The recent news story published in daily newspaper on September 25, 2023, has raised concerns regarding China Pakistan Economic Corridor objectivity. The CPEC Secretariat, Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives strongly negate the story which contains factual inaccuracies that need to be addressed.
First and foremost, the story claims that the minutes of the 11th meeting of Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of CPEC were not signed, which is factually incorrect. The minutes of this important meeting were indeed signed during the visit of the Chinese Vice Premier on July 31, 2023 in a signing ceremony held at Prime Minister Office and was broadcasted live on Television. Such inaccuracies undermine the credibility of the newspaper and cast doubts in the mind of public regarding the strategic partnership between China and Pakistan.
It is imperative for media outlets to uphold the highest standards of accuracy and professionalism, especially when reporting on significant national projects like CPEC.
CPEC is a pivotal project for Pakistan and China, contributing significantly to the development and transformation of Pakistan's economy. Inaccurate reporting can hinder the progress and lead to misunderstanding of this important initiative in the minds of stakeholders and society at large. We urge the media outlets to exercise diligence and report with responsibility to ensure the public is well-informed about such vital national projects.