Chinese embassy refuses visas to KP ministers, bureaucrats


PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had to pay heavy price for moving high court for due share in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects for the province as the Chinese embassy has refused to issue visas to KP ministers and bureaucrats.
Sources in KP bureaucracy told Khyber News that a delegation comprised of KP ministers and bureaucrats wanted to visit China to study the mass transit transport system and then start the same system in Peshawar. However, the sources said, the Chinese embassy has rejected their applications for visas.
The Sources said that the KP government’s reservations over CPEC Western Route and challenging the matter in Peshawar High Court (PHC) was the main cause of visas refusal.

Earlier on November, Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly submitted a writ petition at the Peshawar High Court (PHC) over the western route of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Asad Qaisar named the federal government, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) in the petition questioning whether the western route of the CPEC is part of the project or not.
Qaisar said he, his party nor his government was against the CPEC.
In fact, he said, the provincial government was willing to see the project achieve great success in the future.
But, Qaisar maintained that all provinces must be benefitted from the grand Pak-China project equally.
On the other hand, the Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal felt remorse after the KP government approached the court on the CPEC.
However, he hoped that Islamabad would be able to resolve the issue after negotiation with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) led provincial government.
Earlier, the federal minister had dispelled an impression that the province of KP was being neglected in the CPEC, adding that the project would benefit the less developed and previously neglected areas of the country.
In a statement, he had stated worriedly that if the KP govt took a legal turn, it would create problems for the province only in terms of attracting foreign investment.
Iqbal had said the construction work on the western route of the corridor was underway in full swing and that the Gwadar-Quetta road would be soon completed before the set time.


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