PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s nominated candidate for Speaker of National Assembly, Asad Qaiser has said that legislation to eradicate the menace of corruption from the country would be the top priority of the new PTI government.
Talking to media he said that measures would be taken to provide better facilities to the people in education, health sectors besides providing job opportunities to the youth of the country.
He said that rule of law was imperative for development and to move the country ahead. Asad Qaiser said the PTI government would take the opposition parties on-board on matters of national importance and for the development of the country.
KP cabinet approves budgetary proposals for FY 2018-19
PESHAWAR: The provincial cabinet met with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan in the chair here Monday approved the budgetary proposals for the current fiscal year 2018-19 and revised estimates of the previous fiscal year 2017-18.
The Cabinet was briefed about the budgetary estimates, the revised estimates, the financial bill including the current ADP and the ongoing schemes, the sector-wise distribution of resources, the annual development plan, ongoing schemes and the transfer of 30 percent resources to the district governments.
The cabinet was also informed about austerity measures, megaprojects, the welfare and developmental expenditures, the revitalization of productive sectors, the federal transfers to the province, and the recommendations of the Finance Department for the smooth flow of resources to different sectors.
The Cabinet approved the overall budgetary proposals, the recommendations of the Finance Department related to the development and non-developmental expenditures.
The cabinet was also briefed about the seven newly merged districts of the erstwhile FATA, the ADP of these districts, the early completion of ongoing schemes. The FATA ADP has prioritized small dams, technical education for skill development, industrialization and mineral development which the cabinet approved.
Addressing the Cabinet, the Chief Minister KP said the current budget had two dimensions that included reforms initiatives and realistic developmental strategy for the development and welfare of the people of the province.
He appreciated the Finance Department and other departments of the provincial government for working round the clock for realistic preparations of budgetary estimates, the reforms and development strategies in their respective domains.
Mahmood Khan agreed to the widening of fiscal space of the province and stressed for early transfers of resources from the federal government. “The provincial own resource base needed to be expanded in order to have fiscal space for economic and development related requirements of the province and resolution of people problems.” He stressed for the achievement of all the targets by all departments.
The widening of fiscal space would generate resources for the development strategy and reforms. He said that the major chunk of resources would go to the mega projects, the ongoing schemes and the overall development strategy to be guided by reforms.
The CM stressed for transparent and efficient utilization of resources and the revitalization of productive sectors making them capable to pay back and contribute to the overall resource generation of the province.
“We have a 100-day plan to have a clear direction for the next five years and tracking down the avenues for resource generation was inevitable for the sustained development of the province”.
Agreeing to the cost-cutting and redundant kind of services, the Chief Minister agreed to the austerity measures that included a ban on new vehicles, medical expenditure abroad and non-re-appropriation for the second time in the current year.
However, the projects to be put on fast track needed resources and that should be taken care of, for the benefit of the people.
The local government system should get resources on time and the local government should prioritize the completion of ongoing schemes.
He stressed on the expeditious development of different sectors for efficient services in the new seven merged districts of the erstwhile FATA.
The backward districts among them should be the focus of attention, and there should be prioritization of small dams, roads infrastructure development, social welfare activities, tourism etc. in the newly merged districts.
However, he stressed for the rapid boost of tourism in Malakand, Swat, Dir, Hazara, and parts of the province. “Our developmental strategy would generate economic activities and creating space for the youth employment leading to the overall development and prosperity of the province,” he added.
Archaeology dept to lodge FIR against destruction of a historical house
PESHAWAR: Archeology Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has approached KP Police for registration of FIR over the sudden demolition of an historical house located near Ander Sher Asamai Temple architecture.
It merits a mention here that the house, a fine architectural building located close to Dhaki Munwar Shah near Raj Kapoor’s house constructed in the period from 1830 to 1860, was razed to the ground by its owner for purpose of constructing commercial plaza.
The issue was raised on social media on October 11, 2018, by a civil society activist, Dr. Ali Jan who is also a heritage lover and lobbies for the preservation of rich past architectural glory of Peshawar city.
Dr. Ali Jan also expressed the resolve of writing an open letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar for taking notice of demolition of this historic building and others in Peshawar city for the purpose of constructing commercial plazas.
According to an office order issued by Deputy Administrator Evacuee Trust Property Peshawar, Asif Khan issued on July 2018, Chairman ETP Lahore has granted approval for demolition of historic house to construct a commercial building.
In an application submitted to Station House Office (SHO), Khan Raziq Police Station, Archeology Department submitted that the said house was an intact monument and intricate wooden architecture.
It was the glory of Peshawar city and Archeology department intended to protect it under the Antiquity Act 2016.
It is clearly mentioned in the Act under section 18 and 24 that `No person shall except for carrying out the purposes of this Act, destroy, break, damage, alter, injure, deface, mutilate or scribble, write or engage any inscription or sign on any antiquity or take manure from any protected antiquity or important antiquity.
According to Act, whoever contravenes the provision of sub-section (1), shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine up to Rs two millions or with
The court trying an offense under this section may direct that the whole or any part of the fine recovered shall be applied in defraying the expenses of restoring the antiquity to the condition in which it was before the commission of the offense.
The section 24 of Act reads as, the Director shall into the reason of destruction or damage, as the case may be, and if it proved after inquiry that the antiquity has been willfully damaged and destructed either by the owner or by any other person, the Director shall initiate action against such an owner or a person by lodging FIR in the concerned Police Station.
In this connection, the SHO has been requested by Archeology Department to lodge an FIR against the owner of the house and also extend cooperation in stopping demolition work at urgent basis.
Media drive case: SC issues notices to Sindh KP, govts
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court today issued notices to the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) governments in media advertisements case and sought their replies.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar also directed its office to deposit Rs 5.5 million cheque in the account of Government of Punjab, submitted by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president as fine in the case.
During the course of proceedings, Shahid Hamid counsel for Opposition Leader in NA, Shehbaz Sharif informed the bench that whatever his client did as chief minister of Punjab was in good faith.
There was no violation of any law, rule, regulations or guidelines and that all was done in good faith. The applicant never had any intention of benefiting either his person or party, Shahid contended.
He stated that the publication of advertisements bearing pictures of the prime minister, the president, chief minister, the governor and members of parliament had been a common practice in the country and no law, rule, regulation or guideline prohibited that practice.
He alleged that government of KP and Sindh also had same practice and pictures of the then chief ministers of the said provinces were also published along with advertisements. Subsequently, the bench while issuing a notice to both the provinces, directed them to submit their reply within ten days and adjourned further hearing till then.