CHARSADDA: Dr Said Alam Mehsud, convener of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Committee of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), announced on Sunday that he would not accept the project unless the province is given its due share and role.
Addressing a gathering on CPEC's economic route at the Tehsil Municipal Hall in Charsadda, Mehsud said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had no say in the use of its resources despite obtaining provincial autonomy. He called upon the people of the province to 'wake up' and make a struggle for their rights allegedly usurped by the largest federating unit of the country. "The coming generations will not forgive us if we kept a mum over the issue," he said.
Faqir Hussain of the Qaumi Watan Party, Amjad Ali Salar of the Mazdoor Kissan Party and Mian Saleem Shah of the Awami National Party spoke on the occasion.
The speakers laid stress on the due share and role of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the mega economic project. They warned the provincial and federal governments of consequences if the issue is not dealt with amicably.
They maintained that under a well-planned conspiracy people of the province were being deprived of the benefits of the CPEC project. One of the speakers said, "We are making it clear to the Centre that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will render every sacrifice to safeguard their rights."
The speakers said that committee's struggle was not only limited to safeguarding the rights of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it also represented Gilgit-Baltistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan.
Mehsud said that some people considered Punjab the only and sole beneficiary of every development project launched in Pakistan. He said the Centre should give smaller and underdeveloped provinces a sizeable and due share in the CPEC project. He said there would be consequences if smaller federating units are deprived of their rights.