LAHORE – Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif was caught in an awkward situation when a student asked why only Lahore is developing from CPEC and not Gwadar.
According to details, CM Punjab met with the students from Gwadar on Tuesday at CM House in Lahore on Monday.
A student from the delegation namely Yasmeen complained to CM during the meeting that, “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is being built in Gwadar then why is Lahore developing from it?”
To this, Punjab CM replied that Lahore’s progress had not been attained in one or two days, rather, many decades of hard work have passed to achieve it. He further suggested, “Balochistan will also develop after CPEC.”
“Misunderstandings emerged in past 70 years between Balochistan and federal government”, Punjab CM referred to the lack of development in the largest province of Pakistan while admitting, “No doubt Balochistan has not been granted its fair share in recent history.”
Shahbaz Sharif addressed the student concerns while responding that CPEC will benefit the whole country and Balochistan stands second in benefitting the most from this project. “All provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan have to work together and forget about the past to glance the bright future”, he recommended.
He further defended Punjab as an elder brother to all provinces by saying that it compromised its 11 billion rupees for Balochistan during National Finance Commission (NFC) Award yet it gets taunted often.