Rashakai SEZ to play vital role in KP uplift, says PM

-Highlights strategic significance of Rashakai SEZ
-Sees it as door opening to Central Asia
-Says Pakistan, Uzbekistan desire railway network via Afghanistan

By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that Rashakai special economic zone (SEZ) project will play an important role in the progress and development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Addressing the ceremony of Rashakai SEZ development agreement between Pakistan and Chinese companies in Islamabad today, PM Imran said that the completion of this project will promote ease of doing business in the country and facilitate the local and foreign investors.
He maintained that the development of Rashakai SEZ will help boost industrialization and create job opportunities in the country.
Highlighting the strategic significance of the economic zone, the prime minister said, “The development of this zone and peace in Afghanistan will help develop connectivity to Central Asia that can change the destiny of the region.”
PM Imran said that Uzbek leadership has shown interest in developing a rail track from Afghanistan’s Mazar Shareef to Peshawar and it can trigger a revolution for industrial growth in the country.
He said the mega ML-1 project will also help promote local businesses as it will reduce the traveling time between Karachi and Lahore to just eight hours.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday stressed upon the need to get the young generations fully acquainted with different aspects of Seerat-e-Nabi of our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the teachings of different Sufis.
The prime minister was chairing a meeting to review progress on establishment of Al-Qadir University. The meeting was attended by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz, Barrister Ali Zafar, Brig. (retd) Jameel Sarwar Malik and others, PM office media wing in a press release said.
The prime minister was briefed about the progress achieved so far on the establishment of the university.The prime minister observed that it was imperative to create awareness in the young generations in this regard to revive the real spirit of society and cultivation of basic social values.
He observed that besides, imparting knowledge about the teachings of Sufis, a planning for the latest education should be made in the university, so that the young generations were fully equipped to meet the contemporary challenges.
The prime minister also directed for expediting the construction work over the proposed university, so that educational activities could commence at the earliest.