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Speakers seek equal funds for local govts across KP

Speakers seek equal funds for local govts across KP

SWABI: The local leaders of different political parties said here on Thursday that provincial government would not be allowed to meddle in the affairs of district government.

Addressing a convention of the elected district and tehsil councillors, organised by Swabi Democratic Alliance (SDA), they demanded of the provincial government to allocate equal funds to all district governments. The leaders of the seven component parties of the alliance, led by ANP, addressed the convention.

Jamaat-i-Islami, which is coalition partner of PTI in the provincial government, is also part of SDA.

MPA Babar Khan’s party Swabi Qaumi Mahaz is also a member the alliance. Mr Babar was elected on Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan (AJIP) ticket in 2013 elections.

The SDA leaders adopted a resolution unanimously to demand of the provincial government to release equal funds to the district governments across the province. The participants of the convention lauded the PTI government for holding local government elections but criticised it for its failure to ensure transparency in the poll process.

“It was the responsibility of PTI government to hold fair elections. At the end it was PTI, which lost its weight among the masses,” said Ameer Rehman, the nominee of the seven parties for the district nazim slot.

Listing his priorities, he pledged to make the district a model one by taking various steps to provide adequate facilities in health and education sectors and eradicate the menace of corruption.

MPA Babar said that the leaders of the parties should keep in mind that the voters were the fountain of power as they played basic role in the making and breaking of governments and parties.

Maulana Fazal Ali, former provincial minister, said that basic objective of forging the alliance was to meet the people’s expectations and give due weight to their demands and needs.

Iftikhar Ahmad Khan, PML-N district president, said that local government system was a nursery for political training. “I think the system should be strengthened and none of democratic governments should interfere in it in the future,” he said.

ROOF COLLAPSE: Two members of a family were injured when the roof of their mud house caved in due to heavy rain in Maneri Bala village here on Thursday.

The local people rushed to the site when the roof collapsed. They retrieved Hasrat Begum and her 14-year-old nephew Hayatullah from the debris in injured condition.

Both the injured were taken to district headquarters hospital. The woman was in serious condition and the teenager was improving, said the doctors. “She might be referred to one of the hospitals in Peshawar,” said a doctor.

Also, the heavy rain caused traffic jam as the roads remained blocked. The rainwater entered houses in different low lying areas.

Published in Dawn, August 14th, 2015

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