CPEC’s west­ern route must have all fa­cil­i­ties: Khat­tak

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - STAFF RE­PORTER

PE­SHAWAR—The Chief Min­is­ter Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khat­tak has said that he will al­low the construction of road un­der CPEC in Hazara and all parts of the prov­ince that is known as the west­ern route of CPEC, pro­vided it has all the fa­cil­i­ties the cen­tral route of the CPEC go­ing through the Pun­jab prov­ince will have. The construction of road has never been a prob­lem; the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment it­self can and would con­struct the road out of its own re­sources.

He was talk­ing to the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Hazara, which in­cluded Mush­taq Ah­mad Ghani Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Chief Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion, Yousaf Ayub Khan, Qa­lan­der Lod­hhi Min­is­ter Food, MNA Dr.Azhar Jadoon, Wa­ji­uza­man MPA, Ad­vi­sor for Pro­vin­cial Co­or­di­na­tion Haji Ab­dul Haq, MPA Haji Ibrar, Zar Gul Khan. The Chief Min­is­ter said that the peo­ple of Hazara and the rest of the prov­ince needed a route not a road adding that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment had the fis­cal space to con­struct a road right from Ko­his­tan to­wards the end of the prov­ince at D.I.Khan.

He said we are talk­ing about the fu­ture and the rights of the prov­ince and would never com­pro­mise on our stated po­si­tion and stand, his gov­ern­ment took on the CPEC . Un­for­tu­nately the PML(N) gov­ern­ment at the cen­tre has con­stantly been de­ceiv­ing and de­lud­ing the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment on the CPEC. In one breath, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would agree to re­move the ap­pre­hen­sions of the prov­ince but when it comes to the ground re­al­i­ties then it is to­tally dif­fer­ent from the ear­lier pos­tures taken by the PML(N) cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

In the given sit­u­a­tion, there is noth­ing for the peo­ple of Hazara and rest of the prov­ince but a mere road and if the sit­u­a­tion was so he would cross all lim­its not to al­low the road. We can con­struct road for our self in­clud­ing Hazara and rest of the prov­ince. The ex­ist­ing road, the Chief Min­is­ter said as planned by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would not have the fa­cil­i­ties that were given to the cen­tral route of the CPEC go­ing through Pun­jab.

The Chief Min­is­ter told the par­tic­i­pants that he had meet­ing and in­ter­ac­tions at the high­est level and made cor­re­spon­dence that the west­ern route should have all the req­ui­site ameni­ties like elec­tric­ity, tele­phone lines, fiber op­tics, gas pipe­line, LNG, rail­way line and other rel­e­vant ser­vices and th­ese were com­mit­ted by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment but know there is no such fa­cil­i­ties to the west­ern route. If the fed­eral gov­ern­ment ig­nored the col­lec­tive voice of the peo­ple, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment would join the peo­ple in their mass scale demon­stra­tion against the cal­lus at­ti­tude of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

What is be­ing given to Pun­jab un­der CPEC would have to be given to the peo­ple of the Pakhtunkhwa. The Chief Min­is­ter said that the peo­ple of this prov­ince needed equal share in CPEC. The peo­ple need jobs and the ar­eas needed to be de­vel­oped in terms of in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion so that the en­tire re­gion is in­te­grated and the ben­e­fit of the CPEC reaches to the most de­serv­ing. He also re­ferred to the par­lia­men­tary par­ties meet­ing the other day wherein the po­lit­i­cal forces agreed to launch a united strug­gle for the fa­cil­i­ties in the west­ern route of CPEC.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the par­tic­i­pants ap­pre­ci­ated the gov­ern­ment con­cern for the rights of the peo­ple of Hazara and rest of the prov­ince and also ap­pre­ci­ated the gov­ern­ment for the construction of road etc. and as­sured that if the fed­eral gov­ern­ment ig­nored the ameni­ties on the west­ern route, they would start ag­i­ta­tion against the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

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