PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak will lead a procession to lodge a protest against “excessive” load shedding across the province today (Wednesday), his office announced.
“He along with provincial ministers and members of national and provincial assemblies as well as people from cross-section of life, including traders, will start the protest march from Army Stadium Chowk at 9am and it will culminate at WAPDA House on Shami Road wherein the chief minister will elaborate the position of his government on load shedding and indifferent policies of the federal government towards this province,” a statement from his office read.
People have been asked to reach the stadium by 9am, it went on to add. However, the people were advised not to bring vehicles with them because the protest march will be undertaken by foot in order to avoid traffic rush and facilitate the flow of traffic in the city.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Khattak on Tuesday put forward 11 demands regarding the province. The letter called on the federal government to assist KP, as it struggles to help the internally displaced persons (IDPs) arriving in Bannu from North Waziristan in the aftermath of a military operation. Khattak said the KP, due to its many problems, should be declared a disaster-hit province and dealt with accordingly.
Given the unstable security situation in the region, Khattak said the Frontier Constabulary personnel deployed in other provinces should be returned to KP. He also complained in his letter that initiatives taken by the KP government to reform the weak system in the country were not appreciated by the federal government. Khattak alleged that the federal government creates hindrances whenever the KP government takes steps to provide rights to the people. Reiterating his government’s past request, Khattak also said that the federal government should hand over the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) to the province. He said that KP should be provided with 2,000MW of energy as promised instead of 1,300MW. The chief minister also complained that KP experiences more load shedding than other provinces.
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