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Imran Khan-led PTI government ‘failed miserably’ Gwadar people: Pak Shehbaz Sharif PM

Imran Khan-led PTI government 'failed miserably' Gwadar people: Pak Shehbaz Sharif PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday criticized the previous government led by ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan for “miserably” failing the people of Gwadar, a day after he visited the Baluchistan port city and opened a highway six-lane highway built under the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Expressing his discontent with the slow pace of work on projects in Gwadar, the prime minister stated that Pakistan’s development is linked with peace, stability and progress in Baluchistan.
“The coalition government aims to help Baluchistan by working with the provincial government and local elders to chart the way forward,” Sharif said in a tweet on Saturday.
“During my visit to Gwadar, I witnessed how the PTI government miserably failed the people of Gwadar. Despite wasting billions of rupees and precious time, it was unable to complete any project to solve the water and electricity for the locals who made great sacrifices for Gwadar port,” he said.
During his day trip to Balochistan on Friday, Sharif participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastbay Expressway and the groundbreaking of seven more development projects for Gwadar. A component of the CPEC, the six-lane Eastbay Expressway would connect the Gwadar port with the Makran coastal highway, as well as provide a link to Karachi, The Express Tribune reported.
The prime minister also gave an overview of development projects, including the Gwadar airport under construction, which was being built with a Chinese grant and was delayed in completion.
“A desalination plant will be installed and a hospital will be built for the people of Gwadar, while 3,200 solar panels will be distributed to families here,” he said.
He said that due to siltation, the depth of the Gwadar seaport was shrinking and he ordered its dredging to allow heavy ship traffic.
“The same goes for the Gwadar seaport and the construction of the Gwadar airport. No dredging was carried out in the seaport and therefore no large cargo ships can be anchored. I have ordered the speedy completion of Gwadar University, the airport and the installation of a desalination plant for clean drinking water,” Sharif said in another tweet.
Earlier, while addressing the officers during his visit to the Command and General Staff College in Quetta, the prime minister stressed that the defense of the country was sacred and that the security, sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan would be guaranteed at all costs. .
Paying tribute to the forces’ achievements and sacrifices, he said: “Our successes in the wars on terror are unparalleled, duly recognized by the world.”
The CPEC, which connects the Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Baluchistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of China’s ambitious multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The CPEC is a collection of infrastructure and other projects under construction across Pakistan since 2013. Originally valued at $46 billion, the projects were worth $62 billion as of 2017.
India has protested to China over CPEC as it is setting up shop in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir.
The BRI was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he came to power in 2013. Its goal is to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes. The BRI is seen as an attempt by China to increase its influence abroad with infrastructure projects financed by Chinese investments around the world.
The initiative also led to accusations that smaller countries were reeling from mounting Chinese debt, after Sri Lanka handed over its Hambantota port in a debt swap to China in 2017 on a 99-year lease.

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