Mahmood Khan meets Bilawal, seeks help in uplift schemes restoration

By Mushtaq Paracha
June 14, 2024
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (C) and PTI-P Chairman and former CM Mahmood Khan (R to L) pose for a group photo on June 13, 2024. — Facebook/Mahmood Khan

NOWSHERA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-Parliamentarians (PTI)) Chairman and former chief minister Mahmood Khan on Thursday met Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, sources said.


The sources privy to the meeting said Mahmood Khan met Bilawal in the federal capital in the presence of the leaders from both parties.All three MPAs from the PTIP were present in the meeting, a0nd so was KP Governor Faisal Karim Kundi. Both the leaders discussed the political situation and especially the lawlessness in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Mahmood Khan said KP had been hit hard by terrorist activities, natural disasters, poverty and unemployment in the past. “Despite that the present federal government has ignored the people of KP by not including 91 development schemes worth billions meant for the province in the Annual Development Plan,” he complained to the PPP chairman whose party is a partner of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN)-led central government.

The PTIP chief requested the PPP head to use his good offices and take up this issue with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and urge him to review the decision. The sources said Bilawal acknowledged that KP had suffered heavily in the past due to war on terror and other calamities, adding the sacrifices of the people of the province were worth appreciation. They said Bilawal wished to have cooperation with the PTIP.Mahmood Khan said his party believed in maintaining political links with other political forces but added that he would take any decision after consulting other party leaders.It is worth mentioning here that the KP governor has already met Mahmood Khan earlier twice. He had conveyed the party leadership desire for a meeting.