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Pakistan Rejects US Objections On CPEC Route 

Islamabad (October 06, 2017): Pakistan’s Foreign Office has rejected on Saturday the objections raised by the US on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’, in which CPEC is flagship project.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that US Defence Secretary James Mattis reservations are baseless. CPEC is an economic cooperation initiative that is not directed against any state.Nafees Zakaria has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a development and connectivity project for the betterment of the people in the region and beyond.

CPEC is in line with the trend of the times and conforms to the rules of development as it is directly related with the interests of the people of all countries and has a broad and bright prospects for development.He said efforts are need to be made for implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

The spokesman called for a UN supervised plebiscite to enable Kashmiris to exercise their right to self-determination.

Earlier, while briefing the US lawmakers on the current situation in the Pak-Afghan region earlier this week, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that ‘The One Belt, One Road’ goes through disputed territory and I think that in itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate.He claimed that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory, the US administration informed Congress, the mega development project passes through the northern areas, which India claims is part of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir territory, he added.

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