K-P govt repaid loans worth Rs5bn after coming to power, says CM

Published: November 18, 2014
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An Express News screengrab of KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak addressing the media.

An Express News screengrab of KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak addressing the media.

PESHAWAR: Criticising Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for taking loans in his bid to improve country’s economy, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday said the nation should stand on its feet.

Addressing the media in Peshawar, Khattak outlined the importance of running the country without taking loans.

“It is very easy for me to take loans for K-P just like the prime minister, but why should I make my province dependent on foreign aid?” Khattak asked.

The chief minister went on to explain that when he took up his post in KP, the province was in debt amounting to Rs130 billion of which Rs5 billion was repaid by his government.

Khattak said he would not borrow money to run his province and that his government will use available resources.

“If we keeping running the country on loans, we will not be able to become a progressive nation,” he explained.

The CM added those who wish to give loans to K-P will have to do so on his government’s terms, keeping in mind what is best for the province and the people.

“I want to bring transparency to the people and make things easy for them,” Khattak said.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Umair
    Nov 18, 2014 - 1:53PM

    Only PTI can do that.

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  • Asad
    Nov 18, 2014 - 2:12PM

    Good going KPK government. Metro Bus leaders definitely cannot see Naya KPK but for sure with such working Naya KPK will be build soon insha Allah.

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  • Khalid
    Nov 18, 2014 - 2:13PM

    Thats what we need from our incompetent PM..

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  • king
    Nov 18, 2014 - 2:19PM

    it’s surely not an ehsan..we voted for change and we are getting it mashAllahRecommend

  • Nov 18, 2014 - 2:20PM

    Good to hear that. At least you have genuine support of your people. Good luck.

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  • Imran Qadri
    Nov 18, 2014 - 2:29PM

    Mr CM, Large amount of your development budget remained unused,you literally sat on the money instead using it for development work,instead of development work,you preferred to retire peanut amount(Rs5 billion) debt and still had unused development budget remaining in kitty which you failed to utilize,federal govt instead of taking loan from international donors to finance its projects,should contact you to loan the unutilized money as its obvious that you have no agenda or development programme for its proper utilization.

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  • Malik
    Nov 18, 2014 - 3:03PM

    You can do when your 80% developmet budget is not usedRecommend

  • Blithe
    Nov 18, 2014 - 3:08PM

    Kpk remains backwards. If it were doing well, people within Pakistan would migrate to KPK . The traffic is horrendous, the law and order is terrible, the development is zero. It’s more about khattack dancing then about development.

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  • Blithe
    Nov 18, 2014 - 3:09PM

    It was very funny: when Imran Khan tried to buy the victims of the Multan Stadium he offered them jobs in GCC not KPK . Speaks volumes

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  • Arqum
    Nov 18, 2014 - 3:14PM

    @Imran Qadri: Isn’t it better to first devise a system with check and balance to prevent pilfrige of money then to pour it in the present corrupt old system. Adequate planning should be done before the tax payer’s money is spent on any scheme.

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  • KHK
    Nov 18, 2014 - 3:14PM

    5 billions!!! wow! what an achievement.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Nov 18, 2014 - 3:16PM

    @Imran Qadri: Its understandable, you probably having sympathies with another party, but you should give credit where its due. The development budget that was returned was probably due to inexperience, since these people had just come into power with no experience what so ever. I belong to KPK and right now I see a big big difference in KPK of today from that of about 2 years ago, when things were in shambles.

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  • Proud Pakistani
    Nov 18, 2014 - 3:24PM

    Here comes the dancer CM – man and party of its kind

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  • sajjad
    Nov 18, 2014 - 3:38PM

    @Imran Qadri, you have a point but can you also name the projects which the federal govt is pursuing which is for the benefit of the common man. :)

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  • Humza
    Nov 18, 2014 - 4:09PM

    @Patriot: What difference in KPK? Perhaps you can enlighten the rest of us who see things get worse in KPK while the CM is off dancing to dharna parties in Islamabad.

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  • Imran Qadri
    Nov 18, 2014 - 4:12PM

    I respect your views but their inexperience shouldn’t deprive province’s people of development work.

