CHITRAL; PPP member of KP asembly Salim Khan has demanded establishment of mineral processing, development zones under CPEC.
In a press statement issued here on Tuesday, Mr. Khan said Chitral is rich with costly mines and precious minerals. He pointed out that very huge and costly metal reserves were lying untouched at Moghulang Rech, Torkhow.
There is a vast potential for establishing industries in tourism, marble, woodcraft and wool in Chitral. He said Chitral is the largest district of KP and is strategically located in the most sensitive geo-political area. He deplored that this area has always been neglected in the past and no efforts have ever been made to develop the infrastructure and economic conditions of its people.
Chitral neither appears in any of the plans of CPEC nor in the list of the proposed sites of economic zones identified by the Board of Investment who has marked places in KP for construction of economic zones. He demanded from the government of KP to immediately send these suggestions to the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) for consideration.
He warned the provincial government that if these three suggestions are not recommended to the Joint Coordination Committee, the people of Chitral would be left with no option except to use their constitutional right to lodge protest in the streets, besides knocking the doors of the judiciary.