Pakistan denies reports of Chinese-only housing project

Special Pakistan denies reports of Chinese-only housing project
A general view of the port before the inauguration of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor port in Gwadar, Pakistan. (REUTERS)
Updated 21 August 2018

Pakistan denies reports of Chinese-only housing project

Pakistan denies reports of Chinese-only housing project

KARACHI: The Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) on Tuesday denied reports of a Chinese-only housing project being planned for those working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“Chinese nationals in Gwadar live within the port and free zone’s financed areas,” GDA Director-General Dr. Sajjad Hussain Baloch told Arab News. 
There are media reports that 3.6 million square feet of land has been bought by the China-Pakistan Investment Corp. (CPIC) to build a $150 million gated community for 500,000 Chinese nationals. 
“This will be the first such Chinese city in South Asia,” an Indian newspaper reported. “Only Chinese citizens will live in this gated zone, which basically means that Pakistan will be used as a colony of China.” The newspaper reported that there is considerable local resentment about this.
But Baloch said: “There’s no such scheme on the cards. No Chinese-specific project is going to be built.”
Yang Ming, an official at the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, did not respond to queries from Arab News about the project.
But an official in Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning and Development said news of such a project “is completely false and in line with earlier news reports against CPEC.”
Senior analyst Ahmed Iqbal Baloch described such reports as propaganda against CPEC. “Some real estate developers also float such news in order to attract investment in their projects,” he told Arab News.