Under Construction Karot Hydropower Project - 720MW
Located on Jhelum river and first Hydrel Project of CPEC. Electro-mechanical works are at full swing. The surface Powerhouse equipped with 4 x 180 MW Francis-type units. The first unit commissioning is expected in early 2022.
Another Milestone registered at biggest CPEC Hydrel Project – Suki Kinari Hydropower Project
The final Concrete of Generating Unit has been completed 37 days ahead of the schedule. This landmark provides smooth transition to new phase of electromechanical installation.
The Chinese firm, working on the Dasu hydropower project, would continue carrying out work on the project, the company announced on Saturday, as a visiting Chinese investigation team inspected the site where nine Chinese workers died in a bus tragedy in Upper Kohistan district earlier this week.
The China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC), which had announced to discontinue work on the project and ended the employment contract with the Pakistani staffers, said that the higher authorities had rejected its decision.
Nine Chinese nationals and four Pakistani citizens were killed and more than two-dozen others sustained injuries on Wednesday morning, when a shuttle bus, they were travelling in, plunged into a deep ravine after an explosion on board.
The bus was ferrying the Chinese and Pakistani workers to an under-construction tunnel site of the Dasu hydropower project in the remote Upper Kohistan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, when it hit the tragedy.
Initially, the Foreign Office had said the incident was an accident, but the government later said that traces of explosives had been found at the site of the incident. Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday that “terrorism could not be ruled out”.
The CGGC announced on Saturday it was rescinding its earlier order of suspending the employment contract, stating that high officials had rejected its decision. According to the latest announcement the CGGC would continue to work on the project.
Arif Khan Yousafzai, the deputy commission of Upper Kohistan district, said that the Chinese ambassador and other officials decided to continue the work on the project. The Chinese ambassador said that China would extend all possible cooperation to Pakistan, he added.
The CGGC announcement came as a Chinese investigation team, inspected the site of the incident. The team travelled to Dasu from Islamabad via four helicopters. Later they reached the site of the incident after travelling through the Karakoram Highway.
Probe in final stage
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid confirmed that that a 15-member Chinese team was involved in the ongoing investigation into the Dasu bus tragedy. He said that he had spoken with his Chinese counterpart about the ongoing investigations.
Rashid told reporters that the investigation into the bus tragedy had reached its final stage and the perpetrators would be “exposed and brought to justice” soon. He added that the country’s top security institutions were investigating the incident.
Earlier in the day Rashid received a phone call from China’s Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi. He assured Zhao that the investigation into the bus tragedy was under way at the highest level on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“The Chinese investigation team is being provided full support,” Rashid said. “All Chinese workers in Pakistan would be provided fool-proof security,” the minister said during the telephone conversation with the Chinese minister, according to an official handout.
The two ministers discussed the progress in the investigation and also agreed to complete the probe on a priority basis. They expressed regret over the loss of precious lives. “Pakistan and China’s friendship is tried, tested. We are iron brothers,” the interior minister said.
Responding to a question at the press conference, Rashid said that Zhao had contacted him on the instructions of President Xi Jinping and that he was apprised of the sentiments of government and the people of Pakistan over the incident.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, Rashid continued, had directed Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to visit China and asked him [Rashid] to ensure more security to the Chinese nationals. The Interior Ministry had issued directives to the law-enforcement agencies, accordingly, he added.
About the Chinese investigators, Rashid said that the 15-member team arrived in Pakistan on Friday. The team is visiting the site of the incident along with the additional secretary and officials of security institutions.
“The investigation into the bus incident is under way, while the wounded persons are being provided the best treatment, he added. “The culprits involved in Lahore incident have been arrested, so those behind the Dasu bus incident will also be exposed,” the minister added.
Separately, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported that Zhao made an urgent phone call to Rashid on “a recent terror attack that caused heavy Chinese casualties” in Pakistan. “According to the ongoing investigation … this is a terrorist attack against Chinese personnel,” Zhao said.
