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May 18, 2013

Imran to contact Nawaz for KP peace: Khattak

Pakistan

WD
Web Desk
May 18, 2013

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister-designate Pervez Khattak on Friday said his party chief Imran Khan would contact Nawaz Sharif to discuss how to bring about peace to the country, particularly in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In a recent Nawaz-Imran meeting, both had agreed to work together to pull the country out of crises. Pervez Khattak’s revelation indicates that Imran Khan intends to sit with Nawaz Sharif to devise a strategy to deal with the Taliban.
“Establishing peace tops our priority list,” he said at a news conference. He asked the Taliban to give his government a chance before being fought with as the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government had an agenda for peace and development.
“We are not at war with the Taliban,” he said the day two bombs ripped through two mosques in Malakand Agency that killed 21 people. A day before he expressed these remarks, the militants attacked a military convoy near the provincial capital, killing soldiers and civilians. “We don’t want to fight them (Taliban). We wish peace, and we will hold negotiations with them,” he said. His party chief Imran Khan had promised during the election campaign to end terrorism within 90 days but now his PTI is going to form the government in KP province only and would have no control on the policies of the federal government.
The news conference was convened to tell the media that the chief minister-designate and PTI provincial chief Asad Qaiser had no differences. But their body language and the words they uttered hardly matched.
To a question about tens of checkpoints in the city, Khattak said he would ask the authorities to brief him about the number of barricades and the terrorists and robbers arrested during checking.
“I am against these barricades, which I think are useless, as I have suffered at the checkpoints,” he said. The PTI has made alliance with the Qaumi Watan Party and Jamaat-e-Islami and is set to form the government.
Khattak shrugged off a

question about the power-sharing formula. “We have not formed coalition for ministries but for the sake of peace and progress of the province,” he said. “The previous governments were in power just to pass time,” said Khattak, who arrived one hour late to the press conference on Friday and one-and-a-half hour late on Thursday which shows how serious they are about punctuality. “I apologise. I ensure you that we will be punctual in future,” said the embarrassed Khattak when a journalist pointed out the Friday and Thursday late arrivals.
“We will make this province a role model for others,” he said. “In this province, there will be no place for corruption and corrupt government employees. We will ensure merit and reform the highhanded police force,” he vowed. He said the PTI government aimed at promoting industrialisation as part of efforts to achieve progress.
The PTI leaders also promised early local bodies elections. The party is opposed to giving development funds to MPAs which, it believes, is not their job. “In the local bodies system, we will devolve powers to village level and empower citizens to spend funds and oversee construction of schools, roads and other projects,” Khattak said. “This will give them confidence that their money is being spent for their welfare,” he added.
Asad Qaiser said he and the Chief Minister -designate had no differences and would work together to solve the complex problems that they inherited from the previous government.
The provincial president thanked people for giving them ‘clear’ mandate in elections. “We will implement our manifesto and establish an example of good governance,” said Qaiser, who is going to retain his provincial assembly seat. “We will pull our people out of hopelessness,” he vowed.