After FATF grey listing, Pakistan faces EU Black Listing threat

The Financial Action Taken Force’s (FATF) decision to put Pakistan on its grey list will not only make it difficult for Islamabad to attract foreign investments, but may also invite punitive action by the European Union as the bloc might put the country on its own blacklist.

Pakistan, following the FATF decision last month, entered into a phase where it has to not only submit an action plan against controlling terror fund at the body’s next plenary in Paris end-June but also give a political undertaking that it would implement the steps, officialshere told ET. If Islamabad fails to comply with the rules of the grey list and an action plan is not adopted, then the country runs the risk of being included on to the blacklist of the FATF that currently features Iran and North
Korea.
At the same time, South Asia’s second biggest country runs the risk also of being put onblacklist by the EU. Such a decision by its top trading partner could severely hit that country’s industry, especially the lucrative textile sector, as well as banking channe is with Europe, India’s foreign ministry officials familiar with the subject said. The motion to put Pak on the grey list was jointly moved by the US and three key powers of Europe the UK, France and Germany. Pakistan had earlier been pulled up by members of EU Parliament for its failure to control terrorism emanating from its soil. The issue of crossborder terror will figure prominently when French President meets the Indian PM here on March 10. The EU is Pakistan’s most important trading partner, European Commission figures show. This puts the EU in a strong negotiating position.
According to Indian officials, FATF’s decision to put Pakistan on the grey list came after much deliberations. The February 18-23 plenaryin Paris witnessed hectic negotiations from day one till the final day as India, supported by its partners, put forward strong arguments against Pakistan’s lacklustre efforts to control financing of terror groups. Last ditch efforts by Islamabad, including action against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed, did not yield results as even China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) finally agreed to counterviews, the officials said.
Real politics came into play on the morning of February 23, with Beijing refusing to support Islamabad.

CPEC City Gwadar – Do You Know the AMAZING FACTS?

CPEC City Gwadar – Do You Know the AMAZING FACTS?
Do you know that Pakistan bought Gwadar. You already know the history of Pakistan. That the British used to rule here then we got independence.
And that’s how Pakistan was made. But, even after the independence Gwadar didn’t become a part of Pakistan nor did it become India’s part. In fact, it wasn’t even a part of the British Raaj. Seems odd, doesn’t it? So let’s check out its details. This center-piece of CPEC. Which is gathering attention from the world over. What is its story?There has always been a settlement in Gwadar area in 300 B.C. Alexander (aka Alexander the Great) ruled this area, Alexander died.
After about 900 years, Muslims conquered this land. Time kept on moving. And Baloch tribal leaders (Sardars) made fortresses and formed their own small governments. Almost 600 years ago, when European nations started colonization, The Portugese set focus on South Asia as well. They invaded, even captured many areas of the
Indian Subcontinent. But when they tried to sieze Gwadar, Baloch fighters kicked the Portugese out
(Band baja di).

After this, until 1783, neither the Portugese dared to attack Gwadar nor did anyone else. But Gwadar’s history takes a big turn in 1783. What happened is that there’s a country across Gwadar’s beach called Oman. That country’s Sultan (king) got attacked by his own brother and captured the whole kingdom. It works like this among king brothers (royal families) Oman’s Sultan escaped the siege and came to Gwadar. The name of this fleed king was Taimur Sultan. Back then, Khan of Kalat used to rule Gwadar. The legendary Khan’s name was Mir Noori Naseer Khan. Khan gave Gwadar region to the Sultan. So that the Sultan can launch resistance against his brother. This policy worked.

The sultan reclaimed Oman. But, did not leave Gwadar. No Sultan ever leaves a territory, even a gifted one. When Sultan regained the whole Kingdom, He also established a military cantonment in Gwadar. And built the Gwadar Fort. In 1793, Khan of Kalat said to Sultan that brother, I homed you on this land as a guest, You have seized the area. You were a guest, not the owner. The Sultan gave the very answer.  That all sultans give on such occasions, Beat it. Time kept on passing. Mughal went away, the British arrived. But Omani rule continued on Gwadar. Gwadar was so far-flung. That the British did not try to capture it. Rather made a pact with Omani government. And set up some establishments there (telegraph, watch tower etc.). More time passed Pakistan was made.
But Gwadar remained a part of Oman. Not Pakista. It did not become a part of Pakistan
But Pakistan wanted it to be so. Because Pakistan understood that There’s huge potential of a big port city in the Arabian Sea and Gwadar is best placed for becoming that port city.

