CPEC east­ern, western routs linked with each other: NA told

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IS­LAM­ABAD: State Min­is­ter for Par­lia­men­tary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed on Thurs­day in­formed the Na­tional As­sem­bly that China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) pro­ject's east­ern and western routes would be con­nected to each other. He said the CPEC pro­ject was not only the name of roads but $46 bil­lion pro­ject in­clud­ing en­ergy projects and all provinces would get from this gi­gan­tic pro­ject of na­tional in­ter­est.

He dis­pelled the im­pres­sion that 87 per­cent of CPEC projects were be­ing set up in Pun­jab. He said the govern­ment was spend­ing amount on Burhan, Mian­wali, Dera Is­mail Khan and Zhob sec­tion, adding that $ 46 bil­lions are not only for roads it also in­cluded en­ergy projects as well. He said a 10-mem­ber com­mit­tee headed by the Prime Min­is­ter and in­clud­ing all chief min­is­ters had been formed to re­move reser­va­tions of small provinces about the western route. He said the western route would start from Dear Is­mail Khan link­ing Zhob and will reach to Gwadar.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Cli­mate Change and Con­vener Sub­Com­mit­tee of Par­lia­men­tary Re­forms, Zahid Hamid Thurs­day in­formed the Na­tional As­sem­bly that the com­mit­tee had pre­pared a draft of seven sep­a­rate laws re­gard­ing elec­toral re­forms which would be tabled in the House af­ter its ap­proval from the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion, he said there was a con­sen­sus in the com­mit­tee to in­tro­duce elec­toral re­forms in con­duct­ing the com­ing elec­tions in a trans­par­ent man­ner and to avoid com­plaints of rig­ging. He in­formed the house that the par­lia­men­tary re­forms com­mit­tee headed by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar and its sub-com­mit­tee had con­vened 51 meet­ings till date where all stake­hold­ers were be­ing con­sulted. Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion, Min­is­ter for Par­lia­men­tary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said that the govern­ment was ready for de­lim­i­ta­tion of con­stituen­cies af­ter con­sen­sus.

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