All parties have assured their support for economic corridor: PM Nawaz

Published: May 28, 2015
File photo of prime minister addressing the All Parties Conference at PM House on January 2, 2015. PHOTO: PID

File photo of prime minister addressing the All Parties Conference at PM House on January 2, 2015. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday stated that all political parties have assured their support for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The premier said this during the All Parties Conference (APC), which he was chairing in Islamabad.

Various political leaders including PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, JI chief Sirajul Haq, Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah, PPP leader Sherry Rehman, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman were in attendance.

The premier began the meeting by condemning the brutal attack on the Ismaili community in Karachi on May 13 and thanked Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah for his efforts.

“I would like to thank Qaim Ali Shah and law enforcement agencies in Karachi who caught the culprits behind the Safoora attack,” Nawaz said.

Talking about the CPEC, Nawaz said that the corridor holds great importance in the history of Pakistan.

The premier reiterated that such investments had not taken place in the past.

“China is Pakistan’s friend,” he said. “China supports Pakistan as a nation without focusing on a particular party,” he added.

The premier said that the country should move forward on national matters with one voice and a united stance.

“This will also send a good message to China that the entire Pakistani nation is committed to the economic corridor project,” he said.

Later on, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal took the podium and went on to justify some ‘reservations’ that lawmakers had with the corridor.

“Various people are saying that the $46 billion given are being distributed inefficiently,” he said.

“Of the $46 billion, $34 billion has been dedicated to energy. The government does not have this money, private companies do. They are working on bankable projects,” he added.

Further, he stated that there has been no change in the route of the corridor, adding that it will be complete by the year 2030.

The APC was summoned to take political leadership into confidence over the route of the planned Economic Corridor between Pakistan and China. The project is being dubbed as a ‘fate changer’ not only for Pakistan, but for the entire region.

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The project will oversee construction of three alignments from Gwadar to Kasghar as well as the establishment of energy projects and industrial zones all over the country.

This was the second All Parties Conference on the China-Pakistan economic corridor. Earlier on May 13, an APC was convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to evolve consensus on the proposed route of the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, remained inconclusive as participants decided to form a parliamentary committee to oversee the project.

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Ahsan Iqbal gave a comprehensive briefing to the participants about the economic corridor and said it was not confined to a specific route rather it was a concept that encompassed all areas of the country.

The May 13 APC met with heavy criticism from various politicians as they wished for the meeting to be postponed due to the horrific Safoora attack in Karachi that left 45 people of the Ismaili community dead.

The meeting however, went on as planned, but was cut short.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Liaqat ali
    May 28, 2015 - 11:22AM

    I hope it doesnt become another Kalabagh dam. Overall National interests need to take precedence over everything else. Kalabagh dam was a part of indus water treaty and was supposed to be constructed even before Tarbela but alas , political expediencies and vested interests prevailed over national interest . We keep suffering terribly from that episode.I thought the case for economic corridor was clear .It is not the name of one road or rail track , it is the whole netwrok and economic zones .I think the whole nation should get united to make it happen . Recommend

  • pakistani
    May 28, 2015 - 11:54AM

    beware of the traitors among us.Recommend

  • Josh
    May 28, 2015 - 12:38PM

    I don’t know how many “APCs” have now been done by the Government over the last year alone. APC has become an easy place to hide behind and use that to cover for government’s failure and lack of decision making…. It defeats the objective of having a functioning parliament. Recommend

  • AVMPolpot
    May 28, 2015 - 1:34PM

    ” The meeting however, went on as planned, but was cut short.”
    What does that mean? ET the standard of english is falling lower and lower everyday.Obviously your staff has Axact degress.Recommend

  • pareshan
    May 28, 2015 - 1:52PM

    A look at those sitting on Nawaz Sharif’s left is more depressing than the proceedings. Was it a monolog or a dialog?Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    May 28, 2015 - 2:13PM

    This is an issue to be discussed in Parliament, it is bigger forum, not in APC. APS episode was also discussed in APC, what happened NAP implemented. Why is the govt reluctant to show the original route to members of APC? Recommend

  • Ranjha
    May 28, 2015 - 2:20PM

    beware of the traitors among us.

