PESHAWAR, 2 June: India has said it opposes Pakistan-China Economic Corridor project.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told journalists yesterday that during his visit to China, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly objected to the Gwadar-Kashgar Economic Corridor. She said Mr Modi had told China that this project is unacceptable to India.
The Indian minister said India had summoned Chinese envoy to register protest over the multi-billion dollar project, while Indian ambassador to China had also lodged protest with China.
Analysts are of the view that India is opposing the mega project because the road will also pass through Azad Kashmir administered by Pakistan and it fears that Pakistan might use this road for military purposes. The 3,000 kilometres corridor project was announced during the visit of the Chinese president to Pakistan in April. A network of roads, railway lines and pipelines will be constructed under the $40 billion project.
On the other hand, the Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah has said that both Islamabad and Beijing are committed to the implementation of the Pak-China Economic Corridor project.