Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti addressing Aseembly session

"Provincial government and this house have nothing to do with the drone
attacks, but police stations, mosques and school vans are being bombed in our
province. Let us condemn both drone and suicide attacks on our territory," he
added.
The Chief Minister said that provincial government would take up the issue of
load shedding and determination of tariff in next meeting of Council of Common
Interest. He vowed that government would continue constitutional and legal
struggle for provincial rights and would approach every forum.
“We are ready to share burden, but we would not accept additional burden,” he
remarked, adding that gap between supply and demand was major reason of the
excessive load shedding in the country.

Peshawar: Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti has said that drone attacks in the
tribal areas are undermining the sovereignty of the country.

Replying several point of orders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Thursday, the
Chief Minister said that society should condemn both drone and suicide attacks.
“Drone attacks are against the country’s sovereignty,” he said.

Without naming any country, he said that external forces had increased
intervention in the region and an undeclared “third world war” was being fought
on Pakhtun land.

He said that neither provincial assembly nor government had allowed drone
attacks in the tribal area, but innocent people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were being
victimised.

"Provincial government and this house have nothing to do with the drone attacks,
but police stations, mosques and school vans are being bombed in our province.
Let us condemn both drone and suicide attacks on our territory," he added.

Haider Khan Hoti said that terrorists targeted a mosque near police station in
Bannu on Wednesday and killed personnel and civilians offering prayers.

Responding to a point of order raised by PPP-Sherpao lawmakers regarding firing
on a protest rally in Bannu, he ordered judicial inquiry into the incident. One
person was killed and 17 others wounded when police opened firing on a protest
rally against load shedding.

The Chief Minister said that provincial government would take up the issue of
load shedding and determination of tariff in next meeting of Council of Common
Interest. He vowed that government would continue constitutional and legal
struggle for provincial rights and would approach every forum.

“We are ready to share burden, but we would not accept additional burden,” he
remarked, adding that gap between supply and demand was major reason of the
excessive load shedding in the country.

He said that WAPDA should control line losses and upgrade its distribution
network. He urged federal government to clear circular debts. He said that
rental power projects had the capacity to fill the gap between supply and demand
if central government ensured to pay dues in time.

CM Hoti said that the previous government did not make planning for future in
energy sector that was why the nation had been facing worst load shedding.

The federal government, he said, would have to resolve energy issue at any cost
and should initiate work on Bhasha and Munda dams at the earliest.

About new projects, CM Hoti said that provincial government would start work on
hydel generation projects in next two months.

He assured the house that oil and gas deposits in the province would be explored
as cabinet had approved formation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company
Limited.

The Chief Minister said that a portion of land acquired for assembly building in
Hayatabad had been allotted to Shaukat Khanam Memorail Cancer Hospital free of
cost, hoping that work on the project would be started soon.

By Zulfiqar Ali