According to reports, the latest figures on employment released by the Planning Commission reveal that 30,000 Pakistani engineers and workers are being hired for different projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
This number, however, only depicts Pakistanis employed in the CPEC Early Harvest Projects (EHP) with the total number of direct jobs created in the long run estimated to touch half-a-million according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).
According to the Planning Commission, Chinese citizens involved in the EHPs amount to 8,000. The officials emphasised that the average strength of Chinese workers has remained less than 25% of the total employees.
These figures will help assuage fears of only Chinese workers being hired to work on the projects, which had turned into a major controversy.