The Pakistan-China economic corridor should follow its original route between Gwadar and Kashgar via Khuzdar, Quetta, Zhob and Dera Ismail Khan and any changes to the route will be opposed by his party, this was stated by Haji Muhammad Adeel the leader of the Awami National Party in the Senate and senior vice president of the Awami National Party.
The ANP leader said that the role of China in development of Pakistan is commendable and they will welcome the Chinese President when he comes to Pakistan. He said that the Government should ditch plans of the alternate route and insisted that the original route should be followed as it the construction of the economic corridor will bring prosperity to the underdeveloped areas of KPK and Balochistan. He also said that all political parties that include the Pakistan People Party (PPP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf and leaders of many other political parties have supported the stance of ANP on the issue. He said that the provincial assemblies of KPK and Balochistan have both passed resolutions against the alleged diversion of the Pak-China economic corridor.
He also added that if the original route is followed the cost of the project will be a lot less and it will be completed in shorter time as the route is short. He dismissed the reservations that there are security threats in KPK and Balochistan which will make the corridor unsafe. He said that the people of KPK will ensure the security of the passage. He also questioned those making the allegations saying that there are security threats even in Lahore and Karachi.
The senator also added that the construction of the economic corridor in addition to brining economic prosperity to the under-developed areas will help China boost its economic activity. He also said that the Government officials are unwilling to listen to the reservations raised by the ANP and other parties on the issues, however his party will continue to fight for the rights of the people in a democratic way and will make sure that they raise the issue on every forum.