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  • Arsie
    Nov 18, 2014 - 4:24PM

    No loans, only charity. The motto of KPK govt. US aid has increased manifolds in KPK but ofcourse aid is no loan neither is zakat money. And Imran plans to implement his zakat model in federal. This man needs help

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  • raghu
    Nov 18, 2014 - 5:11PM

    @Imran Qadri:
    Its better to be silent if u dont know the Answer. The funds were not distributed coz.of low level corruption and giving to corrupt opposition mpas.

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  • Faisal
    Nov 18, 2014 - 5:20PM

    @Humza:
    A typical pmln gullu butt response. It sems khattak made the miatake of his life when he danced for 5 minutes on the container. U dont hav any credible point to defame khattak so ur stuck with his dance. Haha. Let me name a few achievements. Police depoliticised, kidnapping reduced, medicine made free, increase in doctor police salary, 150 constructed through tameer e school program, 360 hydel power units under process, green kpk scheme launched, solar lights, 200 bed hospital for addicts, and many.more. but ur still stuck on why khattak was dancing….haha

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  • Punjab
    Nov 18, 2014 - 5:20PM

    At all PMLN trolls. How amazing that corruption is not a problem for you and a man dancing is such a big issue….how interesting that you will be chanting wazire azam Hamza sharif…..:)

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  • eAT
    Nov 18, 2014 - 5:28PM

    Better to leave the funds utilised than eat them like PMLN.

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  • Faisal
    Nov 18, 2014 - 5:28PM

    @Arsie: the money.has been coming even before Pti came to power. And you dont even know that this is not aid. But the cost usa has to pay for the 40000 lives lost of.Pakistanis. a deal done by musharraf and zardari and sadly pti is blamed. What a shame.

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  • Zahir
    Nov 18, 2014 - 5:30PM

    Don’t try to be cheeky Mr. Khattak dance. Let me quote unquote from the news above:

    “The CM added those who wish to give loans to K-P will have to do so on his government’s terms, keeping in mind what is best for the province and the people.”

    What a joke.

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  • Kalim
    Nov 18, 2014 - 5:36PM

    Good Mr CM. Please focus more on developing KPK rather than dharnas, I know someone should rise up against these dynastic parties and try to change the system and PTI is the only party that has ever tried that and we love you for that but making a new KPK first would guarantee your success in the future elections and give you a million more chances to make good changes.

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  • Oats
    Nov 18, 2014 - 9:31PM

    @sajjad: So now, no development in KPK is a good thing because PTI trolls have declared it so. Get a life people. KPK is hardly doing anything well apart from arranging dharnas and shifting blame. The Metro Bus is for the common man but of course rich people will call it wasteful. After all why should common citizens have efficient reliable and punctual transport when they can buy cars! I know my gardener loves taking the Metro Bus and says that it has changed his commute to and from work. The reason people voted PML N is because they built the motorways and some of us would rather see real infrastructure projects transform Pakistan than talk about change but doing nothing like Imran Khan. That’s why I say Ro Imran Ro!

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  • zaman
    Nov 19, 2014 - 2:30AM

    @Blithe:
    @Oats:
    @Faisal:
    Dancing is good exercise and a man who enjoys life ie joie de vivre , I do not know why, folks look for scraps rather than present a constructive voice,

    However I am sure the amount could’ve been earmarked for another project.

    PS:Could readers approach the article from a non allegiance point of view, one should vote for the nations benefit only.

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  • Shabeer
    Nov 19, 2014 - 9:44PM

    Mr CM, Large amount of your development budget remained unused,you literally sat on the money instead using it for development work,instead of development work,you preferred to retire peanut amount(Rs5 billion) debt and still had unused development budget remaining in kitty which you failed to utilize,federal govt instead of taking loan from international donors to finance its projects,should contact you to loan the unutilized money as its obvious that you have no agenda or development programme for its proper utilization.

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  • zaman
    Nov 20, 2014 - 4:22PM

    @Imran Qadri:
    @Oats:
    @Shabeer:
    IS IT POSSIBLE TO ASSUME THAT THIS MONEY WON’T BE GOING UNACCOUNTED INTO SOMEBODY’S POCKET?

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