PM inaugurates work on Pak-China Fiber Optic project

PESHAWAR, 19 May: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday inaugurated work on the Pak-China Fiber Optic project during a ceremony held here.

Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said the project is an important milestone in the progress of the country, adding that the means of communication and the pace of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will get a major boost from this project.

Nawaz Sharif said that success of modern day states is dependent on the optimum utilization of resources available. He said that the project will provide an alternate telecommunication route between Pakistan and China and also bring 3G and 4G connectivity to the region.

The prime minister congratulated the Special Communication Organization (SCO) for coming up with this project and hoped the project will put the country on the path to progress.

The 820 kilometers long fiber optic cable will be laid down between Khunjerab and Rawalpindi with an estimated cost of Rs4.4 billions. The project will be completed in three years and will provide both countries access to alternative international media.

The prime minister also announced Rs200 million grant for the Karakuram University.

Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated the Gilgit-Baltistan CPEC patrolling police. The patrolling police will comprise of 300 personnel and will regulate traffic along a 439km part of the CPEC in the Gilgit-Baltistan. The government of China has provided 25 vehicles for the patrolling force.