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On CPEC projects, now it is Pakistanis who need security clearance, not foreigners

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Police  in the Pakistani province of Punjab are set to start the process of  vetting and issuing security clearances to any locals who would work  with Chinese nationals on CPEC projects. The unusual move of security  vetting locals instead of foreign citizens comes a month after a Chinese  engineer went missing from a power plant site in the region.

Police will soon begin the process of collecting wide ranging details  on all Pakistani staff working on CPEC projects in Punjab province. The  government has also demanded that the security vetting for new staff  members be done before they actually begin working alongside the  Chinese. 

"Complete particulars of Pakistani workers, including their home  addresses as well as character and other activities, will be checked by  the security officials to ensure that they had no links with any  proscribed organisation or had not been involved in any criminal case in  the past," a senior police official told Dawn newspaper.

The push for the security clearance drive began after a Chinese  engineer working on the Karot hydropower project in Kahuta, near  Islamabad, had gone missing on December 20. He has not been found yet.

What is probably cause for alarm is that the disappearance has not  happened in insurgency-hit Balochistan, but in what is considered the  stable Punjabi heartland of Pakistan.

The security clearance for local workers comes as costs and concerns  grow over the safety of Chinese workers on CPEC projects. The challenge  has continued to grow, even has local protests have erupted over the  employment of Chinese nationals instead of local labour on the CPEC  projects.

A grand scheme that has for log been sold to the Pakistani people as a  magic wand solution for their development, CPEC is increasingly being  questioned by politicians and media. The questions that are being raised  against CPEC within Pakistan range from doubts over financial  viability, the country's ability to repay the debts, the secrecy  surrounding the projects and the apparent use of Chinese about instead  of local labour.

courtesy,zee news.