CPEC implementation: a growing geostrategic challenge for Pakistan:


Pakistan faces several challenges in the implementation of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
These challenges can be identified as external and internal.
Political unrest, security situation and administrative issues are some of the greatest challenges in the way of successful completion of the corridor.
1.Indian Concerns
Narendra Modi in his May, 2016 visit to China pressed the president of China to drop the plan of developing the corridor.
The CPEC is a cause of great worry for India, Israel and the US.
2.Separatist insurgency in Baluchistan
Ethno-sectarian divide are another important cause of insurgency in Balochistan
Kidnappings and killings of Chinese workers in Balochistan
3.The lack of political harmony
Political unrest in KPK for the alleged changes being made in the original plan of the corridor route
4.Constitutional and consensual issues
The 18th Amendment to Pakistan's Constitution has delegated numerous powers to the provinces, which has strengthened the provinces but at times is detrimental to evolving consensus on vital national issues such as the CPEC
5.Security concerns
An arc of militancy stretches from Xinjiang to Gwadar consisting of groups like the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Daesh (ISIS),Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) and the militant wings of some political parties
The alleged support of Indian secret agency RAW
6.CPEC and Economic Factor
As an economic enterprise, for the CPEC, the greatest challenge comes from competitors.
The most significant is the Iranian port of Chabahar. India intends to invest significantly in the development of Chabahar, which lies a few miles away from Gwadar and is part of its efforts for access to landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asia while bypassing Pakistan.
7.CPEC and Tax and Power Tariff Issues
China has raised serious concerns over the issue of tax, power tariff and electricity price with Pakistan along with the implementation process of the (CPEC) energy projects in Pakistan.
8.Status of Gilgit-Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan has never been formally integrated into the Pakistani state and does not participate in Pakistanís constitutional political affairs.
Gilgit-Baltistan thus gained a de facto province-like status in 2009 without constitutionally becoming part of Pakistan.
Officially, Pakistan has rejected calls for full integration of Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan on the grounds that it would prejudice its international obligations with regard to the Kashmir conflict.


CPEC implementation has become a growing geostrategic challenge for Pakistan.