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PML-N terms CM’s visit to Hazara photo session

By Our Correspondent
April 24, 2020

MANSEHRA: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has termed chief ministers’ visit to Hazara division merely a photo session as what it said he even couldn’t write-off agriculture loans of small farmers suffering because of the ongoing lockdown.

“The chief minister spent huge money on his visit where he didn’t announce anything in larger public interest except,” Sardar Zahoor, the provincial president of PML-N the Youth Wing, told reporters here on Thursday.

The leader, who is a former MPA, said traders and daily wagers were suffering the brunt of lockdown in the division but the chief minister didn’t announce any relief package for them. He said Mahmood Khan generously spent national exchequer on his protocol during his visit to Mansehra and Abbottabad.

“The chief minister violated his own order issued by his secretariat on April 15 that only three squad vehicles would accompany his official vehicle during his visits. But he led a mega convoy of officials and other vehicles during his visit to Mansehra,” said Zahoor.

The former provincial minister and president of PML-Q, Tariq Khan Swati too denounced chief minister’s visit to Hazara. He told reporters that small farmers who had availed agriculture loans for cash crops were suffering and couldn’t pay return loans. “Because of the heavy influx of Covid-19 patients from Dodial, Shatay and Gari wall, the farmers of Pakhal have been affected and the government should write off their loans,” suggested Swati.

He said chief minister visited only the tertiary healthcare facility in upper parts of Hazara, King Abdullah Teaching Hospital but didn’t ensure emergency surgical equipment needed in the ongoing grim Covid-19 situation in the district.