Ahsan Iqbal demands apology from Imran over Chinese assistance remarks

Ahsan Iqbal demands apology from Imran over Chinese assistance remarks

ISLAMABAD, Sept 6  Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development &Reform, who heads China Pakistan Economic Corridor Joint Coordination Committee from Pakistani side has strongly condemned Imran Khan baseless allegations against Chinese assistance to Pakistan under “China Pakistan
Economic Corridor” and demanded an immediate apology from him.

He said, “Pakistan and China are closest friends and enjoy time tested all weather
friendship. At a time when international investors were shying away from
Pakistan due to security environment in the region, decision of Chinese and
Pakistani leadership during PM Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Beijing in July,13
to take Pak-China relations to new heights in economic field through China
Pakistan Economic Corridor Project was a milestone. The most critical
energy and infrastructure sectors related projects will inject new lifeAhsan Iqbal demands apology from Imran over Chinese assistance remarks
into Pakistan’s economy. The commitment of Chinese government to help
Pakistan overcome its energy shortages through energy projects is a proof
that friend in need is friend indeed. All 10,400 mw coal, hydel, solar, and
wind based energy projects   As early harvest projects are in IPP mode as
investment projects contrary to Mr. Khan’s assertion that these projects
are being financed through borrowing. These projects are coming under
energy policy which is open for all investors from any part of the world.
Hence the assertion that expensive contracts have been signed with China is
baseless and mala fide.”

He said, “It is not expected from a leader of the stature of Mr Khan, whose
party is ruling KPK province that he would show such immaturity and
irresponsibility. Mr Khan has alleged that these loans are being taken at
7% interest, which is incorrect as these projects are not loans but coming
as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country. Today there is a mad
race among all countries to attract maximum FDI for higher growth rates.
Energy Projects with Chinese assistance are a source of oxygen for our
economy, which will not only push growth rate of economy upwards by solving
energy crisis but also help create millions of new jobs. Mr Khan has
alleged that government leaders are getting kickbacks and commission
through these projects is shameful act on his part because he has
indirectly embarrassed our closest friend by implying that it is indulging
in unfair practices. Mr Khan owes an apology to people of Pakistan and
China for making such irresponsible statements  and allegations. His
untimely and undemocratic tactics in the capital caused postponement of
Chinese President’s visit to Pakistan and now he is making China Pakistan
Projects controversial. People of Pakistan want to know whose agenda is he

He said, “Pakistan and China are bound in strongest bond of friendship,
which is beyond political divide, and people of Pakistan are indebted to
Chinese leadership for showing strong commitment to help Pakistan overcome
energy crisis. The President of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, who is a great
friend of Pakistan, will soon visit Pakistan.”

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