Pakistan’s army plans to deploy an additional division-size special force in order to protect China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told Chinese journalists.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is set to become a crucial leg of the broader Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing’s mega-project aiming to enhance “all-around connectivity through infrastructure construction”.
Talking to the Chinese media, Ghafoor stressed that one division-size force had already been deployed to protect the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a collection of infrastructure projects that are being constructed in Pakistan. Originally it was valued at $46 billion, but as of 2017 it was estimated to have cost $62 billion.
Since the start of the corridor construction over five years ago, the number of projects at the first stage has grown to reach 22, as a result of which tens of thousands of jobs for local residents have been created, and 8.6 million households have been provided with electricity.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Silk Road News 2019.