ANP central President Asfandyar Wali Khan, Chief Minister
Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said that
the prosperity and real development of the province is linked to execution of
mega projects in irrigation sector citing the examples of Kurram-Tangi Dam,
Gomal Zam and Left Canal projects.
The Chief Minister was speaking at a luncheon in the honour of central president
of the Awami National Party Asfandiyar Wali Khan by the provincial assembly
member Pir Khalid Raza Zakori at a local hotel in Peshawar on Thursday.
Provincial presidents of the ANP Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, provincial ministers
Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Mian Iftikhar, Sayed Aqil Shah and others were present on
“In order to reduce to the poverty and remove backwardness from
the province, two pilot projects would be launched,” the Chief Minister said.
He said that the province was comparatively more backward and poor and also
facing more difficult and complex situation as compared to other provinces of
Ameer Haider Hoti said that due to lack of proper irrigation infrastructure, the
province is unable to properly use its share of waters. “The province is facing
food shortage because thousands of acres of land is laying barren,” he added.
The CM said that the country was consuming the hydro electricity mostly produced
in Pakhtunkhwa therefore the province share in the wheat production in the
Punjab province should also be respected.
Hoti said that launching mega projects in irrigation sector would enable the
province to avoid seeking help from other provinces and the centre as it would
become self-sufficient in food.
About hike in the power tariff, the Chief Minister said that they raised their
voice against increase in the power tariff in the province and even moved to
court for seeking stay order against the decision.
The CM further said his government believed in uniform development of all the
districts, saying the districts of Lakki Marwat and Dera Ismail Khan would be
given more priority for their development.
Speaking on the occasion, Central President of the Awami National Party
Asfandiyar Wali Khan said that the country was passing through a critical
juncture of its history and it was the time to strike unity among their ranks to
get rid of the crises.