Imran: CPEC may turn divisive if Western Route not completed first

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Woman divorced in Pakistan has nowhere to go; our family structures far stronger than West’s

Staff Reporter

Peshawar—Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday said the traditional family structures in Pakistan were far stronger than those followed in the West hence we must not follow the west in safeguarding the women rights. “The family structures in the West had broken down and we must not copy the West but stick to our own values”. Imran observed while addressing a large gathering of intellectuals, students and women at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University to mark the International Women day.
He quoted the Quaid-e-Azam which says “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you.” The PTI chief said that his mother was his greatest inspiration. He vowed to empower women and protect their rights. “In Pakistan, a woman who gets a divorce has nowhere to go. They are just thrown out.”
Earlier answering to public questions live on a private TV channel along with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak , Imran Khan warned that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would turn controversial if the shortest route (Western Route) was not completed first. Im-ran alleged that Sharif brothers were not involving the Chief Ministers of other provinces in CPEC related meetings and that the federal government was keeping the facts and details regarding CPEC projects in dark. Imran said that he will soon visit China on invitation of Chinese Ambassador.
Elaborating the importance of peace in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that peaceful FATA would be our first defense against militants and other anti-state elements. The PTI chief said that for peace in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, peace in FATA is necessary. He stressed upon the federal government to immediately resolve the issues and problems of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and demanded to merge FATA into Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province. He de-manded of the federal government to issue funds for development of the tribal areas.
Acknowledging Health Reforms in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf claimed that the results of Health Re-forms in KP would be visible in the next two-three months
He said that work on 400 MW Power Genera-tion is underway and will be completed soon. To a question about education system in KP, CM Khattak said that 95% teachers in KP educational institutes are present and attend regularly. He said that every teacher in the province will be posted in their respective area to ensure accountability.
CM Khattak objected that all the roads constructed during previous tenure of ANP government are of low quality due to magnanimous corruption in construction. To a question about Tax collection ratio, the Chief Minister asked the federal government to empower KP government with tax collection authority and we will increase the tax net in KP.

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