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Is the pack gone?

The $ 50 billion project was enthusiastically presented to the PML-N government. In a short time, the project became so important that political parties were trying to turn it around. Some analysts have even begun to associate the plan with former military commander Pervez Musharraf and the then military leadership. Then there came a time when many constituencies in Pakistan started calling the pack a new sacred cow and the patriotism of those who criticized it was beginning to be viewed with suspicion.

Then after the formation of the PTI government, indirect attacks on the project also began. First, Commerce Minister Razzaq Dawood criticized him, and then Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed also accused former Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal of corruption in regard to some of C-Pack's plans.

It is now commonplace in the country that the work on the C-pack is almost stopped. Former spokesman for Balochistan's provincial government, Jan Mohammad Belidi, believes that the current government's priorities are nowhere near the pack. Talking about this, he told DW, “Land has been taken for Gwadar airport but there is no work on it. China also had to set up a 300 MW power plant in Gwadar. Land has been purchased for this too but no work is visible. There is stagnation at Gwadar port. So in the last one year, there has been hardly any work in Balochistan on the C-pack. I think the project is almost over. "

Many constituents believe that Chinese leaders are angry over allegations of corruption in C-Pack projects. “When Razzaq Dawood and Murad Saeed made the allegations, the Chinese were very upset,” a senior C-pack official told CW on condition of anonymity. First they used to give loans and later they were called Procurement. Now they say you should do the procurement first and do not guarantee whether they will lend or not. So how can the government do procurement? It has no funds. Under these circumstances, it seems that the C-pack is now becoming part of history. I don't think it will work anymore. Even if it is windy, its speed will be very slow. "

Politicians also think corruption charges have upset the Chinese. But they understand that external elements are also active in slowing down or stopping it. Saleem Mandviwala, a deputy chairman of the Pakistan People's Party and a deputy chairman of the Senate, says that when the PPP launched the project, it also faced strong resistance from international forces, "but we kept Were not President Zardari made 13 trips to China to create an atmosphere of confidence. Today, the government is trying to please both the United States and China, which is not possible. The disqualification of the government has also upset the Chinese. In this case, the remaining plans for C-pack can be stagnant. "

Many analysts in Pakistan also consider this external pressure to be the reason for the decline in the speed of the pack. Rawalpindi-based analyst Sohail Chaudhry believes that in the coming times, work will be slowed down by the IMF, the US and the World Bank on SeaPeak. He said, "Obviously the US and Western powers do not want Pakistan to complete the project. Pakistan needs money from IMF If the revenue target is not met, Pakistan will seek an exemption from the United States so that the new installment will be obtained from the IMF and the US will impose conditions for it. So the work will be very slow but Pakistan cannot completely abandon the pack. ”

An official of the Pakistani Ministry of Communications also said that several important projects were left unfinished. The officer told DW on condition of anonymity, "There is work on the motorway from Sukkur to Karachi." In addition, the Western Route, which runs from Dera Ismail Khan to Balochistan, is also under construction. Many projects, including the Orange Line and the Green Line, are stagnant. However, such a loss is not happening to China but to Pakistan. ”

The impression about PTI is that it is sacrificing C-PACE to please Washington. But Ishaq Khakwani, a party leader, dismisses the notion. He says, "There is no question that we should abandon this project. Governments talk after change, as it did in Malaysia. The project is likely to be discussed and negotiated with the payment method as well. But the talk of ending this project is utterly baseless. We can't even think that way. "

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