Eventually, Dubai became that port city. But, we’ll talk Dubai on some other time. So, Pakistan wanted Gwadar to become a part of the country. So Pakistan started making assessments. Whether Gwadar can become a deep sea port or not, Whether huge-sized ships can port here or not. Or, is the sea not deep enough. Back then, Pakistan had great relations with the US. Which are terrible at the moment. So, Pakistan asked the US to survey the Gwadar area. US Geological Survey studied the area and told Pakistan that Gwadar is a goldmine, Grab it!. This happened in 1954. 7 years after Pakistan was created. Then Pakistan started talks with Oman. After long negotiations, a deal was made. And, for 5.5 billion Pakistani rupees, Oman sold “Ghuwadar” to Pakistan. Omanis called it Ghuwadar. They still call it Ghuwadar. They cannot pronounce the hard G sound.They pronounce girl as “Ghirl” and google as “Ghooghle”. So, in 1958, 11 years after the independence. Gwadar became a part of Pakistan. Back then, Pakistan had big dreams for Gwadar. Back then, nobody knew about Dubai. Pakistan wanted Gwadar to be What Dubai is today. Back then, Pakistan was aiming to be what Germany or Japan are today. PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) was ranked as world’s second best Princes and princesses of Indonesia and Malaysia studied in Pakistani colleges. GC Lahore wanted to be ranked alongside Cambridge And, maybe it shocks you, That Pakistan gave a loan of 120 million rupees to West Germany in 1963. Germany was devastated after the second WW. And, to rebuild Germany, they took loans from rich countries of the world. One of those rich countries was Pakistan. Pakistan has seen pretty good days. Today, we’re dreaming to bring back those days. While everything else is happening. Pakistan is also re-awakening the Gwadar dream. It finally seems that Gwadar’s good days have arrived. Because CPEC is building. But, more on CPEC later. I forgot a very important point. What in the world does Gwadar mean. There are two etymologies. First is that when Alexander (the Great) used to rule here. Almost 2500 years ago The Greeks called this land Gedrosia. So “Gwadar” is basically a just distorted “Gedrosia”. Second etymology is that In Balochi language, “Gwat” means “Air” And “Dar” means “Door”. So, the applied meaning is “The Gateway of the Wind” I consider the second etymology to be true. And, it also sounds nice. Because, this hammer-shaped city extends into deep seas And “The Gateway of the Wind” suits this place. Don’t you think so? I wanted to talk in detail about CPEC, Because CPEC and Gwadar go hand-in-hand, Where China is coming with over 60 billion dollars. Turkey and other friendly countries have spiked this project to 100+ billion US dollars. All phases of CPEC are scheduled to complete in 2032. But early harvest projects are expected to become fruitful by 2021. So, where does CPEC stand now?.
Which projects have started working? And, which motorways and railroads are being constructed?. We will discuss all this in our CPEC series.

CPEC Show – What China Wants

A few days ago, we wrote an article about Gwadar, the capital of CPEC.

In the comments section, Some said it (CPEC) will be a fate-changer for Pakistan. And some said it will bury Pakistan. One thing became crystal-clear after watching all these comments that within Pakistan and around Pakistan rumors are many but facts are few. And perhaps that’s why our friends demanded us that we immediately start CPEC series. So that, myth and fact can be differentiated. So, your wish is my command* Chinese chanting Pakistan Zindabad! *Let’s begin with China. China is investing 60 billion USD on this project (CPEC). Which is a mighty figure as we all know that in current Pakistani conditions investors consider many times before investing in Pakistan. But then why is China investing such a huge sum?”

