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RAW sabotaging CPEC, says Gen Raheel Sharif

Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is indeed a corridor of peace and prosperity for the region and beyond, however India had openly challenged this initiative and its spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was blatantly involved in destabilising Pakistan.

Addressing a seminar titled “Development of Balochistan and Economic Corridor” in Gwadar, he said the corridor is the grand manifestation of the deep-rooted ties between China and Pakistan.

COAS also said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb is not only an operation but an ideology, ideology against terrorists, extremists and corruption. China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring development in the region, he added.

The Army Chief said the CPEC is a lifetime opportunity for Pakistan to improve the socio-economic equation of its underprivileged areas and populace.

“We all know that hostile intelligence agencies are averse to this grand project. Let me make it clear that we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan. Therefore, it is important for all to leave behind confrontation and focus on cooperation,” he said.

“Insha Allah this year, we will move cargo from heartland China to Gwadar and beyond, fulfilling our dream,” he said while addressing a seminar on prospects of peace and development in Balochistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri said no hurdles in the way of peace and prosperity of the province will be tolerated.

He said the provincial government and Pakistan Army are jointly working to establish peace in the province.