PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Monday constituted a special house committee for investigation into existence of ghost employees in the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department of the province.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly met with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair. Taking the floor first, PML-N MPA Mohammad Shiraz raised questions about the construction of a water supply schemes in Swabi. The legislator said that actually the scheme has no existence and requested the speaker to refer the matter to the house committee concerned. He mentioned several other such schemes in his constituency and demanded proper inquiry into the matter.

In response to the question of the opposition legislator, Provincial Minister Shah Farman said that he has no objections over the referring of the matter to any committee, anti-corruption establishment or NAB.

 The minister also proposed the constitution of a committee comprising two MPAs from district Swabi and officials of Anti-Corruption Establishment to probe the matter. Speaker Asad Qaiser, who himself hails from district Swabi, said that his own provincial assembly constituency also has seventeen such cases. Therefore, he said it needs proper inquiry. The speaker proposed a special committee of the house to provide a platform for parliamentarians to bring their problems for resolution. Meanwhile, Raja Faisal Zaman, another PML-N MPA, asked the chair to head the committee by himself. He said the committee will prepare its report within a period of one month.

Speaker Asad Qaiser also referred the call attention notice of the Arbab Jehandad Khan of PTI regarding action against two private hospitals, including Rehman Medical Complex (RMI) and North-West Hospital, Hayatabad to the standing committee on health.

The PTI MPA in his call attention notice brought the matter of the closure of the gates of emergency service of both hospitals for the treatment of the injured of Imambargh suicide attack into the notice of the house. He said that in case of death of any patient, the management of these hospitals refuses to hand over their bodies till payment of the bill. Furthermore, he said that even in case of accident, they do not admit patients until advance payment.

He demanded of the provincial government for taking action against both private hospitals, as they were working for provision of medical facilities to the people and not for earning money. Special Assistant to CM on Law and Parliamentary Affairs Arif Yousaf also seconded the contentions of Arbab Jehandad Khan.

He said that the attitude of the management of these hospitals is not good with the people. He said that the Provincial Health Commission has served notice on them but they had not responded.