O Lord, What is This Mystery?”
(a famous verse by Ghalib)

CPEC is basicallly China’s need. In past few years, China has developed magnificently. Tall buildings were made Cities got amazing makeovers. There are so many lights in Shanghai. That it becomes difficult to differentiate Between days and nights. But the focus of most of this development has been in the eastern part of China. If we see China’s photograph taken from space we can see that all these lights are in the eastern side of China. And it is absolutely clear that in the western region, where population density is low, Development is at its lowest. Now, you understand this well When one region gets all the development and one doesn’t. People of the latter areas get heartbroken? Quite like Balochistan in Pakistan. It’s quite similar in Western China. So, a few years ago, China’s establishment decided that From now on, all the focus of development will be in the Western China. But the question was that if giant factories start producing in the western parts of the country where would they sell their products? If those goods need to be transferred to Shanghai or Hong Kong first, It will become too costly. For developing Western China, It was essential to find new markets and new paths (to reach those markets) Six new such paths are being paved as we speak. The most important of which is CPEC .
These are basically six different corridors. This is a himalayan-scale communication network comprising roads, rails, and airports. Which incorporates many industrial projects as well.

Collectively, this project is called OBOB or One Belt One Road. Some of these paths/corridors go northward from China. And reach Europe via Russia. Another corridors reaches Europe through Iran and Turkey. Two corridors are being developed in the east of India. That connect China to Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Thailand etc. But the most important corridor is CPEC.
Which, first connects China to Pakistan And then, from Pakistan to Dubai And the whole Arab world, And then, (it connects China) to the emerging African market. While the Arabs in the gulf have crazy money. Some African countries are also developing rapidly. For instance, Ethiopia’s GDP growth rate is 8%. It is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

China wants to sell its products in the rising African economies. But the problem is that ships take at least two weeks to reach Africa from China. But, if the same goods be sent from China to Gwadar, and from Gwadar to AfricaIt can reach destination within 2-3 days. Besides, China does not want to depend solely on maritime trade. Because Americans rule the blue waters. American aircraft carriers roam around Chinese seas all the time. And, US has huge army installations in China’s neighborhood.

If China depends on the maritime trade only, It will have to rely on US’s good will for keeping trade going. And China will never let that happen!. And this is where we get our answer.
Why is China making this investment in Pakistan.
But another question arises. What benefits will Pakistan reap from CPEC? As China’s western parts are under-developed, Similarly, some Pakistani areas have also been left behind. Especially Balochistan and FATA. It is pivotal for to develop these areas on full-throttle. This is the reason that when China shared the idea of CPEC with Pakistan. The Pakistanis felt that their prayers have been answered.

Pakistan needs to develop industry in the under-developed regions. And the easiest way to do that is CPEC. A network of roads, motorways, railroads and airports etc should be laid. And along these motorways, industrial zones should be developed. And investment should be brought from Turkey and other friendly countries. And an economic revolution should be ignited in the countryIt all sounds brilliant, but it’s not all that simple. There are many question marks, for instance. Who will be most unhappy with Pakistan. Or, how sincere is China with Pakistan? How much debt-load will the Pakistanis take? And, obviously, we also have to check that Which CPEC projects have been completed or near completion. It will take time to answer all these questions.

CPEC Show, Hidden Facts of CPEC | Gofeedy

Some say that the loans on CPEC are unbearable. While others say that CPEC is a goldmine. Actually  they’re both right 🙂
Long Live Pak-China Friendship!

Today, I come with the most important article about CPEC. So  please read until the end Otherwise, you can miss an important piece of the story. In the last post we looked over China’s intentions. Why is China making stakes of 50-60 billion USD in Pakistan. What is China thinking?What benefits is China seeking? And, how big of a risk is China taking? And, what’s America’s role in this whole scenario? And, how is Pakistan becoming a big player in this (great) game? Now, let’s move on Since 2013, when CPEC became famous in Pakistan, Pakistan Government is giving it names such as Game-Changer and Fate-Changer And, the government is showing as if they’ve conquered Rome. Every other day, there’s a CPEC seminar taking place Some big statements are being issued Something CPEC related just keeps happening. But the problem is that everyone knows the term CPEC But, accurate information about CPEC is scarce. Politicians don’t properly give answers, Neither in talk shows, nor anywhere else. For our this CPEC series, we contacted everywhere The Planning Commission Knocked at the door of Ministry of Planning and Reforms Emailed, texted and sent messages on social media to all the members of Parliamentary Committee on CPEC But no one responded Neither from the Government, nor from the opposition. These very habits of our politicians give fuel to the fire and help the false rumors spread. They have not learned to speak the truth While lies get caught in today’s age. So they have decided to stay silent.

