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CM accuses Centre of usurping rights of smaller provinces

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday accused the federal government of usurping the rights of smaller federating units.
This he said in an interview to two private Pashto television channels, said an official hand out. The chief minister also presided over meetings to review pace of progress on development strategy of the province.  He also met a delegation of Nowshera at the Chief Minister’s House.
The chief minister said his party had decided not to attend the joint session of the Parliament. However, his decision to stay away from the meetings held for president of Turkey was because of the reality that it was simply a family affair.
The chief minister said when the foreign dignitaries visited Pakistan, they were confined to Islamabad and Lahore. To a question, the chief minister said he would go to any extent to gain the constitutional rights for the province.
He said he interacted with the police force of Scotland Yard during his recent visit to the United Kingdom and asked them certain questions about the use of force. “They told me that use of force against the peaceful demonstrators is actually the abuse of power. They never use power against the peaceful demonstrators,” he added.
The chief minister said that his government rose against all forms of corruption. He said he was comfortable with the Jamaat-e-Islami in running the affairs of the province. “Both the political forces have a clear stance on corruption. However, both have different political platforms to fight it out,” he added.
He made it clear that he never opposed the central route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor but wanted the prime minister to fulfil all the commitments he had made to the province’s leadership for making western route part of the CPEC. He said the prime minister should convene a meeting of all the political leaders and convince them on the CPEC.
Meanwhile, the chief minister discussed the local government plan for the devolution of power and authority at the grassroots, adding that one third of the total Annual Development Plan of the province, ie approximately Rs35 billion, had been given to the district governments.
The chief minister said that his government brought to an end to political meddling in the institutions, making them responsive to the public aspirations. He said that the provincial government laid the foundation for a new Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and they would make a new Pakistan if the PTI was voted to power across the country.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the Nawaz led Federal Government neither take care of the small federating units nor give any right to the poor people of the small provinces. He would continue to raise voice against the injustices of the Nawaz led establishment.
He was giving interviews to the Khyber Avt and News 1 . He also presided over four different meetings to review pace of progress on the development strategy of the province. He also met with a delegation of Nowshera at Chief Minister House Peshawar. The Chief Minister said that it was his party decision not to attend the joint parliamentary session. However, his decision to stay away from the meetings held for President Turkey was because of the reality that it was simply a family affair. The foreign dignitaries when visit Pakistan they confine to Islamabad and Lahore. The federal government never consult the smaller federating units and he would not like to attend functions just for playing to the gallery. We have legitimate concern that the Nawaz led federation government was usurping the rights of the smaller federating units. We raise voice against such injustices. It is unfortunate that our voice was silenced and even the lackeys of the Nawaz led PML-N go an extra mile to label us as disloyal to the country.
He made it clear the leadership might be against the leadership of other political parties but it does not mean the opposing leadership was against the state and the country. Unfortunately the ruling elite think that they are the state and they are the country. That is misfortune and that has become a culture in our country because the ruling elite was the product of illegitimacy and dictatorial regimes. We are free and not slaves.
There is no monarchy in the country. The rulers make decisions for the country like it is their own fiefdom. We are integral part of the country and this should be respected by the Nawaz led federal establishment.
On a question, the Chief Minister said that for the provincial rights he would cross all limits to gain the constitutional rights of the province. He reminded that Pakistan is not a fiefdom of individuals. It is a country of the 200 millions and should be treated so. Unfortunately the leadership at the centre irrespective of its legitimacy or illegitimacy has never been serious and was always kidding with the smaller federating units.
On a question, the Chief Minister said that his forefathers offered tremendous sacrifices for the country including the sacrifices they offered during Pakistan movement and libration of Kashmir. He questioned the leadership for cutting off the province from the rest of the country during November 2 Talashi movement. He said he was going to Banigala at the call of the leadership. Our leadership had been besieged out there at Banigala for making a mere call of Islamabad lockdown. He questioned the wisdom for house arrest of Imran Khan and on the pretext, the federal government locked down the whole of the country. Ironically a mere call was a crime and the practical demonstration of lockdown of the whole of the country constituted no crime.
He said he was going to move the court to settle the issue once for all as to whether the demonstration of power show by any political force was illegal or allowed under democratic dispensation. Probably the Nawaz led government did not know the democratic norms and we would keep on demonstrating for the establishment of true democratic values in the country. No democratic government the World over could use the government machinery for blocking a peaceful procession and demonstration. The barbaric attitude, the hooliganism and the use of brutal force by the federal government showed that the federal government had lost its legitimacy and forcibly stopping otherwise peaceful talashi march.
He said he interacted with the police force of Scotland Yard during his recent visit to UK and asked them certain questions about the use of force. They told me that use of force against the peaceful demonstrators was actually the abuse of power. They never use power against the peaceful demonstrators. He said that the abuse of power by the federal government during talashi movement against the peaceful marchers exposed the ruling elite that they thought of the demonstrators as to be assassins and decoits. He and the demonstrators were committed to reach Banigala peacefully but the Supreme Court gave verdict in favour of the talashi and therefore the peaceful marchers postponed their march towards Banigala. We have confidence in the Supreme Court and would accept the verdict on talashi.
He said that the corrupt rulers left behind a tail of corruption in the province. His government has risen against all forms of corruption. Referring to Panama-leaks Pervez Khattak said the son proved that his father was telling lies and at the later stage the Qatri Shahzada made entry into the drama.
He gave a shut up call to all criticizing Hamed Khan, a legendary legal figure and advised against ridiculing the court. He said he was very comfortable with J.I. in running the affairs of the province. Both the political forces have an unequivocal stance against corruption. However, both have different political platforms to fight it out. He dispelled the impression for any workable formula with all those who corrupted the entire body of governance.
He made it clear, he was never against the central route of the CPEC but wanted the Prime Minister to fulfill all the commitments he made to the leaderships for making western route part of the CPEC and the Prime Minister should convene a meeting of all the political leaders and convince them on the CPEC .
He also talked about the local government plan for the devolution of power and authority at grass root level adding that one third of the total ADP of the province approximately 35 billion rupees had been given to the district government system. This system would actually empower the people, he added.
Chief Minister said his government brought to an end political meddling in the institutions making them responsive to the public aspirations. His government also laid the foundation for a new Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which would be replicated for the new Pakistan.



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