MPA Promises Action Over Funds Embezzlement


MANSEHRA: Awami National Party MPA Laiq Mohammad Khan Swati has promised early punishment for the embezzlers of Torghar district’s development funds.

“The funds meant for the defunct tribal belt of Mansehra district, Torghar, were massively embezzled in the past, so I’ll leave no stone unturned to bring the culpable people to justice soon,” the lawmaker told reporters in Oghi area on Friday.

Mr Swati said Rs50 million was earmarked by the tehsil municipal administration of Judbah, the district headquarters of Torghar, for installing solar systems in mosques across the district but the amount was embezzled.

He said he had taken up the matter in the provincial assembly prompting Speaker Mushtaq Ghani to form a committee to probe it.

“I have solid evidence to show that the money meant for the solarisation of mosques in my constituency is embezzled by the black sheep in TMA. I will provide that evidence to the committee for action,” he said.

Meanwhile, provincial inspector general of police Dr Mohammad Naeem Khan has relaxed educational qualifications for government jobs in Torghar district.

The development comes at the formal request of MPA Laiq Mohammad Khan Swati.

Torghar, which became a settled district from a tribal area of Mansehra district in 2011, is among the areas with the lowest literacy rate in the province.

FIREWOOD PERMISSION: Chief conservator (forest) Azhar Ali Khan on Friday said tribesmen in Torghar could get wood from Guzara forests for domestic purposes after the approval of the relevant joint forest management committees.

He was addressing a function of forest owners in Kunder Hassanzai area of Torghar district.

The chief conservator (forest) also inaugurated the ‘Green and Clean Programme’ after planting a sapling.

He said people could get wood from forests for use at home as fuel and other purposes after the prior approval of the joint forest management committees to be constituted across the district.

“The committees to be tasked with protecting forests should take more and more barren land under forests,” he said.

Fearing deforestation, Mr Azhar warned that his department won’t spare people involved in illegal forest cutting and timber smuggling.

He asked the people to come forward to make the country clean and green to ensure pollution-free environment.

“If everyone plants two saplings daily on average, we can plant 44 million trees every week. This will effectively address the pollution issue,” he said.

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