Playing politics with CPEC

AS part of their strategy to maintain pressure on the Federal Government with the objective of deriving undue advantages, some elements in KP are persisting with their efforts to create hurdles in smooth implementation of historic project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The latest is Speaker KP Assembly who filed a writ petition in Peshawar High Court with regard to fulfilment of Federal Government commitments to Western route of the CPEC.
That the petition was politically motivated became crystal clear when Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) met the same day in Islamabad and gave final approval of the 285 km long Western route at a cost of Rs. 124.2b. This happened after verification of the proposed route through consultation between Federal and KP Committees on the CPEC. It has also been reported in the media that KP Chief Minister had expressed satisfaction over the proposed route during the meetings held to verify its alignment. One fails to understand what the KP Speaker wanted to achieve by taking the issue to PHC when there was no hurdle at governmental level and things were moving ahead as per original plan. Previously, there was intense propaganda that the Western route was only in papers and not on ground but approval of its alignment in consultation with KP officials and approval of its cost have exposed veracity of such claims. Now the critics are arguing that mere road is not acceptable as there should also be other facilities like electricity, gas and industrial estates, a job that cannot be done within days or months. It is clear that the objective is not to have the Western route on priority but to squeeze maximum from CPEC allocations even at the cost of three other provinces. This tendency needs to be abandoned for the sake of harmonious working of the Federation.

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