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Belt and Road

Pakistan to pacify Belt and Road opposition with more projects

Funding an obstacle for cash-strapped Islamabad amid halt in IMF aid

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a development package for southern Balochistan Province, hoping to create 120,000 jobs.   © Reuters

KARACHI -- To quell stiff opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, a linchpin of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's government is launching a big development package for southern Balochistan Province in the country's southwest.

Khan announced the package during a visit to Turbat, 160 km northeast of the port city Gwadar, a key staging point for the economic corridor. The Prime Minister's Accelerated Development Package for South Balochistan, as it is called, comprises projects worth tens of billions of Pakistani rupees.

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