GAWADAR: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become a reality with the starting off the first shipment of trade cargo from the Gwadar Port to the international destinations.
The PM expressed that the enemies of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are in fact the enemies of Pakistan and its economy.
Terming the arrival of the first trade convoy at Gwadar Port as ‘a watershed event’, the Prime Minister said the CPEC project, conceived by the leadership of China and Pakistan, had materialized, bringing a dawn of immense trade and commerce opportunities for the whole region.
Addressing a ceremony of the launching of the first mega pilot trade cargo, he said Pakistan was a proud partner of China and assured that his government would leave no stone unturned to complete all the development projects under the aegis of CPEC on time. He said CPEC also manifested the desire of the leadership of two countries for shared prosperity through a broader and solid cooperation. He also lauded the Chinese President Xi Jinping for his vision of the regional prosperity. The CPEC was the fusion of Chinese President’s concept of ‘belt and road’ project which came as integrating the trade and commerce activities of the various regional countries through enhanced connectivity, thus transforming Pakistan into major hub of trade and commerce, he added.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan enjoyed the unique geo-strategical location, standing at the crossroads of South Asia, China an the Central Asia, and changing fate of three billion people of the region and in future would serve as hub of a major trade zone. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah Khan, Federal Ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Advisor on National Security Nasir Khan Janjua, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, a number of ambassadors, FWO officials, Chinese dignitaries, Sino Trans company officials, members of provincial assemblies, notables and elders were present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister said today they had gathered to witness the dream of CPEC turning into reality and further strengthening of bilateral ties between the two countries that stood the test of times. He reiterated that CPEC was going to be a reality and would open a world of opportunities for the both countries and the region. Comparing the Gwadar port as a ‘jewel in the CPEC crown’, he expressed the confidence that due to its geo-strategic prime location, it would play a pivotal role in future trade and cargo activities.
He said the vision of exclusive and sustained development must reach to those who had been mired in poverty and deprivation and in this regard, CPEC would provide benefits to the all the underdeveloped areas of the country including Balochistan, KPK, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan. He assured that no area of the country would be left out of the fruits of prosperity from various CPEC development projects. He expressed the hope that with the execution of various development projects, the bilateral relations between the two countries would reach to further heights. He said a new era of prosperity had not only ushered in Balochistan but spanned the length and breadth of the country.
The Prime Minister said the construction of new roads had brought peace and prosperity in the province. He said the government and the armed forces rendered efforts to make local people as the main stakeholders of the project, adding faces of residents would now gleam with prosperity. Agencies