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Pakistan poised to become great regional pivot: PM Imran Khan

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GWADAR, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan is poised to become a great regional pivot as it had been a role model for development in the 60s.

In his address at a Ceremony in Gwadar n Monday, the prime minister said that we have to focus on enhancing exports which are vital for Pakistan’s economic sovereignty.

The prime minister said that the development of Balochistan is one of the top priorities of the government which was neglected in the past.

The prime minister said that several projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring development and prosperity to the province. He said that the practical work on development projects has begun in Gwadar to uplift the living standard of the local people.

Imran Khan said that these projects are being established by utilizing 2,200 acres of land and the government is initiating a one-window operation facility at Gwadar to facilitate foreign investors in these projects. He said that after completion of the International Airport, Gwadar will directly connect with the world.

The prime minister that the issue of water, electricity, and gas to Gwadar will be addressed on a priority basis. He said that a 500-bed hospital will provide modern health facilities to the locals.

Imran Khan said that connectivity is imperative for the development of Balochistan and Rs 730 billion will be spent on infrastructure for this purpose.  He said that Gwadar will become a focal point for Pakistan and will be beneficial for the people of Balochistan.

In addition, he said that the government has initiated several mega projects for the welfare of the common people including the Ehsaas Program and the Housing Scheme for low-income segments.  He said that we should also get the benefit of the geographical importance and Chinese experience.

Referring to Pakistan’s efforts to establish peace in Afghanistan, the prime minister said that Islamabad is playing its due role for successful peace talks in Afghanistan by engaging regional countries and all stakeholders.

The prime minister said that peace in Afghanistan is vital for a stable and prosperous Pakistan and we are also trying to contact with Taliban for this purpose.

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