ISLAMABAD - PTI Chairman Imran Khan Tuesday warned that efforts were being made to separate North Waziristan Agency (NWA) from the country through a military operation and appealed to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to resume the stalled dialogue process with Taliban.
Instead of asking the PML-N-led government to revive dialogue process, Imran Khan appealed to the COAS to revive the dialogue process and asked for halt to bombing, which is affecting innocent people in the tribal belt of the country. He also said that PM Sharif had no time to resolve the issue as he was busy in foreign tours and had already done 14 such visits.
Addressing a press conference along with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khatak at his Bani Gala residence after the core committee meeting of his party, PTI chief said, “People are sending messages from NWA, it looks that efforts are being made to separate the agency from Pakistan and those people who sacrificed their lives for Kashmir cause are now thinking for separation.” He said that IDPs from North Waziristan Agency were moving towards Afghanistan instead of going towards other parts of the country.
“I myself will talk to COAS Sharif what was going on in North Waziristan,” he said. He said that incidents of terrorism decreased in KP and other parts of the country after dialogue process was started and all militants in Waziristan wanted to start a dialogue process. Wazirirstan is richer in minerals of bronze than Balochistan, he said, adding that 171 incidents of terrorism occurred in KP before PTI took hold of government in the province. At the same time, he accepted that action should be taken against those who were involved in terrorism.
Responding to a question, he said that his party had no objection over PM’s visit to India but it wants peace on both borders, eastern as well as western. He said PTI would give reaction after the details of Nawaz-Modi meeting would come to the fore. “We will also see what is the action plan of BJP government,” he also said.
Criticising the PML-N federal government over its policies, he alleged it seemed that the federal government was working only for Punjab and as sense of deprivation was being created among other province including KP, Balochistan and Sindh. “This was the same sense of deprivation that I witnessed before separation of East Pakistan when I went there to play cricket,” he said. This can be looked that Lahore metro train project worth 1.6 billion dollars was signed with China after scraping Karachi Circular Railway Project that had to be complete with half of that amount, he added.
“It looks that Punjab is the whole Pakistan,” he said. The PM was saying that 30 billion dollar investment was coming into Pakistan but even a single penny was not being invested in KP. He said KP could generate cheap hydel power but the federal government was not giving it money that the province had to owe from it.
Khan also showed his surprise saying how PML-N succeeded to bag 14.5 million votes in 2013 general elections as it got only 6.8 million votes in 2008 election and it had no performance in Punjab during the last five years. And he answered this was only because of massive rigging. He said that in the constituency of PP-160, even the poling bags were missing.
Khattak speaking on the occasion said KP which produced extra gas, hydel power and oil than its needs was being deprived of its rightful share of funds by the federal government which was ignoring all the smaller provinces. As a result KP was being deprived of and being adversely treated on all fronts by federal government and the province was facing deficit in budget.
Khattak said that the provinces could get foreign loans/grants from international donors under Article 167 of the Constitution but this right had remained inoperative because the federal government had refused to give permission.
“We are not being given permission to use extra gas, that we produce from the province, so that we can give gas to closed industry on cheap rates,” he said. He said that the federal government was alleging that electricity theft was on the rise in KP ignoring the fact this was the responsibility of the federal government to control this theft.