PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: NNI/ FILE
THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE,PESHAWAR,MAY 27th,2013: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has formed a provincial coordination committee to facilitate the implementation of its election manifesto, The Express Tribune learnt on Saturday.
The committee will probe means to enable the implementation of plans developed to improve education, health, local government, planning and development, energy and power sectors.
The committee will be headed by PTI chief Imran Khan and will consist of handpicked members including Asad Umar, Jahangir Tarren, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Javed Hashmi, Asad Qaiser, Pervaiz Khattak and Atif Khan.
It was further learnt former Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairperson Attaur Rehman and PTI Senior Vice President Ishaq Khan Khakwani may also be included in the group.
“The committee is supposed to work as a liaison body. It will coordinate with the provincial government and administration, giving advice on various development plans to be executed according to the party’s manifesto,” said someone familiar with the matter.
The members will have more powers as compared to elected MPAs as far as planning and initiating developmental projects are concerned, he informed, adding the members would also play a key role in suggesting reforms in various provincial government departments.
When contacted, PTI Peshawar President Atif Khan, a member of the said committee, confirmed the formation of the body. Atif stated the committee had been constituted in order to fully ensure the implementation of PTI’s development plans for the province, as previously pledged to the people.
In response to a question, the district president said PTI’s decision making was not centric as suggestions from party members were always welcomed.
Earlier, Awami National Party Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) President Afrasiab Khattak had criticised the PTI’s central leadership for its involvement in provincial matters, alleging important decisions regarding K-P would now be imposed from PTI’s leadership sitting in Punjab.
However, when contacted, K-P PTI Secretary Information Aqeel Razzaq said in response that people would judge the party by its performance as opposed to who made decisions when it went to the polls again in five years.
“PTI has competent people in every field, and it is our right to utilise their experience in the interest of the province,” Razzaq maintained.
He further added it was the party’s utmost priority to deliver what it pledged to the people. “We cannot take any risks. If the PTI fails to deliver in K-P, there will be no justification in asking people to vote for us in five years.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2013.