PML-N challenges KP govt helicopter bill in PHC

Tariq Saeed

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday challenged the Aircraft, Helicopter bill passed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in Peshawar High Court. The PTI government, it may be recalled, had recently passed legislative bill in the KP assembly allowing the use of aircraft or helicopters by the functionaries of the government.

The legislation empowers the chief minister to allow any minister, advisor or special assistant to chief minister, public servant or government servant to utilize the facility. The petition filed by MPA Sardar Yousaf, PML-N parliamentary leader in the KP Assembly, said that the amendment bill would protect the illegal use of the government helicopter. The bill was passed amid the opposition protest.

The opposition contented that the law would allow everyone to use aircraft, and helicopter at public expense like a cab or rickshaw. The petitioner Sardar Yousaf maintained that amendments were made to aircraft, helicopter law for personal gains. The petitioner pleaded with the court to declare the law null and void.

The provincial government and chief secretary were made respondents in the petition. Talking to Media persons the petitioner Sardar Yousaf MPA accused the PTI leadership of making the legislation for personal gains. “The people are unable to purchase even basic commodity like floor owing to unprecedented price hike while the Helicopter will be used for the “marry-making and leisure trips” of the government functionaries”. PML leader said and claimed that PML was raising voice on all fronts where the public interests is hurt.