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‘KP’s Karak district to have university, two girls’ colleges’

KARAK: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti on Wednesday announced 100 percent increase in oil and gas royalty for Karak and establishment of a full-fledged university in the district.

Addressing a public meeting here, he said the provincial government was planning to establish Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company to explore the oil and gas reserves in the province. Awami National Party (ANP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Afrasiab Khattak, Minister for Prisons Mian Nisar Gul, ANP provincial joint secretary Khursheed Khattak, district president Usman Khattak and others also spoke on the occasion.

The chief minister announced the approval of a 17 kilometres road to Kurd Sharif coalmines costing Rs280 million. He also announced Rs250 million for the acquisition of 100 kanals of land for the construction of university in Karak. He said two girls degree colleges would also be established in Banda Daud Shah and Latambar.

The chief minister said the people of Karak had the foremost right over the natural resources explored in the district. He said Karak would get Rs1.20 billion royalty from the gas and oil deposits from next year.

Haider Hoti maintained that the provincial government had got Rs1.10 billion as its share of net hydel-generation profits from the federal government, adding the money would be spent on the welfare of the masses and launching electricity projects in the province. He added the first such project would be inaugurated in Madyan in Swat in April to generate 2000 megawatts electricity to gradually bring an end to loadshedding.

The chief minister said Bacha Khan Poverty Alleviation Programme (BKPAP) had been launched in six union councils of Karak and it would be extended to the entire district in the next budget.

The chief minister said interest-free loans amounting to Rs300,000 were being given to the unemployed youth under BKPAP to enable them to earn livelihood for their families. He said the provincial government had received Rs1 billion extra under the National Finance Commission Award, which would be spent to raise the living standard of the masses. He added Rs1.30 billion had been earmarked to impart skills to 1,500 educated youths, adding that 700 youths were being trained in the first phase.

Haider Hoti said Stori the Pakhtunkhwa and Rokhana Pakhtunkhwa programmes had been introduced to provide education opportunities to talented and poor students. The chief minister said construction work on 28 kilometres long roads were underway in Karak while Rs280 million were being spent on the construction of the Teri-Gurguri Road, which was in final stage.

Haider Hoti said that 17 kilometres road would be constructed at a cost of Rs280 millions to connect Karak with the coalmines of Kurd Sharif. He said uplift projects worth Rs3.27 billion were completed in Karak over the last four years.

In his address on the occasion, Afrasiab Khattak said that 2.3 million people became members of ANP during the membership drive. He said the ANP candidates had won almost all the by-elections since 2008 elections, which showed that the masses had trust in his party’s manifesto and performance.

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