CM opens work on children park, roads, bridges in Lower Dir.

BAJAUR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has claimed the federal government has cut the funds meant for the merged districts and also slashed the province's share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) award to 'cripple' his government financially.

He stated this while addressing the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf workers at the Timergara Shaheed Chowk, and later talking to the media on Wednesday.

The CM said the federal government had withheld Rs62 billion payments to the province, which was violation of the Constitution.

Mahmood said he was visiting Lower and Upper Dir and Bajaur to motivate party workers to join Imran Khan's 'Haqeeqi Azadi' march.

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He said PTI had been struggling only for fresh, fair and transparent elections in the country as the people were not ready to accept the 'imported' government.

The rally was also addressed by former federal minister Murad Saeed.

Earlier, on his arrival to Timergara, Lower Dir deputy commissioner Mohammad Zubair Khan briefed the chief minister regarding the ongoing development projects in the district.

Mahmood Khan inaugurated the construction of Balambat children park, Timergara-Khwar road, Andheri bridge, Kumbar-Maidan bypass road, Taka Tak-Haya Serai bridge, Maidan-Barawl tunnel and upgradation of Category-D Hospital Lal Qila to Category-C. He also announced improvement of the Jail-Timergara road and establishment of Talash tehsil.

The chief minister directed the departments concerned to complete the ongoing development projects as soon as possible.

Addressing the workers, Murad Saeed said PTI wanted 'real independence' in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, talking to mediapersons at the Governor's Cottage in Khar, Bajaur, Mahmood Khan accused the federal government of attempting to impose the governor's rule in the province. He, however, said the 'imported' government could not do so as his government had two-third majority in the assembly.

He warned his government and people of the province would show strong resistance if the federal government resorted to the 'unconstitutional' act.

Mahmood said he...

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