PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan through consultation with the party leadership has chalked up the procedure for nomination of PTI candidates for provincial elections for tribal districts.
On Wednesday, the chief minister visited the central party secretariat and held a meeting chief organiser Saifullah Niazi. K-P Information Minister Shaukat Yusufzai and PM’s special adviser for tribal areas Ajmal Khan Wazir were also present.
The chief minister congratulated Saifullah Niazi for assuming the new post. A detailed briefing on performance of the provincial government and future course of action was given while a review of reforms in various government departments was also made. The meeting also discussed various affairs of the tribal areas, including elections for the provincial assembly constituencies. The meeting finalised a three-member parliamentary board to establish guiding principles for selection of the candidates for tribal areas. It was agreed that election tickets would be given on the basis of competence, capability and wide popularity in public.
Later on Wednesday, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan along with Governor Shah Farman also held a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad. Others present at the meeting included PM special assistant Iftikhar Durrani and principal secretary for prime minister, Azam Khan. The two provincial leaders briefed the prime minister on ongoing measures for tribal areas. In addition, a detailed review regarding the district Khyber visit was also made. The governor and the chief minister also briefed the prime minister on other aspects. The prime minister assured the two leaders that the government will ensure that funds meant for tribal areas are consistently provided so that development schemes and other works are not affected. The federal government has also approved Rs58 billion as development budget for tribal areas the funds for which will be given to provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2019.
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