Imran spells out agenda of change for K-P

Published: July 26, 2016
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'The only duty of MPAs is to make laws and oversee their implementation' says Imran Khan. STOCK PHOTO.

'The only duty of MPAs is to make laws and oversee their implementation' says Imran Khan. STOCK PHOTO.

'The only duty of MPAs is to make laws and oversee their implementation' says Imran Khan. STOCK PHOTO. A file photo of Imran Khan. PHOTO: PPI

ISLAMABAD / ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has spelled out a 13-point ‘agenda of change and development’ for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), the province where his party is in power, while announcing that K-P would take the lead in abolishing discretionary funds for provincial legislators.

“The only duty of MPAs is to make laws and oversee their implementation. The bad tradition of doling out development funds to MPAs was introduced by the then military ruler, General Ziaul Haq,” Imran told a news conference on Monday.

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He said his party has decided to devolve financial powers to local governments. “A provincial financial commission is being set up that will release funds to the local governments and districts without political interference,” he added.

‘The agenda of change and development’ also includes allocation of Rs33 billion [or 30% of K-P’s budget] to the local governments, distribution of funds irrespective of party affiliation, making the Chief Minister House available to top taxpayers and opening of the CM/speaker’s rest houses in Nathiagali for general public.

“It also includes introduction of conflict of interest law, police reforms, induction of 40,000 new teachers, all new appointments through NTS [National Testing Service], lower judiciary reforms and Peshawar Mass Transit,” he added.

The PTI chairman said these reforms were part of his party’s manifesto but could not be implemented earlier. He termed the new agenda a landmark in the country’s history and said his party was entering a new phase in K-P.

Imran also mentioned a number of new laws the K-P government was going to pass. “This reforms agenda includes Police Act 2016 aimed at de-politicising the police, and Public Safety Commission will oversee this act,” he added.

He said his party is going to make the health sector and the hospitals of the province exemplary. A new accountability law is being introduced that will be more powerful than the previous one besides the introduction of whistle-blower act in which whistle-blowers highlighting graft will get 25 per cent of the recovery.

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“Corruption in K-P is at the lowest level compared to other provinces, according to the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat) survey,” he added.

Responding to a question about release of funds to Madrassa Haqqania in Akora Khattak, he said the K-P government was going to sign an MoU with all seminaries in the province as it wanted to bring their students into the mainstream. “We want to integrate three different syllabuses in the country and to provide 2.2 million madrasa students the opportunity to learn modern-day subjects,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • sabi
    Jul 26, 2016 - 9:04AM

    Nothing good should be expected from this greedy man. Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jul 26, 2016 - 9:53AM

    The matters that have to be decided in KP’s parliament are infact undertaken in the drawing rooms of Imran Khan. Imran Khan is a party chief, but not an elected member of KP assembly. Yet he is deciding everything there. Does this fall under the definition of dictatorship?.Recommend

  • debilitator
    Jul 26, 2016 - 9:56AM

    apparently IK is preparing for the 2018 elections. Recommend

  • ali
    Jul 26, 2016 - 9:56AM

    Bravo….hope ppl in punjab learn and vote for pti in next elwction.Recommend

  • Jul 26, 2016 - 10:04AM

    @sabi:
    You are just biased. Give one example of his greediness? He may not be the best manager or orator but his heart is in the right place. Will never make money from his position. Clean person. Can you say the same for any other politician?Recommend

  • naeemhussain
    Jul 26, 2016 - 11:25AM

    @sabi:
    Imran Khan greedy? more that Nawaz Sharif?Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jul 26, 2016 - 11:37AM

    @ali: Well all those PTI supporters who think that KP is better than Punjab are more than welcome to pack their bags and leave for KP. Just visit Pindi and Upper Punjab. Everyday more and Pushtoon families are migrating to settle in Punjab. If KP is so great then why we are witnessing mass migration of Pushtoon towards Punjab in recent years?.
    PTI Is more like a modern ANP. Pushtoons do not want to support any local party in Punjab and they look down upon on Punjab so they just root for PTI because of ethnic connection. Because even tough they are not satisfied with PTI’s performance but ethnic bias makes many people blind in assessing anything. Many Pushtoon would prefer to live in Punjab than in KP but in the end they will always find faults with PMLN, and will always sing songs of the so called governance of the province that they have already left.Recommend

  • shafi
    Jul 26, 2016 - 11:38AM

    Imran khan honesty is debatable, but his dictotorial mind is lethal for country, he thinks he is best thinker and planner, and that lethality can be seen in Health department which represent the 18th century building filled with rusted files, There is No planning and policy regarding transfer and posting of doctors ,Cardiologist are placed in BHU, surgeon and urologist placed in children hospitals just like previous govt.the consequences will be no good for public when u do not take advice from people concerned or expertise.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 26, 2016 - 11:54AM

    Now he is struggling………and it shows……and he has only himself to blame.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Jul 26, 2016 - 12:03PM

    @Ali:
    No I’m not. Greed is just not for money only although his hands are not clean. You want examples, so let us start with Kerry Packer series to Goldsmith to His political adaptation by dictator Zia to his jumping to JI camp to Musharraf camp to Pasha camp to Taliban to dharnas so on and so forth just for power.And remember his idea of power is loot and plunder commissions and kickbacks.! So the public has said no to his ideology. With one thousand broken promises the common sense says that one thousand one will also be a broken one. You want to waste time go ahead pl.Recommend

  • Sceptic
    Jul 26, 2016 - 12:05PM

    About time. What happened to the repeat slogan to bring about a change in 90 days? Imran Khan knows his party’s performance will be exposed as the 2018 elections are nearing.
    By the way, why the KPK chief minister not making these announcements. Imran Khan may be the head of PTI but he has no official role or position in the KPK government set-up. It shows that the province is being run from a cozy drawing room in Bani Gala, Islamabad, not from Peshawar.Recommend

  • Pseudo
    Jul 26, 2016 - 12:22PM

    Beginning the end of PTI. Not going to last in 2018 elections.Recommend

  • OSD
    Jul 26, 2016 - 12:27PM

    After the AJK defeat, the PPP has replaced its chief minister and Khan Sb has come out with a new plan. But the question to ask is, what were they doing for the past three years?

