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February 10, 2018
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‘Involvement of unelected PTI member in uplift schemes unlawful’

National

February 10, 2018

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) here Friday declared as unlawful the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister's direction to the government departments to prepare a PC-1 for electrification schemes in the National Assembly constituency NA-3 Peshawar, with consultation and supervision of PTI's non-elected leader and former MNA Noor Alam Khan. A two-member bench comprising Justice Ikramullah Khan and Justice Ghazanfar Khan also passed an order that Noor Alam Khan would not interfere and supervise the electrification schemes in the constituency.

The court passed these directions in a writ petition filed by Arbaz Khan, a neighbourhood councillor of NA-3 through his lawyer Imran Hashtnaghar. During the hearing, the petitioner's lawyer submitted before the bench that his client is an elected representative of the constituency.

He said the provincial government had approved electrification schemes in the Annual Development Programme for the financial year 2017-18. He said the chief minister had directed the Pesco chief executive and deputy commissioner Peshawar to prepare demand note, PC-1 and cost estimates for electrification schemes in NA-3 in consultation with the PTI's Noor Alam Khan, a non-elected politician.

He said the provincial government, under the plan of pre-poll rigging, has given the authority of the schemes to an unelected person in order to affect the outcome of the upcoming general election.

The counsel for the petitioner argued that Arbaz Khan is the elected representative of Neighbourhood 13, Kishwarabad, Hassan Garhi No1, Union Council 5. The lawyer pointed out that under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act, 2013 execution of ADP schemes is the job of the local and elected representatives. He said the petitioner and other elected representatives have the right to be consulted in the electrification work in NA-3 Peshawar, but the provincial government bypassed the rules and gave the authority to an unelected person to executethe scheme. In grounds of the petition, it said that the act of the respondents is illegal and against the law and rules governing the subject matter.

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