'Fibre optic cables from Khunjerab to Islamabad made operational'

CPEC chairman says the next phase will cover Islamabad to Karachi and Gwadar


News Desk July 12, 2020
Photo Courtesy Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa's Twitter

New fibre optic cables from Khunjerab Pass to Islamabad, laid under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, have been made operational, said CPEC Chairperson Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa in a tweet on Sunday.

He added that fibre optic cables will be laid from Islamabad to Karachi and Gwadar in the next phase.

The Pak-China fibre optic cable is to be laid along three main routes of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including railway tracks.

The two countries have already activated first phase of the fibre optic cable, which is an 820km-long cable project from Rawalpindi to Khunjerab. In this regard, a Chinese company has already conducted successful tests and can generate a lot of revenue for the government.

On July 10, the CPEC Authority was thanked for facilitating the realisation of the Kohala and Azad Pattan power projects, by Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Raja Farooq Haider, and the chief executive officers (CEOs) of China Three Gorges and China Gezhouba.

This CPEC chairman had announced in a tweet that the meetings were held separately and discussed the process of the two projects' execution.

He had stated that a total of 1800MW of hydel power will be produced under the projects, whereas 8,000 jobs will also be created.

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