PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) came into power exactly one-year back in militancy-shattered Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province with claims to change the common man’s fortune; however, it is still far behind to fulfil many of its pledges.
As promised by the PTI’s top brass time and again that it will hold local bodies’ elections within 90 days after coming to power, but it’s over a year now and even the election process is not in sight yet. The reason for this delay is cited that in order to have more fair and transparent elections, the PTI wants it to conduct through biometric system.
The PTI witnessed many ups and downs from within and outside during its one-year rule. On May 31, 2013, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak took oath of his office. The coalition government of PTI, JI and QWP was yet to start functioning fully when three members of the provincial cabinet affiliated with the QWP, including Sikandar Sherpao, Bakht Baidar Khan and Ibrar Hussian, were removed from their offices on corruption charges just within five and half-months. Later, the PTI removed Shaukat Yousafzai, health and labour minister, and Yasin Khalil, advisor to the CM, for poor performance.
During the one-year, three women lawmakers Maliha Khan, Zareen Riaz and Nageena Khan were nominated as chairpersons of district development advisory committees (DDAC), ignoring the opposition parties. However, when the pressure was built up on the government, they were replaced with opposition lawmakers. This decision was lauded by the opposition while those who were removed opposed it openly.
As promised, a mass rapid transit system for the city of Peshawar is under the consideration of the PTI-led government but it is still a dream. The Ehtesab Commission announced by the provincial government is yet to start work formally, as it is still under process. However, the much commendable laws - right to information and right to services - have not only been passed but have also been actively implemented, for which the government is appreciated in and outside Pakistan.
During the 365-day rule, there happened the incident of Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak on July 30, 2013, in which 12 persons were killed while 443 prisoners escaped. The jailbreak report is to be unveiled yet.
The PTI government presented Rs 344 billion annual budget last year and allocated Rs 118 billion for Annual Development Program (ADP). However, the minimum share of this allocated money has reportedly been utilised.
Moreover, a 14-lawmaker forward bloc emerged within the PTI after having reservations over some ministers. This shattered the political cohesiveness of the party a lot.