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Gwadar-Quetta road to be completed ahead of schedule: Ahsan

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said that the development work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was in full swing and the Gwadar-Quetta road would be completed in a month, ahead of schedule.  

“Work on Dera Ismail Khan-Quetta road had also been initiated while the DI Khan-Burhan road will be completed by 2018,” Ahsan Iqbal said while speaking at the inauguration of the International Business Conference and Exhibition (IBCE) 2016, organized by the provincial and federal governments as well as the University of Management and Technology (UMT).

He underlined that CPEC would bring prosperity to backward and far-off areas of the country, therefore special attention has been given to Sindh and Balochistan in the CPEC projects, as raw coal for coal-run projects can easily be provided in these two provinces.

Iqbal said the basic rationale behind holding the IBCE 2016 was to give a boost to Pakistan’s economy, highlight various dimensions of CPEC, widen government’s linkages with overseas companies and business firms, bridge the gap between academia and industry, set up a link between local and foreign companies, transfer latest technology and create opportunities for the youth.

Chief Adviser to Turkish President Iinur Cevik, speaking on the occasion, said Pakistan and Turkey shared special ties that were based on brotherly relations rather than on any strategic interests.