Anyhow, even if the Government and politicians refuse speak that doesn’t mean we won’t find any information. Print media has published detailed accounts on every aspect of CPEC. So, we put on our reading glasses. We had to do a lot of digging because
no one openly speaks out these facts. But, after a lot of reading, when eyes became groggy CPEC’s image kept getting clearer. Even though CPEC is exceeding the budget of $60 billion But at the core, it is a 46 billion US Dollars project. So, the question is that if only a road was required to connect Khunjrab to Gwadar It doesn’t require 46 billion Dollars it would require no more than 1-2 billion Dollars. Besides, Pakistan already has very decent road network. Many experts believe that this is the best road network in the region. So, where are these 46 billion Dollars going to be spent? 34 US Dollars are dedicated for energy projects. Almost all of the false rumors spreading around about CPEC, are because of these power projects. Most of these projects are called Early Harvest Projects (EHP) Which means that these projects will be completed in the first phase of CPEC. Many of these projects have already started working While others will start working by the end of 2018. These projects are causing all the friction.

Some time ago, a report was published that said Pakistan will have to pay 7 – 8 percent interest on these projects. This report is 100% true and we shall have to pay this interest. Those people,  who don’t like Pakistan or China, are saying that the whole of CPEC is a loan and the weight of these loans so big that poor Pakistan can never bear it and that China has actually invaded Pakistan economically Because, if you take a loan from someone and you’re unable to pay it back then the lender comes and seizes your property. China will do the same. But, it is not that simple. Actually, it’s a little complicated.

Complications start from the energy crisis. When China was proposing CPEC to Pakistan, Pakistan had a severe short fall of electricity. There wasn’t any point of building CPEC, If there wasn’t any electricity Pakistanis knew this problem very well. But, how do you produce so much electricity. If you want to quickly complete power projects You will have to rely on fossil fuels. Hence, many coal and LPG based power plants became a part of CPEC. And work started on them at rocket-speed. Work was done at such pace that Sahiwal Power Plant, that produces 1300 MW electricity was completed six months earlier than its completion date, and started working. But, interest on such power-plants is quite high Because this is almost an outdated technology and its running cost is quite high. The electricity produced through it costs a lot About Rs. 11/- to Rs. 15/- per unit. So, as soon as hydel power projects get completed Pakistan will stop using these power plants. And that’s why, the investors have to get their returns within 5 to 10 years. That’s the reason behind high interest rates but it doesn’t mean that all power projects require loans. There’s a hydel power project of 720 MW is building up in Karot That will produce cost-effective energy at about Re. 1/- per unit the cost of this project is around 1.5 billion dollars, but forget interest rates, this isn’t even a loan China is making Foreign Direct Investment on this dam. This is a long-term project That is the reason China did not think about putting this project on loan. They directly invested CPEC includes other projects as well such as roads, up-gradation of railway tracks from Peshawar to Karachi. And, a digital corridor is also being set up That will send to big fiber-optic links from China to Pakistan. That will make the internet blazing fast in Pakistan. The interest rates on such long-term projects is either very low, or they come under FDI And, China is making a lot of direct investment in CPEC. Almost all of the work being done in Gwadar is direct investment. Deep sea port has started functioning, free zone is developing Gwadar International Airport is built.

It is all direct investment There’s one though, China will take 91% profit on Gwadar port Pakistan will only get 9% But we have to realize that China is making huge investments in Gwadar Those investments will create so many jobs, Balochistan will develop rapidly. Pakistan’s exports will rise and tourists will come in Pakistan. All these factors should be taken into account Even if we get only 9% profits, we don’t have anything to lose. Pakistan doesn’t have enough resources to turn Gwadar into Singapore. So, if China is making an offer, there’s no point rejecting it. So, in clear-cut language, CPEC gives a lot of benefits. Jobs will be created, tourists will come and industries will grow. IT sector can grow at miraculous pace. Another submarine cable link is also connecting Gwadar And the Pak-China digital corridor is also being set up. And of course, roads and motorways are also being built. A rail will pass through the Karakorams which is just might be world’s most stunning rail-ride. But, in the coming years, the cost of electricity will stay high in Pakistan. Because we have taken high-interest loans for power projects. The big long electricity bills – as they come every month – will keep on coming. But CPEC shouldn’t be blamed for this. The governments of 1980s and 1990s should be blamed for this high cost of electricity who did not start any dams.