    We are and ET has reinforced the point by putting their picture above — the nefarious characters are clearly visible!Recommend

  • Ibrar
    May 28, 2015 - 2:27PM

    Government must ensure that all provinces are satisfied over what this Corridor is, no matter how many more APCs may be necessary. Misconceptions and misunderstanding over the issue will only delay implementation, nation further divided and an opportunity missed.Recommend

  • Shakil
    May 28, 2015 - 2:32PM

    Anyone heard about APC in any of the democracy in the world? Why in Pakistan?
    it has no place in law or constitution but only a useless exercise for ego boost of micky mouse leaders.Recommend

  • Rights
    May 28, 2015 - 4:46PM

    Enough of the imperialism of Punjab over smaller provinces. If wadda “brother” province of Punjab cannot give people of smaller provinces any of their rights then Punjabis should not force other nations to live as part of Pakistan.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    May 28, 2015 - 5:43PM

    PML N government has damaged the cause of #CPEC more than anyone else. Let PML N Govt prove that they believe in the sanctity of Federation. Following actions will prove that #CPEC is for all.
    1. All three routes should be developed.
    2. All three routes should have same quality roads.
    3. Locations of Special Economic Zones should not be imposed but left to the discretion of provinces.
    4. NHA should spend its budget in transparent manner and declare the amount being spent in each province. They should release last 10 years allocations to provinces.
    5. services of Provincial Coordination Committee should be utilized and things should not be left to discretion of Ahsan Iqbal & his hand picked bureaucrats from Punjab.Recommend

  • May 28, 2015 - 6:53PM

    Need same stand on sectors like education, health, justice, etc Probably more important than this oneRecommend

    May 28, 2015 - 7:04PM

    on the left side of P.M. maulana diesel and the right Mr.10 % pillars of corruption… Recommend

    May 28, 2015 - 8:20PM

    The corridor has to go through Lahore and everyone has to agree as the two Sharifs are from Lahore end of story. Recommend

  • Atsul Kalam
    May 28, 2015 - 11:41PM

    I would like to request the author of the article to please stop addressing the PM as dht “Premier” this gives an impression of a King, Royal or soon to be a dictator. Please stick to to Prime Minister or PM it sounds much more reasonable, unless you are trying to create that impression..Recommend

  • sterry
    May 29, 2015 - 12:38AM

    @A J Khan: Did you ever see such a project in the history of Pakistan? Why not appreciate the efforts of the Sharifs who made this possible. The Chinese are not gifting money to Pakistan. They are making an investment for their own benefit too. If you are spending billions, do you want a road going through an area with criminals and dacoits or do you want a safe route to transport your goods. It’s easy to blame Sharifs but be fair. I am sure that Western Corridor will be made too but the key now is to get things going and improve existing roads and routes which are safe.Recommend

  • Atsul Kalam
    May 29, 2015 - 7:11AM

    @sterry: A J Khan comments are very justified, please don’t be short sighted, give all the credit where its due. Giving credit to Sharif’s for this and everything positive happening in Pakistan would be similar to blaming them for everything bad happening. These kind of things are planned and executed over decades where multiple administrations get involved.

    This CPEC is an opportunity that is coming to Pakistan due to it’s geographical location, global political and economic tug of war. Obviously Pakistan’s proven and positive relationship with China that spans over half a century also play a role here.

    It would be so naive to think that China came up with this CPEC idea and proposal in last few years.because of some magical thing that Sharif’s did.

    Pakistan and Pakistanis would be lucky if Sharif’s can only catch this offer ethically and fairly and avoid losses to corruption and cronyism.

    I hope they do what is best for the COUNTRY and not just one province and people from ALL provinces force them to be fair. Recommend

  • Najia Omar Jafri
    May 29, 2015 - 11:05AM

    @A J Khan:
    The pseudo-intellectuals trying to create confusion against CPEC have failed, despite Indian funding.Recommend

  • dude
    May 30, 2015 - 9:45AM

    we must stop thisRecommend

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