No hidden agreements in CPEC: Ahsan

LAHORE – Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that there are no hidden agreements in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Talking to a private TV channel, he insisted that, “Everything was kept transparent in agreement with the neighbouring state.”
The minister claimed that, “Credible business-related institutions worldwide have expressed confidence in Pakistan’s steady economic growth. Nothing has been kept secret in CPEC.”
He called CPEC ‘a supernatural gift’ for Pakistan while saying that, “Pakistan’s economic growth was on the decline when Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had come into power.”
He claimed, “Duration of power outages has lessened in Nawaz government which used to be 18 to 20 hours every day earlier.”
He said, “10, 000 megawatt power projects have been launched under CPEC to end load shedding which would bring economic revolution in the country.”
He said, “Due to concrete measures of the government, the national economy is improving and strengthening day by day. We’re trying to control the electricity crisis as energy-related projects are under-construction.”
Ahsan Iqbal went on to discuss the situation of budget 2017-18. He told, “PML-N government will not increase debts and leave burden of deficit in election year budget as done by previous regimes.”
“Our government has augmented tax collection which increased development budget,” he claimed while affirming to have become USD 300 billion economy. He told that, “The government was focusing on tax revenue in budget 2017-18.”

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