K-P censures change in route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Says Dera Ismail Khan had been removed from proposed list; whereas Layaah, Bhaakar and Multan have been included


Manzoor Ali April 22, 2015
K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. PHOTO: ONLINE

PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Wednesday strongly criticised changes to the original plan of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Addressing a press conference at the Chief Minister House on Wednesday, Khattak raised concerns vis-à-vis the CPEC, which had has been a subject of speculation in media and political circles for the past many months.

The chief minister was candid about K-P’s concerns over the proposed projects, saying the route would only come to light once the province gets its due right.

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The chief minister said the CPEC’s original plan envisaged to pass through Khunjerab, Gilgit, Kohistan, Shangla, Battagram, Mansehra, Abbotabad, Haripur, Hassanabad, Mianwali, Dera Ismail Khan, Dera Ghazai Khan, Dera Murad Jamali, Khuzdar, Panjgur and Gawadar. However, after the realignment, Dera Ismail Khan had been removed from the proposed list; whereas Layaah, Bhaakar and Multan were included.

He further said out of the total agreements worth $27.7 billion, K-P’s share was $2.7 billion, whereas Punjab gets the lion share of $11 billion.

Sindh’s share, said Khattak, was $9 billion, while there was no mention of Balochistan.

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Khattak also cast doubts over the Chinese investment spree, saying it did not appear transparent. He said under the present conditions, the two governments should sit down and agree on the projects, without any consideration for competition and open bidding.

The K-P chief minister demanded that the original project passing through DI Khan should be retained, adding that about seven to eight new cities were planned to be built around the route, but according to the new plan, not even a single one seems likely.

He also seemed skeptical about investment in coal, wind and solar projects, saying K-P had feasibilities of about 5,000MW of cheap hydroelectric projects.

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“We are searching for investors to invest in these projects and they (the federal government) are going after pricey projects,” he said.

Khattak said K-P, Bolchistan and Sindh had discussed this issue already and were on the same page.

“K-P would contest this injustice on every forum,” he said, adding that the federal government and departments concerned have so far not arranged a briefing on the subject despite repeated reminders by his government.

COMMENTS (23)

Ghulam Farid | 6 years ago | Reply Route 1,2,3 pass through all provinces. So no need of confusion in depriving any province. Its only some unhappy elements causing this confusion. We should understand agenda of these people for future. Its only their base which they want to establish and we should not believe them and let not them establish on this ground.
falak naz mardan | 6 years ago | Reply @James: you and all the above friends supported their stances by quoting from historical references which is not pragmatic but political. friends each and every one know the wounds of only kp and karachi people just for the survival of country we were not really terrorist but made for the cause but never objected. no one said anything good and brotherly but if now see material greed jumping like fox.stop your comments it is the right of those who can face hardships for the country and they are the only people of kp and karachi city the rest should mind their businesses.have you lost one of your near and dear.they are we who passed through the experience
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