GWADAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan says development of Balochistan is one of the top priorities of the government which was neglected in the past.
Addressing a ceremony in Gwadar today (Monday), he said several projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring development and prosperity to the province.
He said Pakistan is poised to become a great regional pivot as it had been a role model for development in 60s.
The Prime Minister said practical work on development projects has begun in Gwadar to uplift the living standard of the local people.
He said these projects are being established by utilizing 2,200 acres of land and the government is initiating one-window operation facility at Gwadar to facilitate foreign investors in these projects. He said that after completion of the International Airport, Gwadar will directly connect with the world.
The Prime Minister said that we have to focus on enhancing exports, which is vital for Pakistan's economic sovereignty.
He said that issue of water, electricity and gas to Gwadar will be addressed on priority basis. He said 500-bed hospital will provide modern health facilities to the locals.
Imran Khan said connectivity is imperative for the development of Balochistan and 730 billion rupees will be spent on infrastructure for this purpose. He said that Gwadar will become focal point for Pakistan and will be beneficial for the people of the Balochistan.
Imran Khan said the government has initiated several mega projects for the welfare of the common people, including Ehsaas Program and Housing Scheme for low-income segments. He said we should also get benefit of the geographical importance and Chinese experience.
Referring to Pakistan's efforts to establish peace in Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said that Islamabad is playing its due role for a successful peace talks in Afghanistan by engaging regional countries and all stakeholders. He said peace in Afghanistan is vital for a stable and prosperous Pakistan and we are also trying to contact with Taliban for this purpose.