ISLAMABAD - Terms of Reference (ToRs) for deployment of the Special Security Division (SSD) for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be finalised within a week.

The revelation was made by an official of the Ministry of Interior while briefing CPEC projects review meeting. Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal chaired a high-level meeting held here to review the progress on various projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The meeting reviewed the progress on projects in energy, road infrastructure, railway and Gwadar under CPEC framework. The minister directed to keep momentum in the construction work on CPEC projects to ensure their completion in stipulated time frame. Officials of various ministries briefed the meeting about status of work on various projects under CPEC framework.

The SSD will be working under certain ToRs, but since the security of the project is the responsibility of both federal and provincial governments, therefore the provinces’ input is required for the finalisation of the ToRs. The government has already raised a Special Security Division (SSD) that consists of 15,000 security personnel to ensure the security of Chinese workers. To fund the security measures of CPEC, an additional one percent will be added to the total cost of the projects being implemented under the umbrella of the corridor.

Even Punjab’s reply is not very much clear on the issue of ToRs, an official of the interior ministry said while briefing the meeting on the progress review of the CPEC.

During the review meeting Ahsan directed that construction work on various sections of Western route and Indus highway should be completed as per the timelines.

Minister directed to accelerate the construction work on CPEC projects to ensure their completion in time. He said CPEC projects will silence all critics after completion with their benefits for people of Pakistan. Minister particularly inquired about status of work on various sections of Western route, whose construction is top and foremost priority of the government. He said that construction work on various sections of Western route and Indus highway should be completed as per the timelines to operationalise it at earliest. The minister said that federal government wants to complete the work on Western route on priority basis in accordance with its commitment made with national political leadership.

While reviewing the energy projects the ministry of water and power apprised the meeting that work on all projects is on track and these would be completed as per the schedule. Minister observed that fast track work on these projects is necessary to tackle the energy crisis and power needs of industrial zones in future under CPEC. He directed ministry of water and power to align commissioning targets of power projects with National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited (NTDC) to ensure timely completion of transmission lines for evacuation of power.