Awami National Party has expressed serious concerns over the steps being taken by the Government for the implementation of CPEC as these were in blatant violation of the decisions of the All Parties Conference (APC) held in Islamabad in May, 2014. ANP spokesperson and Central Information Secretary, Zahid Khan has asked the Federal and Provincial governments to respond to the following questions to clarify the situation and remove the anxieties of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan.
- What is the progress on the implementation of PM’s directives issued on 27-11-2015, to acquire land for a 6 Lane route for the western alignment of CPEC and start upgrading the D.I Khan, Mughal Kot, Zhob section to 4 lanes now. The PM had also directed authorities to provide additional funds from PSDP for this purpose. PM directives also included directions for identifying sites for future industrial zones. The Committee appointed by the Prime Minster was supposed to report back to him within 15 days. But there is no public information about the aforementioned report even after five weeks.
- Since CPEC is a project of national importance involving the interests of all the federating units and regions of the country, It should have been discussed in forums like the Council of Common Interest (CCI) to address the prevailing concerns. Both Federal and Provincial governments have failed to raise and discuss the issue in CCI. Since the provinces can also requisition CCI meeting for this purpose that is why they also cannot absolve themselves.
- The Government has failed to maintain the required level of transparency about the financial provisions, industrial and energy projects included in the CPEC. This is a major source of concern and anxiety in the minds of general public and observers of the situation.
- On the demand of ANP President, Asfandyar Wali Khan, the Prime Minister had promised to announce building of a main connecting road throughout FATA from Bajaur and South Waziristan which would link up with CPEC route. The PM had also promised a comprehensive CPEC development project for FATA. We haven’t heard anything so far about these promises of the PM.
- Gwadar Deep Sea Port is the most important part of the CPEC and the Baloch people as indigenous inhabitants are the real stakeholders of the project. Without taking the genuine representatives of Baloch on board, CPEC would be unacceptable to all the stakeholders.
Government should explain its position on the aforementioned questions, otherwise the people of Pakistan in general and people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan in particular will be justified in reaching to the conclusion that Government is responsible for creating doubts about CPEC which is regarded by every Pakistani as a project vital for the future of the country.