Prime Minister Pakistan Imran Khan has directed to focus on the neglected areas, said his special assistant on information and broadcasting retired Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa on Tuesday.
Taking to his official twitter account, he wrote:
“Integrate Remote areas: PM emphasized focus on earlier neglected areas. Out of approved 18, 3 border markets approved as a pilot project; Mand&Gabd in Balochistan&ShaheedanoDan in KP, Will transform local economies, check smuggling&formalise trade with neighbours #PakistanMovingForward.”
Integrate Remote areas:PM emphasised focus on earlier neglected areas.Out of approved 18, 3 border markets approved as pilot project;Mand&Gabd in Balochistan&ShaheedanoDan in KP,Will transform local economies,check smuggling&formalise trade with neighbours #PakistanMovingForward pic.twitter.com/24NqPJ8Uyg
— Asim Saleem Bajwa (@AsimSBajwa) September 22, 2020
Chairman CPEC Authority said the establishment of markets would improve trade with neighbours.
Chairman CPEC Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa had said that work on development projects in the southern parts of Balochistan was in full swing.
Asim Saleem Bajwa said that a tender has been issued for the construction of the most important M8 highway, which will further facilitate access to Gwadar port. He said that socio-economic development and stability would come to the region and these projects would end the sense of deprivation in the region.
A Great Relief
Chairman China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Lieutenant General retired Asim Saleem Bajwa has said that the stay order by World Bank tribunal on the $ 6 bn awards against Pakistan is a great relief.
Taking to his official twitter handle, Chairman CPEC Lieutenant General retired Asim Saleem Bajwa said:
Reko Diq:Stay order by World Bank tribunal on $ 6 Bn award vs Pakistan is great relief.Meanwhile PM directs to fully support GOB for accelerated dev of mineral sec in a transparent manner,structured system, best tech,involve local investors,develop own HR #PakistanMovingForward
— Asim Saleem Bajwa (@AsimSBajwa) September 18, 2020
Note that, in July 1993, the then Chief Minister of Balochistan, Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, gave the contract for the Reko Diq project to the Australian company PHP.
The project, located on 3,347,000 acres in Balochistan, was contracted for drilling only, but the Australian company had contracted with the Italian company Tethian to do more work without trusting the Balochistan government.
The Australian company had tried to sell Reko Diq’s gold and copper to Canada, Italy and Brazil through the port of Gwadar, giving Balochistan only 25 per cent of its total revenue.
However, the Balochistan government cancelled the agreement after irregularities by the PHP. Later, the provincial government decided in 2010 that the provincial government would work on the project itself.
In January 2013, then-Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry annulled the Reko Diq agreement between the Balochistan government and the Australian mining company, calling it against the country’s laws.