Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that out of $ 46 billion projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), projects worth $ 18 billion had already hit the ground while $ 17 billion were in the pipeline. Talking to press attaches to be posted abroad, the minister said the CPEC framework had been turned from a piece of paper into an investment of $ 46 billion. He said the CPEC initiative would not only benefit China and Pakistan but it would also be beneficial for the entire region.
Iqbal said the CPEC was not just a road network, but it was a complete framework, adding that it was the fusion of the vision of Pak-China leadership. He said that those initiating a propaganda campaign against this vital project would miserably fail. He added that there was a need to further improve positive image of Pakistan among the comity of nations.