Inaugurates key part of CPEC western corridor
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the dream of Balochistan’s prosperity was being realized with completion of several development projects, ensuring “a new Pakistan in the making”.
“A new and developed Balochistan means a new Pakistan, with an unprecedented progress never took place in history,” the Prime Minister said in his address at the inauguration of a 448-kilometre-long Sorab-Hoshab road, an important segment of western route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The Prime Minister said the journey of progress and development was continuing on full pace in every nook and corner of the country.
The 448 kilometre road has been completed at a cost of over 22 billion rupees to link Gwadar Port with National Highway network. It will also provide shortest link to Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics.
He said that billions of rupees were being spent on development of Balochistan and the government was in particular focusing on its development to mitigate the sense of deprivation of Baloch people.
Nawaz Sharif said road network in Balochistan would connect Gwadar port upto Khunjerab border with China and would ensure economic activity, reduce poverty and unemployment in the province.
“With completion of every new road in Balochistan comes another ray of hope of a promising future for the people of province,” he said, adding that a strong communication network would pave way for building of schools, universities and hospitals.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his government had chosen the path of serving masses and whosoever wanted to reach the power echelons, should also adopt seriousness and sobriety.
“Only a serious command with a vision can lead the nation,” he said adding that public in 2018 election would give their decision in favour of those who took steps for their welfare.
The Prime Minister said that mudslingers could provide recreation to a crowd but could not build a nation and those people who could not foresee the hidden benefits of construction of a road think that they will attain power while making the youth emotional.
He said anyone could only attain power while following the path devised by the government. He said this is the path of public service, construction and seriousness, adding that the masses will decide who is serving them and who is playing with the sentiments of the youngsters. He said this will be decided in 2018, adding that today’s Pakistan is better than 2013 and Pakistan of 2018 will be better than 2016.
The Prime Minister said his Government is pursuing the path of economic development while its opponents are only indulging in negative politics. “Load shedding has been reduced, terrorism has been defeated, peace and security situation is improving, the international community is paying attention to Pakistan,” he said.
He expressed the confidence that its completion would create enormous economic and commercial activities and help overcome the challenge of poverty, backwardness, ignorance and unemployment in the region.
About the project’s salient features, the DG FWO said initially it was started in September 2007, but was stopped due to lack of funds owing to deteriorating law and order situation.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in January 2014 gave a go-ahead to restart the road under the guidance of FWO, NHA and NESPAK.
He said the deadline was reduced from five years and six months to two years and three months.
The DG FWO paid tribute to 32 jawans who laid their lives during construction of this road.