Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri have jointly resolved that the western route of the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be completed on time in order to make the Gwadar deep sea port fully functional.
The two visited Turbat, Talar and Gwadar where they inspected ongoing development works and addressed public gatherings of tribal elders and citizens. They said the water scarcity issue in Mekran division would be resolved on priority basis.
No hindrance in water supply to Gwadar will be tolerated. The authorities concerned should furnish reports on construction of dams and installation of desalination plants to filter and purify seawater to meet water requirements in Gwadar and adjoining areas, they said.
They agreed that the civil and military leadership was on same page to execute and implement mega development projects, especially CPEC, Gwadar deep seaport and dams in order to put Balochistan on track to development.
“The military will extend its all-out cooperation to the Balochistan government for the timely completion of the mega development projects so that people of the province may get benefits from it,” the army chief said.
The Balochistan chief minister told the army chief that Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal has been contacted for release of funds for the ongoing development projects in Gwadar, Turbat and other areas of Mekran division.
He said the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) has been working on road projects in Balochistan, including Gwadar-Rato Dero Motorway, western route of CPEC, N-70 and N-50. He appreciated the role and sacrifices of FWO in Balochistan.