Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif holds those staging sit-ins in Islamabad responsible for delay in Chinese investment worth billions of dollars.
“The $34 billion Chinese investment in various projects here was not delayed by China but due to untimely sit-ins by unwise people,” he told reporters at a ceremony on Wednesday to sign two memorandums of understandings (MoUs) between the Punjab government and Yantie, industrial city of Chinese province Shandong.
The MoUs are for setting up industrial parks in Punjab and declaring Lahore and Yantie, the capital of Shandong, as twin cities.
“The sit-ins caused a massive loss to the country and the posterity will not be able to compensate it,” he said, adding, “Those staging sit-ins have committed enmity with the country and the destiny of 180 people by putting the projects of development and prosperity at stake.”
He appealed to the nation not to forgive these elements as the Islamabad protest was “neither politics nor service, neither the humanity nor patriotism”.
He asked those staging sit-ins to show wisdom and not to play with the destiny of the people.
He said the postponement of Chinese leaders’ visit have started impacting the projects.
“Power generation projects have slowed down as Chinese officials are through e-mail expressing their apprehensions that due to bad political situation, their work has slowed down.”
He said he would inform the nation about this at an appropriate time so that people from Khyber to Karachi should know that how much damage the sit-ins had done to the Pakistani nation. He said efforts were afoot to recover the losses .
He also appealed to TV channels not to show the sit-ins round the clock and instead “highlight the hopes of the nation”.
The chief minister said he was pleased that despite hindrances, Chinese brethren came to Punjab and signed agreements.
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