PESHAWAR, 28 May: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif again chaired an all parties conference (APC) today in Islamabad to remove the reservations of all the political parties on Pakistan-China Economic Corridor project.
The prime minister while addressing the meeting assured the leaders of political parties that the federal government is sincere in removing reservations over the Gwadar-Kashgar trade route and wants to finalise a transparent formula for the project after taking all stakeholders into confidence. Mr Sharif urged the political parties to support the government’s plan for the mega project.
After briefing by the prime minister and Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, the participants of the APC agreed to initiate work on one of the three routes of the Economic Corridor project and form a parliamentary committee for devising a formula on construction of the industrial zones.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, PkMAP chairman Mahmood Khan Achakzai, JUI-F amir Maulana Fazlur Rehman, MQM leader Farooq Sattar and other political leaders attended the APC.
Asfandyar Wali and Farooq Sattar told media persons after the meeting that they have developed understanding with the government over some portions of the project, while some parts are still vague and need further deliberations.