CPEC western route an ‘integral part’; not changed a single millimeter: Ahsan

CPEC western route an ‘integral part’; not changed a single millimeter: Ahsan

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PESHAWAR: Federal Minister for Planning and Development,
Ahsan Iqbal Thursday categorically said Western route was an
integral part of gigantic China Pakistan Economic Corridor CPEC
projects and not a single millimeter change had been made in this route.

Briefing newsmen here at Governor House after his meeting with
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak and his cabinet
members regarding CPEC, Ahsan Iqbal also said the agreement reached
between provincial government and center on May 2016 about execution
of CPEC projects was followed in letter and spirit.

“We are fully implementing the 11 point agreement reached between federal
government and KP during our meeting in Peshawar in May 2016 about
execution of CPEC projects,” Ahsan reiterated.

Without inclusion of western route, CPEC project could not be completed,
Ahsan further said and continued that realizing its importance, the
government completed this route within a shortest period of two
years by constructing 650 kilometers road from Gawadar to Sohrab.
Due to completion of this road a convey of Chinese goods reached
Gawdar from Khunjarab while passing through western route, he continued.

Moreover, he also clarified that there was no such facility which was being
planned for Eastern route and would not be given to the western route.

It had been decided in principle that one industrial estate would
be set up in each province under CPEC and no province would get
any additional benefits in this regard, he added.

Beginning of CPEC

The Federal Minister also informed that in the beginning of CPEC,
government was concentrating on building of roads and launching
of power generation projects. He said in energy sector, our focus
was on power generation through coal as a result of which major
projects were planned for Southern region including Sindh and Balauchistan.

Furthermore, he also gave a break up of dollar 35 billion to be invested in energy
sector under CPEC out of which dollar 11 billion would be invested
in Sindh and then major chunk would go to Balauchistan.

He also clarified that most emphasis was given on coal-based power
generation as we did not want to be dependent on hydel-based electricity
which had become very uncertain due to prevailing issue of climate change.
Similarly, fuel-based power generation capacity could be affected due to
fluctuation in prices of furnace oil in international market.

Ahsan Iqbal rejected the allegations

Ahsan Iqbal also rejected the allegations that Punjab was given preference in
execution of CPEC projects and said all the provinces were getting their due share.

He also informed that fiber optic cable would be laid from Khunjarab
to Islamabad via passing through Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He also said some vested elements were creating misconceptions regarding
implementation of CPEC as a result of which some misunderstandings
had been developed between center and provinces.

Regarding his meeting with Chief Minister KP, the Federal Minister also
said it was held in a congenial environment and expressed the hope
that the concerns of KP politicians would be removed.

He also urged Speaker KP Assembly to withdraw his writ petition filed
in Peshawar High Court over CPEC, saying it would discourage foreign investment.

He further said there existed a parliamentary committee on CPEC consisting
of representatives of each province which was a suitable forum for
raising any objection instead of opting for litigation.

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