CPEC to be completed at all costs: Army chief

Published: July 25, 2015
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PHOTO: ISPR

PHOTO: ISPR

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Saturday said the country is aware of the ‘rivals’ campaign’ against China,  Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and vowed to complete it at all costs.

“We are acutely aware of our rivals’ campaign against CPEC,” the army chief was quoted as saying by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). He vowed to that the armed forces are to pay any price to turn this cherished dream into a reality.

The army chief inspected five roads under construction as part of the project in Panjgur, Balochistan and was told that 502 of 870 kilometers of the road network project have been completed.

Read: Linking Gwadar : FWO pulls off rare road building feat

“Roads will link Gwadar to the rest of the country and yield the envisioned dividend of the port and corridor to transform people’s lives and bring prosperity,” General Raheel added.

Read: Pak-China economic corridor: Army chief vows to defeat enemy’s designs

“The port and corridor are being built as the most strategic deep seaport in the region,” he said. Further, General Raheel commended the workers and soldiers of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) for their bravery and ability to maintain quality in the construction of the project.

Read: China reassured of tight security for corridor

He also applauded Frontier Constabulary and police for bringing about a noticeable change in the overall security situation of the province.

Paying rich tributes to the valiant people of the province, the army chief expressed gratitude for their unconditional support.

“Balochistan’s potential will only be realised through the entire nation’s support for its security; a secure and peaceful environment is a must for the project,” the army chief stressed.

The Frontier Works Organisation, the construction arm of Pakistan Army, has completed 502 kilometres of the 870 kilometre road network project for linking Gwadar Port with the rest of the country.

The project encompasses construction of 870 kilometres of road. Deployment was approved in February 2014 and FWO units were mobilised on sites in March 2014. Presently 11 units were employed on various road projects in Balochistan. To date 502 kilometres of road has been completed in less than one-and-a-half year.

FWO has faced armed attacks from insurgents many times. Construction of these roads will link Gawadar Port with upcountry by multiple routes including Chaman through N-25, Dera Ismail Khan through N-50 and Indus Highway N-55.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Aamir-Toronto
    Jul 25, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Pak army and COAS zinda baad !!!Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Jul 25, 2015 - 8:45PM

    We are with you General Saab!Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Jul 26, 2015 - 1:40AM

    Pakistan, would soon be called MADE FOR CHINA if not MADE IN CHINA.

    There are only two other rogue nations North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) who were earlier MADE BY CHINA and they are for ever staunch sycophants of China and ruled by military junta since last 50 years or so.Recommend

  • Dojo
    Jul 26, 2015 - 9:42AM

    Raheel Sharif is the only true patriot that Pakistan has. He is the only leader that the country needs.

    Inshallah, the corrupt politicians will go away and Raheel Sharif will take over the govt. This is the only way to remove corruption and poverty. Recommend

  • Yeahh
    Jul 26, 2015 - 9:49AM

    @mahakaalchakra:

    Don’t be so jealous dude. You country will catch up with Pakistan in 30-40 years. Recommend

  • Deep State
    Jul 26, 2015 - 10:47AM

    Now again Pakistan is becoming a scapegoat, just like their past,Pakistan never learns and, been a long time since we heard some good news from NWFP or Baloch wait and watch in the comming years how much coastly this wil become for the citizens on Pakistan.
    Karachi looks so shabby with military in the streets,the whole of Pakistan will lookmore shabby in the comming years.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Jul 26, 2015 - 12:02PM

    @mahakaalchakra:
    You need a potent balm to treat your unhealing anuz blisters. Good luck!!Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jul 26, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Mastah’s orders need to be followedRecommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Jul 26, 2015 - 3:33PM

    feeling bad for Ahsan Iqbal and his team in planning commission and CPEC secretariat. Same goes for Mushahid Hussain for his untiring efforts for pak china relationship.
    Someone else is going to take all credit of their hardwork by driving in smart cars and uniform. we are a nation in love with uniform and gunsRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 29, 2015 - 12:41AM

    The government is still creating confusion about the route particularly Mr Ahsan Iqbal who does not know ABC of defense and engineering technology. The burden,now, lies on the shoulders of General Raheel Shareef to make sure that route be as far away as possible from our border with India.Recommend

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