FPCCI slams government minister for controversial statement over CPEC

FPCCI slams government minister for controversial statement over CPEC

ISLAMABAD - The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Sunday said China is a close ally and a trusted friend which should not be offended.

The FPCCI said that any reservations over China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can be sorted out through negotiations as public statements by top government officials blaming China for unfair agreements will be damaging for Pakistan, it added.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, President FPCCI Ghazanfar Bilour said that the Ministers should avoid making irresponsible and negative statements regarding CPEC agreements as it would be detrimental for the relationship with China and will hit our economy.

He said that unjustified concerns raised by some ministers led commerce ministry and others to issue clarifications while opposition also criticized the immature move which amounts to backing the opponents of the CPEC.

Ghazanfar Bilour said that China has always helped Pakistan; it has never acted as an imperial power and her aid is always without strings.

Pakistan is not considered a safe country for investment where the sportsmen and tourists from other nations are not ready to come, he added.