ISLAMABAD: Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is crucial for the country’s economic stability and security and therefore, it should not be made controversial like the Kalabagh Dam project.

“CPEC is a game-changer not only for Pakistan but for the entire region and nobody will be allowed to make the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project controversial,” he said while talking to APP. He was asked about reservations being expressed by smaller provinces over the reported change in the western route of CPEC.

He said CPEC would pass through the entire country and all provinces would benefit from it, particularly the backward areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

He said the federal government had time and again assured the smaller provinces that the western route would be built on priority and all its work would be carried out in collaboration with all stakeholders.

The minister said that the federal government would fulfil its commitment made at the multi-party conference held in May last on the CPEC.

Published in Dawn, January 4th, 2016



Updated 28 May, 2022

POL price shock

The state must look into exactly how much of an impact POL hikes have had on the prices of everyday items.
28 May, 2022

Changed laws

THERE will be much noise made over bills passed in the last two days by parliament to amend election and National...
28 May, 2022

Causing damage

FORMER prime minister Imran Khan’s remarks that he called off his protest, not because he had reached a deal but...
27 May, 2022

After the march

FORMER prime minister Imran Khan either ‘ran away’ from Islamabad or made a temporary, strategic retreat. It...
A tough decision
Updated 27 May, 2022

A tough decision

Decision to raise fuel prices will remove a major hitch of concluding a staff-level agreement with IMF.
27 May, 2022

Xinjiang files

QUESTIONS about the status of the Muslim Uighur people in China’s Xinjiang autonomous region often arise, with...