CPEC

Spokesperson Disputes Hoti’s Remarks on Baluchistan’s CPEC Share

Liaquat Shahwani
Spokesperson, Baluchistan government

QUETTA: Liaquat Shahwani, a spokesperson for the Baluchistan government, has disputed a statement of Amir Haider Hoti, the former Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, regarding Baluchistan’s share in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The spokesperson described Hoti’s statement as untrue.

“The Baluchistan government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Jam Kamal, is implementing CPEC development projects in various sectors, including energy and infrastructure. This development is unprecedented, as the present government has ensured the completion of all these projects related to Baluchistan in the CPEC,” he remarked.

The spokesperson cited the 132 KV transmission line, connecting Makran to the national grid, upgrading of Zhob Kuchlak N-50 Road, Khuzdar-Basima Road as some other accomplishments of the present government as no progress was made on these projects in the past for several years.

“Not only has the current provincial government started physical work on the project, it is also adding that the special economic zone in Bostan, which has been approved by the present government from the Federal Special Economic Zones Committee.”

The spokesperson said the government would also address the issue of gas and electricity supply.

The spokesperson said the foundation stone of the Bostan project would be laid soon. In addition, the Nokandi, Mashkeel, Panjgur road, which has been pending for the last four years, has been approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP), along with ten new socio-economic projects. These projects include the establishment of a burn center, the installation of water treatment plant, Pak-China Friendship Hospital Gwadar, Technical and Physical Work, the completion of work on Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan, the commencement of work at the Gwadar International Airport, and the Gwadar East Bay.

“Several important projects that were neglected in the past, including the upgrade of Expressway, Quetta-Karachi two-lane highway, Hoshab Awaran Road are some such important projects that had been neglected in the past but the completion of these projects will usher in a new era of development and prosperity in Baluchistan. Collectively, the completion of these projects will end Baluchistan’s collective sense of deprivation.