PESHAWAR - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will not tolerate any injustice with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa so all political and religious parties must get united to take up Kashgar-Gwardar route issue with federal government properly, PML-(N) KP General Secretary Rehmat Salam Khattak said on Monday. “To my knowledge, it is just a rumour that federal government has proposed change in the route of Pak-China economic corridor. If it is true, then the KP N-League will certainly oppose it,” he said this while speaking at a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club.

On the occasion, a prominent lawyer and social worker Farah Khan, who belongs to district Karak, formally announced joining the PML-N. Besides others, PML-N Provincial Secretary Information Nasir Khan Musazia, PML-N Women Wing President Tahira Bukhari and General Secretary Shaheen Habibullah Khan were also present on the occasion. He suggested the opposition parties that instead to take up the matter with Chinese government, let’s first take it up with the federal government. Rehmat Salam Khattak said, “let us get united for the rights of the province.”

He said that law and order situation in the province was deteriorating with each passing day. He said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan had made a number of promises with people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but not a single one has so far materialised. “Neither local bodies elections held in six months, nor police department has been freed from political influence,” he said. He said the cases of extortion and kidnapping for ransom have increased in the PTI govt. “People are leaving the province just because of poor law and order. No one is secure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said.

ANP’S APC TODAY

The Awami National Party (ANP) convened All Parties Conference (APC) against the proposed change in Kashgar-Gwardar route will be held in Islamabad today (Tuesday).

 Political and religious parties from both govt and opposition would participate in the conference. The participants will not only highlight the importance of Kashgar-Gward economic corridor route but will also plan a massive protest if the government make changes in the already approved route for the project.

The ANP, which has ruled the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for five years, has invited leadership of various parties aimed to evolve a joint strategy against making any change in the route of the project.

Prominent among those who are expected to participate in the conference are Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Chairman Mehmud Khan Achakzai, Balochistan National Party’s President Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Jamaat Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq, JUI-F Ameer Maulana Fazlur Rehman, PPP Leader Syed Khurshed Shah and others.

The ANP thinks Kashgar-Gwadar trade corridor is an important project for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as it has been deprived of infrastructure and industrial development. Political parties based in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have expressed reservations over the decision and urged the federal government to review their decision in this regard.