Balochistan development top priority: Chinese envoy

Published: October 12, 2018
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Governments of both the countries are working on a mechanism to provide Balochistan a major share in CPEC, the Chinese ambassador says. PHOTO: FILE

Governments of both the countries are working on a mechanism to provide Balochistan a major share in CPEC, the Chinese ambassador says. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: A Chinese delegation led by Ambassador Yao Jing visited Bugti House to discuss the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and provincial development programme with Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) leader MPA Gohram Bugti.

Jing discussed social development projects under the CPEC with Bugti and assured that Balochistan’s development would be the Chinese government’s top priority.

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“After building economic zones in Balochistan under the umbrella of CPEC, the local population will get enormous job opportunities,” the Chinese ambassador told Bugti. “The governments of both the countries are working on a mechanism to provide Balochistan a major share in the CPEC.”

Lauding the ambassador’s special visit, Bugti said, “We have thoroughly discussed CPEC and its benefits for the people of Balochistan. Chinese officials have assured us that they are working on social development of Balochistan.

“After completion of CPEC, Pakistan and Balochistan will move towards a new era of development. The brotherly relations between Pakistan and China have been getting stronger.”

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The JWP leader said, “As Balochistan is the least development province of Pakistan, we ask the Chinese government to assist and invest here in social development, particularly in the health and education sectors.

“There is an urgent need of international assistance for the province’s health and education sectors and we hope that China will assist the provincial and central governments in building a new infrastructure in Balochistan.”

Bugti presented traditional tribal gifts to the Chinese ambassador, showed him cultural pictures of the Baloch nation and shared the information of political career of his late grandfather Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.

Later, Bugti invited the ambassador to visit Dera Bugti.

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