PESHAWAR: At least 56 local government representatives including 50 nazims from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf submitted their resignations in protest against Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, accusing him of ignoring PK-7 Peshawar in developmental schemes.
The resignations were handed over to a disgruntled MPA Mehmood Jan, the PTI member of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly from PK-7. Jan must now submit them to the election commission.
Jan has already submitted his resignation to the K-P assembly speaker for the same reason as the LG officials.
Disgruntled PTI workers may stage protests
Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club, nazims Tajamul Hussain and Abdul Sattar, who were accompanied by dozens of disgruntled councillors from the constituency, said the allies of PTI in the provincial government were getting more funds, while the party’s own elected local government representatives were being ignored.
“At the behest of Pervez Khattak, maximum funds are being spent by workers of the Qaumi Watan Party and Jamaat-e-Islami,” Hussain claimed, underscoring that it was not acceptable to them.
He said they were showing solidarity with their MPA by tendering their resignations.
The protesting nazims also claimed that all 10 MPAs from Peshawar district were disappointed due to the unavailability of proper developmental funds and were ready to resign. “The QWP and JI men who lost elections are spending developmental funds in their constituencies,” said Abdul Sattar.
PTI losing touch with workers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
Insaf Students Federation (ISF) Peshawar region President Inamullah Khan warned that if the provincial government did not remove grievances of the disgruntled MPAs within 24 hours, students, nazims, councillors and other office bearers will also follow suit and resign.
They demanded that PTI chairman Imran Khan intervene and resolve the issue or they would have to resort to protesting outside his house in Islamabad.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2017.