Survey finds support to CPEC, but desire to be accommodated

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In a survey conducted with 157 respondents from all over the country, on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, majority were satisfied with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, but at the same time, many expressed desire to be accommodated in the project.

Below are the salient findings:

  • 157 respondents participated in the survey, conducted in Urdu.
  • Respondents were chosen from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Balochistan; the northern Gilgit Baltistan; Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and capital Islamabad.
  • Around 54% expressed satisfaction with whatever they know about CPEC. 42% said they are not satisfied with their understanding.
  • 61% of the respondents said their area is part of the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor. Many of them reasoned that their region or area or district is critical for CPEC.
  • 77 respondents, around 49%, found the work on CPEC in their areas slower than expected. Most of these voices came Balochistan and KP. Balochistan has also expressed “reservation” over the “way” the work is carried on CPEC.
  • Respondents said they knew about the political debates on CPEC. When asked as to which party they support on CPEC, respondents largely chose the party popular in their provinces.
  • Even though many blamed political parties, their interests or politics, it cannot be said with certainty which parties they had in mind, because, many sided with one party over another, founded the debates conducive, and some blamed federal government for lacking seriousness.
  • An overwhelming majority of the respondents in all the areas asked for engaging all stakeholders in resolving the issues over CPEC.

Complete findings of the survey can be accessed here (PDF)