CPEC: proof of Pak-China Friendship

Pak-China Economic corridor is perfect example of Pak-China Friendship. The main focus of CPEC is energy and infrastructure development. This mega project is being implemented under the umbrella of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) that comprises of China’s National Development Reform Commission and Pakistan’s Planning, Development and Reforms Ministry.

The geo-strategic location of Pakistan has regional importance and this is the main point that will lead towards success of CPEC. Pak-China Economic Corridor (CPEC) focuses on Balochistan and it will not only benefit Pakistan, but will also help in economic growth and development of whole region. There will be economic activity in Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asian countries and it is connecting South and Central Asia as well Middle East.

In CPEC, there is major emphasis on railway up gradation from Karachi to Peshawar, with the aim to lay and overhaul tracks, enhance speed, set up a dry port at Havelian. Early harvest energy projects that are to be completed by 2020 include two hydro power projects, seven coal-fired plants, one solar park, four wind farms, an two transmission lines. Through this, there will be exponential growth and contribute approximately 10,400 MW to our national power grid.

In the realm of industrial development, work on a 260hectare Free Zone in Gwadar has begun, as mentioned earlier; and the Haier Industrial Park will enter its second phase. In addition, so far, some 19 sites have been identified for industrial development in Balochistan i.e. 7, 8 in KPK, 3 in Sindh, and 1 in Islamabad.

Other projects in the pipeline are an optical fibre link across the Pakistan-China border, a gas pipeline from Gwadar to Nawab Shah and LNG terminal at Gwadar. The Orange Metro Line in Lahore is being completed.

Pakistan army has taken responsibility of CPEC itself. That is why Chinese Government has praised Pakistan army for creating secure environment for making CPEC possible and then protecting it.

The chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif will retire soon. Some of the journalists fear that ongoing initiatives of COAS will end after his retirement. But his ongoing military operation ZarbeAzb will continue till end of terrorism in Pakistan. Similarly CPEC will continue. COAS has said himself that Pakistan army is an institution and the ongoing tasks for Pakistan will continue even after leaving his office.



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