The Government has approved nine mega development projects including the vital project of New Gwadar International Airport. The projects will cost RS. 105 billion in total and the airport project will cost RS. 26.6 billion, China, Oman and Civil Aviation Authority will chip in to bear the cost. Gwadar Airport project is on Government’s priority list, as it will facilitate the strategic partnership accord with China for establishment of the beneficial economic corridor. Other projects include Gorkhin-Matlitan hydropower project, Torkham-Jalalabad Road and other educational projects in Baluchistan. It is to be appreciated that Government is sincerely pursuing its development policy while exploring promising hidden potential of our rich motherland. Growing economic ties with seasoned friends and a global economic giant like China, shows that Government is actively pursuing to strengthen vital strategic partnerships so that Pakistan’s foreign policy benefits national interests wholesomely.

FARVAT MALIK,

Lahore, January 14.