Friday, November 3, 2017

Swift redressal of CPEC-related issues pledged

http://nation.com.pk/03-Nov-2017/swift-redressal-of-cpec-related-issues-pledged

Masood Khan lauds China three Gorges Corporation’s role


November 03, 2017

MIRPUR (AJK) - AJK President Sardar Masood Khan declared on Thursday that the Pakistani and Azad Kashmir governments attach great importance to addressing all pending issues related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects.

While taking to Mr Qin Quobin, CEO and Mr NA Zuberi, COO, China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC) who called on him, the AJK president said that the issuesrelated to timely payment for electricity generation and supply, taxation and land acquisition are being resolved on war footings.

Sardar Masood Khan said that CTGC had brought about a breakthrough in hydropower generation by building a dam of the magnitude of 22,500 MW in Three Gorges in China. The CTGC is now implementing various hydro-power projects in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

Mr Qin Qoubin said that the Karot Hydro-power (720 MW) and the Kohala Hydro-power Project will be completed by 2021 and 2024 respectively. “China Three Gorges Cooperation would meet all the timelines with speed and precision,” Qoubin assured.

Masood Khan expressed his gratitude to CTGC management for its diligence and said that the Karot and Kohala Power projects would accelerate economic progress and produce spare electricity which would be contributed to Pakistan’s National grid

Mr. Qoubin said that the CTGC would also move to work on another project namely 640MW Hydro-power project at Maal on River Jhelum. He said that CTGC would likely explore ventures in other power generation sectors like thermal and coal fired electricity projects helping contribute positively to the development of Pakistan.

Sardar Masood Khan said that CPEChas helped reshape the economic landscape of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. “Pakistan and China have pledged to take initiatives for regional development and economic progress. Consequently, CPEC will prove to be instrumental towards fulfilment of these commitments,” he pointed out.

HOPE PINNED ON YOUTH

AJK President Sardar Masood Khan described the youth as catalyst of social change and development of the nation.

“It is encouraging to see the educated and dynamic youth participating in political activities for betterment of the country,” he said while talking to a delegation of the AJK-Islamabad Chapter of the Youth Parliament led by Ubaid Qureshi, Secretary General of the Youth Parliament here the other day.

The Youth Parliament, Masood Khan said, is an excellent platform for the youth to collectively create awareness on social, economic and international issues .

The AJK president informed that the AJK Government has introduced strict merit-based inductions and admissions through National Testing Service. “The state government has also initiated skill development and vocational training of the youth, besides introducing an open government policy and adoption of a special line for integrating the youth with governance,” he highlighted.

The AJK president encouraged the Youth Parliamentarians to focus on the major issues related to governance, transparency, economy, and specially play a role in creating national and international awareness on the Kashmir Dispute.

He said that by associating with elected parliamentarians, the youth will have a better understanding of the challenges faced by the Government and they thereby can effectively help in contributing to the national development. The AJK president said that he has immense confidence in the potential of the youth and that they are the leaders and architects of the future of AJK and Pakistan

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