Pakistan has offered India the benefits of the multi-billion dollar CPEC project

A general view of the Gwadar Port in Gwadar, Pakistan on October 4, 2017.  - Reuters
A general view of the Gwadar Port in Gwadar, Pakistan on October 4, 2017. – Reuters
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has urged arch-rival India to take advantage of the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project instead of creating hurdles in its path.

The Prime Minister said this in a statement on Wednesday on the occasion of completion of 10 years of CPEC.

Highlighting the importance of the project, he said that Iran, Afghanistan, the Middle East and the entire region will also benefit from the mega-development project.

“CPEC is a beautiful scheme connecting not only regions and regions but also the hearts of people,” he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the PM’s office.

Prime Minister Shahbaz vowed to double the pace of development as it was not only to improve roads, rail, ports and air routes, but also help in health, education and skill development sectors, apart from public participation in the process Will do

Describing it as a game changer for the entire region, the Prime Minister said that CPEC will have a positive impact on the quality of life of the people in the region.

The Prime Minister congratulated the leadership and people of Pakistan and China on the completion of 10 years of CPEC, which he said marked a new chapter in the all-weather and trustworthy strategic cooperative partnership between the two “Iron Brothers”.

He said the project is a tremendous example of great Chinese leader Xi Jinping and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s vision of “development for all”.

“The Belt and Road Initiative is an expression of Chinese President Xi’s vision of peace, friendship and economic partnership.”

He regretted that during the four years of the previous government, hurdles were created in the path of the project, as well as baseless allegations were leveled against a great friend like China.

“The enemies of CPEC are against peace, development and prosperity in Pakistan and the region as they do not want to eliminate poverty from the country,” he said.

He said, CPEC has ushered in a new era of mutual partnership between Pakistan and China and strengthened their bilateral relations.

PM Shahbaz said that CPEC includes several projects ranging from provision of water to education and technical and skill-based training.

He said, with the creation of nine Special Economic Zones (SEZs), new technology would be transferred to Pakistan, which would eventually help in increasing local production.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the implications of the project on the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the effectiveness of the early warning system for natural disasters as they were part of the CPEC.

Similarly, he said, agriculture related projects have also been included in CPEC to ensure food security.

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