KP chief minister shows flexibility on Kalabagh Dam issue

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said his province will have no objection over the construction of Kalabagh dam if its reservations are addressed. Speaking at a news conference here on Saturday, Pervez Khattak called for formation of a commission on the Kalabagh dam issue, saying “We will have no objections on the construction of the dam if our reservations are redressed.”

He claimed for providing electricity to the entire KP province at half of the price, if the federal government supplied 13.5 percent of the electricity as enshrined in the constitution. He said the federal government owed trillion of rupees on account of royalty. The CM further claimed that the KP government could generate electricity for Rs 8 per unit only as against the federal government which was generating at high price of Rs 18 per unit.

To a question, he said “We are rectifying the system in the KP and have eliminated corruption.” He further said “I had got the province which was being ruled by law of the jungle, but now everything has been settled down, where every task is being done on merit.” Responding a query, he called upon the federal government to issue NoCs to the foreign investors to invest in the KP and assured that the provincial government would take its responsibility for their security.

Replying to a question, he said notices had been issued to three PML-N leaders including Mirza Hamid, Danyal Aziz and Tariq Fazal Chaudhry for levelling baseless allegation against the KP government. The CM said ‘Naya Pakistan’ could not be created merely with the construction of roads and bridges, but with the good governance.



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