Articles for author: Ahmed Kulmeer

Ahmed Kulmeer

CPEC: the hype, the reality and the resistance

Residents of Gwadar recently blocked the Makkoran coastal highway in protest. They were not asking for much. They just wanted water, electricity and a right to go to the sea — their own sea. But wait, were we not told in the early 2000s that in the then-near future Gwadar would become, depending on the ...

Ahmed Kulmeer

Gwadar, CPEC and the water tanker fart

This is the story of the time in the early 80s when Gwadar was a small, sleepy fishing town of hardly 20,000 people. A time when General Pervez Musharraf, the mastermind of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was probably a low-ranking officer in the Pakistan Army. A time when the land value in Gwadar was ...

Ahmed Kulmeer

CPEC: A game changer or a disaster?

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a project of USD 60 billion, is being dubbed as a game changer for the economic development of Pakistan. In political rhetoric, both in the higher-ups of civil and military establishment, the project is being portrayed and boasted as a source of prosperity for the struggling Pakistani economy in general ...