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CM hints at providing security to Nato supplies

Ameer Haider Khan HotiPESHAWAR: Chief Minister Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti said on Sunday that if Nato did not respect Pakistan’s sovereignty in future, it might face more trouble.

But at the same time, he said, coordinated efforts could be initiated to ensure security of Nato supply line across the Torkham border.

According to this news agency he expressed these views while talking to media men in Mardan on Sunday. Mr Hoti stressed that Pakistan was a sovereign country and everyone should respect its sovereignty.

He said that provincial autonomy had been achieved with the approval of the 18th Amendment, adding, it would take a year to implement the amendments in letter and spirit.

He said that increase in capacity of hydel power generation was essential to reduce gap between demand and supply and end loadshedding, adding till concrete steps were not taken in this regard power outages would persist.

Mr Hoti said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had enormous potential of hydel power generation which could be exploited through long-term planning.

The chief minister said installation of high powered transformer in Garhi Kapora grid station would help lessen voltage problems in Mardan.—APP

Meanwhile, according to our Mardan Correspondent, Chief Minister Hoti, during his second consecutive visit to the district in two days on Sunday inaugurated two developmental schemes. He also reviewed progress on various ongoing projects.

The chief minister inaugurated construction of a new hospital in the Bala Gari area and a grid station at the Mohib Banda locality.

Later, he reviewed work on construction a new building for office of the Mardan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, construction of road from Kachehri Square to Nehir Chowk, road from Par Hoti to Mohib Banda and then to Yar Hussain.

The chief minister said that the provincial government had started record developmental schemes in different parts of the Mardan city including mega projects like Abdul Wali Khan University, Bacha Khan Medical College, construction of eastern and western bypasses, upgradation of Mardan Medical Complex and approval of the Benazir Children Hospital.

He vowed to make Mardan a model city with the easy access of common man to the modern facilities to convert the miserable life of poor people into a prosperous one.

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