CPEC agreement is confidential, Ahsan Iqbal tells Senate

Gwadar_PortISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said agreement of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is confidential and cannot be made public.

“Agreement of the economic corridor with China is sensitive and it cannot be disclosed,” Iqbal said in the Senate session.

However, the minister handed over a sealed copy of the CPEC agreement to Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani and asked the members to examine the agreement in the chamber of the chairman if they wished to do so.

Earlier Chairman Senate Rabbani, on the request of members of the Senate on Wednesday, directed the federal government to present the agreement of CPEC before the Senate, as some senators were of the view that the government is providing advantages of CPEC agreement only to Punjab.

Ahsan Iqbal said the CPEC agreement will be a game changer in the region and entire world is focusing on it.

“At the present, it will be inappropriate to make the document public.”

He added that there are several agreements with China under the umbrella of CPEC and work is under process on these agreements. -DN

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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