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Abdul Razaq Dawood says CPEC is national priority

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, Industry and Investment, Abdul Razaq Dawood has said today that during the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Pakistan had reassured that China CPEC was a national priority for the government.
He made these remarks while contradicting a news article published in Financial Times on September 09 saying that it was based on statements taken out of context.
Pakistan rejects the article especially its title “Pakistan rethinks its role in China’s Belt and Road plan”, the Advisor said in a statement issued by the ministry of commerce.
“The statements attributed to me have been taken out of context and distorted. Pakistan-China relations are impregnable and the government’s commitment to CPEC is unwavering,” he remarked.
He clarified that during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister, the two sides reiterated the “all-weather strategic cooperative partnership” between Pakistan and China and also reaffirmed their commitment to CPEC.
The Advisor said the Chinese side also highlighted the significance of CPEC for both sides.  “There is complete unanimity between the two sides on the future direction of CPEC,” he said.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.