Senior Judge of Sindh High Court, Justice Irfan Saadat Khan has said that Judiciary attaches paramount importance to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and special benches have been set up at the level of the Supreme Court and all the High Courts to hear CPEC-related disputes. He said In Sindh High Court bench comprising Justice Muneeb Akhtar and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest at a seminar on “The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Related Laws, Importance and Enforcement”, which was organised by the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law (SZABUL) here at a local hotel. The seminar was presided over by the federal secretary planning and Development Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui while Secretary Federal Education & Professional Training Akbar Durrani was the guest of honour.
Justice Irfan Saadat said CPEC likely to boost the country’s economy by 2.25 percent per annum while it will generate many jobs in the country. He said right now 16 CPEC-related development projects in Balochistan, 8 in KPK, 13 in Sindh and 12 in Punjab are underway while beside the 3000km long corridor, the local infrastructure which is directly connected to the corridor will also be improved.
He told the participants in the last meeting of the National Judicial Policymaking committee, which was held with Chief Justice Mian Saquib Nisar in the chair, it was decided that no stay order would be allowed in any CPEC-related dispute without hearing the other party. Earlier, in his welcome address, founding Vice Chancellor SZABUL Justice (Retd) Qazi Khalid Ali said the CPEC has marked the epoch of industrial, commercial and economic progress in Pakistan that is why many related projects are being conceived for a better future. He said when two countries enter an agreement of such a high magnitude, a need for comprehensive laws applicable and acceptable to both the nations emerges. The need for such laws, he said, even intensifies when one of the signatories is a developing nation. The aim of this seminar is to do need assessment for rules and laws for successful and productive implementation of the agreement.
Qazi Khalid said SZABUL has offered its services for the development of all such laws. Federal Secretary Planning Development and Reforms Shuaib Siddiqui said CPEC is an agreement between two time-tested friends which has inspired confidence in the nation. He said there is an old Chines proverb that one should teach the poor how to catch fish instead of giving them fish in alms.
The CPEC will teach us how to catch fish and we should benefit from this project as a responsible nation that is why we should study the CPEC project in minute details. He said in some universities of the country CPEC-Cells have been set up while Chines is being taught to Pakistanis in many Local and Chinese universities and aim of these steps is to make CPEC a success
Secretary Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training Akbar Durrani said the legal infrastructure required for smooth sail and sustainability of the CPEC will gradually emerge but there is a need to understand the project itself. He said in a country where lakhs of people had died and property worth millions of rupee had been destroyed its friendly country comes forward and offers to invest 45 billion dollars; it is not something normal or insignificant. He said China made this offer at a time when no other country was willing to invest in Pakistan.
Former Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan said in the current legal system of Pakistan related to CPEC Transport and Logistics Investment, we need to elaborate the exclusive CPEC logistics investments in Pakistan by China, to study and discuss its legal and policy-based perspectives. In Pakistan, he said, domestic road transport and logistics laws, Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965, National Highways Safety Ordinance 2000, National highways authority Act 1991 and similar statues can only fulfil the demand of domestic overland logistics.