BRI cooperation with China transformational for Pakistan: Ambassador Haque

BEIJING: Pakistan Ambassador to China Moin Ul Haque said that cooperation with China under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) “has transformed Pakistan’s economic landscape”.

In an interview, Haque spoke highly of the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship BRI project, saying it is “transformational” for his entire country.

Besides the Gwadar Port, which he said has become the crown jewel of the CPEC, Haque also lauded the eco-friendly Orange Line metro train in Lahore, the first of its kind in Pakistan, which officially opened for the public in October 2020.

“You see the metro-train, it is a world-class, high-quality public transport system. In Lahore, the second-largest city of Pakistan, people have this very efficient, very modern and affordable transport system,” he said. According to Haque, BRI projects have benefited the Pakistani people through job creation, improving livelihoods, eradicating poverty and upgrading remote areas.