the Sindh University’s (SU) Area Study Centre. Two working sessions were held today.
They said China with an expanding economy would also spur economic growth in Pakistan. The Pakistani government had handed over operations of Gwadar port to China for more investment and infrastructural development to realise objectives of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. They said developmental activities would change trade, market and communication structure of the region.
Dr Rasul Baksh Rais said Pakistani youth must learn the Chinese language to get job opportunities in the international market across the world as the Chinese had made huge investments in various countries.
He termed Indian premier Modi an international culprit for burning and killing thousands of people in Gujarat for which once he had been refused the visa by the United States. “In today’s world one must understand partnerships with reference to trade, energy corridors, future growth prospects and economic integration patterns of larger central and south Asian regions,” said Dr Rais.
Dr Nazir Hussain said that though China committed billions of dollars for projects but Pakistan’s domestic politics, controversies over route, terrorism and long time period for its completion cast heavy shadows on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Dr Sarfaraz Khan said Sino-Pakistan relations had withstood the test of time and shifting geo-strategic conditions. “Their strong convergence in security interests has led to a multi-faceted strategic relationship which is reflected in a strong show of support for each other’s positions across a wide spectrum of bilateral, regional and international issues,” he maintained.
He said India’s unease and covert actions to sabotage the project along with US reservations added challenges to it. However, he said that with political resolve by both countries and guarantees by the Pakistani army to safeguard it, initiation of the project on a fast-track basis and financial commitment by China would augur well.
Dr Manzoor Ali Isran, Zhejiang Normal University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Lou Shizhou, Dr Abdul Majeed Chandio, Dr Riaz Ahmed and Dr Hamadullah Kakepoto also presented research papers on the occasion. SU Thatta campus pro Vice Chancellor Dr Sarfraz Hussain Solangi was the chief guest on the occasion.
Published in Dawn, September 9th, 2015
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