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Saturday, January 28, 2017
Pakistan - PPP REJECTS INCREASE IN MINISTERS’ SALARIES; DESCRIBES IT A VIOLATION OF PTI MANIFESTO
Pakistan Peoples Party has rejected an increase in salaries of the chief minister, provincial ministers and advisers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and described the decision as a violation of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf manifesto.
Speaking at the cabinet meeting of his party here on Friday, PPP provincial president Engineer Mohammad Humayun Khan said that PTI had claimed to bring an end to luxurious buildings under use of ministers and promote poor employees, but it failed to materialise its commitment.
He said that Chief Minister Pervez Khattak himself increased the salaries by 400 per cent which was a clear message to the nation that PTI was never different from rest of the political parties in the country.
The employees of various departments, he said, were crying for promotions and increase in salaries and many others for reinstatement, but the provincial government was least bothered to pay them any heed while the rulers increased their perks and privileges without any hesitation.
Describes it a violation of PTI manifesto The PPP leader also criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders for using their potential to protect Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panamagate case, saying that the nation was aware of the actual situation.
He asked the prime minister to step down and avoid making speeches against corruption as this would bring a bad name to the country.
Besides the provincial office-bearers, Faisal Karim Kundi, Akhunzada Chattan, Rahim Dad Khan, Senator Khanzada Khan, Sardar Ali Khan, Azam Afridi, Barrister Masood Kausar, Begum Shehzada Suleman and Ahmed Hussain Shah also participated in the meeting.
About the proposed visit of party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial president said that the visit would be scheduled after his return from abroad. He said that the divisional and district level office-bearers would be appointed with the approval of Mr Bilawal as he himself would interview the applicants in Peshawar.
Through a unanimous resolution the meeting urged the federal government to declare merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the earliest. The participants vowed to step up efforts for the party reorganisation in the province.