PESHAWAR - Opening another front for the beleaguered PML-N government at the Centre, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will file a writ petition in the Peshawar High Court today (Monday) against the federal government for allegedly ignoring the province in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its ‘diversion’ to eastern part of the country.

Responding to the KP’s announcement, Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal maintained that the provincial government’s decision to move court on CPEC issue will create problems for the province itself.

KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser told media men on Sunday at the outset of the parliamentary members meeting, that no stone would be left unturned to ensure the KP share in the billions of dollars worth project.

“The decision to move the court came after comprehensive negotiations among the coalition partners of the KP government including the PTI, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI),” Qaiser said.

He said the petition would be filed on behalf of all the political parties having representation in the provincial assembly.

“We all agree that we would not compromise on provincial rights,” the speaker said. He maintained that all constitutional and parliamentary options would be exhausted to ensure more and more rights for the province.

“Neither compromise nor backdoor diplomacy with the federal government would be carried out over the issue of construction on the western route. The people of the province will not be kept in the dark regarding the PTI’s struggle for the province’s due right in the CPEC,” Qaiser said.

The speaker also brushed aside any conspiracy on the part of the PTI government over sidelining the CPEC issue by holding sit-ins against the federal government.

He asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to act as prime minister of the whole country and not just Punjab and begin construction on the western route as per the demand of the original map of the project.

The speaker maintained that it was an unfortunate time for the province when some of the political parties in the KP were attempting to score political points by hurling allegations on the PTI for sidelining the issue of construction on the western route.

Qaiser claimed that being the ruling party the PTI could understand better the overall situation regarding the CPEC and its responsibility in the matter akin to the future prosperity of the region.

It has been learnt that after the Panama leaks, which was now in the apex court, the PTI KP too has decided to mobilise people on the CPEC issue by holding protests, seminars and even plans to stage a sit-in in Peshawar in the future.

In this regard, PTI chief Imran Khan has signalled the provincial leadership to stage a sit-in in Peshawar against the federal government for ignoring the KP in the CPEC project.

In this connection, they said Asad Qaiser had been tasked to contact other political parties to participate in the proposed sit-in, which might be held in the current month.

Moreover, Qaiser would soon meet provincial leadership of various political parties.

The KP government has time and again reminded the PML-N government at the centre to restore the original CPEC project of which the western route was also a part of.

Agencies add: Talking to newsmen in Quetta, Special Assistant to KP CM on Information Mushtaq Ghani said “In spite of frequent meetings and contacts, the federal government has not fulfilled its promises made to the KP government. “The federal government has failed to dispel the complaints of KP government.”

Responding to the KP government’s announcement, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal commented that the provincial government’s decision to move the court on CPEC issue will create problems for the province itself.

“Foreign investment is not attracted through cases in courts; however, if the KP government wants to get satisfaction by moving the court, it cannot be prevented from it,” Ahsan said in a media statement.

The minister said projects being executed under CPEC will benefit the less-developed and backward areas of the country. “No province is being deprived of its share in the project.”

The minister said construction work on the western route of the corridor is in full swing and Gwadar-Quetta road will be completed before the stipulated time.