CPEC to be a gamechanger in re­gion: Qayyum

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

LA­HORE—Pak­istan Mus­lim League Nawaz (PMLN) Sen­a­tor Lt-Gen (Retd) Abdul Qayyum Thurs­day said the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) was im­per­a­tive for de­vel­op­ment of Pak­istan and will prove to be a game changer in the re­gion.

Talk­ing to APP, he said the CPEC would ben­e­fit the whole re­gion, adding that un­der the CPEC, new link roads and tun­nels would be con­structed. “This cor­ri­dor has great im­por­tance for China as well and it will shorten dis­tances be­tween the linked coun­tries.”

The project will ben­e­fit the Western part of China and even In­dia and Afghanistan will also get ben­e­fits from this project. Pak­istan wants sus­tain- able re­la­tions with its neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, Qayyum said.

He said China and Pak­istan had deep ties and they had a re­la­tion of mu­tual con­fi­dence. Since the in­cep­tion of Pak­istan, the re­la­tions be­tween the two neigh­bour­ing coun­tries had been go­ing strong, he added.

He said the heavy in­vest­ment of China in Pak­istan showed Bei­jing’s in­ter­est in Pak­istan, adding that this in­vest­ment is a proof of deep and strong ties be­tween the two coun­tries. The CPEC would change the face of the re­gion and in­crease the vol­ume of ex­ports as Gwadar port is the most suit­able route of trade for Cen­tral Asian coun­tries, he added.

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