CPEC to be completed like nuclear programme: Qureshi

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday, strongly responded to anti-CPEC forces by stating that the entire house had achieved consensus on the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He vowed to complete the project [no matter what] comes to hinder it. while addressing a session of the National Assembly Qureshi also outlined importance of the CPEC, and said that the project would unfold [trade] routes towards central Asia.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that whole nation was in favour of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and it would be completed just like the nuclear programme. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, said that no objections are being raised on CPEC project and the whole nation is united on it. The foreign minister praised efforts of security forces by taking timely action against terrorists to establish peace across the country.

Qureshi said that the project will increase opportunities for regional connectively and bring prosperity to the region. Enemies cannot see us being a developed and prosper country. However, We will complete the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) just like our nuclear programme. He said, the powers, which are willing to destabilise Pakistan, use facilitators [to carry out terrorism activities. I want to give a clear message to the enemies that the whole nation and parliament is united on CPEC. I want to give a message that we have complete our nuclear programme despite hurdles and Insha-Allah we will not let our enemies become successful [in their conspiracies against Pakistan].

Qureshi further said, overall three bills are presented for South Punjab. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is with its promise to give its due right to South Punjab. I want to invite opposition for bringing a joint bill after making a committee on South Punjab.

Talking about the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement, he said the nation would have to think that why Pakistan had to approach the IMF. When the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government came into power, it came to know how much Pakistan’s trade deficit was. We had a total difference of Rs19 billion in imports and exports. There was no investment in the country and circumstances were growing worse, he said.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said people of Pakistan were united for completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project despite hurdles by certain powers. He minister said importance of CPEC was undeniable as it would lead to economic prosperity of the country. The completion of CPEC will increase regional connectivity.

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