PESHAWAR, 23 April: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has announced to launch a protest movement against the federal government over changing the route of Gwadar-Kashgar Economic Corridor and approach the court over the issue.
Addressing a news conference yesterday, the chief minister said no representative from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was included in the working group formed by the federal government on the Pak-China trade route. He said the Planning Commission is also using delaying tactics in providing details of the agreements and memoranda of understandings (MoUs) about the trade route to the KP government.
Mr Khattak said most of areas of KP and Balochistan provinces had been excluded from the economic corridor. He added that none of the industrial zones to be constructed on the trade route will be constructed in KP. The chief minister said most of the projects under the $28 billion agreements signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping will be carried out in Punjab, while all the provinces will pay equal amount of interest on these projects.
Mr Khattak said the KP government is also holding negotiations with the Balochistan and Sindh governments over the issue of the federal government’s development emphasis on Punjab at the cost of other provinces.