PESHAWAR, 23 May: Speakers at a seminar on Pak-China Economic Corridor (PCEC) have said that the Centre considers only Punjab as Pakistan, contrary to the constitutional reality which provides that Pakistan is comprised of four federating units and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The moot organized by Insaf Students Federation, a student wing of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), at the University of Peshawar (UoP) was participated, besides academicians and students, by Khyber Pakhtunkwha Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar, Awami National Party Secretary-General Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Pakistan Olasi Tehrik representative Dr. Said Alam Mahsud and renowned journalist Saleem Safi.
They said all the political forces of Khyber Pakhtunkwha would jointly resist any move to make changes in the Economic Corridor, depriving Khyber Pakthunkhwa and FATA of their due share in the mega project.
“Two resolutions have already been tabled in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly against changes in the Gwadar-Kashghar route and even then if the Centre is bent upon making changes in the PCEC we would be left with no other option but to protest. If the federal government believes that our reservations over the CPEC are baseless then it should take up the issue at the Parliament. We will openheartedly accept their arguments if we are proved wrong,” they said.