ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and Sardar Akhtar Mengal of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) Saturday stressed the need for removing concerns of all stakeholders over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Talking to media after a meeting with BNP Chief here, Fazl said CPEC is a project of national interest and all provinces should have equal benefits of the project. The Maulana confirmed his participation in an All Parties Conference (APC) convened by BNP-M on the issue of CPEC being held Sunday (today).
“The CPEC consists of many important components and all the provinces should have their share in economic activity related components so less developed areas of the country could also be brought at part with the developed areas. Without these economic projects the corridor will mean just another road. The government should clarify all these aspects to the provinces in a bid to create consensus among the stakeholders,” Rehman said.
“Underdeveloped areas have great expectations from this corridor. Therefore, they should be given utmost priority,” he stressed. To a question, he said that JUI-F has sent a message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for a meeting. “We are waiting for the meeting to raise this issue,” he said. Rehman noted that there was nothing on Google map about the economic corridor and that federal government was doing just lip service. Speaking on this occasion, Sardar Akhtar Mengal questioned the significance of CPEC without Gwadar.
“We are sensing a lack of transparency in the project,” he said, adding that he would highlight his apprehensions in the APC. He said that government must satisfy the stakeholders over the investment of China in Pakistan in various development projects, especially CPEC. The JUI-F chief called for developing national consensus for economic development of the country which was the need of the hour to overcome the prevailing crises.
Fazal said that reports of change in route of CPEC project have created distress among the political parties and their reservation must be removed. “We don’t want deadlock over the issue, but government should also inform the stakeholders about the realities in this regard and avoid obscuring the facts,” he added.