ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has vowed to cooperate more closely with China as the work at the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s 4,320-megawatt Dasu hydropower project was restarted yesterday. The work was stopped after 13 people including nine Chinese workers were killed in Dasu bus incident on July 13. The Chinese authorities had demanded adequate security arrangements to resume work. Over the weekend, an official statement said: “The security of Dasu project area has been improved by the WAPDA and the site work will resume gradually from October 25, 2021.” Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed said the CPEC had played an important role in addressing energy shortage in Pakistan. “The energy projects set up under CPEC provide one third of Pakistan’s energy supply. In addition to energy supply, CPEC’s energy projects have created 26,795 jobs over the last seven years. The work on CPEC projects will be expedited further,” he told The Nation. He said a 300MW power project was already under construction in Gwadar and as an interim measure the current electricity supply was imported from Iran. Power Division was also working on other proposals for meeting additional electricity demand in the short term, he added.