PESHAWAR: Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao demanded the federal government initiate large-scale development projects in militancy-hit Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Addressing people at a ceremony at party headquarters Watan Kor on Monday, the former federal minister said the province has seen a lot of bloodshed over the past 10 years and it’s high time the government provided relief.
“K-P needs attention,” he said. “Its industry is on the verge of dying out.” The seasoned politician added the negative impression of its socio-economic status has perpetuated the flight of human capital.
Sherpao urged the government to allocate funds and install new business units. “By rejuvenating industry, we can alleviate unemployment.” The QWP chief said this WAS the only way the Pukhtuns can come out of social regression.
The ceremony was arranged to announce the joining of six newly-elected local government representatives, Abdul Zaman, Muhammad Ikram Khan, Samiullah, Malik Atif Muzaffar, Phul Pervez and Malik Nazir Awan from Mansehra and Haripur.
Sherpao, who in recent times has survived attempts on his life, said setting up new dams and irrigation projects to utilise thousands of acres of wasteland is the need of the hour. “There are numerous foreign direct investment opportunities in K-P that can help both the region and the country,” he said.
Expressing concern over prolonged and unannounced power outages, the QWP supremo said the province produces more power than it actually requires. “We have decided to launch protests across the province against load-shedding.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2015.
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