No threat to CPEC from US, West: Nawaz

However, some regional powers are unhappy with the multibillion-dollar project, says the PM


APP February 24, 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said he did not feel the United States or the West are opposed to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), but added that some ‘regional powers’ appear to have a problem with the multibillion-dollar project.

“I don’t sense any conspiracy is being hatched by the US or the West against CPEC,” the premier told reporters at a breakfast meeting in Ankara before leaving for Pakistan after completing his three-day visit. “But some regional powers are unhappy with this project,” he said in reply to a question about the economic corridor.

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Speaking about Afghanistan, Premier Nawaz said Pakistan was a well-wisher for the war-torn country and urged the government in Kabul to realise that. “Pakistan has always desire peace and stability in Afghanistan and wants to contribute to its development,” he said.

When asked about the recent wave of terror incidents in Pakistan, the prime minister said that even though many of those attacks had been traced back to elements hiding in Afghanistan, Islamabad still wants to see its neighbour achieve stability. “A peaceful Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the region,” he added.

COMMENTS (5)

PrakashG | 4 years ago | Reply US does not have a problem with CPEC? Just look at where the US-Pak relations have gone ever since announcement of CPEC - cancellation of F-16 deal, withholding of CSF etc. It is up to Pakistan to take a hint.
Lumdheeng | 4 years ago | Reply The project name given CPEC, because it's a Chinese investment in a Pakistan's Baluchistan province. Why would China invest billions of dollars, because it lies there interest to reduce cost,time,energy for shipment. India is only opposed, because the Silk route, goes through Kashmir under Pakistan administration which is claimed by India. China and Pakistan know that Baluchis (terror groups) of the province Baluchistan are opposed to this project and feel the threat, an assumptions that India supports Baloch terror groups.It's a completely Chinese project and China will protect with full force.
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