ISLAMABAD: All Parties Conference (APC) organized by Balochistan National Party – Mengal Group (BNP-M) to address the concerns of several political parties and leaders over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held in Islamabad on Sunday.
The meeting headed by leader of BMP-M Sardar Akhtar Mengal was attended by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Pakhtunkhawa Milli Awami Party (PK-MAP) leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Awami National Party’s (ANP) Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Minister for Railway Saad Rafique, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Qaumi Watan Party Chairperson Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, ANP leader Afrasiab Khattak, former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Former Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch, Jamaat-e-Islami delegation (JI) Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Farhatullah Babar, Chief Minister (CM) Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) Pervez Khattak and other prominent leaders.
While addressing the conference, Ahsan Iqbal said that Rs7.1 billion dollars are being invested in Balochistan under the CPEC project which makes upto 21 pecent of the total investment.
Baloch leader Jahanzaib Jamaldeni said that 85 percent in Balochistan are deprived of clean water, 60 percent of electricity and 80 percent of gas.
He also stated that 63 percent Baloch are living under the poverty line however, development can be seen in some areas due to the Gwadar project.
Moreover, when he presented CPEC map in front of the members, Ahsan Iqbal termed it unofficial.