Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif wants completion of CPEC projects in time

Sharif noted "significant progress" was being made on the western route of the CPEC and said the project will ensure equitable benefits to people in various areas of Pakistan.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: August 19, 2016 11:33 am
pakistan, pakistan pm, nawaz sharif, cpec projects, pakistan occupied kashmir, pok, india pakistan ties, world news FILE – In this Feb. 17, 2008 file photo, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, and his brother Shahbaz Sharif address a news conference in Lahore, Pakistan. (AP Photo/File)

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, is his government’s “top priority” and called for “concerted efforts” to ensure timely completion of the USD 46 billion project.

“The prime minister, during a detailed briefing on the CPEC, stressed that the projects in the programme are the top priority of the government and accordingly, concerted efforts should be made to ensure timely progress,” a statement issued by Pakistan government said late last night.

The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform was directed to ensure completion of the first batch of projects in energy and infrastructure sectors by 2017-18, it added.

Sharif noted “significant progress” was being made on the western route of the CPEC and said the project will ensure equitable benefits to people in various areas of Pakistan. China is investing over USD 46 billion in the CPEC, which comprises several projects of energy and infrastructure, in Balochistan.

The project aims to link Pakistani city Gwadar to China’s Xinjiang region via a vast network of highways and railways, allowing China access to the Arabian Sea. India has raised objections to the project as it passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

On  Thursday, the Cabinet was informed that considerable part of portfolio under CPEC has been “energised.” Sharif expressed his firm support for Thar Coal project, and stated had its potential exploited 50 years ago, Pakistan would now have been an energy exporter, according to the statement. Progress made on the Gwadar port project and allied infrastructure facilities was also reviewed in the meeting.

Sharif directed concerned departments for making progress on initiation of work on Gwadar Airport and Eastbay Expressway at the earliest.

He said work on the technical and vocational training institutes of Gwadar should be done on a fast-track basis, making them operational as soon as possible.

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    khan
    Aug 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm
    Oil will cost 3$ per barrel less to Chinese on Gwadar routes. 2100 kilometres less distance and 4 times more berth capacity than Dubai . stan will enjoy the economy boost which has started . Job well done
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      avi
      Aug 19, 2016 at 7:01 am
      Sharif loots Porkistan by avoiding tax/import / export duties/ no electricity charges for his industries. Now he wants to sell off Porkistan to China as a satellite state, nothing new from theisneighbor !
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        deepak samantaray
        Aug 19, 2016 at 6:56 am
        What is India doing? Shouldn't they protest in International court or something?
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          Potthai Lang
          Sep 3, 2016 at 7:53 pm
          stan and China have been Iron Brothers for over 40 years and will remain as it is forever. India will fails in its ill intention to pit stan against China. India is the biggest threat to South Asia.
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            Potthai Lang
            Sep 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm
            stan is not China's colony forever. But stan and China are Iron brothers forever. India is lonely loser who can only carries jealousy.
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              Potthai Lang
              Sep 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm
              Thank you. Can't eat the grapes and say the grapes is sour.
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                Potthai Lang
                Sep 3, 2016 at 7:27 pm
                Typical Indians' sour grape mindset.
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