PESHAWAR - NADER BUNERI  -

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, on Monday asked the federal government to chalk out a national policy for countering terrorism in the country.

“It is responsibility of the federal government to frame policies regarding terrorism related issues as well as regarding alliance with the United States in the so-called war against terror,” Imran remarked this while addressing a press conference after a party meeting at Chief Minister House.

Chief Minister Parvez Khattak, Provincial Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, Education Minister Atif Khan, Minister for Local Government Shah Faraman and Amin Gandhpur were also present on the occasion.

He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would support that policy of the federal government. He said that an independent commission for accountability of the corrupt elements would soon be constituted, which would keep an eye on all politicians, MPAs and bureaucrats.

He added that all the assets of bureaucrats, MPAs and ministers would be displayed on official website and all the developmental funds would be utilised through local bodies’ representatives. He maintained that the royalty of natural resources of Karak and Kohat would be spent through district development committees. Regarding President Musharraf’s treason case, Imran said that no person is above the law and each individual including former President Musharraf must be treated as per the law of the land. He said that his party believes in supremacy of law and constitution.

He asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to convene a grand meeting of intelligence agencies, Army Chief and politicians to frame a national policy against terrorism. He mentioned that it is impossible to control militancy and terrorism in the country without stopping drone attacks.

He said that on one hand, the USA is starting dialogue with Taliban while on the other hand they edify Pakistan to fight militancy in its own country. He said that political agent Waziristan Agency submitted a report that in the last five years only 47 terrorists were killed while 1,500 innocent people became the victims of these attacks.

Imran vowed that as per the promise, PTI would eradicate the culture of corruption within 90 days of his government. He said that at tehsil-level playgrounds would be made to promote cricket, hockey and volleyball. He said that there will make shuffling of bureaucrats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in case of any complaint, proper enquiry would be initiated against government employees. He said that the expense of chief Minster House has been reduced from Rs 140 million to Rs 70 million while the expenses of advisors and minister would also be reduced up to 75 per cent.

To a question regarding drone attacks, Imran said that federal government has protested against drone attacks and in case they are not able to raise concern, it is our right to close NATO supplies. He said that access to information is the right of everyone and the government would ensure to maximum access to information.

He also appealed to the federal government to hand over the control of tourist spots to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in order to spend this money on education sector. He said that 32 government rest houses in Nathia Gali would also be used for commercial purposes to generate maximums revenue.