PESHAWAR  - If the federal government tried to suspend electricity to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after not paying electricity and gas bills to the centre, we will certainly cut power supply from the Tarbela Dam, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Mushtaq Ghani threatened Monday.

Reacting over the comments of Federal Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Muhammad Asif that power supplies would be terminated if consumers did not pay their electricity and water bills, Ghani said, “We will be left with no option other than to disconnect power supply from the Tarbela Dam.” Tarbela Dam - the largest earth-filled dam in the world is located in Haripur  district of Hazara Division in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Talking to the media, he said that the provincial taxes would be collected as per routine while public would be asked not be pay any federal tax along with electricity and gas bills. “The civil disobedience movement is against the corrupt and incompetent federal government and not provincial,” he explained.

“The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will continue tax collection despite the announcement of civil disobedient’ by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan,” he said. Mushtaq Ghani, who is also spokesman for provincial government, said that the provincial government has never been implicated in any case of corruption, therefore, civil obedience would not be practiced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where PTI is the ruling party.

He was of the view that this is a peaceful way to change the government and “we are registering our protest without causing any bloodshed”. “The PTI government fully know of its responsibilities. We are well aware of the situation in the province. We are dealing with both-governance and protest-so effectively,” he concluded.