PESHAWAR - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak yesterday claimed that the federal government has diverted all the allied development projects to the Eastern Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan have been deprived of any such facility ignoring the western route.

He said the federal government was also reluctant to sign an MoU regarding net hydel profit to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. He was talking to Opposition Leader of the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah who, leading a PPP delegation called on him at the Chief Minister’s House here.

Commenting on the CPEC, Pervez Khattak claimed that the federal government betrayed the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by allegedly breaching its commitment with regard to accommodating the rights of the province. He explained that all the allied projects of the corridor like gas pipeline, fiber optics, railways were now being executed in Punjab alongside the eastern route.

The Opposition Leader on this occasion handed over documents of the relief goods to the Chief Minister. The relief assistance was announced earlier by the Sindh government for seven earthquake affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Chitral.

The consignment contained 50,000 quilts and three heavy duty generators.

The Chief Minister thanked the opposition leader and the government of Sindh for their contribution to help the earthquake victims.

Both the leaders also exchanged views on CPEC and the power loadshedding in their respective provinces.

They claimed a sizeable portion of electricity share of the smaller provinces was being diverted to Punjab which was totally against the constitutional provisions in this regard, they observed.

Khattak thanked PPP parliamentary party in KP Assembly for supporting the provincial government along with other parties for pressing the federal government for the right of net hydel profit of the province.

He said that WAPDA was bound to grant 13.5 per cent share to KP out of the total power generation on daily basis but PESCO was constantly depriving the people of their due constitutional right by deliberately reducing the share to hardly 10 percent.

He said that residents of Karak district were also being deprived of their right for Sui gas connections by the federal government.