Peshawar: A Peshawar High Court (PHC) bench on Thursday prevented the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government from releasing special development funds to various less-developed districts in the province, a news source reported. This was after Minister Provincial Assembly (MPA) Laiq Mohammad Khan of the Awami National Party (ANP) filed a petition seeking the same status for Torghar district.
Advocate Babar Khan Yousafzai addressed the court while representing the MPA. He argued that Torghar was one of the smallest and most deprived districts in the province; being in urgent need of development. He stated that since its separation from Mansehra in 2011, very few development works had been conducted in the area.
Further, the advocate explained that the district had only recently come under the jurisdiction of the provincial government – and if it continued to remain under-developed, the people would lose confidence in the new system. He requested the court to include Torghar’s rehabilitation part of the uplift development schemes’ agenda.
The bench, for its part, has requested replies from the authorities concerned (who are members of the KP government).