Islamabad - The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday rejecting the Chinese proposal regarding the establishment of a Special Economic Zone in Khattar said that they were not begging as it was a loan and the SEZ should be established according to the proposal of the province.

“Who are the Chinese to tell us to establish the industrial zone in Khatar instead of Rashakai. This is our province and we have the right to make the decision in this regard,” said KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said while talking to the media after attending the 7th meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of China and Pakistan held here.

He said that the provincial government has submitted the feasibility of Rashakai SEZ to the JCC but all of a sudden Khattar SEZ was also made part of the agenda. “I don’t know who is behind the inclusion of Khattar but I have made it clear that we will not accept any conditionality for the loan,” he said.

“If Chinese are giving grant then they can make SEZ anywhere they want but it is a loan and we will take it on our conditions,” he said. “Since KP government will return the loan, therefore, we should decide about the projects,” he said. “We are not begging, they are providing us loans,” he maintained. However, he said that after their objection to Khattar, Rashakai  SEZ was made part of the CPEC. Regarding the SEZs, the K-P chief minister said that the province has already acquired 20000 Kanal near Rashakai, and a feasibility study has already prepared for the purpose.

The K-P chief minister accused the planning ministry of hiding the long-term plan (LTP) from provinces and said that their input in the LTP was added at a later stage. “It seems that they were making LTP in America and the plan was kept beyond the reach of the province,” he said adding they provincial government was now satisfied.

Khattak further alleged that no social welfare projects of the K-P have been included in the CPEC. “We have proposed to include Hazara, DI Khan, Malakand, Peshawar, Nowshera and Mardan under the CPEC social responsibility plan,” he said.

He said that since Diamer-Bhasha dam was dropped from the CPEC, another 3500MW hydle project will be added to the CPEC. “We have proposed the inclusion of 1800MW hydle projects under CPEC. Work on 1900MW Suki-Kinari hydro project under CPEC is already underway,” he said.

He said that the province has also proposed a train network from Peshawar to Torkham.