ISLAMABAD - The newly-formed Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has elected Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed unopposed as its chairman.

His name was proposed by Balochistan’s Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and seconded by Ijaz Jakhrani of the PPP and Ghous Bux Meher of the PML-F, both from Sindh province. As many as 15 members of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC attended the meeting.

After being elected during the committee meeting, Mushahid thanked both the government and the opposition for supporting his election and said this consensus was a positive sign as the CPEC is also above party and provincial lines.

He said that the CPEC was the biggest national project since the nuclear programme which protects and promotes Pakistan’s economic security, unites the federation through progress and prosperity of all the provinces of Pakistan, particularly the under-developed regions.

He also said that this was a long-term national project beyond any political party or government and this Parliamentary Committee would be a committee of national unity and would be a voice of the smaller provinces in promoting the CPEC, whose benefits will reach every nook and corner of Pakistan.

Senator Mushahid Hussain said that he would call the next meeting of the committee to decide its Terms of Reference as well as the Work Plan of the Committee.