Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti has said that a peaceful struggle for winning the status of a province for the Hazara division is the fundamental right of the people. He added that while the government has great respect for their struggle, they should adopt the constitutional way.
Hoti was speaking to selected groups of lawyers, journalists and local traders at the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa House here on Saturday.
During his visit, workers of the Tehrik Suba Hazara blocked the Karakoram Highway (KKH) for over six hours in protest against the chief minister, as well as the leadership of the ANP and the PML-Q.
Hoti said that difference of opinion was the beauty of democracy, adding that it should be within the purview of the constitution and law of the land. He said that since late Khudai Khidmatgar Bacha Khan’s party believed in the politics of non-violence, the leadership will continue to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood with the people of Hazara. He added that the ANP-led coalition government will utilise its available resources for putting an end to the deprivation of the people of Hazara.
Development in K-P
The chief minister said that the provincial government is sincere in overcoming the issues faced in Abbottabad, such as the scarcity of water for which a water supply scheme costing Rs4.5 billion has been launched.
Hoti further said that the government will soon set up four new industrial zones in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur and Hattar in order to create job opportunities for youth and generate economic activity in Hazara. He added that the establishment of a branch of State Bank, PTV centre, a campus of Hazara University, flyovers and by-passes in Abbottabad city will be taken up with the federal government soon.
The chief minister went on to praise the role of the media, saying that positive criticism was imperative for the government.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2011.
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