$35b pure investment, $11b soft loan under CPEC: Ahsan

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 7 (APP): Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on
Monday informed the National Assembly that out of total $46 billion,
$35 billion was purely investment from China under the China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC) for energy sector, and the rest was given
to Pakistan as soft loan for infrastructure development.
During the question-hour session, he said anti-CPEC lobbies
were making the game-changer project controversial.
The loan, he said, had been given at very low rates. “We are
thankful to China for making such a huge investment in Pakistan.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Communications Alam Dad
Laleka said the CPEC link road with total length of 106 km would connect
Khuzdar with Baasima. The PC-1 of the project amounting to Rs 19.88.435
million had been approved by ECNEC in its meeting held on April 12.
The application for obtaining loan from Exim Bank China for the
project, he said, was under preparation in the National Highway
Authority (NHA) and would be submitted to the Ministry of Communications
and Economic Affairs Division shortly.
Alam Dad said the construction work on the project would commence
soon after signing of a loan agreement with Exim Bank China and completion
of the procurement process.
He said since the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway (M-1) was an access
controlled facility, the NHA had installed fence along it.
However, he said, at certain locations people from adjacent
villages cut fence for passing through the Motorway. In some cases,
theft had also been reported on which the NHA along with National
Highways & Motorways Police had got lodged first information reports
at local police stations and legal actions were taken against the
culprits, he added.