Jirga rejects Khattak’s claims on CPEC

Tribal Jirga PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: A day after the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak claimed that an investment roadshow in China was successful in bringing investment and jobs to the province, a jirga called on Sunday rejected the claim.

The Pakhtunkhwa Ulasi Tehrik (PUT) said that no rights of locals had been secured under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as they announced to mobilise the public at the district level over issues arising from the corridor and to tell them about the exploitation of K-P’s resources.
The jirga, held at the University Town Hall had primarily been called to discuss issues faced by the province, especially K-P’s share in CPEC and the situation arising after the lynching of Mashal Khan at the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan.

“We have not won our share in CPEC as claimed by the chief minister,” declared Said Alam Mehsud, head of PUT.

“We will not accept the ‘Punjabi corridor’ or the decisions made by the chief minister along with the Chinese government in Beijing.”

The jirga chief said that they will resist the moves, albeit through the power of the pen, to secure the rights of the province, stop extremists and educate their people in a proper manner.

While talking about reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Mehsud said that serious efforts should be made to implement it and that PUT can play its role in bringing different tribes on to one platform to bring an end to the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).

Published in Express Tribune, May 1st, 2017.



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