Khattak claims to reject billions in kickbacks

Published: June 16, 2017
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PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Thursday claimed that he had rejected kickbacks worth billions of rupees that were offered to him under various agreements in his four-year tenure.

“I was offered billions which I rejected. If I was not here the money would have gone in someone else’s pocket,” he claimed in his speech to the K-P assembly as he gave an overview of his four years in office.

He told the assembly that he had made agreements in which the provincial government will not spend a single penny and instead would get a share in profit. He cited the example of the MoU with Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), in which the army’s construction wing would invest $11 billion in the province and would give 5 to 10 per cent of its share in its profit to the K-P government. He added that he has signed MoUs with Chinese companies of similar mode.

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Khattak started his lengthy speech by briefing the lawmakers on the steps taken by his government to introduce reforms in the system, saying that prior to his government no one needed to change and bring reforms in the system.

“In first two years we passed legislations. We made independent boards, companies and autonomous authorities in institutions to remove hurdles. We have tried to put every entity on the right track and the fruits of our efforts will be reaped in the near future,” he said.

While talking about reforms in the education sector, Khattak said: “His government completely banned teachers’ transfers and recruited 45,000 teachers to cover the shortage along with spending billions on missing facilities in schools.”

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Khattak stated that they have started basic education of English in schools to make the poor children able to compete with rich children. “We are bringing a law that only those teachers would be promoted who give best results,” he claimed.

In health, he said that doctors were now ready to stay in hospitals. Earlier senior doctors were, on an average, giving one hour duty but his government had forced them to perform. Khattak added that they sacked 800 doctors who were doing double jobs.

Khattak said that they have given Rs80 billion to local governments which is unprecedented in the province’s history. On tourism, he said his government has improved Nathia Gali’s infrastructure and now they are working to develop Kalam, Chitral and Naran as tourist attractions.

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Regarding PTI’s flagship project, the billion tree tsunami afforestation, he invited the opposition to make visits to the areas where plantations have been carried out and see the results.

Regarding CPEC, the CM acknowledged the support of the opposition to win the case for the western route. He said they are now working on infrastructure for CPEC to attract investors.

Earlier, the house approved 10 demands for grants for various departments for the on-going fiscal year 2016-17, while the opposition members took back all their cut motions in favour of the ministers.

Meanwhile, Awami National Party’s Sardar Hussain Babak grilled the government for giving a Rs5 billion loan to the contractor of Swat Expressway.

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“The K-P government should have taken shares in the project for the money which it is spending in the project,” he said and asked the government to explain its position. “You have given the Swat Expressway revenue to the contractor for 30-years. Why did the provincial government not build it in partnership with the contractor?” he questioned.

The chief minister told the house in response to Babak’s question that the FWO — the contractor — was given a loan to make the project feasible.

“Even the banks give loans for feasibility of the project and we thought it better to give a loan to make the project feasible,” he said.

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  • israr
    Jun 16, 2017 - 2:26PM

    weldone to cm khattak for rejecting the kickbacks and that is the change pti brought to the province no commission and suddenly there are revenues to be spent on welfare projects in education, health, environment, police, administration and LG.

    PTI govt has no SMS with plots in isb and 5 kg gold, pti does not have anyone taking diesel permit, pti has shown that if you empower institutions you can actually do wonders, my understanding with kpk is it has done brilliant work and inshaAllah the changes khattak mentioned are the vision of IK he said he will create such and environment for ppl that they will come to Pakistan for work and see it has started doctors are coming back, the schools in Peshawar has touch screen white boards that we never had in uk universities, the best part is the hospitals have started looking cleaner than uk hospitals and the staff attendances are better in schools, hospitals and police than ever 95% plus wow, the irritating factors are there but do farmers of kpk come on road nope , doctors are paid so well that most of them refuse to come on road, teachers no, locals no … only thing to do now is to get power plants working and once that is done inshaAllah we will do brilliantly wellRecommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 16, 2017 - 3:03PM

    All our politicians claim such things……but surprisingly their wealth doubles or triples during their stint in office.Recommend

  • abood
    Jun 16, 2017 - 3:04PM

    @israr.dear thats too much to say that hospitals have started looking cleaner than uk hopsitals.uk hospitals follow iso and Cap standards where as not a single govt hospital does that in kpk.we can understand you love pti but that a little to much to brag about.
    Imran has joined the billionare club in 1 years time seem khattak transferred all this money to him.Recommend

  • Rozina
    Jun 16, 2017 - 10:39PM

    KPK has always set up example against corruption. Kudos to Imran khan for setting good example of keeping corrupt lot out of the government . Recent example is the arrest of CEO KPK economic zone company mohsin syed by Nab for corruption charges . well done PTI & Imran Khan. Recommend

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