Pakistan

PESHAWAR – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday announced an end to the provision of discretionary funds in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), adding that members of the KP Assembly would not be given development funds from now on.

Revealing his 13-point agenda to revamp KP, Imran Khan said that local representatives would be given more powers for development at grass root level.

Talking to newsmen at KP House, he said that it was difficult to make MPAs understand that they will not get development funds.

Weighing in on the matter, he said that an MPA’s job is to ensure proper legislation. Rs 33 billion will be allocated to local government representatives through the provincial finance commission, as per requirements,” he added.

Imran also presented a 13-point reform agenda for KP. He said that some of the changes introduced in KP included had never taken place in any province before.

The cricketer-turned-politician said that the health system in KP was being reformed, adding that exemplary hospitals were now being constructed in the province. He said that KP was making huge investments in schools compared to other provinces.

Chairman PTI also vowed to introduce new laws aimed at de-politicising the police. He maintained that a new accountability law was being introduced that would be more powerful than the previous one. He also said the PTI government would introduce a whistle-blower protection act, under which whistle-blowers highlighting graft will be rewarded with 25 per cent of the recovery.

Imran also termed the KP reform agenda as a challenge to rest of the provinces.

Khan’s complete 13-point agenda:

1. Abolishing all discretionary funds.
2. Local development through local councils.
3. Rs. 33 Billion (30% of KP’s Budget) allocated for Local govts.
4. Funds will be given to all districts, irrespective of the party affiliation of mayor.
5. CM House KP, which is lying vacant, to be made available for province’s top taxpayers.
6. CM/Speaker’s rest houses (in Nathiagali) to be opened for public.
7. Conflict of interest law.
8. New police reforms.
9. Induction of 40,000 new school teachers
10. All govt appointments to be made through NTS
11. Lower Judiciary reforms.
12. Peshawar Mass Transit.
13. Ground breaking of Swat Expressway.