ISLAMABAD: Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has said that Balochistan is the future of Pakistan and CPEC would bring about growth and prosperity in the province through development initiatives.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of ninety students and faculty members of Government Degree College, Attashad, Turbat (Balochistan) who called on him at President House on Friday.
He said, “CPEC is a factor for national unity as all the less developed areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and Balochistan are part of the project and a number of development projects would be initiated in these areas under the banner of CPEC.”
“The project would contribute toward national cohesion through inclusive development,” Senator Mushahid emphasized. “The project spanning over 15 years has four different aspects,” Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC remarked. “The project includes operationalization of Gawadar port besides construction of special economic zones, energy projects and infrastructural development specially improving the road and rail links,” he added.
While referring to the recent Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting of CPEC, Senator Mushahid said, “Some good decisions have been taken which in the long run would benefit the smaller provinces.”
He informed that, “Consensus has been evolved on the western route besides construction of Basima- Khuzdar road and other projects.” He also informed the delegation about the composition of Parliamentary Committee on CPEC and said that, “Out of total 21 members 15 are from the smaller provinces and less developed areas.” He said, “The committee strongly believes in developing consensus through reconciliation, transparency and inclusiveness in the development process.”
“The committee has played effective role in taking different segment onboard and would continue to act as a bridge between the federation and the provinces”, Mushahid observed.
He also referred to the recently concluded conference in Gawadar and said that, “Political leadership is united as far as CPEC is concerned.” Semntor Mushaid also lauded the services of Attashad as a prominent writer and intellectual and termed him a good friend.
Students and faculty members of Government Degree College, Attashad, Turbat thanked Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed for his remarks about Baluchistan province. It is pertinent to mention here that the delegation visited Parliament on the invitation of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.
They also visited Gal-e-Dastoor and Senate Hall where they were briefed about the role, purpose and functioning of the Senate besides political and democratic history of Pakistan. They were also provided souvenirs from Chairman Senate. NNI