PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday said that the province has rights over 16 per cent of the electricity produced in the country and that is exactly what the provincial government seeking from the center.
Speaking to Express News show host Shahzeb Khanzada during "To the Point", the chief minister said that they would try other ways of asking for their rights before resorting to carrying out protests but hoped the issue would get resolved by mutual cooperation.
"We were not voted in power to fight. We understand that the federal government doesn't have enough time to solve problems and I don't blame them," said Khattak.
He said other provinces would also benefit once a procedure to distribute electricity is devised.
"Even though, it is the responsibility of the federation, I'm willing to contribute Rs2-3 billion to improve our distribution system," said Khattak, adding that he just wanted the problems of the people to be resolved.
He said that he wanted the federal government to approve the schemes that they had devised for the province to resolve problems.
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that our proposals will be approved within 45 days and if they are not, they will be deemed as approved," said Khattak, claiming that the government was delaying the approval, which was hindering their talks with potential investors.
K-P chief minister asserted that being given control over Pesco won't do any good if electricity production was not duly allocated.
"Wapda had agreed to supply electricity but later retracted from its stateemts," said Khattak, adding that the resulting load shedding gave a bad name to the provincial government.
"If only we can get a schedule for the load shedding, it would be easier for the people to be patient," he said.
Khattak said that he was not in favour of having the Pesco chief transferred.
"If an officer is not discharging his rightful duties, he should be dismissed instead of being transferred," said the K-P chief minister.
He concluded by saying that the federal government needed to collaborate with the provincial government better in the times to come, particularly for security briefings and foreign visits.
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