Ahsan for collective efforts to make CPEC successful


Says Pakistan entering into new era of development, prosperity


Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Tuesday underlined the need for collective efforts to make China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project a success and beneficial for the country.
The minister emphasized this while responding to a question during media talk after presiding the inaugural session of three-day long international conference on “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Political, Economic and Social Perspectives,” organised by the Area Study Centre Fareast and Southeast Asia of University of Sindh.
He said that it was the successful achievement of the government in CPEC that the opponents are claiming the credit of the project while the country people were fully aware that which government had taken up the task for the betterment of the country.
The minister said that the government has incorporated almost all mega projects of the provinces in the CPEC and Sindh is the major beneficiary of this project where the plans of Keti Bandar and Karachi Circular Railway would be carried out besides Thar Coal Power Projects.
He, however said that Karachi-Hyderabad and Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorways are being carried out by the government from its own resources with objective to provide better communication system to the people of the province. He said that the government has been engaged in combating terrorism and achieving economic success for the countrymen therefore there is the need that all should play their due role in this direction.
Replying to a question, the minister said that completion of power projects required three to four years and the projects which were launched by the government in the year 2014 would start power generation in the first half of the year 2018 or before, which would help in overcoming the issue of load shedding in the country.
Meanwhile, addressing the big gathering of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers at a reception hosted in his honour by PML-N Hyderabad Chapter here, he said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has come up to the expectation of the countrymen, who expressed their confidence at the time when the country was facing severe internal and external crisis including destructive industrial infrastructure and terrorism.
At that time, Pakistan was under criticism of the world media, but now the same international pundits were considering that Pakistan was moving forward to become the Asian tiger, he maintained. As a result of the policies of the present government including dealing the terrorism with iron hands, the minister said that the foreign investors have again started their investment on various projects of the country.
He said that power projects which were started by the government four to three years back would start injecting 10,000 megawatts energy into the system from next year setting a record of providing sigh of relief to people by overcoming the longstanding issue of load shedding. The minister said that the government is strengthening the communication system by constructing motorways in different parts of the country with objective to connect all parts of the country right from Karachi to Peshawar with one road facility.—APP

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