Analysts term CPEC as game changer for the entire region

Dr. Aliya Hashmi (Economist): China Pakistan Economic Corridor project was initiated in the tenure of PML-N government and we are hopeful that the present government will boost the work on development projects under CPEC. There were rumors in the era of the previous government that the projects under CPEC are off-track or progress on these projects has slowed down. Now it is the time that these projects must be brought on-track and must be completed within specified time. The next phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project is socio-economic development as industrial zones will be established. The youth will get certain job opportunities as a result. India is creating hurdles in the progress of CPEC but the Indian government must think about the betterment of its own people rather than to be involved in regional instability. The human rights violations in India are no more hidden and the entire world is expressing concerns over Indian policies towards the minorities. Dr. Fazal-ur-Rehman (Expert on CPEC): China Pakistan Economic Corridor project is aimed at strengthening the economic development of country. This mega project will not only bring economic revolution in Pakistan and China but the entire region will be benefited through this project. India being an ally of the United States is baselessly criticizing the CPEC project. Due to its hegemonic designs, India does not want to see the other countries of the region prosperous. We have to take a holistic review of Pak-China relations; there is great potential and opportunities in other areas as well. There is a dire need to indulge the youth of the country in the economic development of the country. The youth need to be educated and provided with skill development training in order to compete in the international market. The job creation is linked with the development projects and economic development. So if the youth are provided with technical training in different fields, they can compete in international markets and contribute to the economic development of their own country. Dr. Huma Baqai (IR Expert): It is unfortunate that if we look at the global ranking, Pakistan is at a low rank as far as freedom of expression is concerned. Nowadays there is a battle of narrative in the country and it is impossible to control the flow of information. The media houses must be bound to comply with code of conduct and news must be on air after ensuring its authentication. The media houses have expressed serious concerns over the newly introduced code of conduct and termed it as anti-democratic in nature as it restricts journalists’ basic rights. Their narrative is that the development of such guidelines should include wide consultation with the media community and guarantee freedom of speech. However, in my opinion, the basic objective of news dissemination is to ensure that the people know what is happening and understand the possible causes so they can form their own opinions and arrive at their own conclusions. Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami (Senior Journalist): The four years tenure of the previous government was a nightmare for the journalist community. The PTI government adopted an unfriendly attitude towards the media houses. Moreover, the economy of the country was not stable so many media houses fired their employees and many journalists became jobless. But after the economy showed a positive trajectory, the situation in media houses became normal. Furthermore, the previous government remained in a state of confrontation with the media houses and introduced a number of controversial legislations that created a huge gap between the government and media. In a meeting today, the Prime Minister has ensured that the government believes in freedom of expression. He also stated that any legislation in future regarding the code of conduct of media houses will be introduced with the mutual consensus of the media houses. However, the present government needs to take strict actions against whatever is going on the social media.