Islamabad: The government referred to Gwadar as the port city which is a crown jewel of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative and all developments to facilitate the transit route will be inclusive and would benefit the people in the province.
The Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said that development of Balochistan is top priority of the government on and that CPEC would change the fate of the province.
While giving an address in the Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology he said that, “Energy had been given preference in the projects being completed under the CPEC initiative.”
He said that out of the $35 billion energy projects, Sindh province would get $11 billion and Balochistan would get energy projects worth $9 billion.
It was added that people who wanted to turn CPEC controversial were not in favor of progress and the well-being of the people in Balochistan. The minister said Gwadar to Quetta and Gwadar to Khuzdar roads would be completed by December 2016 and the under-developed areas of Balochistan would be connected with the country after the completion of these roads.
Iqbal said that the country is on the road to development and “we can make Pakistan an Asian Tiger through peace, solidarity and hard work.” He said Balochistan has been ignored in the past but now funds were being released on priority basis. He added that the PML-N government was making new records of service of masses.