The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Mega Chinese Infrastructure Project, which passes through Pakistan’s duration, other than the debt-ridden Islamabad, now has other issues like corruption and scuffles between Chinese workers and Pakistani soldiers.
One such incident of July 21 came to light in which there was a physical altercation between Chinese workers and Pakistani protection party working on the CPEC Main Line-1 (ML-1) Karachi-Peshawar project. The incident occurred in the Bahawalpur district of Pakistan’s most populous Punjab Province between 6.30 a.m.-6.45 a.m. One such incident of July 21 came to light in which there was a physical altercation between Chinese workers and Pakistan’s protection party.
When the matter was reported to the camp commander, he asked his soldiers not to confront China, and the matter was hushed up softly. In this current incident, the Commander of the 27 Special Security Division was involved in making money by providing local workers to Chinese contractors through a proxy. The officer is involved in the embezzlement of tens of millions of Pakistani rupees.
Such incidents have become symptomatic of the CPEC, with kickbacks helping Pakistani officers to be quite a bit of a problem facing the rank and file. A committee announced by the Pakistani Government to look at the country’s power sector, where Chinese companies are heavily involved, has shown how the number of officials in the country benefits. One of the key focus areas of the report was the Chinese companies providing supplies at inflated prices.
The hypertensions of the world media, little transparency, embezzlement and spats between the workers and security personnel’s bring a negative connotation to the country’s reputation.