KARACHI, January 4: Former President of Pakistan and President of PPP-Parliamentarian Asif Ali Zardari said that we have placed ad in the history by pioneering the game-change CPEC and have no concern as to who is trying to take credit through advertisements in the media.
Asif Ali Zardari was addressing the MNAs, MPAs, and Senators of the PPP after a briefing by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah about CPEC, with special reference to province’s share in the mega economic project covering 64 countries. Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PPP Sindh President Nisar Khuhro,former Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Naveed Qamar also accompanied during the briefing.
He pointed out that it was Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who initiated this infinite concept and entered into dialogue with China and resolved borderline issue getting K2 for Pakistan with Chinese magnanimity.
Asif Ali Zardari said that several books are needed to cover the CPEC, whose imaginations go beyond thousand years and our future generations will continue to eat the fruits of this game-changer project.
PPP-P President pointed out that more than 500 Chinese have completed Ph.Ds on Pakistan and now they are communicating in Urdu. “We have to give ownership to CPEC and every area being developed under this project is our own,” he added.
He further pointed out that sea has gulped 350,000 acres of our coastal land and we gave the idea of Zulfikarabad to reclaim this land but some elements started negative publicity to unsuccessfully scare our future Chinese partners in the project.
Asif Ali Zardari reminded that he conducted his first-ever diplomatic visit as President to China to follow up the strong relations developed with the friendly country by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. “Shaheed Bibi also wanted a martial plan for our development and she planned 50,000 mw power projects but the same were scrapped because her governments were dismissed in the half of tenures,” he added.
Former President said that we have followed indefinite concept and our thoughts and ideas cover also the time when we will not be here.
He said that Turkey’s President Erdogan is thinking to enter into Currency-Swap agreements with other countries now while we signed such agreements with China, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Iran a half-decade back.
Earlier in his briefing, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had stated in 1968 that it was only China which has the capacity and will to help us and he initiated the ground-work for CPEC, which has been pioneered by President Asif Ali Zardari through his diplomatic acumen and sagacity.
He pointed out that due to ill-planning by Sharif brothers and their machinery, several projects from Punjab have been excluded from CPEC for not meeting the final criteria. However, he said PPP government of Sindh has been able to include Keti Bunder, Thar Coal and Wind Power projects.
“Sindh is the only province whose two cities i.e. Karachi and Sukkur are part of CPEC while Karachi Circular Railway has also reached the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of the two countries,” he added.
He said even after leaving the Presidency, Asif Ali Zardari and the Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid visits to China to give fillip to the CPEC.