China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a fully militarized project: Paulo Casaca

He was of the opinion that harsh measures of war are taken against whoever protests and this is not coming to a halt.

By: ANI | Geneva | Published:September 20, 2016 11:19 am

Maintaining that human rights violations in Balochistan are at its worst, Paulo Casaca, a former member of the European Parliament, said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a fully militarized project.

Casaca said that people who raise their voices on the issue in Pakistan are murdered and their bodies dumped.

“I think it [human rights violation ] must be one of the worst there [Balochistan], because I do not know of any policy of kill and dump like the one pursued in Balochistan. People that are seen as vocal in expressing a certain culture, even if they do not have known political activity, they are being murdered and their bodies have been dumped,” Casaca told ANI.

He was of the opinion that harsh measures of war are taken against whoever protests and this is not coming to a halt.

Though asserting that economic development in itself is a good thing, Casaca, however, pointed out that economic development alone cannot be thought of when very serious political issues are at stake.

“I think economic development in itself is a good thing, but we cannot think about economic development forgetting about the very serious political issues at stake. This corridor is going through disputed territory .. it goes through Balochistan where the dispute has never ended for 70 years,” he added.

The Baloch people have been protesting, alleging Pakistan of being only concerned about the resources in Balochistan and not its people and exploiting the region’s resources and trading it to Beijing.

Considered to be a part of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, the $46 billion project covers Balochistan and Sindh provinces and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

India has formally opposed the CPEC because it runs through PoK, which it says is India’s.

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    Adnan Khan
    Sep 21, 2016 at 1:03 pm
    All poki, keep ur mouth on and put it on ground, see what will happen.....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Time has come to eliminate it from the world map
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      Asad Janjua
      Sep 22, 2016 at 6:56 am
      Adnan! There is no such thing as 'eliminate from world map'. :)
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        Asad Janjua
        Sep 22, 2016 at 6:55 am
        OMG! Indian Express becomes a tool of propaa. INDIAN PATRIOTISM IS A FOR- COMMODITY AND INDIAN MEDIA WOULD NOT RELENT FROM SQUEEZING LAST CENT OUT OF THIS SLEAZY BUSINESS.
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          addy
          Sep 20, 2016 at 7:51 am
          China and stan want it to make Baluchistan second Tibet !!Baloch won't let it happen !!
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            James Caan
            Sep 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm
            India is acting beyond its height.....China is going to make India squeal....very hard !!
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              Muhammad Arif
              Sep 20, 2016 at 8:35 am
              I am unable to digest who Paulo Casaca could take a biased position. We all know that Indian Held Jammu and Kashmir is in dispute and hence that need to be resolved in accordance with the UN resolution. In total disregard of the obligation of India to resolve Jammu and Kashmir issue, the term "stan occupied Kashmir" is being coined. India is keeping Jammu and Kashmir on hostage with curfew and by force in total disregard of the human rights by brutal killings of innocent Kashmiries. Since India is involved in terrorist activities inside stan, stan has every right to protect its boundaries and ets by whatever means including but not limited to Army. This is none of any body else business.
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                Bobby
                Sep 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm
                Pain in Indien .
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                  Faheem Akhtar
                  Sep 20, 2016 at 6:55 am
                  Forgetting IOK potion living under Indian terror ?
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