According to Xinhua report, Zhao said that the Chinese government had paid high attention to the attack on Chinese personnel that occurred on Wednesday, about which Chinese President Xi Jinping had given important instructions.
“China strongly condemned any organisation and personnel that carried out this atrocity,” he said, expressing that hope that both the countries would work “together to find out the truth, solve the case as soon as possible… and severely punish the organisers or individuals behind the attack”.
Zhao requested the Pakistani side to take overall measures to identify and troubleshoot security risks facing Chinese personnel, institutions and projects in Pakistan, fix loopholes, strengthen its early-warning system and security measures, … to prevent similar incidents from happening again.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong visited the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Rawalpindi on Sunday.
The foreign minister inquired after well-being of Chinese nationals injured in Dasu incident and wished them speedy recovery and assured them of all-out support and medical care.
Ambassador Nong Rong said that China and Pakistan will continue to cooperate more closely to face any challenges together.
Earlier on arrival, Major General Muhammad Aleem, Commandant CMH, apprised visiting dignitaries about medical care being provided to the injured.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that the Chinese company has restored the employment contract of Pakistani personnel working on Dasu Hydropower Project.
In a statement, he said China Gezhouba Group Corporation through its latest notification has declared its earlier notice about contract termination of employment of Pakistani personnel working on Dasu Hydropower Project null and void.
The spokesman said that both Pakistan and China remain committed to timely completion of Dasu Hydropower Project and other projects being undertaken with Chinese cooperation.
MANSEHRA: The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Moazzam Jah Ansari Friday visited Suki Kinari Hydro Power Project near Naran in Mansehra District.
Commissioner Hazara Riaz Khan Babar Afridi, DPO Mansehra Asif Bahader and other high-ranking Police Officers accompanied the IGP.
The IGP met with army officers and Chinese officials at the project. The administration of the project briefed the IGP about the arrangements to protect the project and its staff from any terrorist attack.
The IGP lauded the role of China in economic growth and appreciated the contribution of Chinese engineers in the development of Pakistan.
He reiterated the Pakistani Government’s pledge to provide foolproof security to Chinese citizens living in Pakistan. On behalf of KP government, he assured that all possible measures would be taken to protect the Chinese citizens from all kind of threats.
The IGP also met with the Pak- Army officers stationed at Seki Kinari Project. The commanding officer briefed the IGP about the progress of the project and its security. The army officers also accompanied the IGP when he was visiting different points at the dam site to check the security of the project.
The IGP directed police officers to beef up the security of the Chinese officials. He urged them to remain in close contact with the Chinese to resolve their security related issues.
The IGP also directed to install of more CCTV cameras and to supervise all routes with the help of Drone cameras. The IGP asked DIG Special Branch to conduct the security audit of the place.
The Chinese officials appreciated the efforts of the Pak Army and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police to provide them a secure working environment.
JHELUM: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain announced on Thursday that the investigation into the Dasu incident had entered into the second phase, adding that forces planning to subvert the CPEC were behind the Dasu incident.
Talking to media, Chaudhry Fawad said that enemies of Pakistan, who wanted to create misunderstandings between Pakistan and China, had failed in their nefarious design as China had announced to speed up work on Dasu Dam.
Fawad added, “Pakistan was grateful to the Chinese government and people for their support in every possible way .”Deliberating on Pak-Afghan relationship, he said that the recent statement of the Afghan vice president was very unfortunate, adding, “The Afghan government wants to put the burden of its failures on Pakistan.” He said that Pakistan had always stood by Afghanistan, adding that Afghan Vice President Amr Saleh's family did not even live in Afghanistan.
He asserted that the relationships between the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan were very strong. The negative statements of some disillusioned Afghan political leaders had no value, said the information minister, adding that the problems of Afghanistan could only be addressed by the Afghan people and Pakistan could only cooperate in the process.
Under Construction Karot Hydropower Project - 720MW
Located on Jhelum river and first Hydrel Project of CPEC. Electro-mechanical works are in full swing. The surface Powerhouse is equipped with 4 x 180 MW Francis-type units. The first unit commissioning is expected in early 2022.