Peshawar: The Awami National Party has said that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had backtracked on his commitment regarding the early completion of the western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and that the benefits of the project were limited to developed areas of Punjab only.
Secretary Zahid Khan in a press release said that the prime minister had made commitment with the ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan at the all-party conference that the western route of CPEC would be completed before the eastern route, however the federal governments entire focus is on projects meant for development of certain developed areas of Punjab.
Zahid Khan stated that the backward areas of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been ignored in CPEC by the federal government. He said that even the Orange Train Project in Lahore had been funded from CPEC funds.
From very beginning of the project ANP had made their apprehensions public i that certain narrow-minded elements in the federal government would play their role in making CPEC controversial by ignoring the backward areas of KP and Balochistan he added.
The information secretary said that the major projects of Punjab, including the Orange Train, motorways and industrial zones, have been included in CPEC. It was said that even the southern Punjab had not been included in development projects.