Leaders of the Awami National Party (ANP) submitted a resolution at the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly Secretariat on Friday, requesting the federal government to not change the route of the Pak-China Economic Corridor.
ANP parliamentary leader Sardar Hussain Babak and deputy parliamentary leader Syed Jafar Shah moved the resolution which states that when the two countries signed the agreement for establishing the Pak-China Economic Corridor, it was proposed the route will run from Kashgar, China through Abbottabad, Mianwali, DI Khan and Zhob to Gwadar.
According to the resolution, the proposed route will have positive effects on the economies of K-P and the tribal areas as well as the underdeveloped areas of Punjab and Balochistan.
“K-P, a war-hit province, desperately needs economic development and the federal government should not make any changes in the corridor’s route,” it states.
The government should retain the route decided at the time of the agreement because any alterations will be an injustice with an already underdeveloped region, the resolution adds.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2015.
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