PESHAWAR - Representatives of various political parties have demanded of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to implement the decisions of APCs on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) held on May 28, 2015 and 15 January 2016. They demanded of the government to allocate funds in the upcoming budget for the western route of CPEC otherwise they will block the key passage of corridor route through Thakot and Hawilia.

They stated this during a conference on CPEC held under auspices of Pakhtunkhwa Ulasi Tehrik (PUT) at the Peshawar Press Club on Saturday.

Those spoke on the occasion included Central Secretary General Awami National Party-Wali (ANP-W) Orangzeb Kasi, Central Chairman of Awami Worker Party (AWP) Fanoos Gujar, Provincial Chief Jamiat Ullema-e-Islam-Nazriyati Zubair Anjum, Head of Mazdoor Kisan Party (MKP) Salar Amjad Ali, Chairman of Muhafiz Tehrik (MT) Malik Falak Niaz, ANP-W Central President Women Wing Mrs. Orangzeb Kasi, Central Chairperson Women Muslim League Robina Shaheen, Ajmal Afridi and Coordinator Pakhtunkhwa Ulasi TehrIk Dr Said Alam Mehsood.  

The participants said that the letter of the federal government aiming to give assurance regarding implementation of APC’s decisions was just to deceive the provincial government.

They said that political parties are united for safeguarding rights of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They alleged that the prime minister had backed out of his promises made in the all parties conferences.

They said that there is no mention of fiber optic, railway track, gas and oil pipelines, industrial zone, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and motorway in the federal government’s letter. “Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal have verbally accepted all the projects but there is nothing in written, which added in doubts of the KP people,” they alleged.

Dr Said Alam Mahsud said that he had no trust in the federal government as it repeatedly deceived the provincial government as well as political parties despite assurances in the APCs.

He said if in the forthcoming federal budget funds were not allocated for the components of the Western Corridor, they would be compelled to launch protest movements and agitation as well. “We do not need a just a road but we need a complete economic corridor,” he demanded.  

The seminar unanimously decided that nothing less of the nine components of corridor on western route will be accepted. The seminar recommended the provincial assembly that they should not allow federal government to acquire land between Thakot and Havelian for CPEC till federal government has not taken practical steps for all components corridor on western route .

Olson lauds Pakistan efforts against terrorism

United States Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard G. Olson appreciated the efforts of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and reiterated Washington support to Islamabad in this regard.

Ambassador Richard Olson called on Chief of Army Staff(COAS) General Raheel Sharif yesterday at General Heqadquarters and discussed with him overall regional security situation with particular reference to the situation in Afghanistan, says an Inter-Services Public Relations press release.

US Special Representative was here to attend the third round of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting on Afghanistan to draw a roadmap for Afghan Government meeting with warring Taliban groups to bring lasting peace to the war torn country.