Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has prepared a pro-poor and development-focused budget for the province.

“The coalition government wants an end to the exploitative system to improve the living standard of the people. The upcoming budget will be pro-poor and balanced,” he said while talking to reporters here on Sunday.

Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation Mian Jamsheduddin Kakakhel, Member Provincial Assembly Mian Khaliqur Rehman, Member National Assembly Dr Imran Khattak and District Nazim Liaqat Khan Khattak were also present on the occasion.

The chief minister said that improving the living standard of the people of the province was his government’s priority. “Our mission is to end class-based education system, provide basic facilities to the people and ensure utilisation of all resources for the benefit of the masses,” he said.

He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has always called for changing the fate of the poor masses through good governance. “Pakistan could clear all its debts if Imran Khan’s policies are adopted by the country,” he believed.

Pervez Khattak said that Council of Common Interests (CCI) had decided to have a road and railway track from Peshawar to Dera Ismail Khan, which would also include industrial park along with other facilities.

He said the KP government had called for establishment of the industrial park and it was due to its efforts that every province would now have one industrial park each under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

The CII had allowed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to utilise its surplus gas, which was around 100 mmcf for electricity generation to be provided to industries, he said.He said that federal government should have released Rs25 billion net hydel profit arrears before June but Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was yet to receive the amount.

However, he vowed that his province would force the federal government to release three installments of Rs25 billion, Rs15 billion and Rs18 billion of net hydel profit to the province in the current fiscal year.

The chief minister said that federal government had allocated Rs1 billion for the Chashma Right Bank Canal. He said the project would cost Rs120 billion and the province would contribute 30 percent of the funds. He said the completion of the project would help the province get its water share.

Pervez Khattak insisted there were no difference in the PTI. He said the party legislators were united and reports being carried in a section of the media were not true. He said that Jamaat-e-Islami and Qaumi Watan Party were the coalition partners in the province and all those in the government were working like a team.

The chief minister said the rulers in the past politicised issues for personal gains. “The opposition parties are scared of the welfare-based policies of the KP government and that is why they have embarked on propaganda to attract media attention,” he added.