Balochistan and CPEC – CPECBULLETIN Your Ultimate Guide To CPEC Mon, 31 Jan 2022 06:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PROVISION OF PROVINCIAL STATUS TO GILGIT BALTISTAN IS A TURNAROUND FOR CPEC Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:14:17 +0000 China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a mega project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) flagship continues to grow bigger in the country and broaden the visionary horizons of development, energy sectors, and industrialization. CPEC seeks the positive changes in the Pakistan that includes the development of the underprivileged places like Gwadar in Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan …



China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a mega project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) flagship continues to grow bigger in the country and broaden the visionary horizons of development, energy sectors, and industrialization. CPEC seeks the positive changes in the Pakistan that includes the development of the underprivileged places like Gwadar in Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan and forming several Special Economic Zones (SEZs) within the region.

As predicted by the current government PTI, the granting of provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan, the gateway to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), would ensure the success of the multi-billion-dollar corridor, as well as the opening of new investment opportunities in the strategically located northern part of the country which will be another turnaround for the CPEC and the country.

These opinions were shared by GB legislators and members of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), the Gilgit Chamber of Small Industry, the Hunza Chamber of Commerce, and the Nagar Chamber of Commerce during a joint press conference organized by the National Press Club on Monday and have put forward the visionary ideology to create Gilgit-Baltistan a new province.

Addressing the press conference, FPCCI Vice President and GB Excise and Taxation Minister Muhammad Ali Qaid said that granting GB constitutional provincial status would make it easier for foreign investors to invest in GB who were reluctant to invest due to the current disputed status of the region. “The provisional provincial status of GB would ensure success for CPEC, as a number of already approved/ planned mega-projects under CPEC have been awaiting foreign investment.” He said that the provisional provincial status would not have an effect on the Kashmir issue and the status quo, as GB would have been able to participate in the Kashmir plebiscite in the sense of the proposed reforms at any time.

Showing a collection of resolutions passed by the GB Legislative Assembly, he said that the unanimous resolutions of the Assembly calling for provincial status are proof of the demand of the citizens of GB who have been deprived of their due rights for the past 73 years. “We are grateful to the government, the political parties, and the Pakistan Army for their decision to meet the demands of the people of GB.

He recalled that in 1947 the people of GB liberated the entire area from Dogras and unilaterally joined Pakistan. “You have all gained independence and formed your independent state there, but we have offered unselfish love and an ideological relationship with Pakistan,” he added, “We are considered Pakistani and now we want to be part of Pakistan – constitutionally, and the time has come for Gilgit-Baltistan to be Pakistan’s fifth province.”

Addressing the meeting, members of the various chambers of commerce of GB also called for the early granting of provincial constitutional status to GB. They said there was no resistance to GB being given provincial status, and the government of Pakistan should take immediate action now. “In addition, there is no justification in the claim that granting Gilgit-Baltistan constitutional rights will damage the Kashmir cause,” said Muhammad Qaid of the Nagar Chamber of Commerce, adding, “We stand with the Kashmir people for the Kashmir cause, and I believe that the people of Kashmir also want to see that our people have their rights.”

The provision of the provincial status to the Gilgit Baltistan will bring positive influence to the underprivileged people of the area and this will bring a wave of joy and favors like the seats in Senate and National Assembly. CPEC will also pave way for the greatness by doing this and the industrialization and energy sector of Pakistan will be strengthened.

Iran, a country autonomous of no foreign hegemony, no reliance’s, no debts, with huge natural resource reservoirs, world’s 10th largest steel producer is seen to be rampike with choking sanctions and crippling economy but is seen as a golden egg for the power hegemonic states all over the world like Turkey, China, India, and Russia, etc. The ramification of struggling sanctions led Iran from 15% oil reserves in October 2019 to 9.5% today.

