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UPPER DIR: Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project was started by former president Asif Ali Zardari to provide opportunities of progress and development to the smaller provinces like Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, he said that all benefits of the project had been given to Punjab while other provinces were ignored.

Mr Mandviwalla was addressing workers convention here in Lowari House. Senator Behramand Tangi, Najamuddin Khan and PPP district president Arifullah Khan were also present on the occasion.

He said that Mr Zardari wanted to start mega projects under CPEC in Balochistan and KP so that the people could get jobs. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government had intentionally ignored KP and Balochistan in CPEC.

He claimed that PPP would give its due rights to the two provinces after forming its government in centre.

Published in Dawn, May 4th, 2018