Nawaz heads an on-going APC in Islamabad
An All Parties Conference (APC) on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project is currently underway in Islamabad.
The meeting is being presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Various political leaders including PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, JI chief Sirajul Haq, Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman are in attendance.
The premier began the meeting by condemning the brutal attack on the Ismaili community in Karachi on May 13 and thanked Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah for his efforts.
“I would like to thank Qaim Ali Shah and law enforcement agencies in Karachi who caught the culprits behind the Safoora attack,” Nawaz said.
Later on, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal took the podium and went on to justify some ‘reservations’ that lawmakers had with the corridor.
“Various people are saying that the $46 billion given are being distributed inefficiently,” he said.
“Of the $46 billion, $34 billion has been dedicated to energy. The government does not have this money, private companies do. They are working on bankable projects,” he added.
The APC has been summoned to take political leadership into confidence over the route of the planned Economic Corridor between Pakistan and China.
This project is being dubbed as a ‘fate changer’ not only for Pakistan, but for the entire region.
The project will oversee construction of three alignments from Gwadar to Kasghar as well as the establishment of energy projects and industrial zones all over the country.
This is the second All Parties Conference on the China-Pakistan economic corridor.
The first meeting was held on May 13.
Earlier on May 13, the APC, convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to evolve consensus on the proposed route of the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, remained inconclusive as participants decided to form a parliamentary committee to oversee the project.
Ahsan Iqbal gave a comprehensive briefing to the participants about the economic corridor and said it was not confined to a specific route rather it was a concept that encompassed all areas of the country.
The May 13 APC met with heavy criticism from various politicians as they wished for the meeting to be postponed due to the horrific Safoora attack in Karachi that left 45 people of the Ismaili community dead.
The meeting however, went on as planned, but was cut short.
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