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US should not look at CPEC from India's perspective: Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Dismissing the US' concern over the China-Economic Corridor, Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that should not look at the multi-billion project from India's perspective as it would provide a platform that would benefit all.

The will provide a platform for bringing together South and Central Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries by physically joining them through an economic corridor, Dawn quoted Iqbal as saying.


The USD 50 billion passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), over which has conveyed its protests to The area covers Karakoram mountain ranges, including the Siachen glacier.

has been severely critical of the CPEC, saying the project violates its sovereignty as it runs through PoK.

Iqbal, who was the keynote speaker at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies here, urged the US to deal with on its own "merit", instead of tagging it to other states and issues in the region.

"is not a conspiracy against anyone. It is not a security plan. Its a plan for economic prosperity, which is bringing investment in the energy, infrastructure and other key sectors," said Iqbal when reminded of US objections to the plan to build a corridor.

Defence Secretary James Mattis last week said the passes through disputed territory and the US could not ignore this fact.

This was seen in Islamabad as a direct endorsement of India's position on the project, which passes through PoK.

However, Iqbal said US concerns about were unfounded.

"It will benefit all and will provide a platform for bringing together South and Central Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries by physically joining them through an economic corridor," he said.

"So, I think, the US should not look at from the Indian perspective, but as a source for peace, stability and prosperity in the region. can bring the much-needed stability to a region that has suffered from war for the last several decades," Iqbal added.

"is also a sovereign nation. We have our own dignity and want others to respect that," he said.

"If the US looks at the region from Indias perspective, it will harm the region and US interests too. So, its necessary that the US should view the situation from an independent perspective, not from someone elses point of view," he said.

Viewing from someone elses perspective would create complications and only terrorists would benefit from it, he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 14:57 IST
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