CPEC to be functional by 2030: Pakistan’s Foreign Office


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office on Thursday said that the first phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be completed by 2020 while the entire project would be functional by 2030.

During his weekly press briefing in Islamabad, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Pakistan and China regularly monitor the progress of these projects, adding that the decision to bring more projects and highways under CPEC would be taken by the two Countries with consensus.

Dr Faisal informed that visas have been issued to the wife and mother of the convicted RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav and their meeting would take place in Islamabad on December 25.

Replying to a question, he said that the meeting between Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family will be held at the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Islamabad.

“There has so far been no decision on the implementation of the spy’s death sentence”, he informed.

Dr Faisal said that Pakistan views the issues of Jerusalem as the violation of relevant resolution of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC).

“The only lasting solution for peace in the region lies in Al-Quds being the capital of a free Palestine state”, he added.

The Spokesperson said that Pakistan has repeatedly raised its serious concerns about the escalating presence of Daesh in Afghanistan to the Afghan government and to United States as well.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that big drape of territories not under control of the Afghan government and are being used for terrorism in Pakistan.

“We have conveyed our reservations to Afghanistan in this regard and expect that it will take some concert steps regarding the matter”, he added.

Replying to another question, he said that that Indian malicious design has caused the dysfunctionality of the Indus Water Treaty.

The Spokesperson said that the exclusion the list of terrorists from recently-held Heart of Asia (HoA) Conference statement has given Pakistan a major win at the diplomatic front. “The list was used by India for propaganda purposes against Pakistan”, he added.

Dr Faisal emphasized that the fate of Indian Occupied Kashmir is not subservient to the orders of Indian Courts but to the United Nations resolution in the matter.

The Spokesperson said that Pakistan strongly believes that a political solution to the ongoing Yemen crisis is the only way to ensure regional peace and stability. He also condemned the recent missile attack on Saudi Arabia.

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