Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has asked Federal Government to raise provincial share in Gas Infrastructure Development Surcharge (GIDS) promised by Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources.
“It has become inevitable to protect legal and constitutional rights of province under Article 5 of the Constitution”, he added saying the federal government must honor its commitment well in time. He recalled that Provincial Government is providing 10 % of oil and gas royalty to the oil and gas producing districts which is over and above the funds provided through Annual Development Program.
He was chairing a meeting regarding law and order in backdrop of the grievances and complaints of the people of Karak and Hangu. The meeting was attended by Secretary Home, Inspector General of Police, Commissioner Kohat, Deputy Inspector General (Operation), Deputy Inspector General Kohat, Deputy Commissioner Karak, Deputy Commissioner Kohat, General Manger Sui Northern Gas Pipe Lines (SNGPL) and other officers.
In the meeting, detailed discussion was made on development schemes of oil and gas in Karak and Kohat, provision of resources, maintaining law and order and other related matters.
Pervez Khattak while stressing the need of providing natural gas to the local population in southern districts, added that by ensuring first preferential right of the local population in locally produced resources leads to maintaining peace, harmony and equitable development.
While stressing peaceful resolution of law and order problem with mutual understanding of the locals, he added that law and order situation must not be deteriorated at any cost.
“When people’s rights are ascertained, the problem will automatically stand resolved”, he added. Chief Minister observed that production of oil and gas would play important role in eradication of backwardness. Pervez Khattak also reviewed steps for setting up force and fool proof security measures for implementation of CPEC projects.