Authority being formed to ensure progress on CPEC-related projects: PM


Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, on Monday called Prime Minister Imran Khan to discuss the situation of the occupied Kashmir. According to the foreign news agency, both leaders in a telephonic conversation discussed the current situation of the Kashmir. PM Imran apprised the Saudi Prince about the Indian atrocities taking place in the valley after the abrogation of the Article 370. The telephonic communication between the two leaders also reviewed the overall situation in the region besides Kashmir.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the federal government has prioritised completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) related projects within the specified time period on top.This he said while chairing a high-level session to review the progress of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said that authority is being established to ensure progress on the projects as its completion will benefit the region.
The session was attended by Khusro Bakhtiar, Murad Saeed, Omar Ayub, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Nadeem Babar, Board of Investment (BoI) chairman, secretaries of concerned federal ministries and others. The premier was given briefings by ministers over the development and progress of various projects came under CPEC. Khusro Bakhtiar briefed PM Khan over the development work on power, infrastructure, Orange Line, ML-1, Gwadar Port and other important projects. The participants also reviewed the progress of different power projects including Port Qasim Coal-Fired Power Plant, Gwadar Power Plant, Kohala Hydro-Power, Hubco Thar Coal, Thal Coal Power. PM Khan was apprised that the construction of Multan-Sukkur M-5 Motorway was completed and its inauguration will be made soon. ML-1 railway line project also came into discussion, sources said.
The session approved digitalisation of the broadcasting system of state-owned Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV). While concluding the session, PM Imran Khan directed concerned ministries to ensure completion of the CPEC-related projects within the given time frame.
Moreover, Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned federal cabinet meeting on today (Tuesday) to discuss nine-point agenda including Kashmir conflict. As per details, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will brief the cabinet members about so far progress made on the Kashmir issue and situation after the UNSC session will also come under discussion.
The cabinet will also review the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and recommendations of the Special Committee on Kashmir will also be presented in the meeting. The meeting will also get a briefing from the ministry of communications to review its one-year performance.

Approval of Rs.5billion loan for the low costing houses and Pak-Turk Strategic Economic Framework will also be green signaled. The two bills related to domestic violence and Christian Marriage-Divorce’s approval is also on the agenda of the meeting.
On August 5, the Indian government had announced the scrapping of the special status of occupied Kashmir by revoking Article 370 of the Indian constitution. Earlier, the UNSC met behind the closed doors in over five decades to discuss the Kashmir issue upon the request of Pakistan and China. The meeting was convened following the Indian government’s recent decision to revoke the special status of occupied Kashmir.

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