PTI objects to KP governor’s use of helicopters


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari on Monday questioned the use of two helicopters by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Mehtab Abbasi, at an operating cost of $4,500-$10,000, for almost 25 hours this month which will be borne by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. 
The governor allegedly used the helicopters for electioneering in his old political constituency of Abbotabad/Nathiagali rather than official business. Mazari said there was a bye-election in PK-45 and it was unethical for a governor to interfere in electioneering in his province, as it is tantamount to rigging. She demanded that he should desist from any activity that could be construed as political campaigning for an election and conduct himself within the proper confines of his ceremonial office. Mazari said “the governor’s place for political supervision is FATA and not interference in the politics of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The PTI has taken notice of this and objects to it in the strongest possible terms”. Meanwhile, Additional Secretary General Saifullah Khan Nyazee has criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s customary approach of taking his children and family members along on high profile official visits abroad. He said that the prime minister’s practice of taking his children along undermines the spirit of true parliamentary democracy in which institutions are empowered with carrying out the state’s affairs and not individuals. Such practices, according to him, will always be a hurdle in the way of good governance and will promote cronyism and nepotism at the highest level. He asked how can Nawaz Sharif justify taking along a person who happens to be his son and does not hold any official position in the government. “Is Pakistan a plutocracy or a dynasty instead of a democracy where family ties and kinship define the state’s priorities and functioning of the government?” he questioned.On the prime minister’s visit to India, Nyazee said the nation looks forward to setting on a path to find ways to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries, including Kashmir, Sir Creek and water distribution. 

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