LAHORE: A senior lawyer has approached the Supreme Court against certain relaxations given to the Chinese citizens under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party pleaded in his petition submitted to the Lahore registry that the government of Pakistan allowed Chinese citizens to acquire property/land on lease, which amounts to leasing out its sovereignty.
He said the recreation parks and residential colonies being established for the Chinese in Pakistan is a deceptive way of permanent occupation. He stated that people of the country are relating the CPEC project to the example of East India Company where the British occupied the sub-continent.
Barrister Khan argued that the Chinese citizens are allowed free access to Pakistan under the CPEC while local businessmen have been complaining about strict and prolonged process for getting visas to enter China. He appealed to the court to order the government to review the conditions of the CPEC agreement and restrict the Chinese from making direct investment in the country