CPEC will see several govts before its completion: President Mamnoon

Published: June 1, 2016
President Mamnoon Hussain addresses the joint session of parliament on Wednesday. PHOTO: NNI

President Mamnoon Hussain addresses the joint session of parliament on Wednesday. PHOTO: NNI

President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said the $46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project will see several governments before its completion.

Addressing a joint Parliament session in Islamabad, President Mamnoon said, “Governments come and go but the state remains, hence CPEC too will see several elections and governments before its completion.”

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“Reservations shown by certain circles regarding the CPEC project are weightless,” he said, adding if individuals have reservations regarding the project, they must discuss it.

One of Pakistan’s biggest economic projects, CPEC was signed between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Xi Jinping’s government. However, no date has ever been given regarding its completion.

Delving into the ongoing rift between the government and opposition parties, the president said, opposition has no right to impose its will on the government through illegal means.

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“While the government should take the opposition’s criticism on economic policies positively, opposition has no right to impose its beliefs on the government.”

Addressing the session, the president said, “[the] Government of Pakistan and all political parties must work together to strengthen democracy.”

“We must ensure that the economy does not suffer due to personal differences.” The president said the democratic march during the last three years has been progressing successfully despite ups and downs.

The president said the political progression is testimony to the fact that political system has gained the potential to face crises successfully.

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Referring to the foreign policy, President Mamnoon said, “Pakistan’s foreign policy is based on three factors: constructive diplomacy, non-interference, and trade and economic cooperation.”

The father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted the country’s foreign policy to be based on peaceful co-existence with all neighbours, the president said.

However, he said, “Problems will continue to exist in the region until the Kashmir issue is resolved in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.”

Lauding efforts of the Pakistan Army, President Mamnoon told those in attendance that operation Zarb-e-Azb will be completed by the end of this year.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Sajid Qureshi
    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:29PM

    Up and down is an inherit of Pakistan since its inception, but we should compromise on anything to complete the CPEC project ASAP. Our budget remain in deficit every year, Per capita GDP is 1561 while Per Capita income 1530 which very low. Therefore, completion of CPEC project is our utmost priority to groom and make the economic situation better in the country. Let’s do not depend on the political instability, Let’s support the leader who really work hard for the economic initiative, Let’s do work hard to complete the project sooner than later. Recommend

  • IK
    Jun 1, 2016 - 11:21PM

    This will annoy NS government as believe they should be power until this completes. No wonder there were rumors of Zardari taking the presidency one more time. The country will definitely flourish under both as long as the two families are running the affairs of our country.Recommend

  • Irfan
    Jun 1, 2016 - 11:50PM

    One is left bewildered as to what kind of meaning this gentleman wants to convy.Recommend

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