oreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday refuted that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project was being reviewed.

Speaking at the weekly press briefing today, Dr Faisal said, however, that both China and Pakistan were open to the third-party inclusion in the project.

Last week, while vowing to give Balochistan more than its due share in the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Prime Minister Imran Khan said the projects were being reviewed to safeguard rights of people of all provinces.

On Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the spokesperson said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have held discussions on the matter.

Dr Faisal further said that Pakistan strongly rejects the ongoing arms race in the region, however, he added that the country was ready to thwart any threat to its stability. “In case of any external threat, we and our forces are ready to give a befitting response,” he warned.

He was responding to a question on India’s recent $5 billion deal to purchase S-400 missile system from Russia.

The spokesperson termed as “sham” the local body elections in Indian Occupied Kashmir, and highlighted continued human rights violations in the valley.