China to provide over Rs 35bln for construction of New Gwadar Airport: Senate informed

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Senate was informed today (Friday) that Gwadar International Airport will be a modern airport with the facility of night navigation.

Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan during the question hour told the house that China has agreed to provide over thirty five thousand million rupees for construction of the New Gwadar International Airport project.

He said construction work on the airport is expected to begin by June this year and it will be completed in three years.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, responding to a question regarding Pak-Afghan trade relations, said Pakistan has always taken steps to create a peaceful environment so that trade may flourish between the two countries.

He said Pakistan has recently gifted Muhammad Ali Jinnah hospital worth of twenty four million dollars to Afghanistan as good-will gesture.

Minister of State told the house that export to Afghanistan in the year 2016-17 was 1299 million dollars and it has increased to 1301 million dollars in the year 2018-19.

Participating in the debate, the opposition members criticized the government’s policies saying these have contributed to price hike in the country.

Those who participated in the discussion include; Sherry Rehman, Javed Abbasi, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and Raza Rabbani.

Responding to a point raised by Raza Rabbani, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan Swati said Pakistan steel Mills is not being privatized. He said under Public Private Partnership, the steel mills will be taken towards improvement.

The House will now meet on Monday at 11 in the morning.