CHITRAL: In utter violation of stand taken by the KP
government about the stay of Afghan refugees in the province, the
PTI chief Imran Khan has said that Afghan refugees were his
brethren-in-faith who cannot be booted out of the country in their
hours of distress and that his party will support their stay in the
Talking to media in Chitral here on Thursday, he said that it was
not proper time to oust the refugees from the country but those
involved in crimes and terrorist related activities will not be
spared at any cost and will be dealt with iron hand.
Mr. Khan also expressed his dissatisfaction over the efficiency of
his government about the rehabilitation of the physical
infrastructures washed away by the flood last year and said that
after visiting a number of flood-hit areas of the district, he
noted no any noticeable work for restoring the affected facilities.
“I shall direct the chief minister to come up with a special
rehabilitation package for the flood-devastated Chitral while donor
conference will be convened very shortly in Islamabad to collect
donations from the national and international donor agencies as the
volume of loss was of colossal magnitude”, he said.
Infrastructures in every sector of development will be put in place
by the end of the year as extensive attention will be paid to the
rehabilitation process because the people of Chitral have been
suffering worst since the last year while tourism cannot be
flourished till the communication facilities are not restored, he
Responding to a question about the extended stay of Nawaz Sharif in
said that Nawaz was dreading to face accountability in the country
but a day he has to come back and face the opposition which is on
the same page against the government.
The united opposition will launch a decisive movement to oust the
Nawaz government soon after the coming Eidul Fitr and the days of
Nawaz Sharif have been counted.
Earlier, he gave away royalty cheques of trophy hunting of kashmir
markhor to the community leaders of different village conservation
committees (VCCs) on behalf of wild life department.
He eulogized the efforts of the provincial government for the
conservation of environment in the province and said that not only
the ruthless cutting of forest trees has been discouraged but one
billion trees are being added each year under Tsunami Planation
He said that Chitral is blessed with rich variety of animals and
plan species which must be conserved with the active participation
of concerned communities so as to ensure sustainable management of
wildlife in the province.
Mr. Khan said that the rich biodiversity of an area help the
boosting of tourism as a tourist takes keen interest in seeing a
markhor in its natural habitat and it was quite possible from a
range of only few yards in Chitral at Garam Chashma road.
He asked the local community activists to judiciously utilize the
funds for the collective development of the community so that its
each and every member takes a keen interest in the conservation
process which was our ultimate objective.
Earlier on Wednesday, the PTI chief arrived here on his two-day
visit and had an aerial view of the Baroghil area while he visited
the Pawer village of Yarkhoon and inspected the work on a 800 kw
hydro power station project launched by Aga Khan Rural Support
Program and river bed tree plantation along the Yarkhoon river.
On the day, while attending a briefing in deputy commissioner’s
office here on about the devastations of floods last year, he said
that a donors conference will be held in Islamabad shortly and he
was hopeful about its output to finance the rehabilitation work of
the basic infrastructures in Chitral affected by flood.
He expressed the incapacity of his government in the province to
rehabilitate the infrastructures devastated by flood last year and
said that he will collect the required amount of 10 billion rupees
from the donors across the world.
Mr. Khan criticized the federal government for curtailing the
allocations for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 140 billion rupees to 113
billion rupees which led to incapacitate it to carry out the
He said that despite the pressing situation due to the financial
crunch, the PTI-led provincial government has done its level best
to bring peace and prosperity in the province which is tangible in
every sphere of life where corruption has been exterminated and
transparency is being given top most priority.
He agreed to promote tourism in the area keeping in view its
fabulous potential while primitive Kalash culture was known
throughout the world which served as major source of attraction for
Earlier he was told by deputy commissioner Chitral Osama Ahmed
Warraich that the flash flood had caused devastations of roads,
bridges, irrigation channels, drinking water supply schemes and
hydro power houses which needed as large sum of money as 16 billion
He was also apprised about the core issues of the flood affected
people and a number of measures were proposed for the government to
improve the living conditions of the flood battered people which
included promoting tourism, promotion of community livelihood
system and taking concrete steps in disaster risk reduction.
District nazim Maghfirat Shah put forward his proposal for
launching integrated development project not only to rehabilitate
the destroyed infrastructures but also to ensure sustainable
development in all sectors.
He presented the proposed development plan compiled by the district
government to the PTI chief on this occasion which contained
suggestion and paradigm for the proposed integrated project.