Imran vows to start accountability with KP

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan says he will launched ‘accountability movement’ from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on August 7.
Speaking to reporters outside National Accountability Bureau’s office, he said that development funds for the members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly have been halted and the funds would only be given to local bodies. “Assembly member’s duty was legislation while development work would be done by local bodies representatives and no political interference would be tolerated in this regard,” he added. Imran said that local administration would be provided with Rs33 billion development funds, adding the KP assembly would approve legislation in this regard during its next session.
He warned that strict action would be taken against party discipline violators.
He announced a reward for identifying corruption in government institutions. “Whoever points out corruption in government institutions would be rewarded with 25pc of recovered amount,” he said.
Identifiers name would not be revealed. Meanwhile there are reports about internal rift and infighting on the heels of recent defeat in Azad Kashmir elections has set Imran Khan-led PTI in a tailspin, raising serious doubts about PTI’s ability to mount an effective anti-federal government campaign in early August.
Feeling heat of the situation, Imran Khan and close his aides have set an ambitious target to settle internal party differences before they kick-start a movement against the PML-N led government. Hectic close-door meetings were held in Bani Gala on Saturday and Sunday to put the party cadres in order, and come up with a strategy to highlight the achievements of its embattled provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. For this, they are ready to roll a few heads to send strong signal to all concerned.
Party insiders, however, fear that the PTI are not ready for such an ambitious campaign against the PML-N government when its own house is not in order. And that too in a political scenario where the opposition ranks, especially the PPP, are not ready for a street agitation against the federal government owing to their own political compulsions.
A protest led by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) outside the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) headquarters turned into a massive brawl as party activists thrashed newsmen, prompting the party chairman to tender apology to the media. Scores of PTI workers and supporters gathered outside the NAB offices to protest against it and file a reference against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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