LAHORE: Chairman Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Senator Syed Mushahid Hussain has said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a guarantee of bright future, economic security and prosperity of Pakistan.
He was speaking at a seminar organized by Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT). He said that Anti-Pakistan forces, including India, are adamant to sabotage this project and Pakistanis would have to pursue it like the attaining of nuclear technology. CPEC would be a game changer for Pakistan, South Asia and Middle East, he added.
He said the military leadership would defeat anti-CPEC intrigues of the forces active against the project. He said the arrest of Kulbhushan Yadev is a glare example of Indian intervention to the project.
He said CPEC is the costliest-ever project between the two countries in the world history. This project is worth $50 billion and to be completed by 2030. It is a national strategic project and cannot be attributed to an individual, a political party or a province.
He recalled that Quaid-i-Azam had once predicted to a foreign journalist that Pakistan would be a centre-stage of world politics. His vision has been materialized in the form of CPEC, he added.
He said Pakistan had brought China closer to the US in 1970.
He appreciated the unstinting support of China to Pakistan and told the audience that China received not a single penny against the military weapon it provided to Pakistan in between 1965 to 1980. Pakistan has reciprocated this friendship equally on all the fronts.
He said China has also condemned Donald Trump for criticizing Pakistan in war against terrorism. The US is no more the sole world power, as a good number of new centres of power have emerged today.
He said the Chinese leadership has brought 700 million Chinese out of poverty in last 25 years and the 21st century belongs to Asia. He said the CPEC would play pivotal role in development of infrastructure, energy projects, Gawadar port and Special Economic Zones in Pakistan. Paksitan has started mining in the area of Thar after the start of CPEC project, he added.
Today some 22000 Pakistani students are studying at the Chinese universities. China is providing scholarships to 5000 students.