Chairman Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and head of Pakistan China Institute Senator Mushahid Hussain has said that CPEC is a guarantor of prosperous Pakistan, the pillar of Pakistan-China Friendship, hence CPEC will continue with the same momentum as before during during its new phase
Sukkur (Pakistan Point News / Online - 23rd August, 2019) Chairman Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and head of Pakistan China Institute Senator Mushahid Hussain has said that CPEC is a guarantor of prosperous Pakistan, the pillar of Pakistan-China Friendship, hence CPEC will continue with the same momentum as before during during its new phase.He made these comments during the Seminar "Friends of Silk Road" Organised by the Pakistan China Institute (PCI) in cooperation with the Sindh Government and Embassy of China to mark the successful completion of Sukkur-Multan Motorway, which is the part of CPEC Mega Project.
He said that "there is no question of CPEC slowing down or being stopped, as it is the core interest of Pakistan like the Nuclear program and Kashmir issue".The event was held at the IBA University Sukkur with the attendance of over 400 persons including Politicians, Parliamentarians, Ministers, Senior Bureaucrats, Media, Civil Society, Students and Scholars as well as the University Vice Chancellor. The Auditorium of IBA was packed to capacity.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed also thanked China for its prompt and resolute support to Pakistan during the current crisis on Kashmir and said the China has demonstrated it is indeed "Our best Friend and Reliable Partner". He also congratulated China for celebrating this year the 70th Anniversary of founding of the People's Republic of China. Mushahid gave the credit for the rise and progress of China to great leaders like Chairman Mao, Deng Xiaoping and President Xi Jinping.
He also paid tribute to Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari for their role in launching CPEC and strengthening Pakistan-China relations, adding that the Sukkur-Multan Motorway, which provided employment to 29,000 Pakistanis will unite the Federation of Pakistan and promote Economic Development through facilitating land communication between Sindh and Punjab as well as other parts of Pakistan like Balochistan, KPK , Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
Senator Hussain said the project has been implemented in such a manner so as to ensure harmony with the Environment as well as local communities all along this route.Speaking of CPEC, Senator Mushahid Hussain welcomed the establishment of CPEC Authority and expressed hope that it will expedite coordination between Federal Government and Provinces as well as departments within Federal Government through one window operation'. Terming CPEC as already success story as it not just launched new projects successfully but dead projects like Thar Coal and Gawadar Port were revived and were now running successfully.
Thar Coal project was not only carrying out mining but was generating Electricity which is now contributing to the National Grid & Thar has witnessed women's empowerment as women were driving Dumper Trucks. Gawadar Port, built by China was now running successfully and China has also gifted the International Airport in Gawadar through donation of $ 250 Million. Mushahid said that 70,000 Pakistanis are working in CPEC, 28000 Pakistanis students are studying in China which has also offered 20,000 scholarships to Pakistani students for next three years.
Senator Mushahid Hussain cited up a unique feature of Pakistan-China relations saying that China was the only country which gave assistance to Pakistan without any political springs, The former minister, Khursheed Shah, Sind Senior Minister Nisar Khoro and Mayor of Sukkur Arsalan Shaikh and Consul General of China in Karachi, Wang Yu, attended the function.