ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Planning, Development and Reform Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that universities in Fata, Zhob, Gwadar and those located on western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will start functioning this year and produce quality human resource for the CPEC.

These institutes are part of the government’s efforts along with the focus on infrastructure development and energy production through the mega development programme, he added.

He made the remarks at a seminar on the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor; Opportunities and Challenges”, organised by Preston University at the National Library.

Iqbal described the CPEC as a trans-regional project that would benefit three billion people of the region and through enhanced connectivity with other countries, it would play an instrumental role in integrating the whole region.

He dispelled the impression that the CPEC would benefit any single province and said this controversy was political and had no relevance with facts, adding there was a consensus among all parties on developing the corridor.