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May 17, 2013

PTI, QWP, JI agree to make Pervez Khattak next KP CM

May 17, 2013

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Thursday formally announced their coalition and said they had acquired the required number of seats to form the government in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Pervez Khattak as the chief minister.
In a press conference, which was marred by disruptive behaviour by party workers, leaders of the three parties said they would work together to solve the complex problems of the volatile province. The chief minister-designate Pervez Khattak, QWP chief Aftab Sherpao and JI’s Sirajul Haq listed peace, local bodies’ elections and elimination of power crisis and corruption as the top priorities of the coalition government.
The coalition leaders claimed they had the support of 64 MPAs in the 124-member assembly and would face no problem in forming the government. “We are in contact with the independents,” Khattak said.
The press conference was held at the Sherpao House in the posh Hayatabad locality. It was more like a political rally than a press conference. The newly elected MNAs and MPAs of the three parties also attended the event.
“We need peace to make progress. We need electricity as it is crucial for economic growth,” Khattak argued, adding they would achieve both. He said his government would honour the promise that it would turn Governor’s House into an institution. However, he said he would continue to live in the plush Chief Minster House.
“Peace in this region is essential for advancement. But for us to achieve peace, we need a strategy and we will develop one,” Sherpao said. He said all the coalition partners had agreed on a common agenda. He said they had shared their respective agendas with each other and found that they were on the same page with regard to putting the province on track to peace and development.
“Our common agenda is implementable,” Sherpao said. “But the problems are complex and demand a strong and stable

government and firm resolve. That is the reason we have decided to work together to steer our province out of crises,” he added.
The QWP chief said he did not want a confrontational policy with the federal government and wished to join hands with the PML-N government for progress. Sirajul Haq, the likely finance minister of the province from the JI quota, said no party alone was capable of solving the issues of terrorism, loadshedding and corruption. He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also faced economic challenges. “This province has been turned into a comic show for the world,” he lamented.
Khattak said the Pakhtun soil had witnessed devastation but those elected to work for the people furthered their own interests. He said that under his administration people would be provided with a uniform education system, hospitals where people had all facilities and a police force that would serve the masses instead of unleashing cruelty on them. “We will do away with all injustices. We have agreement among us for turning this province into an exemplary one,” the CM-designate promised.
PTI provincial president Asad Qaiser was conspicuous by his absence. He was a contender for the post of the chief minister, but Imran Khan chose Pervez Khattak for the job. Khattak said there was no issue between him and Asad Qaiser, adding that the latter could not attend the event due to his engagements in Lahore.
Sherpao said the coalition government would narrow down regional disparity in development. He was pointing to the previous government that used most of the development funds in Mardan and Charsadda. Sirajul Haq said people had accomplished their task to elect their representatives and now they were expecting them to perform.

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