BNP to convene APC on CPEC- Akhtar Mengal

QUETTA: Balochistan National Party (BNP) has decided to convene All Parties Conference (APC) in Islamabad in coming days inviting all political parties of the country to discuss the reservations of Balochistan people on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

This was stated by President of Balochistan National Party (BNP) and former provincial Chief Minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal at a Press conference at his residence here Sunday. He was accompanied by Senator Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini and his party colleagues during the news conference. Mengal said he will soon announce the date of the APC.

The elected Member of National and Provincial Assemblies of Gwadar are sidelined and neglected while taking crucial decisions regarding the CPEC and building Gwadar port city. BNP at its council session last month with newly elected leaders and colleagues of the party thoroughly discussed the agreements and Memorandum of Understandings inked pertaining to CPEC and found out that the interests of the local people have been ignored and even the local representatives were not taken onboard in important decision making.

Mengal said that his party colleagues have attended the APC chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz in Quetta but Prime Minister has not kept his promise when he came to Quetta.

China has announced to invest Rupees 46 billion but the Pakistan government is yet to share the details of all investment that where they are going to spend it, he said adding we are told that around Rupees six billion will be spent on infrastructure and development while 40 billion rupees will be private investment. However we were neither given the details about these remaining investment and nor we were told where they are developing economic or industrial zones?”

Akhtar Mengal said it is beyond everyone’s comprehension that agreements and MoUs from people of Balochistan are being hidden from people of Balochistan who are the owners of this land and coast. All the people should be told each and everything. They think Balochistan is the part of Pakistan and not a colony. Government is bound to tell each and everything to its citizens and take all the decisions while taking the people into confidence. It has saddened us that the opinions of local leaders and people were brushed aside by PML-N central leadership.”

He said the people of Gwadar at least be informed about this huge development.