Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday informed Senate that the agreement on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is confidential that could not be made public because of the “sensitivity” of the multi-billion dollar project.
Speaking in Senate, he said the CPEC agreement between Pakistan and China is a sensitive and confidential deal which could not be disclosed before the media.
However, he proposed to Senate chairman Raza Rabbani that he was ready to give a copy of the agreement to the Senate chairman, adding any member of Senate who is interested in the document can examine it through the chairman Senate’s office.
Rabbani accepted his proposal and asked him to give him a copy of the document with directives to Senators to go through it if they desired so.
Rabbani had directed the federal government to present the agreement of CPEC before the Senate, as some senators were of the view that the project is largely Punjab-specific.
Ahsan Iqbal said the CPEC will be a game-changer in the region and entire world is focusing on it. “At present, it will be inappropriate to make the document public,” he said.
He added that there are several agreements with China under the umbrella of the CPEC and work is under process on these agreements.
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