Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister escapes unhurt in bomb attack
By: Muhammad Farooq
SWABI: Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti escaped unhurt in a remote controlled bomb attack on his motorcade on the Swabi-Jahangira road here on Monday.
Eyewitnesses said that the explosion occurred as soon as the motorcade of the chief minister passed the Sehat Medical Centre on the Swabi-Jahangira road.Officials of the bomb disposal unit said that three kilograms explosives planted in a motorcycle parked on the Swabi-Jahangira Road were used in the blast.
The chief minister was on the way to inaugurate the Swabi-Jahangira and Swabi-Topi road at the Karnal Sher Khan Chowk.The chief minister returned to the venue for the public meeting at the Swabi on the same route and addressed the gathering there.
Addressing the participants of the public meeting, he said that after the explosion the security officials advise him to move to Peshawar instead of addressing the public meeting. “I decided to address the public meeting because the party workers and followers of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan were waiting for me,” he said. “We are the followers of Bacha Khan. We are pursuing the philosophy of non-violence. We will not allow those trying to cause harm to our nation, colleagues and the country,” he vowed. The chief minister said the government was ready to hold parleys with the militants, if they gave up militancy and upheld the principles of peace.
Earlier, he inaugurated construction work on the Kotha Bypass. The project will be completed at the cost of Rs180 million in seven months. He also announced the construction of Panjpir Khur causeway and Panjpir School causeway.
The six kilometer long Turbandi Road will be constructed at a cost of Rs65 million and the 10 kilometer long Sherdarra Road would be built at a cost of Rs109.7 million. He said the completion of over 32-kilometer Swabi-Jahangira Road would be made at a cost of Rs1618.89 million provided by the Asian Development Bank.