LAHORE: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak on Sunday challenged his Punjab counterpart Shahbaz Sharif to bring reforms in education and health sectors like the PTI government has done in the province it rules (KP).
Speaking at a seminar on health and education organised under the banner of Insaf Professional Forum at a local hotel here, Mr Khattak claimed the PTI eliminated political interference in KP government’s affairs and ensured merit, which made the province corruption-free.
Stating the KP had mostly invested public funds in human development and ensured that children should get quality education in the public schools.
“Our mega project was provision of quality education to poor masses in the province (KP)”.
Mr Khattak said the PTI government was now investing in mega projects, claiming the Metro Bus project to be launched in KP would be much cheaper than that of Punjab.
He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fanning provincialism by launching all mega projects in Punjab. The KP was not against the CPEC but it was agitating against federal government’s failure to fulfill its promise on western route.
Later talking to the media, he said Nawaz Sharif should take all political parties in confidence on CPEC, warning that otherwise it would have serious consequences for the country. He demanded the CPEC’s smaller western route be constructed first. Earlier, PTI chairman’s advisor Dr Yasmin Rashid said the expenditure on development of human index in KP was the major change brought in by the PTI government.
LG polls: With the last phase of local government election expected in the first week of January, the opposition says the Punjab government will continue using its local bodies funds.
“The Punjab government has been using the funds of local government for more than five years. It does not want to transfer power or funds to local government representatives,” Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Mian Mahmoodur Rashid told Dawn here on Sunday.
He said PML-N MPAs who were getting funds from the government would remain powerful in spending them in their constituencies despite the formation of a local government.
PPP Parliamentary Leader in Punjab Assembly Qazi Ahmed Saeed said the Punjab government had no intention to give funds to opposition MPAs as it was obliging its own lawmakers. The government delayed formation of the local government so it could use its funds, he alleged.
courtesy: dawn news