Eastern Balochistan ‘neglected in CPEC’

QUETTA: Former president Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Balochistan Mir Sadiq Ali Umrani has said that eastern Balochistan has been completely neglected in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

“Not a single project from the region has been included in the mega economic development project,” he told a press conference on Sunday.

Highlighting the canal irrigation system as the salient feature of the region, he said, “Eastern Balochistan plays an important role in the agriculture sector of the province.”

He said the rulers did not even consider including a single district of the four districts – Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Sohbatpur and Jhal Magsi – of eastern Balochistan in the CPEC project despite its major importance in the agriculture sector.

Umrani, who is also a member of the Central Executive Committee of PPP, said that he had suggested Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri during a meeting to make rehabilitation of the canal system part of the CPEC project.

“Super flood of 2009-10 had badly damaged the canal system in the division,” he said, adding that though the government had tried to repair the system, it still requires work.

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