Islamabad, Oct 26: Pakistan on Thursday said that a long-term plan for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be approved by the Joint Cooperation Council (JCC) on November 21 on Beijing. This was confirmed by Minister for Interior and Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal who made the announcement in a meeting held to review the progress of CPEC.
According to news agency ANI, the plan would be finalised during the One Belt, One Road summit in May.
Noteworthy that, China came up with the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative in 2013. As per reports, the project comprises a network of railways, roads and pipelines that would connect Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar in the province of Balochistan, with the Chinese city of Kashgar in landlocked Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
Human rights activists have been highlighted the growing atrocities of Pakistan on the indigenous people of Balochistan and deteriorating human rights situation as a result of the CPEC.
Also earlier this month, on the day the supreme body of the Communist Party of China met for its 19th Congress in Beijing, the Baloch leadership in exile issued a strong warning to China to stop the CPEC or face on the ground consequences.
The CPEC passes across the disputed territory and is rejected by the Baloch as a “tool for exploiting the Baloch land.”