What is the future of Gilgit Baltistan?

People of Gilgit Baltistan are highly educated, peace-loving and intelligent.

But these days, they’re slightly angry. A few days ago, there were protests in the streets and roads and rumor-mongering was taking place outside Pakistan, What’s happening?. Outside Pakistan, there are some news sources who claim that all of Gilgit Baltistan despise Pakistan. And, that Pakistan Army keeps beating up innocent people. Army-brutality is rampant, and so on. Such news are never true. But something strange is taking place these days. There are news spreading around the world that the people of Gilgit Baltistan have taken it to roads. And, there are protests taking place at the roads. If we look at the internation media, it says that the whole of Gilgit Baltistan is out on the roads. That the people of Gilgit Baltistan are bracing themselves for a mega agitation and Islamabad is completely stumped on this. But, if we check out the same news in Gilgit’s own media Pamir Times or Dawn then we realize what was the problem. But before we can understand the issue, we have to go back a few pages in the book of history. Ever since Pakistan took control of this region, It was being controlled directly from the capital city. Until just a few years ago, Islamabad had all the powers at its discretion. Islamabad could do anything. No rules or regulations. Back then, this region was called FANA:,  Federally Administered Northern Areas. But this region was NOT placed above all rules so that they can be exploited. Actually, it was the exact opposite situation. Pakistan wanted Gilgit Baltistan to be included whenever the UN discussed Kashmir issue. For this reason, Pakistan kept the status of this region “disputed”. This way, Pakistan could give favors to Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. Pakistan wanted to give special subsidies and tax exemtions If these areas were given provincial status then these priviliges would not have been possible. This favoritism was necessary for Pakistani establishment because whenever referendum takes place in Kashmir and Kashmiris on both sides of the border get a choice to live with either Pakistan or India, They must choose Pakistan. Pakistan wanted to insist upon the world to force India on a referendum until 1999, Pakstan had a policy of liberating Kashmir through armed Jihad. But after 1999, Musharraf took charge of the government and devised a new policy. He believed that the solution for Kashmir will come from diplomacy. He initiated bilateral discussions. But first, Agra Summit failed Kathmandu’s meeting also went in vain. Backdoor diplomacy was started Presented the famous 4-point formula. Nothing worked. And, Pakistan also learned that no world-power will make India (their enemy) just to solve the Kashmir issue. On the other hand, corruption and terrorism were hurting Pakistan badly. Then it became clear that Gilgit Baltistan will have to be given equal rights and liabilites as other parts of Pakistan.

In 2007, Musharraf government gave lots of rights to FANA with Legal Framework Order. In 2009, Zardari government made some ammendments and issued a new order. It was called Gilgit Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order. Today, this piece of law making the system run in Gilgit Baltistan. The basic theory behind this order is that the resource of Gilgit Baltistan will remain in Gilgit Baltistan. This area will be given province-like status. It will have its own legislative assembly. Its own superior court, and so on. But this is where the problem occurs, It was given province-like status but it wasn’t made a province. And this was the actual demand. What this means is that they have province-like authority but the people cannot elect National Assembly members. Nor does Gilgit Baltistan has a Prime MInister, as Azad Kashmir does. It also means that at every platform where the provinces are represented for instance, Council of Common Interest, Indus River System Authority, National Judicial Council, National Hydro-Electric Board, National Finance Commission etc Gilgit Baltistan is not represented anywhere. Because it is not a province yet.

