IK asks govt to invest in reserves explorations

American companies ready to invest $100m in KP; Centre reluctant over NoC

Peshawar—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said that instead of investing Rs200 billion on Orange Line Project, the federal government should spend money on the exploration of oil and gas reserves in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said energy issue is the biggest issue for Pakistan and KP has large gas reserves.
He said that everybody who commits corruption should be held accountable. He said that the corruption is the biggest problem of Pakistan, adding that no hurdle in the way of the accountability would be tol-erated. Imran said DG Ehtsab Commission KP did not level allegation of involvement against me or Parvez Khattack. He said the federal government is criticizing NAB to save its own people.
While talking to media on the inauguration of a gas reserve in Matni area of Peshawar, Imran Khan said that KP has enough oil and gas reserves that there is no need to import it from other countries. Khan stated that Sindh and Balochistan are running out of the reserves. The PTI chief pronounced that American companies are ready to invest $100 million in KP but the federation is not issuing a NoC immediately.
He said that the federation should summon the NOC on immediate basis so that work can be started in the province. Imran Khan further said that 18 hours of load shedding is being done in KP causing severe problems for the citi-zens whereas electricity prices are also on the rise.
He said new gas reserves have been discovered in KP, adding that the province has large gas reserves that there will not be any need to import gas from other countries. He said the whole country would be benefited from the gas reserves discovered from KP. He said the federal government is not awarding permission for the construction of road along with railway line in Peshawar, adding that PML-N is scared that if this road would be constructed then they could not win next elec-tion. He said PTI will win the next election.
Imran said KP government is started air conditioned bus project with the cost of Rs14 billion, adding that there would be no need of subsidy to bus. He said orange line project is being established while taking loan, adding that Rs 50 billion were spent on the metro bus project.—SABAH

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