PESHAWAR - Two more lawmakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf joined their colleague Amjid Afridi who continued blowing whistles for the second consecutive day in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday for release of oil and gas royalty for his home district by the provincial government.

The KP Assembly met with Deputy Speaker Dr Meher Taj Roghani in the chair. As the proceedings started, the PTI dissident MPA Amjid Afridi, who hails from district Kohat, took the floor and said that some seven months back, he had put the issue of royalty in front of the house and he was promised that funds would be released but it had not happened yet.

“First I formally protested, followed by a sit-in in the KP Assembly and then I bowled whistling in the house, but still there is no assurance from the provincial government about the release of the funds, which according to him is the due right of the people of Kohat.

He told the house, “Upon my first protest, the KP Minister for Public Health Engineering Shah Farman had promised him regarding giving funds to Kohat along with other districts. Unfortunately, the situation remained the same, the protesting lawmaker said.

On this occasion, he again started blowing whistle for the second consecutive day making others unable to speak.

However, Advisor to the KP Chief Minister on Prisons Qasim Khattak, who hails from district Karak, said that like Afridi, he had also been promised by the government of giving royalty funds to his district but it is still a dream.

Another Advisor to the CM KP on Social Welfare Shakeel Khan also took the floor and joined the protest of Afridi and Khattak, for not fulfilling a similar promise the provincial government had made with him of releasing the royalty funds of Malakand-III hydroelectricity project situated in his constituency in district Malakand. Out of the total Rs400 million, only Rs20 million had so far been released to his constituency under the head of royalty. The combined opposition also joined the protesting dissident legislatures of the ruling PTI.

Sensing the situation, the chair called for the formation of a committee to be comprised of the parliamentary leaders of all parties in the house and directed to prepare and submit a comprehensive report within next 10 days on the issue of oil and gas royalty so that to resolve this issue for once and all. Later, the KP Assembly offered Fateha for the departed soul of human rights activist and former president of the Supreme Court of Pakistan late Asma Jehangir. Through a resolution, the KP Assembly unanimously asked the federal government to take up the issue of languishing Pakistanis in Saudi Arabian prisons who are allegedly being treated inhumanly.

KP GOVT ANNOUNCES KHPAL KOR HOUSING SCHEME

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced the ‘Khpal Kor’ housing scheme aimed at to provide residential facility to more than 4,500 employees of various public sector departments.

This was stated by the Provincial Minister for Housing, Amjad Khan Afridi during a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday.

He said the housing scheme is a revolutionary step of the incumbent provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that would provide a low-cost and standardized residential facility.

The minister said that there were required more than 0.2 million houses to provide a residential facility in the province. He said the provincial government had launched the housing schemes to cater the increasing requirements of the residential facility. In the initial phase, he informed that employees of various government departments would provide a residential facility in ongoing four housing schemes, including Jalozai Housing Scheme Nowshera, Mulazai Housing Scheme Peshawar, Havalian Township Abbottabad and Jarma Housing Scheme Kohat.

Flanked by Director General Housing, Saif-ur-Rahman, the minister said the plots would be allotted through the transparent computerized draw by the Bank of Khyber. He said the more than 4500 employees of government departments would get plots from five marlas to 10 marlas on easy installation, which will be deposited through Bank of Khyber and other commercial banks within a period of 20 years.

Afridi said that it was mandatory to construct a house within one year on self-finance basis. While he said the plot owners would also avail the facility to construct their house by a Chinese company. The Minister said the application would be accepted for housing scheme till Feb 28. He said the form is available at the website of the provincial housing authority.

He said the application can be submitted in any branch of the Bank of Khyber. He informed that the department had also established facilitation centres regarding the housing schemes in four regions.