Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the development of Balochistan means a new Pakistan is in the making. While addressing a gathering in Turbat in connection with the inauguration of Sorab-Hoshab Highway N-85, the premier said that building up of a new Balochistan mean that a new Pakistan was being built.The 448 km long Sorab-Hoshab highway forms an important link on the western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and has been built at an estimated cost of Rs22 billion. The prime minister said the road was proof that the government had brought progress back to the region. Pakistan, the premier added, was witnessing growth and uplift in every nook and corner, saying China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will prove to be a game-changer for the region.The premier went on to add that Pakistan’s foes weren’t happy with CPEC project while its friends had felicitated its initiation. Nawaz also said that he will ask Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to start Boeing flights from Karachi to Turbat.The project was completed by Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) at a cost of approximately Rs22billion. It comprises of a total of 16 bridges and 1,502 culverts. It will link Gwadar Port with the National Highway network near Surab, Quetta and other parts of the country. The road will also provide shortest link to Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries with Gwadar Port and also resulted in the completion of the vital North-South road. The project completed is termed an important part of the western corridor of CPEC.Meanwhile, in an apparent reference to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, Nawaz said some people think they can assume power by creating an uncertainty in the country. The nation is able to determine the ones working for the development of the country as well as those playing with their emotions, he remarked.Development, the premier reiterated, is the only way to take this country forward and the incumbent government has made it clear that the only way to rule is through service to the masses. The project contractor – Frontier Works Organization (FWO) has completed 16 Bridges,1502 Culverts at N-85. The project links Gwadar Port with National Highway network (N-25) near Surab in Quetta. The road would provide the shortest link to Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries with Gwadar Port. With the completion of this project, the vital North-South road connectivity has also been completed.The Sorab-Hoshab highway is one such development project, which has brought much needed road infrastructure in Balochistan. However, for CPEC to be truly game changer for the people of Balochistan, the government would have to show its intent of delivering more than just what CPEC requires of Balochistan. It is for the provincial government to draw up plans and implement them as well for a network of roads as increased mobility means accelerated pace of socio-economic uplift. Security forces have carried out tremendous work to check lawlessness, terrorism, illegal movement of people across border and smuggling but the gains need to be consolidated through visionary and focused policies. It is the duty of the government to ensure that it is the ordinary people of Balochistan who end up breaking these exploitative power structures and become active partners in the wave of development that is expected to radically change their province.

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