Don't look at CPEC from Indian perspective: Pakistan urges US

On Wednesday, Iqbal urged the US to deal with Pakistan on its own merit, instead of tagging it to other states and issues in the region, reports Dawn news.

IANS
Washington, Publish Date: Oct 12 2017 1:22PM | Updated Date: Oct 12 2017 1:22PM
Don't look at CPEC from Indian perspective: Pakistan urges USFile Photo
Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has urged the US not to look at the CPEC from an Indian perspective but as an economic plan for bringing peace and stability to South Asia, days after US Defence Secretary James Mattis backed India and said the China-Pakistan economic corridor passes through disputed territory and Washington can not ignore this fact.
 
On Wednesday, Iqbal urged the US to deal with Pakistan on its own merit, instead of tagging it to other states and issues in the region, reports Dawn news.
 
"The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is not a conspiracy against anyone. It is not a security plan. It's a plan for economic prosperity, which is bringing investment in the energy, infrastructure and other key sectors," he said at the at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies here.
 
Iqbal said US concerns about the over $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor 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.
 
"So, I think, the US should not look at CPEC from the Indian perspective, but as a source for peace, stability and prosperity in the region. 
 
"CPEC can bring the much-needed stability to a region that has suffered from war for the last several decades," the Minister added.
 
Iqbal added: "Pakistan is also a sovereign nation. We have our own dignity and want others to respect that. 
 
"If the US looks at the region from India's perspective, it will harm the region and US interests too. So, it's necessary that the US should view the situation from an independent perspective, not from someone else's point of view."
 
Last week, the Trump administration threw its weight behind India's opposition to the CPEC, saying it passes through a disputed territory and no country should put itself into a position of dictating the Belt and Road initiative.
 
India skipped the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) summit in China in May this year over sovereignty concerns as it passes through Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
 
The CPEC is a flagship project of China's Belt and Road initiative. The 3,000 km, over $50 billion corridor stretches from Kashgar in western China to Gwadar port in Pakistan on the Arabian sea. 

Latest News

  1. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister condemns killing of bank guards
  2. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister condemns killing of bank guards
  1. Srinagar-Jammu highway closed for traffic after rains, snow
  2. Srinagar-Jammu highway closed for traffic after rains, snow
  1. Mentally unsound youth missing in Srinagar; police seeks help
  2. Mentally unsound youth missing in Srinagar; police seeks help
  1. Mirwaiz condemns killing of woman in Handwara, security guards in Shopian
  2. Mirwaiz condemns killing of woman in Handwara, security guards in Shopian
  1. Winter break announced for colleges in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Winter break announced for colleges in Jammu and Kashmir
  1. Rahul Gandhi elected Congress President
  2. Rahul Gandhi elected Congress President
  1. Militants killed in Handwara gunfight belonged to LeT: Police
  2. Militants killed in Handwara gunfight belonged to LeT: Police
  1. Man arrested for faking theft of two-wheeler in Srinagar: Police
  2. Man arrested for faking theft of two-wheeler in Srinagar: Police
  1. Video: Two security guards killed in cash van attack in south Kashmir’s Shopian
  2. Video: Two security guards killed in cash van attack in south Kashmir’s Shopian
  1. Manmohan tells Modi to apologize for 'falsehood and canards'
  2. Manmohan tells Modi to apologize for 'falsehood and canards'
  1. Rasheed leads protest march in Handwara, blames army for killing of woman in gunfight
  2. Rasheed leads protest march in Handwara, blames army for killing of woman in gunfight
  1. Talk about Gujarat, not Pakistan: Rahul to Modi
  2. Talk about Gujarat, not Pakistan: Rahul to Modi
  1. Pro-freedom slogans raised during funeral of woman killed in Handwara gunfight
  2. Pro-freedom slogans raised during funeral of woman killed in Handwara gunfight
  1. Policeman injured in last week's accidental fire in south Kashmir succumbs
  2. Policeman injured in last week's accidental fire in south Kashmir succumbs
  1. North Kashmir: Rickshaw driver beaten for trying to 'overtake' army vehicle in Ajas
  2. North Kashmir: Rickshaw driver beaten for trying to 'overtake' army vehicle in Ajas
  1. Army porter slips to death in Gurez in north Kashmir
  2. Army porter slips to death in Gurez in north Kashmir
  1. Cannot direct Jammu and Kashmir Legislature to constitute State Minority Commission: SC
  2. Cannot direct Jammu and Kashmir Legislature to constitute State Minority Commission: SC
  1. Congress demands apology from Modi over 'insinuations' on Pakistan links
  2. Congress demands apology from Modi over 'insinuations' on Pakistan links
  1. Death toll in highway accident climbs to six in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Death toll in highway accident climbs to six in Jammu and Kashmir
  1. California wildfire bigger than New York city
  2. California wildfire bigger than New York city
  1. After Modi's remark of secret meeting, Pakistan tells India don't drag us into your politics
  2. After Modi's remark of secret meeting, Pakistan tells India don't drag us into your politics
  1. US, Pakistan engage in quiet diplomacy to improve ties
  2. US, Pakistan engage in quiet diplomacy to improve ties
  1. Top firms not hiring women as cyber security officers: Report
  2. Top firms not hiring women as cyber security officers: Report
  1. Shatrughan Sinha questions Modi over 'unbelievable' tales against opponents
  2. Shatrughan Sinha questions Modi over 'unbelievable' tales against opponents
  1. Mehbooba Mufti praises administrative skills of Sheikh Abdullah
  2. Mehbooba Mufti praises administrative skills of Sheikh Abdullah
  1. Bad weather disrupts traffic on Mughal Road in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Bad weather disrupts traffic on Mughal Road in Jammu and Kashmir
  1. Overnight rains break dry cold spell in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Overnight rains break dry cold spell in Jammu and Kashmir
  1. Bandipora-Gurez road closed after heavy snowfall
  2. Bandipora-Gurez road closed after heavy snowfall
  1. Earthquake of 4.5 magnitude hits Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Earthquake of 4.5 magnitude hits Jammu and Kashmir
  1. Protests in Handwara against woman’s killing during gunfight
  2. Protests in Handwara against woman’s killing during gunfight
  1. Video | Kashmir: Three militants, civilian killed in Handwara gunfight, says police
  2. Video | Kashmir: Three militants, civilian killed in Handwara gunfight, says police