Khattak’s unabated targeting of CPEC
CEconomic HIEF Minister KP, Pervez Khattak persists with his anti-China-Pakistan
Corridor (CPEC) posture despite all efforts made by the government and the authorities concerned to address genuine reservations of the Provinces on so-called Provincial share in the mega project. This became once again evident from the meeting held in Peshawar the other day where CM threatened to obstruct land acquisition for the Western route if necessary facilities were not ensured along the route.
The worthy Chief Minister and likes of him are so impatient on the issue of Western route and allied facilities that they are finding it difficult to wait for practical implementation of the plans repeatedly announced even at the level of the Prime Minister and in the presence of the country’s political leadership regarding priority treatment to the Western alignment. They forget that these are mega projects and not cash hand-outs and therefore, they involve time-consuming process of implementation especially when funds have to come from another country. The venomous campaign against CPEC is so intense and jaundiced that it becomes absolutely difficult to surmise whether it is aimed at securing interests of just one Province (KP) or undermining the monumental project for ulterior motives. We say so because while addressing an anti-CPEC Convention in Peshawar in January this year, Khattack threatened the Federal Government that KP would not allow CPEC to pass through the Province if its due share was denied. And in February, he, along with PTI leader Imran Khan, met Chinese Ambassador and conveyed reservations over CPEC despite repeated assurances from the Centre. It is all the more unfortunate that anti-CPEC campaign, which has become part of anti-Punjab rhetoric by some politicians, has the full backing of Imran Khan, who is aspiring to become the Prime Minister but ignores the reality that it would remain a dream without support of masses in the Province, who have become weary of his Punjab-bashing.
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