PESHAWAR  - The beleaguered lawmaker of ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Yasin Khan Khalil, who has recently been sacked from the provincial cabinet, and Khyber Pakhtunhwa Pervez Khattak traded charges against each other during the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly session on Thursday.

After a long break, the provincial assembly met with Deputy Speaker Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi. On a point of order, the former advisor to the chief minister on transport, relief and disaster management Yasin Khan Khalil rejected the charges levelled against him for his sacking from the provincial cabinet and attributed them to his disgrace. "Form a six-member parliamentary committee comprising three members each from treasury and opposition benches for conducting inquiry into the allegations levelled against me," Yasin Khalil said.

He went on to say that he during his stint as advisor initiated reforms in his departments and took several people-friendly steps, which include inclusion of ambulances in the Rescue fleet and extension of its services to other cities of the province.

Rejecting the charges of poor performance, he said the allegation of nepotism in recruitment in Rescue 1122 were totally baseless. "Of the total 62 recruited persons only seven of them hail from my constituency, while the remaining 55 are from Nowshera, the hometown of CM," he explained.

He said that the PTI at the time when he joined it was lacking organisational set-up and he played a crucial role in its organisation and got elected as district president. "In last general elections, I was elected with a huge lead of more than 28,000 votes against his close runner up who obtained merely 5,000 votes," Yasin Khalil added. The electorates of my constituency, he told the house, had strongly reacted to the treatment met out to him and office-bearers of the 10 union councils had tendered en-block resignation.

He termed his removal from the office as a 'drone attack'. He said that he was never interested in ministries but rendered sacrifices for democracy. "I am elected on PTI ticket and I am bound to its discipline. But will never hesitate to call a spade a spade," he added.

Responding to the outburst of Yasin Khan Khalil, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that he did not recruit a single class-IV employee in the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), saying no party legislator was against him and the 13-member block was actually against some other. The decision of sacking has been taken after due consultation by the party chief Imran Khan after protest of the party workers.

The chief minister said that those not loyal to the party chief should leave the party. He said that nobody could become a hero by delivering emotional speeches on the floor of the House.