RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Saturday said that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar Port would be built and developed as one of the most strategic deep sea port in the region at all costs.
During his visit to Panjgur and Turbat in Balochistan, he said, “We are acutely aware of our rivals’ campaign against the Corridor project” and vowed that the armed forces were ready to pay any price to turn the long cherished dream into reality.
The COAS inspected a part of under construction road network as part of the CPEC by Frontier Works Organization (FWO), according to ISPR here.
General Raheel Sharif appreciated the FWO for their untiring efforts in the construction of such a vast road network across the length and breadth of Balochistan against all odds at such an amazing pace and paid rich tributes to FWO soldiers for sacrificing their lives and limbs for undertaking this national project.
Emphasizing the importance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, he said that the construction of these roads would link Gawadar Port with rest of the country at Chaman and Indus Highway to yield the real envisioned dividend of the Port and Corridor project to transform the lives of people and bring prosperity to the region.
During briefing, the COAS was apprised that as many as 11 units of FWO have been employed in Balochistan for construction of 870 KM long stretch of roads at five different locations simultaneously, out of which 502 kilometers of roads have already been completed in less than one and half year on the special directive of the COAS.
While talking to notables of the area, he paid rich tributes to the proud and valiant people of Balochistan and thanked them for their unconditional cooperation and support for these projectsm assuring them that they would be best served by these projects.
The COAS said that the potential of Balochistan as a regional hub for trade in goods and energy would only be realized with a whole of nation approach for its security and development.
General Raheel Sharif emphasized that a secure and peaceful environment was a must to push all the planned development work.
He lauded the law enforcement agencies for bringing a noticeable change in the overall security situation of the province.
He specially commended FC and police for recently conducted successful op against some foreign funded terrorists who were involved in disruption of law and order in the province.
The COAS said that the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb was not only an operation but a concept for a terror-free Pakistan.
It would continue to target all militants without any discrimination and hunt down terrorists anywhere across the country to achieve the end objective, he added.