PESHAWAR - Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao on Sunday criticised the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for linking its participation in the upcoming meeting of the National Finance Commission (NFC) award with the release of its share in the Coalition Support Fund and Public Sector Development funding.

He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of political workers from Buner district, who announced joining the QWP on the occasion.

He said the provincial government should have taken the opposition parties into confidence on this issue instead of announcing boycott of the NFC meeting. "Such steps would harm the interests of the province and its people," he remarked.

Aftab Sherpao said such decisions would weaken the provincial economy and would cause Rs50 million loss to the provincial exchequer.

Coming down hard on the Pakistan TehrIk-e-Insaf government, he said it failed to beautify the provincial capital let alone planting one billion trees in every nook and corner of the province.

He said the KP government had left the masses in the lurch as it did not provide relief to the downtrodden segments of the society. "The people are running from pillar to post to arrange a two-time meal for their children," he added.

He feared the funds located under the Annual Development Programme would lapse again if the rulers did not undertake uplift schemes to use the money. He said lawlessness and militancy had made life miserable for the people.

"Extortion for ransom, target killings and kidnapping for ransom has forced the well-off families to move to other parts of the country," he pointed out. He said that industrialists and traders were also facing problems due to prolonged power and gas outages and security threats.