Gwadar port is a game changer

Updated 26 February 2017
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Gwadar port is a game changer

This is with reference to the report “Land rush around Pakistan’s Gwadar port triggered by Chinese investment” (Feb. 24).
Every country has the right to protect its interests and to take measures to find ways to boost its economy. When it comes to the Gwadar port and the $57-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC) project, Pakistanis should think rationally and they should say no to all elements who are opposed to these strategic projects. These two projects are undoubtedly game changers in the region. According to the report in question, the route through Gwadar offers China its shortest path to the Middle East, Africa, and to most countries in the western hemisphere. Considering its strategic location, experts believe Gwadar will be a major trade route in the world. We hope that all sort of propaganda set to derail these projects will fail because China is determined to complete them at any cost.
Unfortunately, our next-door neighbor is reportedly creating problems for these projects. This animosity will lead us nowhere. India and Pakistan should join hands to fight poverty, illiteracy and corruption. Instead of creating hurdles for CPEC, India should cooperate with Pakistan so that people of both countries could achieve peace and prosperity.


Syrian civil war

Updated 18 April 2017
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Syrian civil war

Since it broke out six years ago, the disastrous war in Syria has claimed about 400,000 lives, with the victims being more civilians than fighters. Of the civilians, the most affected are women and children. Peace is shattered in and around Syria only to safeguard the most selfish monster in the world: Bashar Assad.
According to a UNICEF report, grave violations against Syrian children during the war have been recorded. The children in Syria are not only maimed and killed as a result of bombings but also forcefully recruited to be part of the conflict. Children as young as 7 years old are pushed into the front line as fighters, suicide bombers and executioners! The actual figures of those injured, dead and forcefully-recruited children are far higher than in the UNICEF report.
The innocent children “used” in the conflict have had the right to blossom, the right to enjoy life and the right to be on a play-ground torn from them. They have been deprived of the right to education and, according to UNICEF, nearly two million children have been forced to stop their education with one-third of school buildings rendered inoperative due to destruction.
With their often physically crippled parents, the children have to be the sole bread-winners in nearly 75 percent of Syrian households. Unwillingly, the children are forced to serve as garbage collectors, hairdressers and cleaners. Keeping aside what Assad gets out of this war, the beneficiaries of the war are weapon manufacturers who may well be dubbed parasites living on the blood of innocents.
Assad, the inhuman butcher of humanity, does not care what the world says, opines, suggests and warns about the catastrophic war in Syria. More than the ruinous acts of Assad, Russia and Iran, it shocks, grieves and pains to see that the world and the Muslim world has done nothing to stop the butcher of this century from his brutal and barbaric destruction of his own nation and his own people.