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Imran Khan Gives Reassurance on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Imran Khan Lends Support to CPEC Project

(Photo : Getty Images) Pakistan’s prominent politician Imran Khan said its political party has no issue on China's CPEC project but rather on the current government.

Pakistan's Imran Khan reassured again that his political party had nothing against the $46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, the prominent politician said on Sunday at a public rally in the village of Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) where his hordes of supporters gathered. 

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However, Khan, who heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said that he is certainly against the way the Nawaz Sharif government is handling the ambitious project. Khan is especially critical about the way the federal government was secretively handling the CPEC contract, adding that the agreement must be made public. 

He also reminded the public of Sharif's promise that the western route in the CPEC project would be completed first and KP would become a huge beneficiary in the project.

"But now we came to know that the province is being deprived of its due share from the CPEC," he said.

Khan later predicted that the multi-billion dollar economic corridor would change the fate of Pakistan.      

Khan's reassurance on the CPEC project came barely two months after he lend his crucial support to the ambitious project in an hour-long meeting with the Chinese ambassador. The meeting was held amid media reports that Khan was trying to sabotage the CPEC project in a bid to defame the Pakistani government.

The Pakistani politician told Chinese ambassador, Sun Weidong, that he considered the economic corridor project immensely important for Pakistan's economic development and described the project as a "game changer" for the region.   

The CPEC has been widely hailed as the most important infrastructure project in Pakistan's history as it aims to connect Pakistan's Gwadar port in Balochistan with China's insurgency prone Xinjiang province.

After years of construction, the revamped Gwadar port was officially inaugurated last month by Sharif.  

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