CPEC is a game-changer project-Economic zone to be constructed in Rashakai under CPEC to generate over 300,000 jobs

A joint delegation of Chinese National Development Reforms Commission (CNDRC) and investors visited the site of economic Zone at Rashakai near Mardan on Wednesday.Project Director CPEC Economic Zone Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ghulam Dastgir briefed the delegation about the Economic Zone.The Chinese delegation was told that federal government has started work on supply of electricity, gas and other necessary facilities to the zone. The economic zone which is being constructed under CPEC will generate over three hundred thousand jobs directly and indirectly.

Host : Dr.Shafiq-Ur-Rehman 

Analysts on Telephone 

Maj Gen (Retd) Zahir Shah (Expert on CPEC):

It is a positive development that a team of Chinese experts and investors visited the Rashakai Special Economic Zone of the CPEC project to crystallize their country’s investment plans. Most of the power and other development projects initiated under CPEC are in phase of completion. The visit of Chinese investors to Rashakai will open new ways to development. The mega project was initiated with an investment of 46 billion dollars and the investment has been increased to over 56 billion dollars which is the guarantee that CPEC will bring an economic revolution in our country.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal (President, Pakistan Economy Watch):

CPEC is a game changer project that will create over 7 million job opportunities in our country. It is also an achievement that foreign investment in Pakistan through CPEC has improved to a great extent. The government has initiated a number of short and long term power projects and after completion of all these projects in 2030 almost 30,000MW electricity will be added in National system. The incumbent government is continuing development projects without any discrimination. The economic zones under CPEC will also be established in KPK as well. The international organizations have also been appreciating the economic policies of the government as a result of which economy of the country is improving day by day. Peace and stability in Afghanistan is also vital for the successful completion of CPEC.

China expresses willingness to play constructive role in improving relations between  Pakistan & India:Spokesperson Geng Shuang

China has expressed willingness to play a constructive role in improving tense relations between Pakistan and India.Addressing a press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on-going tension along the Line of Control in Kashmir is posing threat to peace and stability of the region.He urged both Islamabad and New Delhi to start a meaningful dialogue for the settlement of their bilateral disputes and promote peace in the region.

Analysts on Telephone 

Lt Gen (Retd) Ghulam Mustafa (Defense Analyst):

India is involved in border standoff with China and Chinese leadership has warned Indian side to withdraw its troops from Chinese territory and properly settle this dispute. China is also willing to play a constructive role in improving relations between Pakistan and India in wake of ongoing tensions between the two countries along the Line of Control in Kashmir. It is good news that the situation in the Kashmir has attracted attention of the world community where Indian forces have set the worst example of brutalities. Both India and Pakistan should resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir dispute through dialogue for a sustainable peace in the region.

Live Broadcast : Press Conference of Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb  along with PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz 

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