Federal Government continuously deceives Pashtuns on the corridor project: Dr. Said Alam Mehsud

cf4Joint ‘Corridor Front’ set up to claim ‘due’ share of Khyber-Pashtunkhwa in corridor project

PESHAWAR: Various political parties and organisations representing different sections of society on Friday formed a joint forum to work for claiming the ‘rightful’ share of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining tribal areas in the multibillion dollars China-Pakistan Corridor project.

The formation of the Joint Corridor Front was announced by Pakhtunkhwa Olasi Tehreek (POT) chairman Dr Said Alam Mehsud during a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club here.

Also in attendance on the occasion were PTI MPA Arif Yousaf, JUI-F’s Haji Jalil Jan, ANP-Wali’s Atifur Rehman Khalil and Pir Fayyaz Ali Shah, QWP’s Faqir Hussain and Kifatullah, Fata Lawyers Forum’s Rahim Shah Afridi, ANP’s Shahab Khattak, Mazdoor Kissan Party’s Amjad Ali, POT’s Nazeef Afridi, and Tariq Afghan.

Dr Said Alam Mehsud, who is also the JCF chairman, said the body had the representatives of political parties, industrialists, traders, transporters, lawyers, teachers, students, social activists and workers as members. Dr. Said Alam Mehsud cp

“This initiative has been made to make strong efforts to pressure the federal government for fulfilling the commitments first made by the federal government during the ‘All-Party Conference and later by planning and development minister Ahsan Iqbal on the CPEC project. We’re united to fight for the rights of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said.

Dr Mehsud said the JCF members would meet the provincial government, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly speaker, parliamentary leaders, heads of political parties, and representatives of likeminded groups in Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh on the issue, while the schedule of demonstrations would be announced soon.

He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining tribal areas were badly affected by the prolonged militancy and therefore, the due share in the CPEC project should be given to them for sustainable peace and development.

The JCF chairman warned that the forum won’t not accept ‘any division in name of the CPEC’s eastern and western routes.’

“We will opt for all constitutional and legal options to get due share of KP and Fata in the economic corridor project,” he said.

Dr Mehsud said the forum won’t allow the federal government to discriminate against Pakhtuns in this regard.

He said the federal government had completely ignored the components and amenities for the western alignment of the $46 billion CPEC project. The JCF chairman alleged that the federal government was continuously deceiving KP on the corridor project.

He said the development schemes identified by the KP government, including circular railway lines from Peshawar to Nowshera, Mardan and Charsadda, a railway track from DI Khan to Peshawar, a motorway from DI Khan to Peshawar and a motorway from Karak to Taxila, should be included in the multi-billion project.

Dr Mehsud said KP didn’t need mere roads and bridges and instead mega projects in electricity, gas, telecommunication and other sectors was required. -Dawn+The Pashtun Times



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  1. It is a great step taken by Dr. Mehsud. I am of the view that unless a sustained struggle is not carried, we will be always cheated. While Dr. Masud should continue his struggle with all our support on this front, it is our duty to extend him moral support and keep on our struggle for national awareness. The two should go hand in hand. The aim should be national unity, awareness, peace, and prosperity. It should be noted that 45% percent of our population are either IDPs or EDPs. It is the result of 65 years of political and economic exploitation.
    We should be ready even to meet the Chinese ambassador and if need be to send our delegation of experts to China. I will suggest that rail track and motorway from Peshawar should extend up to Quetta. and the industrial zones and power scheme should be included.
    We should be compensated for war devastation. It was the war of vested interest of Pakistan, fought in our land.
    The military leadership should be also taken into confidence that strategically the Western route is safer. In two wars of 65 and &71. India was at a distance of few kilometers to cut the main trunk road and rail line if the US had not intervened.
    Our labor class is permanently out to earn bread for children as our motherland cannot feed them, Leaving behind an army of political widows and orphans. The poverty and illiteracy are providing ground for radicalisation by the kakools of terrorism, mostly situated in Punjab. Once radicalized sent to the hinterland in our areas. It will stem down that possibility as well.
    The motorway and rail link at the union line of FATA and districts will bring prosperity to both areas and it will be easy to connect it with central Asian countries
    Gilgit-Baltistan is a disputed area and unless Kashmir problem is solved it will be wise to start it from Silk route via Shangla and Swat. The tunnels in Shangla and Malakand are the biggest hurdles to the development of northern districts and strategically safe. Surface roads in the mountainous areas are no more an economical option in the long run.

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