Blockade of NATO supplies a victory; LB elections in March: KP CM

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak has said that drone attacks by the United States (US) are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and his government will not allow such attacks acting like silent spectators.
Talking to party workers and reports at his residence on Sunday, the KPK chief minister said the suspension of US supplies due to the PTI protests through Torkham border was their victory. He said it was a decision of the PTI and its allied parties to block the supplies and any further decision will be taken by party chief Imran Khan on his return from India.
He said the KP government was making preparations to hold local government elections in March after consultation with other parties. He said 30 percent of the development budget will be placed at the disposal of the local governments so as to enable them to carry out development schemes in line with the demand of the local people.
He said elections at the village council level will be on non-party basis while tehsil and district level local government elections will be held on party basis.
The KP chief minister said that during the tenure of the previous government, the Chief Minister’s Secretariat was made an auction market where jobs and transfers were sold. He said the people rejected the ANP government due to its record corruption and destruction of institutions.
Pervez Khattak challenged the opposition to prove any corruption against provincial ministers and advisors. He vowed to eliminate corruption and commission mafia from the province.
He also expressed satisfaction over the law and order situation and pointed out that Asfandyar Wali, Mian Iftikhar and Amir Haider Hoti were now able to travel to their native areas freely, while they had been restricted to their homes in their own tenure.
The chief minister said people have voted them to power for change, peace in the region, justice and end to corruption and they will live up to the expectations of the masses.

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  1. Shah also said that there was no demand under discussion regarding imposition of Sharia in the country. He said that the members would try to address the concerns of the religious parties but it would take some time to yield positive results.

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