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The China-funded economic corridor could have sparked a cultural shift in Pakistan. Why didn’t it?

A society plagued by a variety of extremist and conservative tendencies has lost an opportunity. Muhammad Amir Rana, Dawn.com Yesterday · 09:30 pm Representational image. | Aamir Qureshi/AFP Apart from its strategic and regional connectivity outlook, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor had also offered hope for Pakistan’s economic revival and industrial transformation. But that hope has gradually been waning. Not only have the power elites not been able to assess and strategise the real potential of the initiative, the implementing apparatus too was seen as disjointed and unprepared. CPEC could also do wonders for the sociopolitical and cultural transformation of the country, which is plagued by a variety of extremist and conservative tendencies. These tendencies are not only damaging the social fabric, they have also led to a mindset that is retrogressive and uncreative. ADVERTISEMENT Lost Opportunities CPEC was, and still remains, an opportunity to introduce a multicultural characte