PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has asserted that western route was not part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

He alleged the federal government was betraying smaller federating units regarding the multi-billion-dollar project and keeping the people of KP in darkness.

While referring his recent meeting with the Chinese Ambassador, Sun Wei Dong, Khattak said when he questioned from Chinese diplomat about the western route; he revealed that western portion was not even part of the CPEC project.

He alleged that the federal government was trying to deceive them about the western route of the corridor.

Pervez Khattak also said that Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif did promise to initiate work on western part of the CPEC, but his all promises were proved fictitious and accused that incumbent Nawaz-led federal government made CPEC project controversial.

“We are not against the eastern route, but the terrorism-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Bolachistan shouldn’t be deprived of their due share in the economic corridor project,” Khattak said.

He asked the rules that discrimination with small federating units must be stopped, rather all should equally treated.

The chief minister also accused that the developmental projects in Punjab including the Orange line train were also initiated under the CPEC, and smaller federating units including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were totally ignored.

He said this while addressing the Oath taking ceremony of the newly elect cabinet of Peshawar Press Club here on Thursday.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Inayatullah, Minister for Public Health Engineering Shah Farman, Advisor to Chief Minister on Information and Higher Education, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, District Peshawar Nazim, Muhammad Asim Khan, diplomats of the neighboring Afghanistan and Iran, senior officials, and a large member of journalist community also attended the function.

The chief minister said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will continue to raise its concerns about the economic route, and vowed to take their rightful share in the 46 billion dollars of CPEC, under the China Pakistan agreement. He asked the federal government to fulfil its commitment and ensure due share to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to heed the underprivileged region under the economic corridor.

Enumerating the achievements of his party PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Khattak said that his government is committed in perusing and implementation of the reforms agenda, and added change was inevitable to bring transparency, fairness, accountability, and improvement in the system by breaking statuesque.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, he said has adopted zero-tolerance policy against corruption, because the status-quo won’t favour to bring a change in the life of the people. He vowed to bring reforms in all the government departments by implementing a change agenda.

Without naming the PML-led federal government, he said, development doesn’t meant to construct roads, buildings and flyovers, rather it means to improve the system and provide justice to its people, he added.

He also said that his provincial government has been spending billions of rupees funds on the welfare of people, and claimed that the change has started by bringing visible reforms in police, health, education, and revenue department in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Khattak further said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government also unveiled a comprehensive industrial policy, aimed to cope with the growing unemployment and assured to extend facilities to investors and businessmen communities.

He also said that decentralization process aimed to devolve powers at grass root level was completed, and various departments especially health, education, revenue and irrigation departments were devolved to local bodies, and urged upon the locally elected representatives to focus on resolution of public grievances instead of seeking more powers.

The chief minister said PTI-led provincial government’s top priority is to bring reforms in all the public sectors by depoliticizing the departments, saying institutions were made more autonomous to work efficient in a politic free environment.

“There is no more status-quo in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he claimed. He said they will never disappoint the young generation, as they had voted Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to power.

Regarding the demands of the journalists’ community, he assured that provincial government would take every possible step to amicably resolve their problems.

He, however, urged media to make constructive criticism and highlight the issues of the people, while keeping in view the journalistic ethics of impartiality at all conditions.

Earlier Advisor to CM on Information and Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani while speaking on the occasion briefed the participants about the government initiatives for the welfare and development of the journalist community across the province.

He said media is playing a significant role in a society by highlighting the real issues of oppressed people and pinpointing the problems in the system which the incumbent provincial government welcomes as such positive and constructive criticism leads to resolution of all outstanding matters on urgent basis.

Ghani also said that his party led provincial government is determined to resolve all issues and problems of the community on priority basis.

Earlier, the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak administered oath from newly elected cabinet of Peshawar Press Club, led by its president SYED Bukhar Shah, General Secretary Alamgir Khan, Vice President Finance Secretary, Ali Hazrat Bacha, Joint Secretary Yasir Ali, and members of the governing body. He also honoured souvenirs to diplomats and prominent figures on the occasion.