PESHAWAR: Highlighting the security mindset prevalent in the province, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) assembly was told on Monday that 883 police guards had been assigned for VIP protection during the past four years.
Details submitted to the assembly, in response to a question by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) parliamentarian Noor Sehar, showed that 171 police guards have been assigned at the chief minister House in Mardan, while 21 police guards have been assigned to Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan.
Interestingly, many unknown individuals who are neither lawmakers nor government functionaries have been provided official security according to the list. Lawangeen Khan, a nephew of Asfandyar Wali has been provided 26 guards, Emil Wali Khan, his son, holds seven guards.
Sulaiman Khan of Rajar, brother in law of the chief minister has been provided with 18 guards. Bashir Sherpao, president of the Pakthun Student Federation (PSF) has also been provided with a police guard.
This list also shows that some privileged former lawmakers and bureaucrats are still availing official escorts including former chief secretaries Raiz Noor and Major Naeem, with two guards each. Former lawmakers Anwar Kamal Khan Marwat and Amir Muqam have two and four guards each. Fazal Elahi, a former judge and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Pervez Khattak have two police guards each.
Legislator Noor Sehar said the public exchequer was being “wasted” by the provision of guards to former government functionaries.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2012.
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