ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan will become an industrial hub of South Asia after the completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
In an interview with PTV, he said the CPEC will bring mega improvement in social infrastructure, energy, industrial cooperation, and agriculture sector besides creating millions of job opportunities.
Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC was launched after comprehensive consultation and consensus of all the political parties.
The minister said some elements are trying to sabotage the CPEC, which was recognised as a game changer not only for Pakistan but for the entire region also.
Replying to a question, he said Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan will become gateways of the CPEC. Trade zones will be set up in the federal capital, all the four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
The minister said the government with its effective policies, reduced terrorist acts, overcame energy shortage and improved the law and order situation.
He said some 11,500 megawatt electricity was added to the national grid during the last four years. About thirty-five billion US dollars are being spent in the energy sector. APP/AFP