Centre failed to provide tangible relief to people: Mahmood Khan


CM opens work on several development projects in Malakand
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has criticized the incumbent federal government for failing to provide any tangible relief to the public despite tall claims, saying Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) came into power by raising slogans against inflation and poverty are actually wiping out the poor.
The incumbent government and its leadership has no concern with national development or the welfare of common citizens; these people have come into power through regime change conspiracy.
Mahmood Khan alleged that their sole aim was to abolish corruption cases against them and serve alien interests.
To succeed in their nefarious intentions, they have jeopardized the credibility of accountability institutions and have put its role at stake.
Addressing media persons and a public gathering during his visit to district Swat and Malakand, the Chief Minister has warned the federal government of a protest in front of the national assembly adding that the imported federal government owes Rs. 189 billion in arrears to the province.
We will not come back until the due funds of the province are paid, he added and said that the federal government wants to sabotage the ongoing development process in KP by withholding the rights of the province, which is no doubt a non-democratic and heinous action.
He maintained that since the regime change at center, the law & order situation in the country has deteriorated.
The Chief Minister paid a day long visit to district Swat and Malakand on Friday where he inaugurated sub campus of the University of Swat at Dargai along with performing the ground breaking of seven development projects in Swat and Malakand which would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs11 billion, cumulatively.
According to details, the Chief Minister formally performed the ground breaking of 23 km long Mankyal-Bada Sarai road which would be rehabilitated at an estimated cost of Rs 5.70 billion.
The project also includes the construction of four bridges and two rest areas at different sites.
The Chief Minister termed this project of vital importance for the area and said that the provincial government is going to establish an Integrated Tourism Zone at Mankyal which, on completion, will promote tourism activities and generate livelihood opportunities for the locals.
The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of 2.5 Km long Chaprial Bypass road and 10 Km long Baryam to Wanai road project.
Both the roads would be rehabilitated at an estimated cost of Rs 1.16 billion cumulatively.
Similarly, the formal ground breaking of 57 Km long Shomozai-Kabal-Kanju-Matta-Bagh Dheri road was performed which will incur at an estimated cost of Rs 3.94 billion.
Later on the Chief Minister during his visit to Dargai, district Malakand, formally inaugurated a University Campus at Dargai.
The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for the upgradation of Government Technical Vocational Centre Dargai to the level of Government Polytechnic Institute and the establishment of Rescue Services 1122 Station at Dargai. Both the projects will be completed at a total cost of Rs. 60 million.
Talking to the media persons at Swat, the Chief Minister made it clear that they will oppose the imposition of taxes on Malakand division adding that the newly merged tribal districts and Malakand division should be declared as tax free zone for the next 10 years. He said that presently, people of these areas are unable to afford the burden of taxes.
Addressing the public gathering at Dargai, the Chief Minister said that the incumbent provincial government has presented an historic budget of Rs 1300 billion for the current fiscal year. Revolutionary initiatives like Sehat Card, Education Card and Monthly Honorarium for Aaima Karam have been reflected in the budget.