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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Dec 27 (APP):Federal Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani has said that the
multi-billion project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would usher in
new era of economic progress and prosperity in the southern district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Talking in a meeting with elders on the occasion of a wedding ceremony of a renowned social worker here, the
minister said that southern district which had long been awaiting development-oriented
measures were included into development projects under the CPEC in wake of
efforts of the party’s chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman.
He said the mega project featured establishment of industrial zones at designated places all along the route
besides other billions of dollars worth development schemes.
He said that industrial zones would bring economic prosperity to southern districts of KP and generate job
opportunities for its people who had long been ignored by other political parties.
He said with construction of the route, people of the area would have access to modern facilities of life.
He said the CPEC would promote trade ties with neighbouring countries Central Asian States and South
Asian countries, which would ultimately prepare the ground to make Pakistan a trade hub in this whole region.
He said CPEC project involved billions of dollars worth
development schemes and would bring prosperity not only for the two countries
but for the region as well, adding this mega project would create
job opportunities and the country would move ahead on the path of progress and
development.
Referring to the FATA merger issue, the federal minister said that future of FATA should be decided in line with wishes and aspirations of tribal people.
He said that Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman was struggling to achieve
bright future for the people of tribal belt and had always stressed the need to
keep in view interests and rights of the tribal people.
He said FATA people had rendered supreme sacrifices for the sake of the
country so decisions may not be imposed against their will and aspirations.
He also said the revival of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) was a welcome sign and would supplement efforts for
strengthening democracy in the country.