BE2C2 Report — Pakistan’s all-weather friendship with China will be branded with an iconic skyscraper in Islamabad, which would be the tallest building in its capital overlooking its lush green Margalla hills known for tourist attraction.
The “CPEC Tower” will serve as a symbol of socioeconomic progress Pakistan is making across all the fronts, the government said yesterday.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that the iconic building will attract investors from all over the world and would serve as a symbol of Pak-China friendship.
The $56 billion CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) is itself a symbol of the two traditional allies long-standing multidimensional relationship.
The mega network of roads, rail links, power plants, oil and gas infrastructure including special economic zones will connect northwest China’s Xinjiang province to Pakistan’s southern port of Gwadar in Balochistan province, cutting China’s oil and goods shipping route by more than 75 percent, according to experts.
In November last year, China started operating the Gwadar Port which is now connected with northwest China’s Xinjiang region. Chinese trucks loaded with goods manufactured in China are brought to Gwadar Port for export to the Middle East and other destinations in Africa and beyond.
Iqbal said a high-level committee will work on the proposed CPEC tower. However, the details of the tower or the cost of the project were not provided.
Iqbal said that the initiative will provide facilitation to Chinese and other investors from around the world.
The tallest building would help build an image of Islamabad as a sustainable and vibrant city thriving upon entrepreneurship, science and technology, research and development, finance and culture, the minister said.
“The CPEC tower should be equipped with state-of-the-art hotel, office spaces, commercial spaces and modern facilities”, the minister was quoted as saying by the Pakistani media.