KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak. - A file photo


PESHAWAR, 25 November: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to launch a protest movement against the federal government for allegedly depriving the province of its due share in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) project.

According to an official handout issue here Wednesday, the chief minister Pervez Khattak while chairing a high level meeting, took strong exception of the alleged changes in the route of CPEC and said every relevant forum would be used to protect rights of the province.

He said all parliamentary parties of the province would be taken on board for this unprecedented protest campaign and final decision to this effect would be taken after proper consultation with the political leadership of the province.

The chief minister, the handout added, warned that KP government would withdraw its cooperation being extended for executing CPEC project. Support withdrawal actions by KP government might also be including stoppage of the land acquisition process for the KP portion of the project.

The meeting was told that the federal government allocated a meager share of only 1.4% for KP province contrary to the Punjab that will be getting 80.4% of the total budget allocation of Rs.359 billion for the years 2015-17.

The meeting was further informed that the six key components of CPEC had also been changed in favor of Punjab and the D.I. Khan–Mianwali-Burhan link of the western route was also missing in the latest map of CPEC route which was kept secret by the federal government. It was also found that Mianwali was being linked with Islamabad through another planned road at a cost of Rs.10 billion under public sector development program.

The chief minister lamented that the federal government betrayal has put the KP government as well as people of the province in grave kind of shock and shattered our trust in the federal authorities.


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