Battagram: Residents started a protest rally on Karakoram Highway (KKH) against shifting the benefits of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to the Punjab province. They said that the rights of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were violated by the federal government and threatened to continue their struggle unless the smaller provinces get their due share of the rights.
Participants chanted slogans against the federal government for not taking people of the area into confidence and depriving Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of the benefits of the corridor. Zubair Anjum said at the protest rally that, “If we raise voice for our rights we are labeled as traitors and want to see the project failed.”
Allegations were placed on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leaders of his party that they are agents of the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). JUI-ideological leader condemned the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led government for allocating main share of the benefits of the CPEC project to Punjab.
He added that KP was a backward province that should have been given maximum share in the project. He lamented that depriving the province of availing the benefits of CPEC project would further push it towards backwardness.
There would be dire consequences and the deprivation would force the people of the province to resort to harsh steps it was said. Speakers slammed the government for keeping details of the project a secret and said the affectees were yet to be informed about the compensation amount and packages given to them after its completion.
KP chief minister was also criticized who once claimed that section-4 would not be implemented in the province unless its people were taken into confidence regarding the details of the project. “The chief minister has deceived its people as section-4 has been imposed banning sale and purchase of the property,” said Zubair Anjum.