Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday voiced concern over Indian conspiracy, stating that the neighboring country is continuously making ‘failed attempts’ to sabotage China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
The chief minister gave these remarks after ten labourers were gunned down in Balochistan on Saturday while working on link roads to connect outlying towns to the country’s $57-billion Chinese Belt and Road initiative.
The attack on the labourers took place some 20 km from the emerging port city of Gwadar in Baluchistan province that forms the southern hub of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Gwadar’s deep-water port is the exit point for a planned route from China’s far-western Xinjiang region to the Arabian Sea.
Earlier on Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after several agreements were signed between the two countries and said the construction of CPEC would be pushed forward.
“The supplementary projects in and around Pakistan’s Gwadar Port should be steadily advanced and the study on the construction of industrial parks along the corridor facilitated,” state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.
Xi also said that China-Pakistan relations were a priority for Beijing and it was willing to enrich the “all-weather strategic cooperative” partnership with Islamabad.