New Pakistani government to remain committed to CPEC: Pakistani Envoy

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New Pakistani government to remain committed to CPEC Pakistani Envoy My Country

Hong Kong: Pakistani envoy Abdul Qadir Memon says the outcome of a general election won’t affect Islamabad’s support for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.Whatever the election outcome, Pakistan’s next government will remain committed to the country’s ongoing infrastructure projects, Pakistan’s Consulate General in Hong Kong said on Thursday, reports South China Morning Post.

“The new government, when they will start deliberations with mainland China, is going to receive assurances about the continuity of the policies on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which will be given,”  Abdul Qadir Memon said.

Voting of the general election concluded on Wednesday and Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), was on track to be the country’s next prime minister.

“In the elections, every candidate and political party is trying to take credit for the CPEC,” Qadir said, adding that it brought much needed resources such as stable electricity to rural areas.

“For Pakistanis, there are very few things that they have consensus about, and the CPEC is one of them.”

Qadir also said he was optimistic that security in Pakistan would improve, even as at least 30 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a polling station in the country’s southwest.

The new Pakistani government would work to assure the security of Chinese citizens involved in the corridor project. Dozens of Pakistani workers have killed by militants trying to disrupt the project and last year 10 workers were killed by attackers while working on a road near Gwadar port.

“Security has improved tremendously,” Qadir said.

Both China and Pakistan had long been aware of the risks involved in the region, even before the corridor project began, he said.

He said Pakistan’s military had been working since 2008 to improve security in its border region with Afghanistan from the threat of militant groups.

“I personally visited those areas and found security to be much much better. But of course no country can claim a 100 per cent foolproof system,” Qadir said. “We have won the war, now we have to win the peace.”

New Pakistani government to remain committed to CPEC Pakistani Envoy My Country