Dispute over CPEC is with Nawaz-led govt, not with China: Imran
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday made it clear that his party has issues with the federal government over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but not China.
He was addressing a political convention in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). He reiterated his complaint that the north-western province is being deprived of its due share in the project.
The PTI chief alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif never keeps his words.
"He [Nawaz] promised at the All Parties Conference that a western route of the project would be made and KP would be the beneficiary of it but now we came to know that province is being deprived of its due share from the CPEC," he said.
Imran expressed his doubts over what he took as concealing facts. Addressing the prime minister he said, "You signed the Memorandum of Understanding with China in 2013 where as till 2016, no body is aware of the contents of that accord."
He alleged that PM Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz used to visit China and the chief ministers of the rest of three provinces were unaware of the developments.
Imran urged the "three small provinces" to demand of the federal government to disclose the agreements on CPEC. Sindh, Balochistan and KP should be provided their due share in CPEC as injustice produces unrest, he added.
Further clarifying his stance on China and CPEC, he said that he congratulates the entire nation on CPEC and hoped that the project will uplift the country and brighten the future of next generations.
He was of the view that the project would bring prosperity to the country and entire Pakistan would enjoy the fruits and benefits of CPEC.
He said that China has always been a friend of Pakistan and the friendship between the two countries is time tested.