Islamabad: Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki called on Federal Minister for Communications Hafiz Abdul Karim at Ministry of Communications here Wednesday. A detailed briefing was given regarding development of road infrastructure including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan. Projects in progress with the cooperation of the Saudi Fund for development were also reviewed in detail. Federal Secretary Communications Muhammad Siddique Memon and senior officers from Ministry of Communications and National Highway Authority were also present.
Welcoming the honorable delegates, Hafiz Abdul Karim said, brotherly relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is very strong and deep and further be extended and cemented in the years to come. He said, Saudi Arabia has been a well wisher of Pakistan. He said, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a gigantic project that will bring about positive change to the economy of Pakistan and the whole region as well. We have requested to the Saudi brother to have more investment for development and extension of road infrastructure in Pakistan, and they have positively responded.
Expressing views on this occasion Nawaf Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki said, brotherly friendly relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are exemplary. He said, Pakistan has made remarkable achievements in road development sector. He said, Gwadar Port possesses great significance from economic viewpoint which will generate employment opportunities in Pakistan. He said, Saudi Arabia always stood shoulder by shoulder with Pakistan, and cooperation between the two brothers will continue in the future.
During the meeting, it was told in the briefing that there are 49 national highways and motorways having total length of 13127Km in Pakistan. Length of the Western Route of the CPEC is 2463Km from Khunjerab to Gwadar. After 2013, 26 projects were completed at cost of Rs. 207 billion.
It was further told that the Private Sector has made investment of more than Rs. 300 billion in road infrastructure of Pakistan. It was told that the Rehabilitation and improvement of Chakdara-Mangora-Fatehpur road is being carried out with Saudi grant. 82 Km long this project will be completed in 02xyears at cost of Rs. 2.79billion. Further in AJK, 2x tunnels at Kohri (3.7Km) and Chellpani (0.6Km) are being financed by Saudi fund for development. It was also told that 05x projects are also available for Saudi funding in the future at an estimated cost of Rs. 34 billion.
Minister for Communications Hafiz Abdul karim on Wednesday said that Saudi Arabia is interested in participation and investment in China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. Talking to APP after meeting with Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliki, the minister said, the Saudi envoy was informed about investment opportunities in different sectors in Pakistan. “We have long standing cordial relations with Saudi Arabia and hope that Saudi government will play role in Pakistan’s progress by investment in different sectors,” he added.
Supplementing comments of the Minister, the Saudi Envoy said both Muslim brotherly countries enjoy deep and brotherly relation over the decades and the Saudi government would be pleased to invest in different projects within Pakistan.
He said after the briefing it has become ample clear as in which areas the Saudi investors could invest in Pakistan. Saeed Al Maliki regretted that Pakistani media was not properly projecting to world nations the pace of development in Pakistan and it should play a positive role to attract investment. He said Saudi government and investors have earnest desire to invest in Pakistan and work collectively with the brotherly country.