A bill passed in the Pakistan parliament that hands over near-absolute control to its armed forces regarding the $60 billion worth China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, thus greatly reducing the government’s importance in it.

This new bill has caused immense unrest among the opposition and the prospect of a parallel government existing alongside the official one, or worse, a coup by the military, similar to what happened in the past. The Pakistani armed forces are constantly becoming more powerful in the country’s internal politics, if not militarily.

A mandate to establish the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority or the CPECA was passed by Imran Khan-led Pakistan government in the year 2019.  This authority was established to ensure timely execution of CPEC projects. 

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CPECA was established to please China but turned out that it started facing flak from Pakistan’s lawmakers because undermined their role and operated as a “parallel authority.”

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