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Minister warns against making CPEC controversial

Bureau Report 2017-07-13
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Shah Farman has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor should not be made controversial as the project is backbone of the country.

Addressing a hurriedly called news conference at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday, herejected the argument of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman that Panama Papers issue was a conspiracy against CPEC. He said that those, who were opposing probe into Panama issue, were supporting corruption in the country.

`We fought our case well at all platforms to get due share for the province in projeet s under CPE C, said Mr Farman. He added that provincial government had taken practical steps for successful execution of CPEC related projects.

He said that they had exhibited more than 82 projects during road show in Beijing. He said that more than 1,111 police personnel would be recruited for protection of the CPEC projects.

The minister said that CPEC was not a Jati Umra-funded pro-ject as future of the entire country was attached with it. He added that the people, who were making CPEC controversial through their statements, were not sincere in development and economic prosperity of the country.

Mr Farman said that corruption was the biggest issue of the country. He said that for the first time in history of the country institutions initiated accountability. `It is a good precedent and the foundation laid by joint investigation team (JIT), constituted by Supreme Court of Pakistan to probe the Panama Papers issue, would ensure across the board accountability in the country,` he added.

The minister said that PTI chairman Imran Khan brought money from foreign countries toPakistan but corrupt rulers looted public money and transferred the wealth into their foreign accounts.

He said that despite all odds, about 95 per cent Pakistanis belonging to poor families were working abroad and contributing to national economy by sending money in shape of foreign remittances.

He said that people paid various taxes but corrupt rulers spent lavishly on their luxuries and also evaded taxes.

`No one will be spared from accountability,` said the minister.

He said that the process of accountability should reach its logical conclusion so that the nation could know as to who was responsible for the growing problems of poverty, power loadshedding, unemployment, price hike and lawlessness.