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Pakistan dismisses India’s objections to China-Pak Economic corridor as ‘intervention’

"Indian leaders and the parliament reacted sharply to the projects, but they should see the projects positively," said Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

By: Press Trust of India | Beijing | Published: July 7, 2015 3:24 pm

Dismissing India’s objections to the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passing through PoK, Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said such protests amount to “intervention” in his country’s internal affairs. “India’s reaction is unnecessary. I would say it’s an intervention in our internal affairs. We have tried to promote connectivity and reach out to all the neighbouring countries,” Dar told state-run Chinese daily Global Times.

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“We believe countries including Afghanistan and India could also benefit from the economic corridor,” he said. Dar said India’s reaction is surprising. “Indian leaders and the parliament reacted sharply to the projects, but they should see the projects positively. It’s good for India also. Greater regional connectivity and the Corridor will utterly benefit the whole region including India. It’s an immature comment to say the project is unacceptable,” he said.

India has conveyed its objections to Beijing over the project which links China’s Xinjiang province with Pakistan’s Gwadar port through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Pakistan says it is a commercial project aimed at improving the livelihood of people. On China’s concerns over terrorism affecting the project in Pakistan, Dar said his government was trying to contain it through military operations against the militant groups in the tribal regions and by improving economy.

“Eradicating extremism and terrorism is one of our priorities. The present government has formulated the National Action Plan (NAP) with the consensus of other political parties to root out terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” he said. “The Pakistani government is determined to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals deployed on each and every project. We intend to provide full security to all of the economic corridor’s projects,” he said.

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    Jul 7, 2015 at 4:13 pm
    well ...... India is ready for Nepal, Myanmar, India corridor ...................!!!!!!!!!!!
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      Gowri Sankar
      Jul 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm
      To Mr. Ishaq Dar: We are ready to accept the same corridor with same plan but little change i.e. China-India-stan corridor. Vacate Gilgit-Baltistan (PoK) and hand it over to India. Then it will be truly beneficial to all three. But you don't accept it right ?? So, we.
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        Sajo
        Jul 9, 2015 at 1:56 am
        Who is India they may talk about it but its not theier country. They should care about theier country. stan should take bolder steps and do not care about India America or others. Strong Nations behave Arrogant they only care for them selve.
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          Indian
          Jul 7, 2015 at 8:55 pm
          India take up some project work in Mona , if possible military base in that country
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            Indian
            Jul 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm
            What china do that is right, if India do oil exploration With Vietnam that is wrong, who made this rule by china and stan. India must go ahead for oil exploration .
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