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Pakistan, China cannot justify oppression of Balochistan anymore: Report

A recent study demonstrates how the Chinese perceive—or, more accurately, wish to perceive—the CPEC initiative.Premium
A recent study demonstrates how the Chinese perceive—or, more accurately, wish to perceive—the CPEC initiative.

The Baloch minority has limited access to the Central Cabinet Ministry and other critical positions as a result of the Punjab region's population controlling more than 60% of Pakistan's administrative resources.

Pakistan and China are having a harder time defending the suppression of local dissent coming from the Baloch ethnic group in the Balochistan region, through which a significant portion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes, according to Geo-politik. Meanwhile, the two governments continue to highlight the advantages of the (CPEC) for Pakistan's economy.

By building modern transportation networks, many energy projects, and special economic zones, CPEC aims to quickly update Pakistan's necessary infrastructure and boost its economy.

The presence and completion of CPEC have come under increasing scrutiny as resistance to it has increased from both inside and outside of Pakistan. Pakistan's internal security situation has deteriorated, which makes it less likely that the CPEC will be finished.

A recent study demonstrates how the Chinese perceive—or, more accurately, wish to perceive—the CPEC initiative. The author of the 'Construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the BRI Vision: Opportunities, Challenges and Countermeasures' is Wang Junchao, who is a post-graduate student at the Centre for School of Anti-Terrorism of Northwest Politics and Law University.

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The opposition is because it does not address any of their main problems, according to Geo-politik. Conveniently, China and Pakistan are labelling the villagers' ongoing resistance and struggle for their rights as acts of terrorism.

The Baloch people number around four million, making them the least represented of the four major ethnic groups in the nation in terms of population. Balochis with insufficient rights do not have many opportunities to participate in the decision-making process. According to Geo-politik, Balochis only hold 5% of the police positions even within Balochistan.

The Baloch minority has limited access to the Central Cabinet Ministry and other critical positions as a result of the Punjab region's population controlling more than 60% of Pakistan's administrative resources.

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In spite of its low standard of living and violent conflicts, the researcher agrees that the province of Balochistan is one of the most resource-rich areas of the nation. People have grown increasingly uneasy about the future as a result of this.

The Chinese-written research paper is fully aware of how the CPEC project has exacerbated local conditions given that Pakistan's government is currently primarily concerned with resource development while giving little consideration to the needs of the public.

(With ANI inputs)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sounak Mukhopadhyay

Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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