PTI leader admits ‘failures’ in K-P

Published: March 13, 2017
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ABBOTABAD: In a rare admission, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf noted that their government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa had failed to fully carry out its agenda and needed more time to bring all the changes it desired.

In a meet-the-press event at the Abbottabad Press Club on Sunday, PTI’s Central Information Secretary Naeemul Haque conceded that nearly four years into their government, they were still receiving complaints of ignoring merit in appointments and corruption in government departments.

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“Our government spent two and half years on understanding the system and delivered to the best of its abilities. But for completely understanding and implementing PTI’s change agenda, the provincial government needs a further two years,” he said.

Haque added that the party required a further two years to completely understand the system and to carry out its manifesto promising change.

The PTI leader added that said their government in K-P had taken some revolutionary steps but failed to attract public attention since the media did not highlight them.

However, to complete their agenda, PTI would try to get re-elected in the upcoming general elections.

To a question about unfulfilled promises of development in the province, Haque laid the blame squarely at the feet of the federal government, accusing Islamabad of failing to pay Rs42 billion to K-P on account of gas royalties. He accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government of bearing a political grudge against PTI’s rule in K-P and underpaying royalties which ultimately slowed the pace of development in the province.

“The nation must strengthen the hands of Imran Khan since he was the only politician who can steer the country out of the prevailing crisis,” Haque said, adding that the PTI chief would soon start a nationwide public campaign.

To a question about Panama papers, he said that the nation was desperately looking towards the judiciary.

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Haque further added that they were reviewing PTI’s manifesto to include some revolutionary steps such as free education up to Matric, free health facilities, a war against illiteracy and corruption and austerity.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 13th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • fed up
    Mar 13, 2017 - 10:22AM

    Decades later and the PPP despite having done nothing still act like they have no flaws. Atleast PTI leaders are showing some maturity and accepting they have room for improvement.Recommend

  • Umair from Dubai
    Mar 13, 2017 - 10:26AM

    I have always observed one thing. Express always publishes very negative news about PTI and more positive about PMLN. Doubts their integrityRecommend

  • ahmed
    Mar 13, 2017 - 1:32PM

    Very ture Man, I like it.It was better if the time spent on the Jalsa and Dharna was spent to better understand and correct the system in KPK to show to the people the improvements . Rather than the greedy attempts of sitting on the PRIME Minister chair.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Mar 13, 2017 - 3:22PM

    It is big heartedness on the part of PTI to accept weakness & faults. Yes ! they have failed in many areas which need change but the culture of corruption is very deep rooted & it will take time to change the mindset of the people of both who give & who accepts bribes. However, as far as development is concerned, there are many noticeable changes in education, health & human development, which the media does not show. The development of the province is also affected if their money is not given back in the head of royalties. Rs 42 billion is not a small amount. Beside, the federal govt has also refused to give sovereign guarantee to foreign investors unlike Lahore. This kind of discrimination is not appreciated but shows meanness on the part of the federal govt. Recommend

  • Hassan Ali
    Mar 13, 2017 - 5:21PM

    Good to know that pti accepts its mistakes. This means they will try to improve rather than live with it. Specially in the department of Ehtesab they have failed miserably and the kpk government made sure that the Ehtesab started by Gen. Hamid khan does not continue for a longer time.Recommend

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