CPEC is a game changer for economy, people of Pakistan, says Senator Mushahid | China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

CPEC is a game changer for economy, people of Pakistan, says Senator Mushahid


Category : Chairman's Desk   Source : Daily Times   Date : 13-06-2016   

CPEC is a game changer and important initiative for uniting the Federation of Pakistan by connecting the less developed and developed areas for the shared prosperity

ISLAMABAD: The Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said that the Corridor was an important framework to further strengthen both the Federation and the federating units of Pakistan, through connectivity and mutual benefits.

“CPEC is a game changer and important initiative for uniting the Federation of Pakistan by connecting the less developed and developed areas for the shared prosperity,”

Sayed told media sources in an exclusive interview here.

Highlighting the economic and development opportunities along the CPEC routes, he noted that the special economic zones, industrial parks and oil pipelines would all create tremendous openings as well as employment opportunities for people across the country. “We are grateful for the Chinese leadership for promoting One Belt, One Road Vision, of which CPEC is an important segment for the shared benefit and prosperity in the region,” he remarked.

In his response to a question, he said that some countries with vested interests were against this framework. However, he also expressed a determination that the people and the government of Pakistan would be able to counter such designs through diplomatic means and an active involvement of the masses. He said that the people of Pakistan were the major stakeholder in this gigantic project and as long as there was unity among their ranks and files, no enemy could dare to stop this project of national importance.

Commenting on the consensus reached among the political parties with regards to the CPEC framework, he said that every political party was supportive of this initiative and there was a consensus among them that this project should be completed at any cost. “They (political parties) want shared fruits and benefits for the less developed areas especially in Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) as it was their legitimate demand,” he added.

Senator Hussain also remarked that China had always played a very positive role in maintaining peace, security and stability in the region and beyond. He said that the CPEC was not only a pilot project and a game changer but also a pillar of economic growth for Pakistan as well as for the welfare of its people, in addition to its future. The CPEC, he said, would strengthen the regional connectivity through road, rail and pipeline networks, further adding that Pakistan was a link between China and rest of the region.

While felicitating the Chinese leadership and people on eve of 95th anniversary of foundation of the Communist Party of China (CPC), he said that it was the world’s oldest and the biggest political party, which held a leading role in the transformation of the lives of Chinese people, besides ensuring peace and prosperity in both China and the region beyond. He added that under the vision of Deng Xiaoping, a Chinese revolutionary and statesman in 1980, China had emerged as a different developing country and it was only a result of his reforms that there had been a transformation of policies for good governance and prosperity of the people. “We should learn lessons from the experience of Chinese model to make Pakistan an economically and technologically developed country,” he noted.