With huge natural reservoirs, strong anti-American sentiments, and crippling economy, Iran seemed to be easy prey for China as Westerners often lament China for its Debt foreign policy. China has invested $400 Billion in Chahbahar port, dropping India out of the picture where India was investing $500 Million in Iran but now China, bulging claws into the region led to such huge investment in several industrial, transportation, energy, and Free Trade Zone (FTZs) ventures. The Chahbahar project will initially start with the 638 km venture of errant Chahbahar-Zahedan line and then including the Zaranj in Afghanistan lately, latter include many SEZs and industrial growth.

The anti-American edge of the deal drives the USA keen attention over the deal. It would bolster China’s new digital currency e-RMB and DCEP as a way to bypass American financial systems, and reduce the power of the dollar. It would also serve to benefit the world’s most voracious energy consumer and provide a mechanism to sell Iranian oil while evading US sanctions policy. China’s strategic investment together with military cooperation would boost one of the most anti-American powers, threaten American allies in the Middle East from Riyadh to Jerusalem, and provide Chinese companies preferred access to trillions of dollars in untapped hydrocarbons and markets.


As both the projects as primarily initiated by China and have almost similar ramifications for China but still an insight would highlight vital ponders that are very important to note:

  1. MIDDLE EAST: Chahbahar project will pave way for China to enter the Middle East through Iraq and Eurasian states like Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, etc. and that makes the USA and its close allies very keen and disturbed as it will lessen USA hegemony in the Middle East and Iran will start to evade sanctions and China will start trading in the MENA region. CPEC doesn’t provide a way to the Middle East for China.
  2. TALIBAN ISSUE: The route of CPEC that leads from Gwadar to Central Asia doesn’t connect the Taliban area. There has been a surging disturbance between Kabul government and Taliban and Chahbahar port cannot lead to Central Asia without Taliban involvement and that will create problems for China so, CPEC has a slight edge over Chahbahar port.
  3. CARGO ISSUE: Gwadar port in CPEC is capable of loading 300-400 Million tons of cargo at a time and is the world’s deepest warm current natural port. Whereas Chahbahar port has a capacity of 15 Million tons cargo capacity so Gwadar port will be a quite busy port and most of the cargo would take a lead from CPEC.
  4. NATURAL RESOURCES: Iran is a huge bulk of natural resources, uranium, and hydrocarbons. It has a huge reservoir of natural gas, oil, and coal. China would be more inclined towards the rich minerals of Iran than Pakistan so Chahbahar port may have leverage over CPEC in this regard as the investment figure manifests.

Iran is an Anti-USA country, it overlooks Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, has a bulk of rich minerals, sympathies of the Middle East, Kurds, Turks, and Syrians. China will get the advantage of Iran’s positive relations in the MENA region and would trade there and increase its hegemony in the region. Chahbahar and CPEC can be sister-projects with quite similar ventures, ambitions, and flagships.

Provincial Secretary Industries Pasand Khan Buledi said establishment of industrial zone is important in Balochistan under China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) project which would boost economic in the areas.

Talking to media, Secretary Industries Pasand Khan Buledi said that current provincial government was taking serious measures to establish industrial zone in Balochistan because completion of CPEC project would bring revolutionary change in country including Balochistan.

He said that efforts are underway to reform Small Industries in province which could help increasing export of handcraft items in foreign countries, despite it would encourage skilled people of province.

Construction of industrial zone vital under CPEC in Balochistan: Provincial Industries Secretary

Mr Secretary also mentioned that a number of modern projects would be initiated in industrial cluster for development of province, innovative environment and well ideologies were needed for improvement of industrial sector. Small industries play vital role in advancement of country, he said that suggestion of manufacturers would be considered for promoting of industries in the area.

While interacting with the journalists he expressed that poverty could be reduced through establishment of industries which would provide job opportunities to youth people in respective areas and adding that the national economy would be strengthened through industrial and investment advancement.

He quoted that,

“Role of skilled people is essential for development of industries”


News Source: Urdu Point