QUETTA: President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor CPEC) project would open up new avenues of progress and prosperity and change destiny of the
country, especially Balochistan province.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of historic Sibi Mela 2020, President Alvi said the construction of Gwadar deep seaport, airport, oil refinery, important corridors and economic zones would provide job opportunities to the people of Balochistan, which would end poverty and bring prosperity to them.
He said that Gwadar would emerge as a new developed part on the world’s map.
The president said that Balochistan was the most affected area in the war against terrorism where the local people suffered a lot, adding the federal government was paying special attention to the construction and development of the province to end the sense of deprivation of the local people.
Alvi said security forces of the country valiantly fought the war against militancy and terrorism and brought peace to the motherland, adding the terrorists would not succeed in their nefarious designs. He said promotion of agriculture and livestock was need of the hour and the present government was fully concentrating on it as these two sectors were a big source of employment to the local people.
Balochistan was very important in terms of coastal areas and measures were being taken to promote foreign investment in fishing sector, he said and added that approximately 300 million dollar fish products were exported last year while 500 million dollar fish had been exported in current year which was a positive sign for the country.
The president said the people of Balochistan faced water shortage issue last year and the federal government was constructing dams in the province to tackle shortage of water.
Addressing the ceremony, Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan thanked the President for visiting the province to participate in Sibi Festival as chief guest, saying that Livestock and Agriculture departments had played key roles in economic development of Balochistan.
“Both sectors always have a special representation in this historic festival,” he said, adding that a large number of people from agriculture and livestock sectors from all over the country attended the festival and such traditional festivals were important to enhance liaison among people at all levels.
He said the provincial government was focusing on livestock and agriculture departments to cater to the needs of people, adding 60 percent population was directly linked with the two sectors
Jam Kamal said that 0.7 million acres of land would be irrigated in the province after completion of Kachi Canal.