ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will likely to hold a meeting with heads of all major parliamentary parties, particularly those belonging to smaller provinces, to allay their concerns over the routes and other allied projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Sources in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) informed The Nation that on the direction of Prime Minister the special think tank operating under the direct control of Maryam Nawaz Sharif was also activated to proactively tackle the issue in media to remove the misconceptions that all the allied projects of CPEC are diverted to Punjab.
The sources further informed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was perturbed over the developments of last couple of weeks especially the strong reaction of opposition parties from Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa and Balochistan asking for transparency in execution of the CPEC and its allied projects.
So it was decided in a meeting held under the chair of the Prime Minister to proactively tackle the issue on media and also engage the stakeholders from smaller provinces to save the project from landing into controversy, a source in the Prime Minister’s Office informed.
The statement of Chinese Embassy’s spokesman in Islamabad urging all political stakeholders to engage in communication with each other and to evolve consensus on CPEC was also added to the concern of Prime Minister on the issue.
So it was in this backdrop that the report on special economic zones on the Western Route of CPEC, which was pending with special committee for quite some time, was submitted to Prime Minister yesterday and now the Prime Minister would share it with parliamentary parties head and other stakeholders to allay their concerns over the project.
In the report it was mentioned that in all some 12 economic zones along the western route of CPEC out of which five would be established in Balochistan while seven would be constructed in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa.
The economic zones in Balochistan included one in Turbat, Khuzdar, Dushat, Quetta and Bostan while at Killa Saifullah, Zohab and Loralai three industrial junctions would be established.
All the seven sites have been identified for establishing industrial zones in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa which included Mansehra, Nowshera, Hattar, Ghazi, and DI Khan, while the border of Karak, Kohat and Bannu have also been identified as suitable for the establishment of a free economic zone, as well as Bannu district.