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KP Chief Minister Threatens Islamabad with March Over Unpaid Dues

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chief Minister, Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, strongly criticized the federal government led by PML-N. He warned that if the outstanding dues of his province are not paid promptly, he will lead a march towards Islamabad.

Speaking at an event in KP, the outspoken PTI leader lambasted the Centre for withholding the rights of the province, asserting, “They are making a mistake by denying the rights of the province.”

Gandapur stressed that if he decides to organize street protests, the entire population of the province would support him. He directed his message to the government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad, urging them to immediately clear the dues of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). He warned that if the dues are not paid promptly, it would not go unnoticed.

Asserting KP’s entitlement to its due rights, Gandapur highlighted the province’s contributions to the country’s resources. He vowed to pursue the province’s rights relentlessly, proclaiming, “We will not let you sit in peace until our right is not given.”

The Chief Minister called upon the federal government to address the grievances of his province promptly. He pledged legislative measures to ensure good governance, combat corruption, and bridge the development gap between underprivileged and developed districts.

Addressing the legal battles concerning former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Gandapur criticized what he perceived as injustice against the PTI founder.

Last month, Gandapur directed officials to devise a strategy to address the province’s financial matters with the federal government. The meeting revealed significant outstanding dues owed to KP, including under the AGN Qazi Formula and arrears from electricity provided to the national grid. The province also faces challenges regarding its share in federal transfers and the NFC Award.

Gandapur affirmed the province’s intent to pursue its rights through legal and constitutional means, including court intervention if necessary. He underscored hiring reputable law firms to advocate for KP’s dues. Additionally, he mandated amendments to relevant laws to safeguard women’s inheritance rights during a meeting of the Board of Revenue.

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