CM says federal government has diverted all the development projects CPEC to eastern route

Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the federal government had diverted all the allied development projects to the Eastern Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan had been deprived of any such facility besides entirely washing out the western route which was promised earlier by the Prime Minister.

He said the federal government was also reluctant to sign the Memorandum of Understanding regarding payment of amount the arrears of net hydel profit to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and also taking the issue to the Council of Common Interest to resolve it once for all.

He was talking to the Opposition Leader of the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah who, leading a delegation of Pakistan People’s Party called on him at Chief Minister’s House here Thursday. The Opposition Leader on this occasion handed over documents of the relief goods to the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.

The relief assistance was announced earlier by Sindh Government for seven earthquake affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Chitral. The consignment contained 50 thousands quilts and three heavy duty generators. The Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority,  Sindh will hand over the relief item to his counterpart authority in KP.

The delegation was comprised of the provincial PPP president Senator Khanzada Khan, Provincial General Secretary Engr. Hamyun Khan, MNA from Sindh Dr. Nafeesa Shah, Senator Robina Khalid, PPP MPAs Nighat Orakzai, Mohammad Ali Bacha, Salim Khan and Sahibzada Sanaullah, PPP leaders Syed Zahir Shah, Najamud din Khan, Faisal Karim Kundi, Akhunzada Chatan, Alamzeb Utmani, Engr. Tariq Khattak, Zahir Shah Toroo and Muhammad Anwar Khan.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak thanked the opposition leader and the government of Sindh for their contribution to help the earthquake victims and hoped that the assistance extended by the government of Sindh would certainly mitigate the sufferings being faced by the earthquake victims particularly in the current chilling season.

Both the leader also exchanged their views on CPEC and the power loadshedding in their respective Provinces and said that a sizeable portion of electricity share of all the smaller provinces was being diverted to Punjab province which was totally against the constitutional provisions in this regard, they observed.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on this occasion also thanked PPP parliamentary party in KP Assembly for supporting the provincial government along with other parties for pressing the federal government for the right of net hydel profit of the province and admitted that such collected support by all the parliamentary parties paved the way for uncapping the KP share in the net hydel profit by NEPRA.

He said that WAPDA was bound to grant 13.5% share to KP in total power generation on daily basis but PESCO was constantly depriving the people of their due constitution right by deliberately reducing the share to hardly 10 percent. He told that the power theft was another reason for the massive loadshedding in KP and the provincial government had offered its cooperation to PESCO to curb the power stealing but PESCO had always been reluctant to pay any heed to this offer which clearly indicates that the electricity thieves enjoy connivance of PESCO officials.

He further expressed the apprehension that the federal government was trying to increase the gas tariff in such a way that the smaller provinces would not be able to get any share in the revenue to be generated by the enhanced rates.

He added that residents of Karak district were also being deprived of their right for Sui gas connections by the federal government which was also causing Rs. Five billion loss to the government.

Commenting on CPEC, Pervez Khattak regretted that the federal government betrayed the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by breaching its commitment with regard to accommodate the rights of the province. He explained that it was not that the promised western route had been erased in CPEC route maps but all the allied projects of the corridor like gas pipeline, fiber optics, railways etc, were also now being executed in Punjab alongside the Eastern Route.