Fighting for their rights: Inclusion in CPEC integral to develop southern districts

Saifullah brothers meet CM to discuss developing the region


Our Correspondent February 28, 2016
PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: Former federal minister Anwar Saifullah Khan and Senator Salim Saifullah Khan have called for the inclusion of southern districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. They expressed these views during a meeting with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Sunday, stated an official handout.

They regretted the southern districts of K-P continued to be ignored but expressed their hope that CPEC will help in development of these areas. Anwar and Salim urged political leaders to join hands to help the region benefit from the mega project. Development of southern K-P will benefit the whole country, Khattak was told. They pointed out if a railways line is constructed through the said region, the distance between Peshawar and Karachi seaport will be reduced by
400 kilometres.

The Saifullahs demanded the provincial government take on the long-awaited Chashma Right Bank irrigation scheme, Kurram Tangi Dam and the construction of motorways. While highlighting the prospects of Chashma Right Bank irrigation scheme, they said work on the project should start at its earliest. The Kurram Tangi Dam would help resolve the water shortage problem in the area, the handout quoted them as saying.

Anwar and Salim assured the chief minister of their full cooperation with regards to the development of the province.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 29th,  2016.

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