The Leader of the House in the Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani, on Friday met the Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti at Frontier House in Peshawar.

ANP provincial president Afrasiab Khattak, PPP Parliamentarians provincial president and provincial senior minister Rahimdad Khan, NWFP Assembly Speaker Karamatullah Chagharmati were also present on this occasion.

Expressing his views, the chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti said that small provinces were looking towards Senate for resolution to their problems and getting their rights, as they consider their interests could be safeguarded by the Upper House of the Parliament.

Referring to other issues including payment of net hydel profit dues, provincial autonomy and efforts for federal government’s support in wake of ambiguous situation in the province, Hoti said they endorsed the verdict of arbitration commission regarding net hydel profit despite reservations.

However, he said before the implementation of the verdict, WAPDA challenged it in a court.

The Chief Minister said that as the federal government was guarantor to enforce the decision, so it should fulfill its responsibility and ensure the payment of the dues.

Hoti thanked the leadership of the PPPP for making part of its constitutional package the decisions of renaming the province and provincial autonomy.

He said the decision of scrapping the controversial issue of Kalabagh Dam was indeed a great success.

About the law and order situation, Chief Minister said delaying tactics were adopted to tackle the issue of insurgency started from Waziristan agency, bordering Afghanistan, which spread to settled parts of the province.

He said that the fire of insurgency has reached the central districts of the province from the adjacent areas with Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). “If the issue is not taken seriously, it is evident that the insurgency could spread to other parts of the country,” Hoti warned.

The chief minister said their government was committed to resolve the issue of insurgency through talks, but will not compromise over the writ of the government for providing protection to the life and property of the people.