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    September 20, 2016



Malakand must be part of CPEC. Muzaffar Said Advocate

Chitral Times Report

KP Finance Minister Muzaffar Said advocate has showed deep concern on malicious motives of federal govt for excluding most of KP from China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project against high claims and promises of benefitting the people of this province. He lamented that even Malakand Division is in the closest vicinity of Pak China border and KP govt is spending largely on improving highway infrastructure in these areas that also included launching the fresh mega project of Swat Motorway but center simply ignored it though this strategic line connects Pakistan even with central Asia. Similar is case with energy projects and other productive sectors like agriculture and forestry etc. On the other hand, he said, all such infrastructure and facilities are widely spread in Punjab that speaks loud of the level of discrimination that does not deem fit to federal govt.

He was talking to media at KP Assembly premises wherein Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaiser also spoke whereas Advisor to Chief Minister for Prison Malik Qasim Khan, MPA Ziaullah Bangash, Ehtisham Akber, Gul Sahib Khan, Zarin Zia, Dina Naz and others were present on the occasion.

Muzaffar Said Advocate said that KP govt has earlier assured people that KP would be largely benefitted of the CPEC project especially of its western route being the shortest passage to Gawadar while ignoring most KP would create agony and mistrust among the masses against the center. He asked center to revisit the plan and schemes map of CPECT immediately otherwise it would negative consequences and would ultimately prove counterproductive.

Speaker on this occasion demanded federal government to include Swat Express Way and Kohat Industrial Estate in CPEC. He said that CPEC would change the history and all the provinces should be treated on parity bases.He said that Indus High Way from Peshawar to Dera Ismail Khan and Railway Track from Peshawar to Rawalpindi should be included in CPEC project. He said that making of Chashma Lift Bank Chanal is need of the hour but work did not start over it. He said that work should be started over it as soon as possible.

The Speaker said that KP Government has unanimous passed a resolution regarding CPEC to treat all the province on equality bases.

He said KP Government making historical legislations for the welfare of people adding that recently they have passed Whistleblower and Prohibition of Interest on Private Loans Bills.

He said that menace of terrorism can not only be eliminated from Military operations but it can be eliminated if people’s were provided employment opportunities. He said that if the federal government agreed the KP Government would start work on the production of electricity from natural gas in Karak and Kohat.



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