Our government inherited a legacy of loot and plunder, says CM Khattak


—KP CM says Imran Khan should be given chance to improve governance in country

—Comparing PTI’s five-year tenure in KP with PML-N’s 30-year rule over masses is incomprehensible, says Khattak


PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak has said that his government has inherited a legacy of loot and plunder, adding that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan should be given a chance to pull the country out of the current crises and reform the whole system of governance in the country.

He said this while presiding over a meeting on Peshawar Rapid Bus Transit project at the Chief Minister House here. The meeting was also attended by provincial ministers and other officials concerned.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said the federal and Punjab governments were hiding their annual expenditure while our government in KP had adopted a more transparent approach in this connection. It was strange that the Punjab government wanted to compare its performance with the KP government, he said, adding that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) not only ruled Punjab but also the entire country for around 30 years, and comparing their long years of rule with the PTI’s five-year achievements in the KP was incomprehensible.

He said that PML-N and other political parties have always weakened state institutions during their respective tenures. Our government in KP had laid down the foundation of a transparent and efficient system of governance within a short span of time, he added.

He also said the joint ventures with different national and international investors would feed the provincial exchequer on a continuous basis. Without spending a penny, this province would get a share of 10 per cent on all national and international investments, he added.

Moreover, Pervez Khattak said that Swat Motorway, Peshawar Rapid Bus Transit, the circular railway connecting five districts of the province, and other projects would not only boost investment and industrialisation but would also promote tourism-related activities in the province. He further said that his government had created a structure for good governance that would safeguard the future of KP. The safety and security of the country and the nation had been ensured by the PTI government, he added.

He said his government had passed legislation to reform the system and ensure the right of all, adding that Awami National Party (ANP) had a history of corruption during its last rule in the province. He further said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had a different style of corruption and the religious parties used the name of Islam for corruption, adding that his government had passed legislation to promote Islamic teachings and values in the province.

Commenting on his government’s efforts in connection to energy production in the province, he said the federal and the Punjab governments wanted to produce expensive electricity but his government was more focused on producing inexpensive electricity. He also said if the federal government had issued a no-objection certificate (NOC), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would have met all the energy requirements of the country in power, oil and gas sectors.

He said that in the past, KP was not suitable for investment, but now the situation had considerably changed in the province which had recently emerged as the most suitable destination for investment in the country. KP would soon become the hub of trade and industrialisation as different phases of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) reach completion. He also apprised the meeting about the different joint ventures taken by the provincial government in oil refinement, cements production, housing and other areas, and said that the provincial treasury would constantly be fed by 10 per cent shares from the said investments.

In addition, CM Khattak said that Swat Motorway was purely a provincial project and was also historic in nature because it would open the northern districts of KP to tourism. We have added some unique features to the Peshawar Rapid Bus Transit project which would make it more attractive from similar projects undertaken in other parts of the country.