    @Ali: perhaps the bias is not within his opponents but his supporters. Greed is not just related with wealth. Here it is obviously associated with his quest for power and his ability to burn down Pakistan to become the PM. Ask him if he can give one example of what PTI has done for KPK? And how much destruction he has wreaked on the country.Recommend

  • Furqan
    Jul 26, 2016 - 12:34PM

    @sabi:
    Greedy!!! Are you * kidding me??? Look at what he is doing for the country or what he has done even when he was not even in power… you still call him greedy?? What a pathetic joke our nation and our people has become…. Recommend

  • Brekhna
    Jul 26, 2016 - 12:57PM

    Imran still has two more years to redeem his party. Some people still pin hope on him and his party. PTI’s failure will be a serious blow to the hope of a better Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mujtaba Gujjar
    Jul 26, 2016 - 1:44PM

    I hope that PTI will strictly implement and follow this 13 point agenda. So far KPK government has performed better with compare to other provincial governments but the goal of “Change” is yet to be achieved. I also request Imran Khan to postpone anti-PM campaign and only focus on KPK’s development.Recommend

  • Jamil Ahmad
    Jul 26, 2016 - 1:48PM

    That’s what he should have been doing, the years he wasted in protesting. Make KPK an example for the rest of the country to follow.Recommend

  • laptop
    Jul 26, 2016 - 2:07PM

    Anyone who thinks Imran is greedy is living under a rock. He may be an imperfect politician, but he is nowhere near greedy or financially dishonest. I’m honestly not surprised at this comment section. There’s a reason Pakistan is the backwards country that it is. It’s because the majority of its people would rather prefer thugs and murderers like Altaf, Nawaz, Zardari rather than someone who has built 2 free cancer hospitals and has devoted his life to improving Pakistan. Recommend

  • Jawad Zafar
    Jul 26, 2016 - 2:45PM

    Though its a bit late by Imran, but if implemented in faith, this will be a Landmark in the history of Pakistan, especially for KPK. This is the ACTUAL way the things should move forward with.

    MPAs are only elected to make laws and see their implementation. They have nothing to do with Funds.

    I doubt the fact that this will make an impact on the 2018 elections, as things like these are always long-term. But this is the beauty of True leadership; they think for the future generations.

    This may cost Imran politically, but surely enough, he will be remembered for this noble cause.Recommend

  • mantharia
    Jul 26, 2016 - 2:51PM

    He is not greedy he is planning for a hospital in Karachi and each and every common sense person donates for , he dont buy mansions in londonRecommend

  • Sharaf Khan
    Jul 26, 2016 - 10:04PM

    @sabi:
    He is the most selfless person in Pak politics. Do you havery any supporting evidence to prove your false aligations. Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 26, 2016 - 11:22PM

    @Sharaf Khan:
    He left Pakistan cricket for Kerry Packer leaving national team in limbo why? For few more bucks!
    Why did he marry to a daughter of billionaire who was not Pakistani not of his religion.
    Why did he accepted the deadly terms of deep state which aimed at killing thousands of innocent civilians and security personels doing great damage to state assets, just for PM slot?
    He is greedy for fame he is greedy for money his biography reveals he can go any length to achieve his selfish ambitions. Shame is a very small word to define his character. Recommend

  • Patriotic
    Jul 27, 2016 - 12:56AM

    @Malik Saab:
    Do not mix up pukhtuns with pti. Pukhtuns love their land if only they are left in peace, given same opportunities which are available in Punjab. Unfortunately kpk has been used by our military and Punjab-dominant civil establishment as stepping stone for Afghan jehad. This led to lawlessness and decline of business and industry. On the other hand the establishment ensured peace in Punjab, so much so that shabaz Sharif begged Taliban to spare Punjab.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jul 27, 2016 - 8:20PM

    @Patriotic:

    You nailed it. Recommend

  • SHARAF KHAN
    Jul 27, 2016 - 8:56PM

    i ought to provide some tangible [email protected]:
    This is a totally ridiculous comment. It is such people who throw accusation on innocent people and overlook the wrong doing of the other.Recommend

  • SHARAF KHAN
    Jul 27, 2016 - 9:01PM

    @Malik Saab:
    That is a very stupid statement to make when you are debating politics. I often hear such remarks from some racist people in the West.
    Media people have reported a marked change in KPK in past 3 years. I have not been there but a number of media outlets have confirmed this. Recommend

  • Burki
    Jul 27, 2016 - 10:54PM

    i hope he focus on development work this time and materialise it. people of kpk need that very badlyRecommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jul 27, 2016 - 11:17PM

    @Malik Saab:

    I agree with you on Pukhtunkhwa’s condition. It is not any better than Punjab and probably never will be as long as Punjabi establishment taking away resources belonged to Pukhtunkha or any other province in that respect. By the was ANP did more development in Pukhtunkha than PTI and PML combined can do in 50 years. ANP’s development record speak for itself.

    I have a better question for you, what has Punjab done to contribute to Pakistan? Punjabi establishment steals resources (CPEC, Electricity and natural gas) and confiscate the rights of small provinces. Recommend

  • Asim
    Jul 28, 2016 - 7:55PM

    @Malik Saab:
    PMLN is doing development in lahore to secure their seats what about the other cities in punjab ?? no development.Recommend

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