January 11, 2016
APC on CPEC exhorts govt to remove Balochistan's reservations
Speaking on this occasion, Sardar Akhtar Mengal questioned the significance of CPEC without Gwadar. Sharing details of his meeting, Qureshi told The Express Tribune that "we gave an assurance to the ambassador that we don't have any issue with China and we are in favour of the CPEC". "The rights of natural resources and sea ports of the province should be handed over to Balochistan government", he demanded.
"The CPEC is the consensus reached between China and Pakistan, and has won popular support from the two peoples". "Doesn't federal government want to make any infrastructure in KP and Balochistan?" he asked.
He said KP and Balochistan were backward provinces and solid steps should be taken to end their deprivations. "No one should treat us like that", he said. Qureshi said it was pledged in an all parties' conference (APC) that the western route would be completed first.
"The CPEC consists of many important components and all the provinces should have their share in economic activity related components so less developed areas of the country could also be brought at part with the developed areas".
The APC was attended by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Qaumi Watan Party Chief Aftab Khan Sherpao, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, PML-N leader Senator Raja Zafarul Haq, former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, PPP leaders Senator Taj Haider and Farhatullah Khan Babar, representatives of Awami National Party, National Party and others.
The speakers said that it was high time to develop consensus on the CPEC.
In a statement on Saturday, the Chinese Embassy spokesman said that his country hopes that congenial atmosphere would be created between the relevant parties in Pakistan for completion of the CPEC.
He said that Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh would get $7.1 billion, $6.9 billion and $11 billion respectively from the total $46-billion CPEC project for initiating power generation projects in the mentioned provinces.
Mengal Group (BNP-M) to address the concerns of several political parties and leaders over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held in Islamabad on Sunday.
The minister said that all the reservations of Balochistan's parliamentary parties regarding the western route of CPEC have been removed and the provincial government has also assured its full support for the completion of the project.