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We are against Nawaz Sharif, not CPEC, says Pervaiz Elahi

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML) senior central leader Ch Pervaiz Elahi has said that the opposition’s protest was against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, and not the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

While talking to a representative delegation of traders at his residence on Sunday, he said that CPEC was not between China and PML-N, but between the two countries. “Pakistani nation and army are the protectors of this project and no one can hinder its completion. The departure of the present government will not affect the project, but would rather ensure its transparency,” he added.

Elahi said that 75 percent of investment provided by China for the CPEC was meant for power projects, but the current government’s record shows that it once again failed to utilise the funding in an efficient way.

He said not a single power project was made successful during the current government’s tenure, which meant that $35 billion out of $46 billion were at risk. He clarified that the opposition was not against the CPEC, but against the government, which was afraid of losing the commission it was going to earn from the project.

Elahi further said that in August 2013, Nawaz Sharif had announced Gadani Power Project at a cost of $9 billion, claiming it would produce 6,000 megawatts of electricity, but nothing happened. The Nandipur Power Project shared the similar fate, while $1.8 billion Sahiwal Coal Project was a complete flop, he added. He said the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Project drama had also failed to impress and now it was being given on contract to avoid embarrassment. “Even the Neelum-Jehlum Project, which started during the tenure of previous government, was not completed by the current government.