Senate body accuses govt of lying about CPEC

Published: June 28, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: The members of the Senate standing committee on communication accused the PML-N government of creating confusion regarding projects that fall under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Senate panel in its meeting on Monday refused to accept that eastern and central route of the corridor fall under CPEC project. They said that only western route comes under CPEC and by including eastern and central route the government is misleading people.

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Senator Kalim Agha reminded that during the All Parties Conference (APC) held in January this year, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not inform about any eastern or central route.

Agha further said that an amount of Rs50 billion were allocated for eastern route however eastern route does not fall under the CPEC.

Later the chairman of the senate standing committee Daud Khan Achakzai claimed that Rs3 billion, provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), were allocated for the western route of the CPEC for 2015-16, but so far not even a single penny has been spent on it.

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The National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar informed the committee members that currently there are two projects that NHA is working on that fall under eastern route of CPEC. One is Thakot-Havelian and the project cost is $1.34 billion and the other is Multan-Sukkur project worth $2.9 billion, he said.

However the chairman NHA said that the eastern route is also part of CPEC, but none of the members of the senate standing committee agreed with him.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • NDA
    Jun 28, 2016 - 1:31PM

    There are elements in Senate who are unnecessarily obstructive. Either they are ignorant or feign ignorance . Committee members do not follow official documents and rely on media reports and statements which are always deficient in contents. . All three routes are necessary. Eastern route has most of population centers and manufacturing infrastructure. This is critical to the success of the CPEC project as other two routes. Recommend

  • Faraz
    Jun 29, 2016 - 2:11AM

    Posting a news coming from Kamil Agha is itself stupidity …
    He says so many things on tv every day which are always lieRecommend

  • Mubz
    Jun 29, 2016 - 3:05AM

    This injustice that our beloved (sarcasm) prime minister and his government are involved in and unfortunately our brothers in Punjab are WRONGLY supporting will be the end of Pakistan … just like Bangladesh … we will never learn !!!Recommend

  • Aploitical view
    Jun 29, 2016 - 11:36AM

    Current Pakistan will cease to exist the way CPEC is handled by PMLN. The people of KPK and Balochistan are not involved. Supporting by argument that eastern provided manufacturing facility is irrelevant. Why cannot KPK and balochistan provide that. Recommend

  • Imran khn
    Jun 29, 2016 - 11:38AM

    Current Pakistan will cease to exist the way CPEC is handled by PMLN. The people of KPK and Balochistan are not involved. Supporting by argument that eastern provided manufacturing facility is irrelevant. Why cannot KPK and balochistan provide that?. Please do not make yourself special.Recommend

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