Pakistan

PM chairs APC on economic corridor

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of parliamentary leaders of political parties began here on the Pakistan China Economic Corridor (PCEC) project chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, ARY News reported.

The meeting will deliberate over the issues related to Pakistan China Economic Corridor (PCEC).

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing the meeting expressed his government’s policy to seek national consensus over the matters of national importance.

Prime Minister Sharif also lauded the law enforcement agencies performance in Safoora attack investigations and congratulated the Chief Minister of Sindh for arrest of the attackers involved in the bus attack.

The mega project will oversee construction of three alignments from Gwadar to Kashghar as well as the establishment of energy projects and industrial zones across the country.

Earlier on May 13, the APC, convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to evolve consensus on the proposed route of the Corridor project, remained inconclusive as participants decided to form a parliamentary committee to oversee the project.

The moot on May 13 was cut short due to the horrific Safoora Goth attack in Karachi that left 47 people of the Ismaili community dead.

Some planning aspects and technicalities associated with the route have been criticized on political forums and the media for varying reasons. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa legislature adopted a resolution against the alleged decision of the central government to change the route of the proposed project by diverting the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The provincial assembly advised the central government to stick to the same route as agreed upon between the governments of Pakistan and China.

The central government however emphatically clarified that no change in the original route of the corridor has been decided.

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