To keep Chinese workers secure is our national duty, says Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal Ahsan Iqbal on Monday said that Chinese citizen working in Pakistan on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects are our national guests who are busy in development of Pakistan.

“Pakistani nation considers security of Chinese workers as a national duty”, he remarked while presiding a high level meeting in Islamabd at Planning Commission to review progress on CPEC projects.

The minister further ensured that Pakistan will leave no stone unturned for protection of workers on CPEC projects.

The year 2017, an important year for China Pakistan Economic Corridor, would enable Pakistan to witness new era of development with completion of CPEC early harvest projects, he added.

“A number of mega projects in infrastructure and Gwadar are breaking ground this year” remarked Ahsan Iqbal.

Minister PD&R, Ahsan Iqbal has expressed satisfaction over the progress on CPEC projects. He said the current year is important for CPEC as a number of early harvest project are achieving its commercial operation date in 2017. “Sahiwal Coal Power project has been completed much a head of its stipulated time, starting generation of 1330 MW of electricity” Minister said, adding a number of energy project under CPEC and non CPEC will enable us to overcome the challenge of loadshedding.

He said that construction work on a number of projects in transport infrastructure sector is going on in full swing. “These road projects would ensure not only connectivity within Pakistan and well being of the people belonging to the underdeveloped areas but in the whole region, paving grounds for sustainable growth and inclusive development. Minister said the timely completion of these projects would be a success for the people of Pakistan.

He said Pakistan and China have signed framework agreement of Pakistan Railway Main Line-1 project, an initiative which would revolutionize transportation system in the country. “This mega project, beginning this year, would completely upgrade rail system and the main track from Karachi to Peshawar, allowing Pakistanis to enjoy modern transport facilities.

He further maintained that new technologies were being introduced in infrastructure, transportation and engineering sectors due to CPEC projects.

“The Economic Corridor is helping Pakistan open new avenues of knowledge based economy as it has great opportunity to learn the state-of-the-art knowledge and technologies in transport sector,” Ahsan Iqbal remarked.

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