PESHAWAr - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has held the federal government responsible for massive loadshedding, over-billing and outdated power distribution system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He also asked Minister for State Abid Sher Ali to make thieves and looters of his own ministry accountable instead of abusing Pakhtuns.

He urged the state minister to concentrate on his ministry, saying failure of WAPDA in bringing improvement in system would force the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to stage long march against it. Talking to media in Nowshera after returning from Islamabad, he warned that he himself would lead that long march if the problem persisted. He said that instead of pacifying, Abid SherAli is deteriorating the situation further. He said that FIA has launched inquiries against all stores of WAPDA, which had withheld the provision of transformers while people are bearing the brunt of loadshedding in the holy month of Ramazan.

He said the provincial government is carrying the agenda of change in the province forward, which had ushered a uniformed pace of development.

The chief minister said that they proved the extending of full cooperation to Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) and even despite the peculiar situation the provincial police fully cooperated with it.

 But, he said it is the matter of high concern that 50 per cent electricity is stolen while the remaining is wasted in the line losses. He said that no action is being taken against kunda mafia and power theft. Pervez Khattak said the provincial government had handed over clear strategy to PESCO that the people were complaining with it.

 He said the KP government transferred funds to the tune of billions of rupees for bringing improvement in transmission system, installation of new transformers and hefty amount to prevent the overloading of system. But, he said the WAPDA is short of power transformers while both WAPDA authorities and federal government were hiding the facts.

He said that for arresting frauds and theft in WAPDA, the FIA has launched a high level investigation and its all stores have been sealed. He said that his government had advised the federal government for making investment in generation of cheap electricity, which could curtail the prevailing energy crisis. He said the construction of several small and big dams, including Basha and Dasu dams is the need of hour.

He said the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are also bearing the injustice as despite generating cheap hydel power, the federal government is levying different surcharges on them and they are even refused the provision of power to meet their requirements.

The second tragedy, the chief minister said is the installation of old power transformers in grid stations, which are incapable to bear the additional load.

He said that he demanded of the federal minister for correction in the system, retrieving the poor of over-billing and massive loadshedding. Otherwise, he threatened in the capacity of chief minister for bringing the people of the whole province out on streets to stage long march against stubborn policies of WAPDA.  To a question that why resignations were sought in an Imran Khan presided meeting of PTI members of National and Provincial Assembly, the chief minister said that no such issue was discussed in the meeting and the meeting was convened in connection with the long march of August 14.

He said that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had given heavy mandate to PTI and no rigging was occurred here. Otherwise, he said their opponents would have moved the courts. He said the mandate was reaction to the corruption, loot and plunder, nepotism, destruction of institutions and wrong policies of the previous rulers.   He said that we are endeavouring round-the-clock for bringing about a change in the system and the people are realising that change is being occurred.