Issue Brief on “Indian Plans to Disrupt CEPC Projects in Balochistan: Options for Pakistan”

For years now, Indian intelligence has maintained a close eye on Pakistan’s province of Balochistan, patronising the insurgency in Balochistan which has serious implications for Pakistan’s security and economic progress. They have also maintained links with Baloch separatist leaders across the world, meeting them in state capitals like London and Geneva. India openly admits its help to Baloch insurgents for independent Balochistan, and ever since the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was announced under the rubric of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, Balochistan has become a card that India seems to be exploiting as a way to not only sabotage CPEC along the western route that traverses through Balochistan, but also create conditions like it did in 1970 in East Pakistan. Reportedly, it is now seriously considering request by Brahamdagh Bugti for political asylum in India.

India started feeling uncomfortable ever since the visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping in April 4-5, 2015.  Chinese presence in Gwadar is perceived  as a serious threat  to their defence as  Gwadar holds immense strategic and economic significance.

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