ISLAMABAD (News Desk): Pakistan and China have decided to expedite work on the western route in the second phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. The understanding came during a meeting between the Chinese delegation headed by its Transport Minister and Minister for Communications Murad Saeed in Islamabad today (Saturday). It was decided to construct 1270 kilometer of roads on the western route in the second phase.
The road infrastructure will be constructed from Gilgit to Chitral and D. I. Khan to Zhob. The Chinese Transport Minister said CPEC will benefit the future generations of both Pakistan and China. He said leadership of both the countries have expressed commitment for timely completion of CPEC related projects. In his remarks, Murad Saeed said it is priority of government to remove all sorts of obstacles in way of completion of corridor project. He said CPEC will create job opportunities and give a boost to the infrastructure and economy. Murad Saeed said China is a role model regarding economic development and poverty alleviation.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and China held the 7th meeting of Join Working Group (JWP) on Transport Infrastructure and signed the agreed minutes here on Friday. Pakistan’s Federal Secretary for Communications Jawad Rafique Malik and China’s Chief Planner of Ministry of Transport Wang Zhiqing signed the minutes, a press release said.
Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed and senior officers of the ministry and National Highway Authority were also present. The Chinese delegation, led by Wang Zhiqing, also called on Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed. While welcoming the delegation, the minister highlighted importance of the JWG Forum and its effectiveness in implementation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure development projects. Murad Saaed acknowledged and appreciated the hard work, dedication and professional competence of Chinese engineers and their workers.
He expressed his commitment and resolve for removing the impediments in timely completion of the CPEC infrastructure projects, which would help create more job opportunities and give a boost to local business. The minister informed about the establishment of CPEC Authority to provide one window operation, speed up the project implementation and bring ease to the Chinese investors. He said Pakistan and China had been enjoying time-tested friendship in every crisis. Murad Saeed thanked the Peoples Republic of China for their strong support on the Kashmir issue.
He said “We look towards China as a model for economic development, poverty alleviation and eradication of corruption.” He further said “we have also flagship program “Ehsas” which focuses on poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor”. The delegation was also apprised about the three new and priority areas of agriculture, tourism and poverty alleviation in 2nd Phase of CPEC arrangement. Wang appreciated the hospitality extended by government of Pakistan to the Chinese delegation. He emphasized on the fact that efforts made on the CPEC would deliver benefits to the present and next generations. He also acknowledged the hard work put forth by both the sides to realize the vision of their leadership. Federal Secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik highlighted the importance of JWG on Transport Infrastructure and shared the significant achievements made during the discussions.
Earlier, Pakistan Ambassador to China, Naghmana Hashmi has said that at the moment, the all-weather friendship between Pakistan and China is reviving the vitality of the new era because of the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries. In an exclusive interview with the People’s Daily overseas network, Ambassador Hashmi specifically talked about the example of the Karakoram Highway. The Karakoram Highway is the world’s highest cross-border international highway.