China,Pakistan to reap 'early harvest' in economic corridor: Chinese minister

PESHAWAR Oct 6 (APP): Parliamentary leader of PMLN in Khyber Pakthunkhwa Assembly, Sardar Aurganzaib Nalota said on Thursday that there is no justification of any hue and cry now besides criticism on western route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) after a comprehensive clarification by the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy, Islamabad.

Talking to APP here, Nalota said Deputy Chief of the Mission at Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, Zhao Lijian has very clearly elaborated the share of provinces in the CPEC projects that are; 16 in Balochistan, eight in KP, 13 in Sindh and 12 in Punjab.

The PMLN lawmaker said the eight projects under CPEC related to KPK include Joint Feasibility Study for Upgradation of ML1, Establishment of Havelian Dry Port, KKH II (Havelian Thakot) Upgradation of ML 1, KKH III (Raikot Thakot), DIKhan Quetta Highway (N 50), Suki Kinari Hydropower Project and Optical Fiber Cable from Rawalpindi to Khunjrab.

He said DI Khan Qutta highway N 50 was part of western route and the Chinese official statement has dispelled all the propaganda and controversies of critics and opposition on CPEC Western route.

“Further unnecessary criticism on the western route would be tantamount to impede progress and development of Pakistan and such propagandist elements would not be considered the well wishers of Pakistan,” he remarked.

The PMLN leader said politicians were again come out to make CPEC controversial like Kalabagh dam on behest of their foreign masters’ agenda however, they would not succeed in their designs, he asserted.

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.

Sardar Aurangzaib said energy shortfall was the major problem of Pakistan and reddressal of this inherited problem was necessary for expediting pace of economic development besides promoting local and infant industries.

Under CPEC, he said, China will invest about $34 billion in thermal, solar and wind power generation facilities and projects to address the energy need and infrastructure problems in Pakistan; as a result it will visibly strengthen the country’s economic growth.

Nalota said that the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had taken the political leadership into confidence on CPEC in several all parties’ conferences, still if some leader had any reservations or solid proposal, he might take it up at any forum, he maintained.

He suggested that criticism and propaganda should be avoided and unity and cohesion must be demonstrated for successful implementation of this goal oriented project for bright future of upcoming generations.