The Federal Government has approved construction of two expressways to connect Malakand Division with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In an exclusive interview, Adviser to the Prime Minister Engineer Amir Muqam said the one expressway will be constructed from Chakdara, Lower Dir to Khawaza Khela in Swat District. The other expressway will be constructed between Khawaza Khela and Bisham, Shangla district. According to Radio Pakistan, Engineer Amir Muqam said feasibility study of the expressways is in progress. Six billion rupees have been allocated for this purpose in the current budget.
Meanwhile, Senator and Chairman Pak-China Institute Mushahid Hussain Syed said on Sunday that Pakistan and China were strategic partners in a journey of progress and prosperity and increasing cooperation between the two countries was an example for the world. Talking to APP, he said a new era of development and progress had ushered in Pakistan due to projects of CPEC. The CPEC had emerged as a successful model throughout the world and CPEC projects had started bearing fruits, he said. He said the results of CPEC projects were of paramount importance and the work on this mega project was being carried out in the best manner.
Mushahid said the CPEC was a flagship project of Belt and Road and the Chinese government attached great priority to it. He said that implementation of these projects was materializing the dream of people of the both countries. To a question, he said people of the both countries would benefit from CPEC projects, adding that leadership of Pakistan and China and officials of all departments concerned were working as a team work. “The CPEC has emerged as a successful model throughout the world,” he added.
Pak-China friendship was touching new heights and the relations of two countries would further enhance in future, he added. He said China had always stood with Pakistan in testing times and proved its friendship in real terms, adding Pak-China friendship had always remained exemplary in every period and China.—APP