PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is personally monitoring CPEC projects
Newly Elected Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that he is personally looking after the projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He added that the CPEC is a way to regional prosperity and development.
“CPEC projects are our government’s highest priority and I am personally supervising the progress of these hallmark projects be it infrastructure, energy, railway or other sectors”, said the Prime Minister.
He also appreciated the role of Parliamentary Committee on CPEC in building a national consensus over its projects. He has given these remarks while talking to Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed who held the meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at PM Office here Tuesday and presented the report of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC to the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister stated that CPEC is a game changer not only for Pakistan but the entire region. CPEC projects are the testament to the ever-strengthening China – Pakistan relations and will also go a long way in securing a bright future for Pakistan.
Pakistan, China to strengthen strategic partnership in all fields
Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Rehman Malik here called on China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and reviewed the security situation, with particular reference to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). During the meeting, both sides exchanged views on China-Pakistan relations, the construction, and security guarantee work of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of China’s $900 billion Dollar global development plan called ‘Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), says a message received here from Beijing.
Rehman Malik was leading a delegation to visit China. The visit of the Interior Ministry’s senior official to China came at a time when a new government took over in Pakistan, led by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. To counter the speculations and negative impact on CPEC project after removal of PM Nawaz Sharif, both governments of China and Pakistan immediately released statements giving assurance of support to continue development work on CPEC, a vital link for China to peruse global development goals. From the Chinese side, Premier Li Keqiang expressed China’s commitment to continue to promote the development of bilateral cooperation by stating ‘Chinese side is ready to work with the Pakistan side to strengthen mutually beneficial China-Pakistan strategic partnership in all fields, and promote the development of CPEC for the betterment of two countries and well-being of peoples, and to contribute to peace and stability in the region’.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, while meeting Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong, also guaranteed by saying that he will work to implement CPEC as it was being implemented, and he will personally manage the speedy achievement of all the projects under the CPEC.
Beyond CPEC, our economic cooperation will further enhance, the Prime Minister stated. Currently, a large number of Chinese nationals are living and working in Pakistan, mainly engaged in the implementation of CPEC’s related projects.
Protection of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan is the ‘top priority’ of the government, Pakistan government assured to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi when he visited Islamabad in June 2017.To further beef up the security, Pakistan has established a 15,000-strong military force dedicated to protecting Chinese nationals working on energy and infrastructure projects under CPEC in the country. —TNS