Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said development projects in Balochistan is the top most agenda of the government of Pakistan.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Zhob, the premier announced the construction of an international-level airport in Gwadar along side the development of a deep sea port.
Addressing a gathering after the inauguration, the premier said, “With the establishment of an airport and a sea port, Balochistan will not only connect with the rest of Pakistan but will also connect with the whole world.”
“We believe that Balochistan has the first right over all resources which have been explored in the province.”
All developmental projects will be completed by December 2017, PM Nawaz announced, while adding that “the era of prosperity in Pakistan will begin with the completion of these projects in Balochistan.”
Further, the premier congratulated Rahila Durrani for being elected as the first-ever female speaker of the Balochistan Assembly. ”It is not only an honour for Balochistan but also for Pakistan that a female assembly speaker has been elected in the province.”
Appreciating all political parties for their consensus on CPEC-related projects, PM Nawaz informed those in attendance that a total of Rs200 billion is being spent on the construction of roads in Balochistan, while adding that the Gwadar to Karachi coastal highway will be converted into a motorway.
“The 454km road between Hoshab, Panjgur and Suhrab will be completed by December 2016,” the premier announced.