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Imran hopeful of $2bn investment in KP

Updated Jul 07, 2013 08:08am


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PTI chief Imran Khan.—File Photo.
PTI chief Imran Khan.—File Photo.

PESHAWAR: Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has hinted at an investment of about $2 billion in the energy sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Addressing a meeting of elected members of his party on Saturday, he said that foreign investors were willing to invest in various sectors.

Flanked by PTI’s senior vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, he said his party planned to launch an austerity drive to reduce the government expenditure in KP and said all efforts should be made to implement the party manifesto and make the province a role model for other federating units.

He said the provincial government would pursue a policy based on merit and no individual would be allowed to influence the system. He urged the party MNAs and MPAs to keep an eye on their constituencies and solve the problems being faced by the people. “We want all the departments, including police, to serve the people,” he added.

It was impossible to adopt a merit-based policy without doing away with political influence, he said. The elected people should work hard to resolve the issues affecting the people.

Mr Khan said elections were rigged in many Karachi and Punjab constituencies but finally change emerged in KP, adding that the party was determined to rise to the expectation of the people of the province.

He was happy over the big turnout in May 11 election and said it was a positive sign.

The PTI chief said that intra-party election had set a good precedent in the country and the other parties were under pressure of their workers to follow the suit.

About allotment of tickets in by-election and the concern of party workers, he said that party’s decision was final and asked the workers to abide by the decision. No worker is allowed to go against party’s policy, he said.

On the occasion, KP chief minister Pervez Khattak informed the meeting that working groups had been formed in all departments to bring about change. The government, he said, would implement PTI’s agenda upon the recommendations of respective working groups in different departments.

A local government programme prepared by the working group would soon be sent to the KP Assembly before implementation. He said that the MPAs would not get direct funding for projects.


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Dilawer Jul 07, 2013 10:09am

1) Can PTI bar his members for holding most that one post? 2) Can PTI restrain his members accused of nepotism? If the anwer is No then all has been said and claimed is nothing but hogwash.

Dilawer Jul 07, 2013 10:07am

IK turned out to be just another run of the mill politician.

zeeshan Jul 07, 2013 11:27am

should we laugh or cry?

Afzal Jul 07, 2013 01:26pm

It is a good sign keep up the good work and don't give up.

Imran Nasir Jul 07, 2013 01:49pm

It's evident from all these proceedings that KPK Government is making efforts earnestly to bring about new changes in the area. Imran Khan's sincerity towards KPK is beyond question. God willing he'll set unprecedented examples of practical work there in KPK.

Shahzad Jul 07, 2013 03:12pm

@zeeshan: It

ghazi Jul 07, 2013 04:38pm

I will be interested to see how this region which is the hotbed of militancy, manages to attract that kind of investment, unless the investment is from government itself. Time for Mr. Taliban Khan to face the reality. Let us see how he brings the "Grand Changes" he promised in his manifesto.

Atif Jul 07, 2013 06:50pm


Can you specifically point out cases of nepotism in PTI? Can you compare their number with those in other parties? If not, the criticism directed at PTI is not constructive but just hogwash to strengthen the traditional jokers of Pak politics.

pathanoo Jul 07, 2013 06:53pm

"$2 Billion investment in KP?" The "Taliban Khan" is hallucinating. With his implicit yet clear protection of the Taliban; who in their right mind would invest a plug nickel in KP? Show me that investor and I have a bridge to sell him.

A sincere pakistani Jul 07, 2013 06:58pm

Wishing Imran Khan all the best with his good wishes. Why an investor will make an investment in a war torn area?

Riaz Jul 07, 2013 08:26pm

@Dilawer: If you can not see the difference imran and other politician,pray to Allah to grant you ability to do so.

babar Jul 07, 2013 09:08pm

With no game plan in place and no control over KPK province. How can he claim this , what are the facts which made him to reach this conclusion. Again it's another dream which he is trying to sell.

farid Jul 08, 2013 03:36am

@ghazi: Mr. Ghazi At least this man is trying his best to change the land of pure. What have you done? Probably eating a lot of parats and kabobs.