The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi billion-dollar infrastructure investment project, is heralded as a game-changer for sustainable development and democratic consolidation in Pakistan. However, the implementation of such a mega project came with a lot of challenges. Among all, the major challenges were balanced civil-military relations, peace, and revised policy with Afghanistan. The objective of the current paper is to examine the coverage of CPEC in the news stories of two English newspapers of Pakistan i.e., Dawn and The News, in the context of civil-military relations. The study incorporated a method of discourse analysis for examining style, slant, themes, and discourses. Results revealed that both the newspapers remained positive in their slants.Moreover, both newspapers appreciated the efforts of COAS not only for protecting mega project but also for bringing peace to the region. Both newspapers also appreciated that the civilian government and military were on the same page for over coming security challenges effectively.
1-Amna Zulfiqar: Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication Studies, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan.2-Noor Ul Ain Nasir: Lecturer, School of Media and Communication Studies, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Maria Khalid: PhD Scholar, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Media and Communication Studies, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan.
CPEC (China- Pakistan Economic Corridor), Civil-Military Relations (CMR), Discourse Analysis, COAS (Chief of the Army Staff)