Farogh Naseem led meeting discuss observations over CPEC Authority Ordinance
ISLAMABAD (APP): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Makhdom Khusro Bakhtiar has said China had expressed its satisfaction over the speed of development work on CPEC. Talking to private news channel on Wednesday, he said Railway line project ‘ML-1’ was the most important project for development of the country. To a question, he said the previous government of Pakistan Muslims League (PML-N) gave priority to orange line train project and ignored the development of economic zones under CPEC. No initiative had been taken in PML-N government tenure to provide gas and electricity to these economic zones, he added. Khusro Bakhtiar pointed out that the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government had allocated Rs 20 billion for provision of electricity to the economic zones.
All preparations had been made to inaugurate Rashakai economic zone during next month, he added. The minister said 7,000 megawatt electricity would be added to national grid stations under CPEC. He said the government was developing Gawadar on priority as shipping hub of the country. China Pakistan Business Council had been established to boost business activities between the two countries, he said, adding that top businessmen of both countries were being given representation in the Council.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Farogh Naseem Wednesday said held a meeting with some federal cabinet members to discuss their observations over CPEC Authority Ordinance. The ministers include Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Federal Minister for Planning Division Makhdoom Khusru Bakhtiar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Dr Sania Nishtar and Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Maleeka Bukhari besides other high ranking officials from the ministries concerned were in the meeting. Sania Nishtar and Azam Khan Swati shared their observations in detail.
Dr Farogh Naseem hoped to reach a consensus over the issue and said the final decision would be made by Minister for Planning, Makhdoom Khusru Bakhtiar. Earlier, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing Tuesday said Pakistan and China enjoy strong brotherly relations and living here he feels like a Pakistani not a foreigner. Addressing the award ceremony of Pakistani students Poetry, Essay and Skit/Dialogue Competition, he said, it was an honor for both Pakistan and China to enjoy such exemplary and strong bilateral ties and being here feels like to be at my home. The Competition “Journey of Friendship: Celebrating the many facets of Pakistan-China Relations” was organized by China Cultural Center in Pakistan in collaboration with APCFA to commemorate 70 years of the founding of People’s Republic of China.
“I am very convinced that Pakistan was on the right path and its future is bright. Similarly, our friendship has potential to grow further and cement in coming days,” he stated. “We are celebrating seven decades of Sino-Pak friendship and hope that our youth would carry forward this relationship in decades to come.” Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China /Director of China Cultural Center in Pakistan and Deputy Director China Cultural Center Li Yan Yuan were also present on the occasion.
Senior officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, poets, writers and leading media representatives also attended the award ceremony. Winners of the competition from cities across Pakistan traveled to Islamabad and received prizes and shared their stories and recited poetries. Students also presented cultural performances to highlight cultural heritage and make a lively event. Submissions in all three categories of the competition were presented in Urdu and English separately.
APCFA in collaboration with China Cultural Center organized this national poetry, essay and skit dialogue competition on the theme “Journey of Friendship: Celebrating the many facets of Pakistan-China Relations” among school students across the country. It was part of a series of events for the commemoration of 70 years of founding of People’s Republic of China, aiming to enable the young generation to carry forward the legacy of Pakistan-China friendship is the need of the hour.
Schools from Islamabad and across the four provinces including cities of Karachi, Lahore, Khanewal, Chakwal, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta were also participated in the competition.