PM Khan extends CPEC cabinet committee ahead of China visit


From Correspondent


ISLAMABAD: Ahead of his China visit in November, Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday reorganized the cabinet’s special committee on CPEC with induction of more members.

According to details, the important decision of extension of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) committee was directed by Premier Khan, which has increased the total number of committee members to 12.

The special committee is instructed to present a comprehensive report to the Premier before the maiden trip to China. After making a final review of the matters pertaining to the CPEC, the committee will submit its report.

Last month, the Prime Minister formed a cabinet committee to look after the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. As per the official notification, a nine-member committee was constituted to overview the CPEC which is headed by the Minister of Planning and Development Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister of Law and Justice Farogh Naseem, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Minister of Petroleum Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid and PM’s adviser on Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production and Investment are also the members of the committee.

Pakistani officials expect that the CPEC will regain momentum after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China. In his three-day visit which begins on November 3, Pakistan’s prime minister will also attend the Chinese International Import Expo 2018 in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday said that the nation was bearing the brunt of the misdeeds and wrong policies of the previous rulers, who had plundered the country and treated it even worse than any enemy. In a meeting with a delegation of business community headed by Chairman United Business Group and Senior Vice President SAARC Chamber of Commerce Iftikhar Ali Malik, held at the PM Office, the prime minister said, one could judge the volume of corruption by the fact that the amounts worth billions of rupees were being discovered from the bank accounts of handcart pullers, vendors, and even those who had died.

The delegation of the businessmen handed over a cheque to the prime minister worth Rs 91.9 million for the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Prime Minister Fund for Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dams.

Among those who presented the cheque included the representatives and office bearers of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Rawalpindi, Sarhad, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Lahore chambers of commerce and industries, Sialkot International Airport, Orient Electronics, Korangi Association, Guard Group, Muhammad Arif Yousuf Jeewa, Engineer Haji Daru, Deen Group and Sitara group. The business delegation assured the prime minister of their support to help succeed his endeavor for New Pakistan besides steering the country out of tough economic conditions.


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