ISLAMABAD - Federal Planning Minister Ashan Iqbal yesterday said that he is visiting Khyber Pukhtunkhwa today to remove their reservations regarding China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and reiterated the claim that no province or region of the country would be discriminated.

The minister said that he would call on KP Chief Minister today to remove his reservations over CPEC and hoped that all misgivings would be eliminated in the meeting.

CPEC is not only for Pakistan but about three billion people of the region will get benefit from it, Ahsan Iqbal stated while talking to media after inaugurating Geo Spatial Technology Cell, for CPEC monitoring, at Planning Commission of Pakistan. The cell has been established jointly by Planning Commission and SUPARCO.

The minister said that the country got an historic opportunity to develop its backward areas economically and socially through CPEC.

“All of us must show greater sense of responsibility and refrain from making the project controversial,” the minister urged.

He stated, “CPEC is not merely a road project but a framework of economic cooperation in various sectors. Out of 46 billion dollar, 38 billion dollars investment is being made in energy sector in IPP mode. About the reservations being raised from some quarters, Ahsan Iqbal said government is ready to address every single reservation and to take into confidence all the stakeholders.

CPEC is not just a project of the present government rather it is spanned over coming decades and has great impact on the future of our generations in terms of their well-being.

He also rejected the allegations that industrial zones are being shifted from Western route to Eastern route and said such reports are baseless. Federal government can’t even think of discriminating with any province in economic zones, he declared.