Islamabad: Asad Umar, the Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, debunked reports that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects were slowing down, noting that most work on the CPEC projects was finished during the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) government.

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According to him, the first phase of CPEC focused on two primary sectors: power and infrastructure. “Electricity projects with an installed capacity of 3,340 MW were finished by the previous government, whereas power projects with an installed capacity of 5,864 MW were completed by the current government.”

Apart from that, he stated that work on another 1824 MW project had recently begun and will be completed after the present government’s tenure.

In the infrastructure and road sector, the minister stated that the PML-N government completed 394 kilometres of motorways and highways as part of CPEC, while the current administration has finished 413 kilometres.

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According to Asad Umar, the PML-N government overlooked the Western Corridor, which is at the heart of CPEC.

He said that the previous government built the Gwadar-Hoshab road, while the PML-N government started the Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan freeway and completed 42% of it while the rest was completed by the current government.

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