ANPAPCJoint Communique of the All Parties Conference on Pak-China Economic Corridor
17th Feb, 2015
We the participants of all parties’ conference in Islamabad on 17th Feb, 2015 welcome the growing economic cooperation between Pakistan and our great neighbor and friend China. We in particular welcome the proposed Pak-China Economic Corridor that is expected to write a new chapter in socio-economic development of the region. We fully support the efficient and on time implementation of the mega project that can prove to be a game changer in regional cooperation in a region where traditionally regional cooperation has lagged behind other parts of the world. We welcome the visit of the Honorable President of China to Pakistan

We are concerned to see that initially choosing an economical, logical and considerably short route for building the proposed economic corridor by the Planning Commission of Pakistan that is to pass through southern districts of Pakhtunkhwa into Baluchistan and go onward to Quetta and Gwadar. But recently the federal government seems to have developed second thoughts. The new line of argument says that since the original route will take a lot of time to build, the government will use the existing road systems after filling some of the gaps. As we know the proposed economic corridor is not just a big road. It includes rail tracks, oil and gas pipelines, fiber optic cable, projects for energy resources and Industrial parks. Question is will this heavy infrastructure be built twice. We want to make it abundantly clear that we are not against multiple routes but it cannot be done at the cost of original route that is not only short and economical but also passes through the most backward areas of the country. This is the area that is very badly hit by terrorist menace. The construction of this route will go a long way to revive the area and defeat extremism and terrorism. We demand that the building of original route chosen by the planning commission of Pakistan should immediately start on war footings and building other links should start after that. If the federal government goes back on its word about the original route of the proposed economic corridor it will create a lot of deprivation and alienation in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. We also demand from the Federal Government to remove ambiguity and clarify the situation instead of telling stories to the people. We are not against multiple routes, but that should come later. Among other things N45 of Malakand via Chakdara can also be built as alternative route passing through Lowari to Chitral. It is very important to take the representatives of the people of Gwadar and Balochistan in confidence. Since Gwadar is a port in Balochistan, ignoring the opinion of Baloch people will be like playing Hemlet without the prince of Denmark.
All parties of conference decide to form a parliamentary caucus to ensure the construction of the originally approved route and take necessary steps in the parliament.