Balochistan will be given due share in CPEC, vows PM

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Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that his government is reviewing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement, promising to address Balochistan’s reservations by giving the province its due share.

The prime minister said so during his meeting with members of the Balochistan cabinet in Quetta. The meeting was briefed on ongoing development projects in the province.

“Centre will work with Balochistan as a partner,” Khan said during the meeting. “We will not make any such promise for which we may have to excuse later on.”

He lamented that previous experienced rulers caused damage to Pakistan and took massive loans.

Noting that the country was currently facing financial issues, the prime minister said, “We hope that we will soon get rid of this difficulty.”

He said that Pakistan’s progress was linked with development of Balochistan.

Khan further said the completion of Kachhi canal would bring an agricultural revolution in Balochistan. Of the 363-km long canal starting from Taunsa Barrage at Indus River, 281 km lies in Punjab and 80 km in Balochistan.

Earlier, the prime minister visited the Southern Command Headquarters in Quetta. He acknowledged and appreciated contributions of security forces towards improving peace, stability and socio-economic development of the province.