Executive powers snatched from elected representatives
Syed Bukhar Shah
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government (LG) Bill 2012 under which the next elections would be held on party basis with no executive powers for the elected representatives.
Senior Minister Bashir Bilour moved the bill and the lawmakers supported it with ‘ayes’ when the acting speaker Khushdil Khan put it to a voice vote. The JUI-F’s Mufti Kifyatullah and Israrullah Gandapur had already withdrawn their amendments.
Congratulating the legislators, the senior minister who holds the portfolio of local government, said the province was the first one to pass this bill and they would hold local government election on party basis.
The senior minister said the executive powers should rest with the executive officers instead of nazims to run the affairs smoothly.The JUI-F’s Mufti Kifyatullah in his hard-hitting speech condemned the brutal killing of Maulana Naseeb Khan Wazir and demanded action against the killers. The killing of Ulema, he said, had created unrest among the students and religious scholars.
Promising to take against the killers, Bashir Bilour asked as to how many lawmakers had quit their MMA government when Maulana Hassan Jan was assassinated. He also condemned the protesters for raising slogans in favour of the Taliban.
The JUI-F’s Mufti Janan complained that the government has deleted the subjects relating to the Holy Prophet, his daughter and his companions, Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal from Pakistan Studies of class fifth and included Nelson Mandala and demanded investigation against those responsible for it.Senior minister Bashir Bilour suggested keeping it pending and discuss in presence of the education minister.