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India should join CPEC, says top Pakistani armyman

In a surprise move, a top Pakistani General has invited India to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, saying New Delhi should “shun enmity” with Islamabad and jointly reap the benefit of the multi-billion dollar project.

Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz, Commander of the Southern Command which is based in Quetta, yesterday said this while speaking at an award distribution ceremony at the Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) headquarters.

India should “shun enmity” with Pakistan and join the US $46-billion CPEC along with Iran, Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries and enjoy its benefits, the Express Tribune quoted him as saying.

“India should share the fruits of future development by shelving the anti-Pakistan activities and subversion,” Riaz said.

The US $46 billion CPEC aims to connect China’s western parts with the Arabian sea through Balochistan’s strategic Gwadar port.

India has already expressed concern over the project that also passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The top General’s call came amid tension between the two countries and a barrage of allegations by Islamabad about involvement of India in subversive activities in Balochistan, the security of which is responsibility of Pakistan army’s Southern Command.

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