PESHAWAR -  Representatives of various political parties in All Party Conference (APC) welcomed the Chinese investment in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and made it clear that they do not want any confrontation with federal government on this issue of national importance. They said they will fight constitutional and political battle for due share of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The APC was convened on the request of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) which was chaired by party provincial Ameer Mushtaq Ahmad Khan and was held at Markazi Islami Peshawar.

The conference was attended by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Mohammad Atif, Pakistan Peoples Part leader Syed Zahir Ali Shah, JI provincial minister Habibur Rahman Khan, Awami National Party Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Jamaat-e-Islami Parlimentary leader in National Assembly Sahibzada Tariqullah, PML-Q Intikhab Chamkani, JUI-F leader Maulana Gul Nasib Khan, JUI-S Maulana Yousaf Shah and Paktunkhwa Olassi Tehreek Dr Said Alam Mehsood and Afzal Khamosh of Mazdor Kissan Party. 

“We welcome Chinese investment in Pakistan and we have no differences with any one on this issue of national importance but we are only talking about our rights,” speakers said.

They said that CPEC will prove a game changer and would be a milestone in the long run friendship of China and Pakistan.

They added that this APC also appreciates Pakistan Army’s role in provision of security to Chinese container convoy leading to Gawadar. They said that Chinese investment is triple than the entire previous budgets of Pakistan and soon this investment will usher a new era of peace, prosperity and development.

In a joint declaration, they vowed to continue legal, constitutional and political struggle for the rights of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP). They said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must fulfil his promise regarding western route of CPEC.

 “We do not want to create dispute on this project of vital importance and we are only demanding out due rights which were made with KP government in May 28 speech of prime minister,” the declaration said.

 “We demand corridor with complete package of facilities like industrial zone, railway track, fiber optics line, and others,” the declaration further stated.