What it means is that every province has a set quota of natural resources, but Gilgit Baltistan does not. At the moment, Gilgit Baltistan gets everything through an order and this order can be changed anytime. On the other hand, all of the taxes that are present in the provinces, have been imposed in Gilgit Baltistan. This is why they are protesting. These protests are not against Pakistan, they are for merging with Pakistan. People of Gilgit Baltistan say that they want to pay taxes but they should also get their rights. All leading opposition parties of Pakistan supported these protests, including PTI and PPP and, the civil society of Pakistan also stood with Gilgit Baltistan. Now the question arises that if Gilgit Baltistan wants to become a province, who has an objection? The simplified answer is that other provinces have objections. Obviously, if new provinces are made in Pakistan then new resource distribution formulas will also be required. What will be the share of water for each province?
What will be the share of finance for each province? All will have to be decided again. It will be a complete chaos Pakistani version of Game of Thrones. This is the reason FATA is not being merged with KPK. This is the reason that new provinces aren’t being made in Pakistan. But, we will have to make them. Spain’s total population is 50 million, and that country has 50 provinces while Pakistan’s population is 200 million but provinces are only four. It seems that new provinces will start emerging on the map from next year and the process will start from Gilgit Baltistan. Because Pakistan cannot afford to make Gilgit angry. A few days ago, Islamabad decided to abolish Gilgit Baltistan Council. This way, all of Islamabad’s powers will be transferred to Gilgit. The next (and last) step would be to declare Gilgit Baltistan the fifth province.

KARAKORAM As You Have NEVER SEEN BEFORE

KARAKORAM As You Have NEVER SEEN BEFORE
This is K2 (Mount Goodwin Austin).

THE KARAKORAMS. A lot of people believe that the Karakorams are a part the Himalayas. This mountain range is not a part of the Himalayas. This is the “daddy” of Himalayas. The average height of Himalayan mountains is almost 18 thousand feetbut the average height of gigantic Karakoramsis about 23 thousand feet. This is the highest average compared to any other mountain range in the world. Himalayas are also great. They contain Mt. Everest and Nanga Parbat. Himalayas span across Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bhutan. But Himalayas are no Karakorams!. Wanna know why?Let’s compare Karakorams’ tallest mountain K2 with Himalayas’ tallest Mount Everest. Mt. Everest is 200m taller than K2. It is world’s tallest peak. K2 comes at the second place. They say nobody remembers who came second. But let us remember this second-place holder 13 people above the age of 60 have climbed Everest. A 73-year young woman has also conquered Everest. A 13-year old boy and a 13-year old girl have also reached the summit. Blind, amputees and cancer survivors,
all have climbed Everest. And 3 Nepalese have made Everest their playground. Each of them has climbed Everest 21 TIMES!Over 7000 people have conquered Everest so far. Now, wanna know about K2? Only about 300 people have been able to brave K2. But, K2 has claimed more lives than Everest. K2 has claimed more lives than any other in the world. Perhaps that is K2 is known as the Savage Mountain. Most of the Karakoram mountains are extremely tall and extremely dangerous. Perhaps that’s the reason  the Karakorams hold so many world records. Baltoro’s frozen river in the Karakorams can be clearly seen from the space. On the last end of the Karakorams,
lies Siachen Glacier. This a huge sweet-water stock But, it is also world’s highest theatre of war. Pakistani and Indian armiesare contaminating this sweet water resource with their artillery. Our soldiers brave this cold-hell only for their country and do not hesitate in making the ultimate sacrifice but war helps no one. Siachen is melting And, in the next few years, it is feared to die out. What a tragedy it is that nobody cares for such issues in Pakistan. Neither the TV channels, nor the political leaders. I’m getting sidetracked.

Let’s come back to our topic. So what does “Karakoram” mean? It is a Turkish work meaning:
“Black Gravel” or “Black Mountain”. Karakorams got their name because centuries ago – when Qaim Ali Shah was a young man -the main pass through which silk trade took placewas situated in dark shadowy mountains.This pass got named the Karakoram Pass. Hence, the whole mountain range got their name.The Karakoram But, this pass is no more in use. Because it is situated exactly on the Line (out) of Control. These days, Khunjrab Pass is used for trade (with China). Khunjrab is the world’s highest JCP (Joint Checkpost). And, it is the world’s highest trade route. And, the world’s highest ATM is also here. Crossing the Khunjrab Pass is the karakoram Highway. It is one of the world’s most beautiful roads. It is also nicknamed the 8th wonder of the world. And rightly so. Rightly so because it is next to impossible
to construct roads on such places. Let me give you an example. Switzerland’s mountains are quite famous. You must have seen them in (Bollywood) films. Switzerland’s highest point is Monte Rosa And it is rises to 4600 meters. And Karakoram Highway is constructed at 4700 meters. That’s 100 meters above the highest point of the tallest mountain in Switzerland. The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is considered a testament of the Pak-China friendship. And, rightly so. The construction of KKH began in 1959 but it took 20 years to complete it. 810 Pakistani and over 200 Chinese workers gave their lives in the construction of this road. In Gilgit’s China Yaadgaar (China Memorial) graveyard taking the eternal nap, these Chinese brothers still remind us that a resolve can move mountains. Now, Pakistan and China resolve to make CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) and, the gateway of CPEC is the Karakoram Highway. That’s why there’s more work being done on this road. It is being expanded. It is being turned into a year-round trade route instead of a 8-months a year. Karakoram Rail Link will also accompany KKH in future. We, here at Gofeedy.com are extensively researching on CPEC And we will soon be uploading truly great articles on CPEC. So, more on CPEC in those Posts. Let’s talk Karakoram right now. But, what do I talk about Karakorams…
I have already given all the info. But, I do wanna recommend a Hollywood flick Vertical Limit. This film is made on K2. It’s a good movie. If you like mountains then do watch this movie.  You’ll love it.

