Leaders from Karak express reservations over construction of oil refinery

Peshawar: Leaders of different political parties from District Karak have expressed reservations over construction of oil refinery proposed at place of Khushhal Garh and threatened for agitation against the provincial government for replacement it with Krapa area Kohat.

Speaking at a news conference here at Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday, Rahmat Salam Khattak, a General Secretary of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), former provincial minister for prison Mian Nisar Gul and ex-member of provincial assembly (MPA) and district nazim Sharif Khattak said that they would never compromise on replacement of the place (Khushhal Garh) for construction of refinery with Krapa.

They alleged that the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had changed the venue for the oil refinery from Krapa on the pretext of water dearth in Krapa but in fact the reasons behind replacement was to appease land owners in Khushhal Gurh, for which it had already imposed section-4 to stamp the area.

They claimed pretentious of water shortage had already risen in start of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) in KP’s government in the province, at which, a technical committee headed by Senior minister Sikander Khan Sherpao had been formed to inspect the area (Krapa-Kohat) whether there was water dearth or not and after complete survey, it declared the area suitable for establishment of oil refinery.

The KP government, they informed had promised to construct the oil on the said area (Krapa), but unfortunately, it backed out and changed the area. They blamed that the Chief Minister KP Pervez Khan Khattak wanted to construct the company in district Nowshera, but due to pressure on him not to replace it, took it Khushhal Gur instead of Krapa.

The Khushhal Gurh, they informed that was far away from oil and gas generating areas (Karak) and cost more expenses on pipelines and oil by tankers to the refinery than Krapa and also a menace of pilfering oil. “Rs20billion oil has already been stolen in connivance with bureaucrats, police and officials while Khushhal Gul is tantamount to provide further chance to grease palm of the pilfers”, they blamed.

There is no dearth of water in Karak as there are several streams in the district. “The people of Karak never raised voices for any kind of right as it used to produce only salt and now when the district producing oil and gas in a quantity, are being deprived of this benefit in the garb of water shortage”, they lamented and added, “neither we snatch rights of others nor will let anyone to snatch from us”, they vowed.

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