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Way cleared for setting up varsity at Karak
- Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: The provincial assembly on Monday passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Universities (Amendment) Bill 2012.


The Minister for Higher Education Qazi Mohammad Asad, who had moved the bill, explained some clauses of the legislation and assured the members from southern districts of the province that they could now establish the long-awaited Khushal Khan Khattak University at Karak.


Soon after the tea break, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) lawmaker Malik Mohammad Qasim from Karak drew the attention of the House towards the reported distribution of government funds through non-elected persons in one district. He said the government was not following any rules and regulations, adding such distribution of funds had created unrest among the people.


The JUI-F MPA posed a question as to why a person was distributing Rs950 million in one district while an amount Rs150 million was given in the constituency of their party’s MPA Hafiz Akhtar Ali in Mardan district through a person who had lost the last general election.


The legislator asked the Election Commission to take notice of such illegal distribution of funds before the next election. He said the rulers should not be allowed to continue distribution of the funds for furthering their political interests.


Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights Arshad Abdullah asked the chair that the members should have raised such points by following the set procedures. He avoided offering any comment on the issue.


The speaker jokingly remarked he had also received reports that President Asif Zardari had given special gifts to JUI-F, asking the mover if he was unaware of it.


The assembly passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) (Amendment) Bill, 2012 and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Borstal Institutions Bill, 2012.The House also passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sacked Employees (Appointment) Bill, 2012.