PESHAWAR, 13 May: The federal government has once again come up with a clarification, categorically stating that it has planned no changes in the Economic Corridor route.

The statement was made at the All-Party Conference (APC) convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take political forces into confidence over the issue of Corridor route.

Headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the meeting was attended, besides others, by Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Sherpao, and Pakhtunkhwa Mill Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai.

Addressing the conference, Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal refuted as false the allegation against the federal government vis-à-vis Gwadar-Kashghar route change.

Nationalist parties of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa accuse the federal government of changing route of the Economic Corridor, benefiting Punjab at the expense of small federating units. They also blame that contrary to the original design, economic zones were being established in Punjab.

Responding to the reservations of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the federal minister said that all the provinces of the country would equally benefit from the project. The project would not only have financial benefits for Pakistan and China for also for the whole region, he said.

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