PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that PTI-led government in the province will not allow federal government to extend Customs Act to Malakand Division.

“We will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people of Malakand Division, if the federal government try to extend any kind of taxes to the region,” he said this while speaking on budget at floor of the house here on Wednesday.

The PTI-led government has put forward a proposal in an Apex committee meeting as how to stop use of smuggled and taken away vehicles in Malakand Division. Instead of preventing use of such vehicles, federal government is bent upon extending Customs Act to the region, which is regrettable, Khattak added.

He said that his government had taken up this issue with the federal government, because, the federal government has no right at all to impose any tax to this region.

“We want to tell the federal government not to extend any kind of taxes to this region, otherwise we will stand by the people of Malakand division,” he explained.

Elaborating three-year performance of his government, CM Pervez Khattak said that PTI government has made record utilization of funds in the province and asked the federal government to give 13 per cent agreed share of the total power generation of the province.

He said this would enable the province to meet its energy demand, warning that the provincial government would stage protest otherwise.

He said his government made record utilisation of funds in the history of the country under the head of Annual Development Programme last year with 85 per cent of spending.

He said the previous governments of the province left a lot of junk for them that could not be cleared overnight, despite the PTI-led coalition government took various considerable steps and tried to put the things straight.

He told the house that the federal government had started paying outstanding dues under the head of net hydel profit in instalments, adding that earlier the payable amount under the net hydel profit was Rs 6 billion, but his government took to the court and the centre agreed to pay Rs 12 billion annually.

Referring to Chashma Lift Canal Project, he said the provincial assembly deserves credit for jointly pursuing the matter with the federal government and make them allocate funds for the project in the federal budget.

Khattak said the provincial government had also taken up the issue of royalty on gas, oil and electricity with the federal government and asked them to pay the amount to the province.

Speaking on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, he said that due to the joint efforts of opposition and treasury, the federal government had allocated funds for expressway and railway track from Peshawar to DI Khan under the project.

Referring to the improvements in education sector he said that a six-room primary school with six teachers would now be set up across the province.

About health sector, the chief minister said that PTI was the first government of the province that had given autonomy to the hospital, enabling them to improve health services besides generating their own resources. He said the government had increased salaries of doctors so that they might not resort to private practice to earn money.

He also informed that he would visit government-run hospitals on weekly basis to monitor the health services.

He further said that a health insurance programme had been introduced in 24 districts of the province.

Referring to emergency services, Khattak said the services of Rescue 1122 had been extended to 12 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Speaking about environment, he said the provincial government had initiated a billion-tree tsunami campaign to stop further deforestation besides protecting the environment.