Ownership of locals for CPEC vital to reap benefits: MPs body

ISLAMABAD   –  Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Thursday noted that the confidence of the local people over State institutions and their ownership for CPEC is mandatory to achieve the fruits of this flagship project and in this regard highlighted that SOPs for security personnel at various check-posts especially in Balochistan could be re-evaluated.

The committee that met under the chairmanship of Sher Ali Arbab here, noted, “We need to build the trust of local people by protecting their honour and dignity, apprising them of the benefits of shared development resulting from CPEC, empowering them economically while ensuring security.”

The committee was briefed by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on CPEC Affairs, Additional Secretary Planning, Additional Secretary Defence, Additional Secretary Interior, Commandant Special Protection Unit, Punjab Police and Commandant, Special Combat Unit, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police regarding a single point agenda on the security of CPEC.

The committee chairman remarked that given the importance of economic stability, we have to pursue the policy of geo-economics by now onwards. Pakistan, in this day and age, direly needs investments and businesses to flourish under CPEC. Undoubtedly, the goals envisaged under CPEC inevitably hinge upon the security of CPEC by which we can boost the confidence of investors and attract massive investments in Pakistan. He added ensuring robust security of CPEC is of vital importance, therefore, all the quarters concerned need to eliminate bottlenecks pertaining to the security of CPEC and ensure that CPEC culminates in the attainment of desired results. 

Additional Secretary Interior informed the committee that after the outbreak of Dasu attack, Government of Pakistan had taken comprehensive overview of security, filled the gaps by introducing new initiatives while taking concrete measures to ensure foolproof security of CPEC.

The Committee highlighted that SOPs for security personnel at various check-posts especially in Balochistan could be re-evaluated. The confidence of locals over State institutions and their ownership for CPEC is mandatory to achieve the fruits of this flagship project.

The Committee decided that in continuation of this meeting, another meeting would also be convened next week on security of CPEC. The meeting was attended by Noor Alam Khan, Umar Aslam Khan, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Zahid Akram Durrani, Muhammad Aslam Bhootani.

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