KP MPs to meet PM over CPEC west­ern route

Pakistan Observer - - NA­TIONAL - TARIQ SAEED

PE­SHAWAR— Chief Min­is­ter Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khat­tak Mon­day de­clared in cat­e­gor­i­cal tone that the KP would stand for its rights in China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor ( CPEC) and that the gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion par­ties were on the same page over the CPEC projects and would make no com­pro­mise over their prin­ci­pled stance in this re­gard.

He made these ob­ser­va­tions while chair­ing a meet­ing of the Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa as­sem­bly par­lia­men­tary lead­ers held here on Mon­day to dis­cuss the projects to be com­pleted in the prov­ince un­der the China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor ( CPEC). The meet­ing was at­tended by par­lia­men­tary lead­ers of both op­po­si­tion and coali­tion par­ties.

The meet­ing de­cided to meet Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and de­mand due share for KP in the projects to be com­pleted un­der CPEC. It was also de­cided that writ­ten agree­ment would be signed with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment so that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment could not de­ceive the prov­ince again. The meet­ing also de­cided to present a res­o­lu­tion in KP as­sem­bly for the rights of the prov­ince in CPEC.

The Chief Min­is­ter Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khat­tak on this oc­ca­sion or­dered con­sti­tu­tion of a three mem­bers com­mit­tee to ex­plore pos­si­bil­i­ties of ef­fi­cient eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties on west­ern route of CPEC and to keep li­ai­son with the fed­eral board of in­vest­ment to safe­guard rights of the prov­ince.

The com­mit­tee com­prised of Sahibzada Saeed Chair­man Strate­gic Sup­port Unit Dr Syed Alam Ma­sood Ulasi Tehreek and Ghu­lam Dasta­gir Chair­man Eco­nomic Zone Devel­op­ment and Man­age­ment Com­pany.

The Chief Min­is­ter fur­ther elab­o­rated that west­ern route was short and se­cured as com­pared to the eastern route. He de­manded ex­ten­sion of the fa­cil­i­ties planned for the eastern route to the west­ern route as well.

Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ters Inay­at­ul­lah Khan, Shah Far­man, Aneesa Zaib Tahir Khaili, Spe­cial As­sis­tant Ak­bar Ayub, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Dr Haider Ali, leader of Ulasi Tehreek Dr Said Alam Ma­sood, Chair­man Strate­gic Sup­port Unit Sahibzada Saeed, Sec­re­tary In­dus­tries Dr Ak­bar Dur­rani, Chair­man Eco­nomic Zone Devel­op­ment and Man­age­ment Com­pany Ghu­lam Dasta­gir and other at­tended the meet­ing.

Samita Khawar Di­rec­tor Pub­lic Sec­tor and Gov­ern­ment Prac­tice de­liv­ered a pre­sen­ta­tion on the im­por­tance of CPEC and its ben­e­fits for Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa. The ex­pert un­der­lined the need of un­der­tak­ing a de­tailed study for chalk­ing out eco­nomic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion eco­nomic map on the west­ern route.

Dr Said Alam Ma­sood in­formed that be­sides short and se­cured, the west­ern route was also near­est to south Asian states and was pass­ing through a built rich of min­eral re­sources.

The par­tic­i­pant termed the west­ern route as en­vi­ron­men­tal friendly and stressed the need of pro­vi­sion of eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties on the route en­abling it to play an ef­fi­cient role in the devel­op­ment of the marginal­ized ar­eas.

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