ISLAMABAD - Political victimisation is on the rise as the government has cancelled already approved development funds under Peoples Works Programme 2008-09 for district Dera Ghazi Khan, the constituency of a senator of opposition benches. These development projects were aimed to infrastructure construction including bridges, roads, and soling of pavements in tribal, rural as well as urban areas of district D.G. Khan with an estimated cost of around Rs 10 million, well-placed sources informed TheNation on Wednesday. The deadline for submitting development schemes was March 30, 2009, while the draft of these development schemes of southern Punjab was submitted on March 28, 2009 to Prime Minister Secretariat, the sources revealed. Interestingly, all these projects were duly approved through administrative process of the Planning Commission on June 6, 2009, but were later blocked by the PM Secretariat. When contacted, Senator Jamal Leghari confirmed that approved funds for the various development projects of district D.G. Khan were cancelled. I am being punished for criticising the incumbent governments policies, Leghari said. It was quite astonishing that people of a senators constituency have been deprived of Rs 10 million development funds only because of criticism, he added. Talking about details of the development projects, PML (Q) legislator said that he was planning five development projects for tribal, urban as well as rural areas of the district. He said that Rs 10 million funds were needed for materialising the idea but the said money was blocked.