PTI legislators criticize own government for not releasing gas royalty

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI’s) affiliated members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Monday strongly criticized their own government for not releasing of funds in head of royalty on oil and gas to the respective areas.

The matter was raised by Gul Sahib Khan of PTI through a point of order but, Deputy Speaker Mehr Taj Roghani, who was presiding over the proceeding, did not allow him. However, he took the floor shouting the words ‘pointed of order’ point of order’ but the Deputy Speaker was not allowing him to speak before finishing the agenda for the day.

The PTI legislator complained that MPAs from Kohat division have been deprived of oil and gas royalty of Karak, Kohat and Hangu districts.

He said that the PTI led provincial government had not released 4.5 billion rupees since last two years. The provincial government has started developmental works in other parts of the province from the same fund, but ignoring Kohat division,” he alleged.

The legislator reminded that in this regard, they have already talks to the Speaker, Asad Qaiser, but the issue had not resolved so far.

He threatened that all the legislators from Kohat division will stage sit-in, in case the PTI led provincial government did not release the funds.

Taking the floor, Advisor to Chief Minister for Prisons, Malik Qasim Khan, who also represents Karak in the provincial assembly also extended support to Gul Sahib Khan in this regard. He said that a development work to the tone of Rs.550 million had been stopped due to not releasing of royalty. “I feel embarrassed when the people of my constituency demands developmental work,” he added.

He said that being a fair person, he is ready to present himself for accountability before NAB, Anti Corruption or Ehtisab Commission.

Mahmood Jan, another PTI legislator also demanded the utilizing of the net-profit of electricity generated by Warsak Dam in his constituency.

Taking the floor, the Parliamentary Secretary Advisor to Chief Minster alleged that federal government was not releasing share of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa therefore they have to face problems.

Earlier, joint opposition criticized the performance of the Communication and Works (C&W) Department for not constructing roads in different areas of the province.

Advisor to CM on C&W Department, Akbar Ayub told the house that 81- kilometer Swat Motorway will cost 34.165 billion rupees.He said that the motorway will start from Karnal Sher Khan Interchange Swabi and end at Chakdara Bridge. He said that the KP government had started negotiations with the Peoples’ Republic of China and World Bank for extending Swat Motorway to Swat.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi tabled the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Health (Surveillance and Response) Ordinance 2017 in the house.