PESHAWAR - Awami National Party Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter President Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has condemned the PTI for “a phase-wise cut of Rs80 billion in the development budget and failure in protecting the rights of the province.”

He was addressing a public meeting at Bachayee Sikandari, Swabi on Monday. He said that the PTI-led provincial government had miserably failed in securing rights of the province from the federal government, including fund in the head of net-hydel profit and getting of NFC Award.

The ANP leader said that for taking political benefits, the provincial govt had announced an uncounted number of development schemes and most of them could not be initiated. He termed Swat Motorway the costliest project in the history of the province, whose completion is looking bleak. However, the contractor will have to collect toll from the people for a period of 25 years.

Hoti also made a jib on the provincial government for starting a metro project, which four years back labelled as jungle bus in Punjab. He clarified that CM Pervez Khattak is utilizing Metro Bus Project to save himself from tendering resignation and had dug Peshawar unnecessarily.

He proposed that the government should have completed the Ring Road project initiated during their tenure and have constructed Chamkani-Badhber Bypass Road to resolve traffic problem till southern districts. Hoti was also critical of the proclaiming the so-called educational emergency and said that real steps for the promotion of education were taken during the ANP government.

He said that during their five-year stint in Peshawar they had constructed 10 universities, distributed scholarships and initiated laptop schemes for the students while the present govt changed only the logo and colour of the educational emergency.

He said that if voted to power again, then they will construct one university in each district of the province to provide higher education to students at door-step.

The ANP leader alleged that the present rulers of the province are sacrificing the interests of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on the politics of Punjab province. He said that the Sindh government with the cooperation of the Peoples’ Republic of China is working on Thar Coal Project and most of the energy projects are also in progress, but lamented that the rulers of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were busy only in the businesses of rats and donkeys.

He said the PTI is occupied by feudal and political turncoats and lacking ideological political workers and criteria for party tickets is wealth. He said that the ANP is the only political party that awarded tickets on merit to ideological workers.