PESHAWAR: Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmed Sherpao has warned the federal government against the growing disappointment among the masses of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if due share was not given to the province under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.
He was addressing a public gathering at the occasion of fourth foundation day of his party here in Peshawar. His party was launched on October 17, 2012 when Sherpao took a more nationalistic line in politics.
Party workers from across the country attended the event. “Why we do not see any tenders or construction of economic zones, transmission and crude oil lines in KP? The federal government is making false statements by claiming that work on the western route is in progress. The federal government is trying to deceive us by constructing a small portion of the route in Mianwali and Attock, but the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cannot be deceived,” Aftab Sherpao declared.
He said that Federal Government should learn from the Chinese government which was building the whole corridor for the progress of their under-developed areas whereas our government is ignoring the under-developed and smaller federating units, he added.
He proposed that meetings with representatives of smaller provinces should be held for taking them into confidence to overcome misgivings. “Concealing the development projects reflects the cynical attitude of the federal government intending to deceive the smaller provinces,” he added.
During the event, a resolution was also passed by the participants. KP Provincial Minister Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli read out the resolutions, demanding due share for KP and other smaller provinces in CPEC projects.