Federal govt, KP amicably resolve all outstanding issues: Ishaq Dar
Federal government and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) here on Thursday resolved all old outstanding issues amicably.
In this connection Federal Minister for Finance Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting on outstanding issues of KP in which Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khwaja Mohammad Asif, Chief Minster KPK, Pervaiz Khattak, other senior leaders and officials from KPK attended the meeting and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed.
Later talking to media, Ishaq Dar said that the all old pending issues between Federal government and KPK had been resolved amicably.
The Finance Minister said that he discussed all old issues with the Chief Minister of KPK and his team in the presence of Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif who also held meetings with provincial government regarding water and electricity issues.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that under the mutually agreed MoU, the KPK government would get net hydel profit arreares of Rs 70 billion to be paid by the federal government in next four years. He added that KPK would also get Rs 956 million would be paid by March 31.
Finance Minister said that under the agreement the KPK government would get 100MMFT gas for power generation in the province. He said that this amount of gas could be used through the KPK government itself or through its Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB). However, he said for approval in this regard the KPK government would submit a summary to Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC). Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that under the agreement it had also been agreed that Chashma Right Bank Canal, whose PC-1 was prepared in 2008 and it was pending for the last seven years.
He added it has been decided that Chashma Right Bank Canal would be initiated to irrigate 0.3 million acres of land in KPA and benefit a large number of people in the area. The Finance Minister said that Federal government would bear 65 percent cost of the project while the KPK province would contribute 35 percent in the project. He further said that pending issues of KPK workers welfare fund and relevant federal secretaries would resolve the issue.
Speaking on the occasion, Khawaja Mohammad Asif said that negotiations between WAPDA and KPK were progressing for the last one and half year and thanked Finance Minister for his contribution in resolving the pending issues and signing of the agreement.
Khawaja Asif was of the view that in the past 10 to 15 years there were same parties or coalition governments in the federation and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but the pending problems were not resolved by them.
The Minister said that despite having an opposition party government in KPA , the federal government resolved the old all outstanding issues of the provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
He said that issues could only be solved by the politicians if there was will to do it.
The Minister also thanked Chief Minister KPK and his team for resolving the outstanding issues. Chief Minister of KPK on the occasion thanked Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and his team for resolving KPK issues amicably.
He added that when his government came into power in KPK he presented the issues relating to water, electricity and gas before the federal government and he was happy that today the federal government had resolved the outstanding issues.