PESHAWAR - For the first time in the history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a female lawmaker belonging to Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Aneesa Zaib Tahirkheli chaired the provincial assembly session here on Friday.

Due to the absence of Speaker Asad Qaiser and of being vacant seat of deputy speaker since long, MPA Aneesa Zaib Tahirkheli of QWP presided over the KP assembly session.

Aneesa Zaib chaired the session as she was among four in the panel of chairmen chose to lead the house in absence of the speaker and his deputy.

On this occasion, KP Minister for Higher Education, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani told the house that provincial government has started work on the preparation of a draft package to send it to the President of Pakistan for extending Right to Information (RTI), Right to Service (RTS) and other laws related to Provincial Administered Tribal Area (PATA).

The provincial minister was responding to the point of orders of the Syed Jaffar Shah of ANP and Dr Haider Ali of PTI regarding the extending of Model Universities Act to Malakand Division. They alleged illegal recruitments in the University of Swat, saying the whole district Swat is protesting against the matter.

They said that three months back the provincial assembly had passed a unanimous resolution for the extending of the Model Universities Act to Malakand Division, but it was not implemented. They said that the provincial assembly has granted autonomy to an institution, but an individual has made it hostage.

Dr Haider Ali said that despite the passage of two years in power, the provincial government had failed and massive corruption is going on in universities.

Syed Jaffar Shah of ANP even staged walk out from the house over the issue. However, Provincial Minister for Higher Education, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani and Irrigation Minister Mahmood Khan persuaded him back to the house.

Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao, the parliamentary leader of QWP stressed the need for uniformity in laws of the country. In response to the speeches of legislators, Mushtaq Ghani told the house that the provincial government has already sent a summary of the removal of the vice chancellor of the University of Swat to the chancellor. However, he said the vice chancellor has made a commitment that as he is retiring within a period of three months and will not indulge in any illegality during the period.

Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli on this occasion directed the Minister for Higher Education to raise the matter of the summary with the governor and report to the house next week.

Meanwhile, the matter of the scrutiny of local and foreign non-governmental organizations was referred to the standing committee on social welfare of the house.

The matter of the registration and non-issuance of no objection certificate (NoC) to them was also raised by Syed Jaffar Shah of ANP. He said that 75 international NGOs are working in the country. But, home department is not allowing it to work in the flood-affected areas.

Debate on University of Swat was continued when Fazal Elahi of PTI pointed out the lack of quorum. To which the presiding officer directed count and after finding the house in disorder he adjourned the proceedings of the house till Monday 3pm.