LAHORE – In an unprecedented move, Commander Southern Command Lt General Amir Riaz invited India to join the multi-billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Tuesday.

Speaking at an awards distribution ceremony at Balochistan FC Headquarters, he said that India should put an end to anti-Pakistan activities and join hands with Pakistan to share the fruits of future development.

Amid frayed relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours, he said that India should join the economic corridor along with Iran, Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries to enjoy its benefits.

Commander Southern Command Lt General Amir Riaz

He said Balochistan was on the path to economic development and the common people could not be misled by the self-exiled leaders, an indirect reference to Brahumdagh Bugti.

 ‘Their catchy slogans will not work because the people are aware of their designs and they cannot be misled,” Lt General Amir Riaz said.

Gen Amir lauded the services of FC personnel in the fight against terrorism adding that around 700 FC personnel lost their lives in the line of duty defending the country.

He went on to say that the enemy could not tolerate Balochistan developing and moving towards prosperity.

 He said Pakistan and its neighbouring countries could benefit from CPEC projects while the people can enjoy peace and stability by cooperating with the FC.