Leaders of different political parties attending all parties conference in Peshawar. – Photo by Muhammad Tayyeb

PESHAWAR, 16 November: The political parties of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to fulfil his promises made on 28 May regarding completion of the western route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The all parties conference (APC) organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in a joint statement on Tuesday urged the government to declare Peshawar-Dera Ismail Khan portion of Indus Highway part of the western route of CPEC and increase it to six lanes. They asked the federal government to give timeline for establishment of railway line, gas line and fibre optic in the western route and also take the KP government into confidence over establishment of industrial units.

Participants of the meeting said they will utilise every political and legal option to get their right if the province was deprived of the western route of the mega project.

The joint statement also urged the government to start hydro power projects in KP instead of going for coal-based power projects. They said the government should allocate Rs5 billion for these projects. It also demanded laying of high-power transmission lines, improvement of existing power supply system and establishment of Chakdara-Chitral-Shandoor-Gilgit Expressway on priority basis to connect these areas with the Central Asian countries.

At the start of the meeting dua was offered for the deceased PPP leader Jehangir Badr, victims of Gaddani inferno and Shah Noorani Shrine terror attack.

Leaders of sixteen political parties of KP attended the meeting.