CPEC’s ML-1 project to add a new dimension to Pak-China relations: PM

PM urges effective utility of resources to provide affordable electricity


 Prime Minister Imran Khan has said ML-1 project will establish modern communication infrastructure of international standard in the country and create job opportunities as well as new prospects for Pakistan’s industry. Chairing a review meeting of ML-1 under the umbrella of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Islamabad today (Monday), he said Pakistani exports will timely reach to international markets by having better land route coordination with country’s seaports, paving a way for earning precious foreign exchange.The Prime Minister said ML-1 is the costliest of CPEC projects, which will add a new chapter to the Pakistan-China relations. Railways Minister Azam Khan Swati apprised the Prime Minister about integration plan of the ML-1 project. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the progress made so far on the project. Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to mobilize all resources to provide affordable electricity to the consumers.

Addressing an Energy sector review meeting in Islamabad today (Monday), he said the government is fully focused on meeting the energy needs of all sectors.

The Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing on the current situation in the energy sector to which the Prime Minister expressed satisfaction.

Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan, Special Assistant Tabish Gohar and Secretary Energy briefed about the improvement in power distribution system.

The Minister also apprised the Prime Minister about the current situation of circular debt.

Referring to the Renewable Energy Policy, Omar Ayub said that this policy has boosted the confidence of investors.

Prime Minister Imran Khan says northern areas of the country especially Gilgit-Baltistan are the most beautiful and suitable areas in the world for tourism.

Talking to Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Muhammad Khalid Khurshid in Islamabad today, he said natural beauty of the Northern area can be fully utilized for promotion of tourism by providing modern facilities.

The meeting discussed in detail the development and promotion of tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan, providing maximum employment opportunities to the local people in the industry with special focus on eco-friendly tourism, protection of glaciers and forests. The Chief Minister also apprised the Prime Minister about the skiing competitions to be organized by the Gilgit-Baltistan government next February.The meeting also discussed the measures to take full advantage of the mineral deposits in Gilgit and development plans for the local people. Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has expressed government’s resolve to defend country’s ideological base at all costs.

He was talking to a ten-member delegation of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Nazriyati led by Maulana Abdul Qadir Luni in Islamabad on Monday.

The Minister said resolution of problems being faced by religious seminaries and Ulema is the top priority of the government.  He said the consultation process with leading Ulema regarding uniform syllabus and the education system will continue.

The delegation welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s desire of making Quran and life of the Holy Prophet [Peace Be Upon Him] part of the curriculum.

The delegation members fully supported and assured their cooperation to Prime Minister’s determination of building Pakistan on the pattern of the State of Madinah.

They also expressed satisfaction on government’s continued coordination with the religious segments of the country.




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