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PAK ARMY STEPS IN TO ASSUAGE CHINESE FEARS ON FATE OF CPEC

The Ouster of Nawaj Sharif has badly shaken China as it had bet heavily on the political stability of Pakistan. Chinese authorities lost no time in contacting Pak Army to get assurance that political climate in Pakistan would not be allowed to deteriorate so much that it affects Chinese investments in CPEC. Chinese worry comes at a time when POK Prime Minister Mr Farooq Haider Khan expressed deep dis-satisfaction with its integration with Pakistan. Earlier Pakistan had declared to make Gilgit Baltistan as the Fifth Province of Pakistan. On its part, the Pakistan’s military assured that the CPEC project would not be hampered by the sudden fall of the regime. However, according to Arif Rafiq, a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute, the Supreme Court’s directive has put China in a “peculiar position”. “The Chinese are treading into new waters: this is the first civilian government in Islamabad Beijing has fully invested in.  While the Communist Party of China is deeply leveraged in the civilian government, military-to-military ties also grown considerably.

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