by Zulfiqar Ahmad
ISLAMABAD: After severe criticism from all quarters, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday directed his Members National Assembly (MNAs) to return all the salaries they had drawn despite absence from house.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the party’s 72-member central advisory council held here with Imran Khan in the chair to take stock of the party matters across the country especially the LG elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that took in May.
Imran directed the party MNAs to deposit all the money in the national kitty in order to set a precedent which was otherwise missing in the overall political history of the country.
The PTI MNAs had received over Rs 800,000 money as salaries despite staying away from the parliament due to an anti-government sit-in which continued for about 126 days. But when it was their turn to get the accumulated salaries, they received the huge sum of money without even realising it is not their right.
However, better late than never, the PTI chairman finally broke the silence in a meeting of the party’s central advisory meeting and issued standing orders to the rich party MNAs except a few poor chaps, to immediately deposit the amount ion the treasury.
Talking to reporters, Imran said that his party MNAs will return all the amount back to the government as they remained out of the parliament and it was in no way justified to draw the salaries without taking part in its proceedings.
To a question about the recent talks between Afghan government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan hosted that was hosted by Pakistan, PTI chairman said that he had floated the idea long ago but the US was not ready to accept the proposal. “It was ironic how I was attacked for suggesting peace talks and now Pakistan is hosting the talks between Afgan Taliban and Afghan government with US approval,” he added.
The PTI chairman also directed the leaders from Punjab to gear the efforts for the upcoming local government elections in the province.
He said the PTI provincial minister for mineral development Ziaullah Afridi who was rounded up by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission on charges of misuse of authority and corruption, will have to face the music if found guilty.
Khan said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission is fully independent and it would continue to haunt all those involved in corruption no matter how influential they are as eradication of corruption is the motto of PTI.
Source: Business Recorder