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March 13, 2019

APC asks govt to complete BRT in time or resign

Peshawar

March 13, 2019

PESHAWAR: An All Parties Conference (APC) convened by the Peshawar Qaumi Jirga here on Tuesday asked the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to either complete the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project within the stipulated time or resign.

Representatives of various political parties, trade unions, and members of civil society organisations took part in the APC.

The Khalil Qaumi Jirga had earlier announced to stage a protest on March 23 in front of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office against the alleged corruption in the BRT project and the delay in its timely completion.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Arbab Khizer Hayat, Awami National Party leader Sardar Hussain Babak, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI)’s Hafiz Hashmat and Kashif Azam, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leaders Maulana Amanullah Haqqani, Abdul Jalil Jan, PTI Member Provincial Assembly Pir Fida Advocate, ANP ex-MPAs Alamgir Khalil, Atif Khalil, Arbab Tahir Khan and PPP’s Misbahul Haq Khalil, Khalid Ayub president Karwan organisation, Haji Afzal, Mir Ali, Habibullah Zahid and civil society members attended the APC.

The APC participants unanimously asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to either complete the “ill-planned” BRT project within the time or accept the failure and resign.

The APC urged the NAB to make former chief minister Pervez Khattak accountable for the rise in the cost of the BRT project and the delay in its execution.

They urged the government to give, at least, five years tax exemption to traders, shopping plazas and owners of the houses affected by the BRT.

The participants warned of holding a protest demonstration and blocking the main Jamrud Road on March 26 if the government failed to make the BRT functional by the promised date of the March 23.

The Peshawar Qaumi Jirga also slammed the Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) management for imposing a ‘cruel and illogical’ tax on drinking water and asked the WSSP to become a welfare company instead of becoming East India Company. The speakers urged the provincial government to take serious notice of the faulty drainage system in provincial metropolis Peshawar, by making a master plan for the entire city.

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