ISLAMABAD:  Opposition leader in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khurshid Shah has expressed reservations over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project saying all provinces except Punjab were being neglected while carrying out work on the mega scheme.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, the opposition leader urged Nawaz Sharif and the federal government to review policies and allay apprehensions of all stakeholders as selective work will stoke tension among the federating units.

He said that Sindh contributes 60 per cent in revenue and holds major gas reservoirs but the province was being ignored in the CPEC while Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have also expressed their reservations about the project. “Attempts are being made to provide maximum benefit to Punjab from theproject,” Shah said.

“The CPEC project serves as an opportunity for the bright future of Pakistan and such projects are not launched every day. Equal benefit should be given to all provinces it,” he demanded.

The opposition leader pointed out that western route of the project was shorter and better while the eastern route was being given preference. He urged that the CPEC project should be accomplished as soon as possible. “The government should review its policies and alleviate apprehensions of all stakeholders while carrying out work on the mega project,” he said.