Pakistan naval soldiers stand guard at the port of Gwadar, some 700 km west of Karachi.
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Militant commander Hazar Khan gave up his 15-year insurgency in Pakistan's Balochistan last year, and now he hopes for a job with the very government he stood against, as the province prepares for a great leap forward fueled by Chinese investment.Balochistan has been wracked for years by Islamist, sectarian and separatist violence that in the past rendered the province virtually a no-go zone for outsiders. The province is Pakistan's most unstable and underdeveloped province, with the majority of its estimated 8.5 million people living in poverty. The $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is set to culminate in the Baloch fishing port of Gwadar.Small businesses driven from Quetta by violence over the years are also returning, ready to take advantage of increased security and China's interest.Security issues have mired CPEC in the past, with separatist rebels – who oppose Gwadar's development while the province is not independent – blowing up numerous gas pipelines and trains, and attacking Chinese engineers.
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