PESHAWAR - Director General, Resue 1122, Dr Shamsul Haq on Monday rejected ‘rumours’ about the department and clarified that it had availed constitutional cover after endorsement of an Ordinance issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor on June 29.

Speaking at a news conference here at Peshawar Press Club, Dr Haq said that there was no authenticity about the dissolution of Rescue-1122 after completing its duration as a pilot project. He added that after the ratification of an ordinance by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar by the 29th of last month, it had now attained legal status and all the employees serving under the project were regularised.

The DG also said that in the stated ordinance the department was declared as an autonomous body in the shape of a council, that has the decision making powers in a specific frame of reference.

The council was formed after getting autonomous status, and Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be the chairman of the council.

He, however, admitted that the ordinance would be tabled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly within next three months under the constitutional rules. He said the legal complications in services delivery have been removed following the endorsement of the ordinance pertaining to the Rescue-1122.

Under the legal cover, he explained that the freely movement, using of siren, and examination of crime scene had been allowed in the emergency situation.

He maintained that an institute in name of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Emergency Academy would be also created under the ordinance that will impart different long and short training courses in collaboration with local and international organization.