The Chamber of Small Traders on Friday welcomed the decision of the government to stand by CPEC which has put rumours to the rest.

Recent statements by some government functionaries had created an impression that CPEC agreements will be reviewed which resulted in uncertainty which is now settled, it said.

The CPEC is an integral part of the country’s economic future which cannot be compromised under any circumstances, said Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt.

Shahid Rasheed Butt said that the suspicions are supported by unnecessary secrecy and the fact that FTA with China inked during Musharraf’s regime resulted in colossal losses to Pakistan. 

It may be mentioned that the PML-N government tried its best to make FTA-II balanced but failed due to the determined attitude of Chinese negotiators.

Islamabad and Beijing should fully support CPEC and masses should stand firmly behind it but the image of the project should be safeguarded through transparency as a fall in its popularity at this juncture will be unfortunate.