KP to introduce provincial finance award: Imran

Imran says under PFA, the funds would be transferred to the districts that would be independent to spend them as per their needs.—AFP/File

MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan says the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government is going to introduce the provincial finance award (PFA) under which the funds would be transferred to the districts that would be independent to spend them as per their needs.

He was addressing a public gathering at the Divisional Sports Ground here on Friday.

“The local government elections are going to be held in KP at the end of this month and we are going to introduce the PFA,” he announced. He said the chief minister would have no authority over the funds after the money was transferred to the districts.

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“The powers are being transferred to grassroots and people of each district would be independent to decide on their funds,” he said.

Imran said in Punjab, only the chief minister was making all decisions regarding the projects.

“Decisions regarding Multan are being made in Lahore and the CM decides what project should be launched in Multan. The Metro Bus Project has been launched in Multan against the wishes of the people.

He alleged resources were being spent on projects from where the rulers could earn commissions instead of projects in health, education and farming sectors.

Talking about poll rigging, the PTI chief said because of the judicial commission constituted on the demand of his party, it had been revealed for the first time that extra ballots were printed in 2013 elections.

“They say five to six percent extra ballots were printed. In the entire KP, three to five percent extra ballots were printed but in the constituency of Captain Safdar, 16pc extra ballots, nearly 80,000, were printed.

“In one constituency there were 100 extra ballots while in the other there were more than 126,000 extra ballots,” he said.

Imran said there were extra ballot papers also in the constituencies where the PTI won but the party achieved victory despite rigging.

He said hearing of his case regarding rigging in NA-122, the constituency of the National Assembly speaker, was going to start on Saturday (today) and new evidences would be presented.

The PTI chief said crime ratio had increased in Punjab due to political interference in police and violation of merit.

“The Punjab IG has become personal employee of the Sharifs. He should be ashamed over his role as he is getting pay from the taxes of the people,” he alleged while criticising the IG for condemning the PTI workers over ‘torturing’ the media persons in public gathering.

Talking about KP, Imran said 700 policemen were killed in the province during the previous government but crime ratio had dropped by 60pc during the first year of his party’s government. He said Karachi police were unable to maintain law and order as appointments in police were made on political grounds, adding that it was the police’s responsibility, not Rangers’, to maintain law and order in the city.

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