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Amid COVID-19 outbreak, CPEC project should be halted: European think tank

ANI | Updated: Mar 27, 2020 15:00 IST Amsterdam [Netherlands], (ANI) March 27 (ANI): Experts believe that amid a health crisis triggered by the rapidly spreading coronavirus, it is more important to focus on containing the infection rather than continuing with the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through the illegally administered territory of Gilgit Baltistan. Junaid Qureshi, the Director of European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) told ANI, "While the world battles to contain the spread of the pandemic infection, it would have been in everyone's interest to put a halt to such activities, not only because the construction of the project is done in an illegally-occupied territory, but a large number of Chinese workers and companies have been stationed there since years, ostensibly for 'construction' purposes." In Gilgit Baltistan, a part of erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, the total tally of confirmed