ISLAMABAD: An elected representative of the local government in Garam Chashma has criticized MNA Shahzada Iftikharuddin for discussing matters relating to the survey for the construction of the main road to the valley with the officials of a controversial NGO ignoring the residents of the area.
Talking to ChitralToday on phone, Amirmad, the nazim of Village Council Beghusht, said the MNA and APML Chitral leader Shahzada Pervez Khalid along with NHA officials without informing the people of the area reached the office of GADO where some selected people were already present. He said after receiving information, he also reached there.
He said the federal government recently approved Rs13 billion for three road projects in Chitral. It may be noted that during his visit to Chitral in 2015, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had promised to provide funds for the construction of the Chitral-Shandur, Chitral-Kalash valley and Garam Chashma roads.
The village nazim said the MNA had come to Garam Chashma to discuss the survey for the construction of the road. It is also to be decided whether the new road would be built form the Karaimabad side or the Awi side.
He said being an elected nazim of the area, the MNA should have invited him to the meeting. He said as he was also an active activist of the APML, he asked Khalid Pervez why the local people were being sidelined and not invited to the gathering. He said about 95 per cent of the people of the area were not informed about the visit of the MNA and the NHA officials. He warned that any decision about the survey of the road without consulting the local people would be rejected by the inhabitants. He said on his objections, Mr Pervez apologized but the MNA did not say anything.
He said when he raised the objections, Muhammad Wali, a government schoolteacher, who was conducting as the stage secretary, asked a police official present on the occasion to take him (nazim) away but the police official refused.
He said the schoolteacher was a government servant ad should not be taking part in a political gathering. He said in the past another teacher was dismissed from service for working with GADO, who is now the chairman of the NGO.