End of loadshedding by 2018 promise for Punjab only: QWP

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Staff Reporter

peshawar—Chairman Qaumi Watan Party Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao has said promises to end load shedding by 2018 were only limited to Punjab and that the federal government was attempting to develop certain areas in Pakistan while turning a blind eye towards the needs of smaller federating units.
Addressing a massive gathering of party workers in a joining ceremony in District Buner on Monday, former Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao demanded that concrete steps should be taken to upgrade the transmission lines in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in order to put an end to power losses and develop the capacity of transmission lines thereby providing a conducive environment for investors.
Aftab Sherpao clarified that without upgradation of transmission lines, development projects associated with CPEC could not be realized in the province.
He criticized the federal government for ignoring the underdeveloped areas in the development projects of CPEC and stated that people of the province would never be part of this hypocrisy.
Sherpao lamented that the indifferent attitude of the federal government towards the smaller provinces was developing a sense of deprivation among people of KP despite the fact that people of KP had rendered many sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. Aftab Sherpao demanded that steps should be taken to compensate the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the wave of terrorism has not only damaged the infrastructure in the province but the people of the province had also suffered socially and psychologically.
The Chairman QWP further added that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was rich in natural resources and steps should be taken to give provinces complete control over their resources. He said that exploitation by the federal government was a major obstacle due to which the smaller provinces were only being used to feed the larger provinces and their development was severely hampered.