China has offered to bring Diamer-Bhasha Dam project under the umbrella of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This was informed at a meeting of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms in Islamabad on Monday. Chairman WAPDA Muzamil Hussain told the committee that the project has been pending since long, as Asian Development Bank has declined to fund it, raising objection on its location. Chairman WAPDA said other hydro-power projects including Neelum Jehlum and Tarbela extension would be completed by May next year which would provide additional 2500 MW electricity. National Assembly Standing Committee on Communications was informed today that Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be completed by June next year. The meeting of the committee was held in Islamabad today under the chairmanship of Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi. The Committee was informed that Western Route of CPEC has been divided in to five zones and the work has been started on all five zones and contractors are being working on the sites. The meeting directed that Motorway Police be equipped to meet the needs of CPEC. The Committee was briefed that more than ten thousands human resource is needed to meet the requirements of all newly built Highways, Motorways and CPEC. It also directed that creation of the required posts and appointment against vacancies on merit should be completed by December this year.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi (Economic Expert):

If China is ready to invest, Pakistan should welcome and avail this opportunity. We should take advantage of Chinese expertise in this sector. To overcome energy deficiency, we need new dams. By building new dams, we will put a check on Indian monopoly on water resources in the region. Also, by adding China in this project, Pakistan will get recognition of Beijing over its right on water resources in the region. Building of new dams will positively impact agriculture and industry in Pakistan.

OIC chief strongly condemns Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir

The OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, has strongly condemned continued violence by Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris in the held valley. In a statement, he said the Kashmiris remain victims of the denial of their inalienable rights to self-determination and have been suffering from the non-implementation of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. He called upon India to immediately stop human rights violations of the Kashmiri people. Meanwhile, a protest rally was held against killing of civilians by Indian troops in Shopian, occupied Kashmir on Monday. Thousands of people participated in the rally.

Host: Shahzad Farooqi

Co-host: Mazhar Iqbal

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