CPEC journey to move forward, Gwadar to emerge as hub of industries: PM Kakar

CPEC journey to move forward, Gwadar to emerge as hub of industries: PM Kakar

Gwadar (Web Desk/Agencies): Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Monday urged the people of Balochistan, particularly, the youth to avail the historic opportunity of development in their province as the detractors of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were about to lose their relevance very soon.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of Pak-China Friendship Hospital and Gwadar Seawater Desalination Plant, the premier said the journey of CPEC would surely move forward, not the backward, so joining the development course would be a prudent decision.

"Those who think to change the course (of CPEC) by force, violence or any other means are committing historic blunder as their relevance will be over very soon. The prudent decision in the nation’s fate is to joint the course of development, instead of resisting it and miss the opportunity," he remarked.

The ceremony was attended by federal ministers Sami Saeed and Shahid Ashraf Tarar, Caretaker Chief Minister of Balochistan Mir Mardan Domki, Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Jiang Zaidong and the Chinese and Pakistani officials attended the event.

PM Kakar said the ease in the form of reduced travel durations across the province was just due to CPEC intervention.

He told the gathering that trade worth $36 trillion was expected take place in and around China in the near future, therefore it was a must to join the journey through skill-development and claim the share, instead of showing hostility.

The premier said that the journey of China's modernisation was significance and steering millions of people out of poverty was unprecedented.

He said that the development of China had a positive impact across the region, particularly Pakistan and its Balochistan province.

PM Kakar said the clean drinking water had been an issue faced by the Gwadar people and desalination plant project would address it to a great extent.

Besides, the construction of 150-bed hospital would provide quality healthcare to the people, he added.

The prime minister also thanked the Chinese ambassador for announcing the solar power project and emergency services for Quetta.

The premier, assuring the all-out support of the federal and provincial governments on the matter of security, reiterated that the Pakistan Army, police and law enforcement agencies would safeguard the Chinese workers even at the cost of their lives.

He expressed the hope that Gwadar would complete its course of development soon to become a trade hub with the Pak-China cooperation for the benefit of the future generations.

PM Kakar directed the authorities concerned to connect Northern Zone with main grid to address the electricity issue.

In his address on the occasion, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Jiang Zaidong said our aim is to ensure timely completion of CPEC related projects.

The Chine envoy said that both the countries will take their relationship to new heights through collaborative efforts.