PESHAWAR - Students hailing from various educational institutions Saturday held a protest demonstration against any change in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and warned to march on Islamabad if federal government failed to sense the gravity of situations.
The protesting students led by their leader Tariq Afghan chanted slogans against the pro-Punjab federal government while holding placards and banner inscribed with their demands.
While talking to media persons, the students’ leader Tariq Afghan alleged that the PML-N led federal government was bent upon to deprive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of its rightful share in the economic corridor. He also said that this attitude of federal government caused immense unrest among the masses of smaller federating units.
Afghan said that alone Punjab was not Pakistan, as rest of three provinces are also parts of this country and the people other provinces have also deserve equal rights to avail this opportunity.
“We are not against Punjab and its people, but we would not surrender our rights, he said and urged Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to avoid creating polarization among the federating units, as it would be a dangerous test for the solidarity of the country. He recalled the sacrifices rendered by people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the prolonged war on terror and said it was duty of the federal government to compensate the affected families.
The CPEC , he said is an important project and it should not be kept limited to a particular area and people.
The people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), he warned would have the only option to march on Islamabad if their demands were not met at the earliest.
Meanwhile, members of the Pakhtunkhwa Olasi Tehreek also held a protest demonstration and demanded of government to avoid confrontational policies and give its share to KP in the CPEC; otherwise, warned unrest would be increased to turn it controversial.