The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet has decided to abolish KPEC (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission) and has decided to focus on strengthening National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the maiden meeting this Wednesday.
Talking to media following the decision, the meeting included an argument on the significance of the commission, as it performed the same role as NAB. Chaired by Chief Minister KPK Mahmood Khan, spokesperson for PTI-led government Shaukat Yousafzai and Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Minister for Finance, argued that since both KPEC and NAB performed the same function primarily, there was no need for formation of KPEC in the first place.
Yousafzai and Jhagra also argued that since the federal government was not cooperating previously with the PTI government, the anti-graft draft was formed as the need of the hour.
Facing media questions afterwards, both finance minister and spokesperson avoid giving details on working of the commission and how many corrupt individuals were punished by it and how much money was spent.
They advocated that KPEC did perform and did a lot hence it cannot be termed as a ‘waste of money’. Justifying the abolition of the KPEC, they said that now that PTI has also formed the government in the federal, NAB will cooperate with them to effectively sabotage the corrupt practices.
“Now the PTI has formed the government at the Centre so NAB would cooperate with the provincial government” – Jhagra and Yousafzai added.
Shaukat Yousafzai said that KPEC did a lot to put an end to corrupt practices in the province but now they are hopeful that NAB will cooperate and hence they will be working to strengthen it.
He also said that the cabinet has endorsed the 100 Day Agenda and are enforcing strict monitoring measures.
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