Minister local government Inayatullah Khan visit Chitral
CHITRAL: The minister of local government, Inayatullah Khan
has asked the political leadership of the three adjacent
districts of Chitral, Dir upper and Dir lower to make a united
platform demanding the passage of the alternative route of
Pak-China Economic Corridor through the region while Lowari Tunnel
is in final phase of construction.
Addressing the newly elected members of zilla, tehsil and village
councils here on Sunday, he said that the geographical location and
proximity of the region to China warranted the route to be used in
case of emergency.
He said that situated in the gateway of the Central Asia, the
sequence of the three districts was such that they could assimilate
and support the inflow of economic and trade
from across the border.
“This is the right time to put forward and press the demand to make
the alternative route passed through the region which will bring
the backward area at par with the developed ones”, he said and
asked the regional leaders to shun their political bickering and
gain the objective.
He said that the idea has already been floated by Sirajul Haq, the
chief of JI in the all parties meeting convened by the prime
minister the other day and it has to be given proper momentum by
Regarding the local bodies system put in place in the province, the
minister said that it had assured political, administrative and
financial autonomy to the smaller units for the first time well in
consonance with the article 41 of the constitution of Pakistan.
He said that the local bodies will be strengthened financially and
the decentralization of powers will make them vibrant entities
solving the problems of the masses at their doorsteps.
Mr. Khan said that Chitral had a tremendous potential of
hydro-power generation, mines and minerals and tourism and all
these will find boost by the newly elected district government to
which necessary power will be devolved.
He asked the members of local bodies to avoid political
confrontation which stopped development process and resulted in
The district amir of JI and the nominee for district nazim from the
religious alliance of JI and JUI, Maghfirat Shah also addressed on