After US aid cut, why Pakistan shouldn’t rely on China

It comes as no surprise that Pakistani authorities are looking toward China after the US State Department decided to suspend security assistance to Islamabad on Thursday. China has been a close regional ally of Pakistan
for decades and has often provided the South Asian nation with much-needed financial and diplomatic support. Currently, Beijing is spearheading a nearly $60 billion (€50 billion) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), whichis part of its international One Belt One Road initiative. Pakistani officials say the project would boost the country’s economy
and help alleviate its energy crisis. Now China also has the opportunity to replace the US as Pakistan’s biggest security financier. But it is unclear whether Beijing would be interested in increasing military aid to Islamabad. Also, assuming that China is willing to fill the void left by the US, would its security assistance be equivalent to what Washington had been offering to Islamabad?

Pakistan finds itself in a tight spot after US President Donald Trump’s January 1 tweet, in which he lashed out at the Pakistan for taking billions of dollars in US aid in exchange for “lies and deceit.”

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing
but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

It was not an empty threat. The US State Department on Thursday announced the White House’s decision to suspend security assistance to Pakistan worth around $900 million. State Department spokes woman Heather Nauert said the decision signaled growing frustration in the White House over Pakistan’s failure
to target terrorist networks attacking US troops stationed in Afghanistan. But China’s own concerns about Pakistan-based Islamist militants are no secret. With the US out of the picture, China could actually dictate its terms to the Pakistani military
and government over the extremism issue. What can China offer? A day after Trump’s Pakistan tweet, Geng Shuang, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, came to Islamabad’s defense. “Pakistan has made great efforts and sacrifices for combating terrorism and made prominent contributions to the cause of international counter terrorism, and the international communitys hould fully recognize this. We welcome Pakistan and other countries’ cooperation on counter terrorism and in other fields on the basis of mutual respect and their joint commitment to the security and stability of the region and the
world. ” Geng said at a press conference this week. “China stands ready to further deepen cooperation with Pakistan in various fields to bring greater benefits to the two peoples.” He added.

But can a strategic partnership with China be a substitute for Pakistan’s ties with the US? After all, US troops are stationed in
Pakistan’s neighborhood, Afghanistan. The US military bases are spread across the region, and Trump is willing to lend more support to Pakistan’s archrival India.
“It is true that China is helping Pakistan a lot, but I do not think it can replace the United States. The US has also not sought to sever bilateral ties completely; it just wants Islamabad to pay heed to its demands,” Hasan Askari, a Lahore-based security analyst told.

According to a South China Morning Post report on Friday, Trump’s decision to cut Islamabad’s aid is an opportunity for Beijing. “In South Asia, there is one clear winner from Donald Trump’s tweet tantrums this week: China, which suddenly finds its leverage over Pakistan multiplying as a result of the US president’s mood swings,” wrote Umair Jamal. “A month ago, Pakistan pulled out of a mega-dam project under the CPEC, citing the tough financial conditions China set for the project. Should Pakistan become more isolated internationally, as Trump has threatened, it would make it far easier for China to advance the project.” Jamal added.

Some experts say that Pakistan will now be at the mercy of China. Previously, Islamabad had leverage over both China and the US regarding jihadis in the region; it has now lost it. Beijing can now force its strictest conditions
on Pakistan in terms of security and economicmatters.