Kashmiris want to be part of CPEC while the government of India has reservations
 
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Corridor of Power

Kashmiris want to be part of CPEC while the government of India has reservations

Fayaz Bukhari
 

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which connects Xinjiang in China to Gwadar in Pakistan, has raised mixed emotion in India. On the one hand, the Indian government has termed it as the ‘corridor of uncertainty’, on other, Kashmiris see it as revival of the old Silk Route that can benefit them politically as well as economically, albeit if India joins the CPEC.

The government of India is opposing the corridor as it passes through a disputed region which, India says, is an integral part. Not only this, the government sees the CPEC as part of the Chinese ‘String of Pearls’ aimed at encircling India. The concern is that Chinese warships could dock at Gwadar and allow Beijing to have a presence in the Persian Gulf through which a majority of the world’s ships enters the energy markets of Europe, Americas and Asia.

Despite New Delhi’s concerns over the CPEC, Kashmiris including Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, separatists like Chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and traders want Kashmir to be linked with the project. In fact, Mufti, while describing Kashmir as the gateway to Central Asia, has suggested to New Delhi to avail the benefits accruing from the CPEC. She said it could become a corridor of economic activity in the region, and the country could benefit from the economic activities taking place across Line of Control (LC). “Why can’t we be partners in economic growth and share the benefits of projects like CPEC? Let us move beyond skirmishes,” she suggested. She believes that fostering cooperation across the LC would not only bring political stability across the region but also give a big boost to the economy of the region. “It would make the region a hub of emerging economic opportunities leading to cooperation in trade, commerce, tourism, adventure across the region,” she added.

The beginning of cross-LC trade had sparked hopes of reviving old trade links
The beginning of cross-LC trade had sparked hopes of reviving old trade links

 
 
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