Criticism on CPEC tantamount to impede Pakistan’s economic progress: Experts

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PESHAWAR, Oct 5 (APP): The politicians and academicians of Khyber Pakthunkhwa said here Wednesday that unnecessary criticism on the western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) was tantamount to impede progress and development of Pakistan.

They said the rejected politicians in Khyber Pakthunkhwa were again came out to mislead people on CPEC by raising unjustified controversies on western route of the project and wanted to make it controversial like Kalabagh dam on behest of their foreign masters.

Sardar Aurangzaib Nalota, Parliamentary Leader of PMLN in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly told APP on Wednesday that enemy of Pakistan did not want success of CPEC, saying unnecessary criticism on it would tantamount to strengthen the hand of adversaries of the country.

He said the rejected politicians were again come out to make CPEC controversial like Kalabagh dam on the behest of their foreign masters; however, they would not succeed in their designs. He said people from Karachi to Peshawar and Gawardar to Chitral were on the same page regarding CPEC and would thwart all the negative attempts and designs against this game changer project.

The PMLN leader said a huge direct foreign investment of $46 billion came to Pakistan after a long time due to prudent economic policies of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and political cohesion was required for successful implementation of CPEC.

Sardar Aurangzaib said energy shortfall was the major problem of Pakistan and addressal of this inherited problem was necessary for expediting peace of economic development besides promoting local and infant industries and jobs opportunities of youth.

Under CPEC, China will invest about $34 billion in thermal, solar and wind power generation facilities and projects to address our energy and infrastructure problems; as a result it will empower the country’s economic growth with visible and real economic benefits.

The countries, which made rapid progress and development, had encouraged direct foreign investment as their Governments, political leadership and economists knew that foreign investment may go to other countries in case of unnecessary criticism on foreign funded projects and political instability, he said.

The PMLN leader said if any politician or political party having any reservations over western route of CPEC should contact to Ministry of Planning, Development and National Reforms for addressal of their complaints. He said criticism on western route of CPEC should be avoided in the national interest of the country.

Prof Dr Naushad Khan, Pro-Vice Chancellor Islamia College University and an expert on CPEC said it was a very important for Pakistan as far as security, energy, infrastructure and economic point of view and criticism for political gains should be avoided in the country’s larger interest.

To a question about propaganda of some politicians against CPEC’s western route, Dr Naushad suggested that negative criticism and propaganda by certain quarters on CPEC should be avoided and unity and cohesion must be demonstrated for successful implementation of this goal oriented project for bright future of upcoming generation.

He said anti Pakistan lobby was against CPEC project as they did not want progress and prosperity in the country and making efforts to sabotage the project and keep us backward, adding that unnecessary criticism against the project would tantamount to strengthening the hands of anti Pakistan forces.

He said CPEC carried immense important for Pakistan as it would make our eastern and western border safe and secure from external aggression.

Dr Naushad said the 3,218 kilometers long route connecting Kashgar China Western Xinjiang region to the port of Gwadar in Balochistan would be monitored through satellite for security point of view and all Pakistan’s borders linking with Afghanistan, Iran, India and China would also be watched to avert the nefarious designs of enemies.

He said CPEC would be the 8th wonder of the world and would immensely reduce time and space among the regions countries.

Dr Naushad said Special Economic Zones (SEZs) on CPEC routes would further improve the strategic and economic importance of Khyber Pakthunkhwa and FATA besides opening job opportunities for KP people and tribal youth.