In commemorating the 10-year milestone of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called on arch-rival India to seize the advantages offered by this multibillion-dollar infrastructure project rather than impeding its progress.
Emphasizing the project’s significance, Prime Minister Shehbaz highlighted its far-reaching benefits, not only for Pakistan and China but also for Iran, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the entire region. In a statement issued by the PM Office, he described CPEC as a unifying plan that connects not only geographical regions but also people’s hearts.
Prime Minister Shehbaz pledged to accelerate development efforts, recognizing that CPEC’s impact extends beyond improving transportation and logistics infrastructure. He affirmed that the initiative would also foster advancements in healthcare, education, skill development, and ensure the participation of the masses in the overall progress.
Referring to CPEC as a game changer for the region, the prime minister underscored its positive influence on the living standards of the people. He extended congratulations to the leadership and citizens of both Pakistan and China, emphasizing the enduring strategic partnership between the “iron brothers.”
Prime Minister Shehbaz commended the vision of Chinese President Xi Jinping and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, considering CPEC as an embodiment of their commitment to inclusive development. He expressed regret over the obstacles encountered during the previous government’s tenure, criticizing baseless allegations leveled against China, a steadfast friend.
He further highlighted that those opposing CPEC are impeding peace, development, and prosperity in Pakistan and the region, as their actions hinder poverty eradication efforts.
CPEC has also ushered in a new era of mutual partnership between Pakistan and China, fortifying their bilateral ties, according to the prime minister. The initiative encompasses a wide range of projects, from water provision to education, technical training, and skill development.
The construction of nine Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under CPEC will facilitate technology transfer to Pakistan, stimulating local production. Additionally, Prime Minister Shehbaz underscored the positive impact of the project on the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the early warning system for natural disasters.
With agriculture-related initiatives integrated into CPEC, the prime minister stressed the importance of ensuring food security in the country.