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Imran claims no interference in accountability process

Imran claims no interference in accountability process

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday took pride in establishing a free ehtesab commission in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said there was no political interference in the accountability process.

He also said calling it ‘Pervez Khattak commission’ was disinformation.

“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become a model for the entire country after the introduction of the right to information law and autonomous Ehtesab Commission,” PTI chairman told reporters here at the Chief Minister’s House, where he met parents of the Army Public School massacre victims.

He later flew to Chitral to assess damages caused by flash floods.

While referring to the arrest of provincial minister Ziaullah Afridi over the alleged misuse of authority, the PTI chief said for the first time in the country’s history, a sitting cabinet member was taken into custody.

He said when the Ehtesab Commission was set up in the province, he had assured its head that there would be no political interference like the provincial police, which had no meddling by the government or ruling parties in its affairs and therefore, had become a model for others to follow.

Imran said there was no political interference in the accountability process. He claimed universities and public hospitals would become an example for others after being made autonomous.

The PTI chief said he couldn’t give enough time to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially during the days of PTI sit-in in Islamabad, but currently, he had focused his attention on attending to the issues and challenges facing the province.

He said for the first time, he was going to Chitral to assess the losses caused by floods but the provincial government after assessing the current situation would plan on how to avert such losses in future.

“Check dams and small dams are a solution to many of our problems like floods and water shortage. Kalabagh dam has become controversial so it should not be constructed until there is a consensus on it,” he said.

Imran Khan said he was called pro-Taliban and Taliban Khan in the past when he favoured dialogue with the Taliban for peace.

He, however, said he felt vindicated as peace talks had begun with Afghan Taliban.

The PTI chief said peace in tribal areas was very much linked to peace in Afghanistan.

He said dangerous militant organisations like Boko Haram and Daesh had emerged in the world because there was no democracy in Muslim countries and that it was a reaction or form of anarchy in a cruel and unjust society.

Imran Khan said the governance systems in Muslim countries ruled by dictators needed reforms.

He said anybody could check that his wife Reham Khan held a degree from the University of Peshawar.

“I never knew that you need a degree to get married,” he said in a lighter vein when a journalist asked him how he could marry a woman, who allegedly has a fake diploma, especially when he himself criticises parliamentarians with fake degrees.

Also, the PTI chief along with provincial cabinet ministers and parents of the APS children attended a special ceremony held there to remember the school’s children killed by Taliban militants last year.

They all observed one-minute silence for the Taliban attack victims.

On the occasion, Imran Khan said he had been following up on promises made by the government to the families of APS children and that necessary action on almost all such promises had been taken.

“If still there are complaints, they will be addressed by a committee working under speaker of the provincial assembly Asad Qaisar,” he said.

The PTI chief said the provincial government would name schools after APS attack victims, while the proposal of establishing a university in the name of such schoolchildren would be examined. He said parents of terrorism victims would be made members of the proposed varsity’s board to oversee the project.

Imran Khan said as desired by parents of APS children, he would recommend to the federal government and army chief to give away Nishan-i-Haider or any such award to the school attack victims.

Meanwhile, some parents complained the children, who suffered injuries in the Taliban attack, awaited medical care and financial support.

Some even said survivors of the attack had been ignored.

Mehmood Awan, whose son Azhar Mehmood was shot six times by militants and is unable to walk, said his child had been awaiting treatment at the Aga Khan Khan Hospital Karachi for seven months despite a medical board’s recommendation.

Ayaz Ali, brother of injured Anwar Ali, said the government didn’t care for attack survivors.

Sabir Ali, whose two sons suffered injuries in the attack, said the government’s promises to families of APS children had turned out to be false.

Some parents complained the children, who had witnessed the massacre, were not given grace marks in the recent exams despite assurance.

They also said the government didn’t fulfil the promise of providing their children with free education.

Published in Dawn, July 23rd, 2015

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