Recently president Obama used the phrase ‘game changer’ while commenting on reports that Syria might have used chemical weapons; meaning Syria has crossed the red line and it’s a case for West’ intervention. Whether Obama’ threat to Syria materialises or not, but speech writers of Pakistani leaders have picked up this phrase to let their politicians claim some virtual successes. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif used this phrase repeatedly during his first visit to China. He termed the Chinese companies’ nod to work with Pakistan on power generation projects and construction of a highway, from Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea to Kashgar in China, as ‘game changer’. On the surface it all looks green, that the Chinese companies would be building power plants, assisting Pakistan in curbing power line losses and pilferage, building highways, installing fiber optic network and numerous other ventures.But is this the first time such projects are being talked about? Every other Pakistani leader announces initiation of such grand projects during his visit to China. But only those very few projects kick-in who have got capital to invest. Pak-China trade imbalance is dangerously in favor of China, at the same time China, or its banks are not going to advance any loan for these projects. Then where will the investment come for these prestigious projects? And what about the transparency in awarding the projects to Chinese companies, without a proper bidding process?If such announcements are for public consumption, then there should be no issues; however, if this is not the case then government should first do their homework, as everyone knows there is no ‘free lunch’, therefore we should not start handing over our national assets to foreigners, such as Gwadar port, copper and gold mines etc. Otherwise, government’ honeymoon will be over sooner than later and may become a ‘game changer’ in itself. It is important that Pakistani’s know what kind of deal Nawaz Sharif has made before we all start rejoicing. MASOOD KHAN, Saudi Arab, July 8.