Quetta: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was close the PPP’s heart.
Speaking at a public rally via video-link in Quetta, he said the CPEC was a result of a four-year struggle by his father Asif Ali Zardari – a former President who is the PPP co-Chairman.
Bilawal urged the government to speed up the CPEC projects in Balochistan. He added: “Balochistan must be given its due right. We need to speed up CPEC projects in the province.”
The PPP chief said CPEC was meant for the benefit of deprived regions including Gilgit Baltistan, erstwhile tribal belt and the Balochistan province.
“CPEC is a game changer. Balochistan and its Gwadar are key. The federal government should ensure that the Balochistan and GB get their rights,” he maintained.
Earlier, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan called on Prime Minister Irman Khan in Islamabad and exchanged views on development projects in the province especially the CPEC.
Separately, ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Vice President Fehmida Kausar Jamali said work has been initiated in Balochistan on multiple agro projects with the aim to enhance the production in the province through modern technologies under the CPEC.
She said 27 previous agriculture projects were underway at the cost of Rs 37,212 million, while 16 new ones having estimated cost of Rs 2,905 million were undertaken during the current year.
She said Balochistan was not only blessed with natural resources but huge benefits could also be accrued by developing its fisheries and livestock sectors.
The work on 110-km-long two-lane road from Khuzdar to Bisma was in full swing while work on the N-30 highway began in October 2019. The construction of N-30 highway will cost Rs 19 billion.
Similarly, Fehmida Kausar Jamali said, 20% work of the highway has been completed, this highway will connect Khuzdar to N85, with the completion of the project in 2021, and access to Gwadar will be easier. “Western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will enhance connectivity and will also develop the deprived areas of Balochistan”, she added.