Bhasha Dam project now a part of CPEC framework: Ahsan

Islamabad—Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal Friday said Diamir Bhasha Dam project would be included in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“Negotiations for including the project in the CPEC framework have already been started with China,” he said while talking to media at Parliament House.
The minister said that Pakistan required $14 billion for Diamir Bhasha dam and $7 billion were needed initially to continue the project, which would be pivotal to secure the economic future of the country. The country requires unity in current prevailing situation, at a time when operation Zarb-e-Azb was in final and successful stage while mega project CPEC was in pipeline.
He said that Pakistan’s Army special division including the all security agencies of the country were working on the security of CPEC projects.All the federating units and parliamentary leaders have consensus on CPEC, which would be a game-changer for country, he added. Ahsan Iqbal said that country needs unity and political stability and continuation of policies for economic growth and prosperity. Currently, Pakistan is on the phase of economic takeoff, he added.The government is committed to complete all the mega projects including CPEC for which all resources would be provided, he added.
He said that terrorism and terrorist activities would not affect the CPEC and other projects, which would be completed in time.. —APP

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