LAHORE - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that if the federal government does not give a clear policy on drone attacks, it will be held responsible for destruction in KPK.
He was talking to newsmen after holding a meeting with Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan at his Lahore residence on Saturday where he was accompanied by JI leaders Sirajul Haq and Prof Ibrahim.
He said: “Drones are striking in Fata not in KPK and it was the responsibility of the federal government to stop them. It is not the subject of a provincial government. Had there been PTI’s government in the centre, the US would not have dared launching these attacks on Pakistani soil.”
About the composition of his cabinet, he said it would be a 15-member cabinet, as permitted in the 18th Amendment, and it would work within the framework of the Constitution. “I firmly believe in distribution of power,” he added.
To a question, he said the PML-N got the mandate to run the affairs of Pakistan, whereas the PTI was only responsible for KPK. “After a consultation with our allies, the KPK government will give an agenda, which will spell out ways to save KPK from destruction, to the federal government. We request Nawaz Sharif to draft the policy on priority basis while taking all stakeholders in to confidence and the PT1 will fully support the federal government’s policy that will bring peace in the region.”
Khattak said that US President Barrack Obama’s stance on drone attacks was irrelevant and such attacks are violating Pakistan’s sovereignty.
When asked what will be PTI’s line of action, if the federal government does not come up with a policy on drone attacks, he said ‘they would protests it at all levels’.
The CM said that his province was facing enormous and complex challenges, but the KPK government was determined to overcome them.
He vowed to restore peace in the province, provide best educational and health facilities to citizens, end corruption and reduce poverty. He said that his government would endeavour to improve law and order situation in the country by strengthening law enforcing agencies. “We will end VIP culture in the province and present the KPK government as a role model of good governance for other provincial governments.”
To another question, he said he held a meeting with the Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (Pesco) bosses and discussed with them the issue of low recovery of electricity dues. He asserted that he had directed the members of the KPK Assembly to ensure full recovery of dues from their areas. “The KPK government is determined to ensure maximum recovery of PESCO dues. We are not responsible for what happened in the past.”
KPK senior minister Sirajul Haq condemned the recent drone attack and said ‘we appeal to the federal government to understand the gravity of the situation. “We are determined to build a government in KPK that would be based on good governance and set an example for others to follow.” He said that the federal government and provinces should not indulge in confrontation