KP governor signs bill use of govt chopper

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Haji Ghulam Ali

 

Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Governor Ghulam Ali on Friday signed a bill that provides legal shelter to use of provincial government-owned helicopter since 2008 despite reservations on it.

The governor has also written a dissenting note, saying he was not satisfied with the bill. Mr Ali is of the view that the bill was approved by the PTI-led provincial government just to protect unauthorised past use of the helicopters by Imran Khan. “Legislation to facilitate one person is unconstitutional,” he said, adding that anyone could challenge it in court.

The governor said he had first returned the bill with objection but it was sent to him again as a finance bill. “It is not a finance bill and I have informed about it the KP Assembly speaker,” he said.

Earlier this month, the provincial assembly passed the KP Ministers (Salaries, Allowance and Privileges) (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022, amid resistance by the opposition parties.—INP