PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday approved a unanimous resolution against Altaf Hussain, stating that the MQM chief must be brought back to Pakistan through Interpol and tried for treason, reported a private TV channel.

According to details, the resolution against Altaf Hussain was presented in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly by Shaukat Yousafzai and was unanimously approved by the House. The resolution terms Altaf Hussain’s recent statements as seditious against the Pakistan Army and state, and a recommendation was made to the federal government to bring the MQM chief back to Pakistan through the Interpol and try him for ‘treason’.

Staff Reporter adds: The House was told that Rs4 billion losses have been estimated only in district Chitral due flood and rains while assessment in other districts of the province was in progress.

This was stated by Senior Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (LG&RD), Inayatullah Khan in his winding up speech on losses from flood and rains in various districts of the province. He said that the provincial government had established disaster management centre at each district level and had made all the line departments subservient to Deputy Commissioners. He said that all DCs have been issued an amount of Rs382 million as emergency funds.

The senior minister said that so far an amount of Rs one billion had already been released to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). He said that all departments have been playing an active role in worst -affected district Chitral. He said that initially an amount of Rs140 million was also announced for the district.

He said that KP CM Pervez Khattak remained in the flood-affected areas for several days and had visited various valleys of the district. He said that Rs500 million announced by the PM during his visit to Chitral have been received by the provincial government.

Giving statistics of human casualties and losses of public properties, the minister said that 80 persons were killed, 58 injured and 8 others were missing due to flood and rains while a total of 2682 houses were partially and 398 houses fully destroyed in the province. Similarly, 328 cattle have also been killed in the natural disaster. He said that after Chitral, district Lakki Marwat is also included in the list of worst-affected districts.

About demands for the payment of compensation to the flood affected people, he said that Rs0.3 million will be paid to the family of a person who has lost his life while Rs0.1 million to each injured person. Similarly, a person whose house is fully destroyed will get compensation of Rs50,000 while Rs25000 for the owners whose houses are partially destroyed.

He said the departments concerned have been directed to keeping close contact with the MPAs who had pinpointed issues in their respectively constituencies. He went on to say that in case of the shortage of funds, the provincial government will even not hesitate from suspending its annual development programme (ADP) for the rehabilitation of the flood and rain affected people.

Earlier, the legislators from the opposition and treasury benches including Opposition Leader, Maulana Lutfur Rehman, Sardar Hussain Babak (ANP), Aurangzeb Nalotah (PML-N), Samiullah Alizai, Syed M Ali Shah Bacha (PPP), Arshad Umerzai (QWP), Manawar Khan (JUI-F), Syed Jaffar Shah (ANP), Saleh Mohammad (PML-N), Mahmood Khan Bhatni (JUI-F), Bakht Baidar (QWP), Amna Sardar (PML-N), Shiraz Mehmood (PML-N) and Maulana Fazal Ghafoor in their speeches highlighted the losses due to flood and rains in their respective constituencies and demanded future planning to minimise losses from natural disasters.

Later, Speaker Asad Qaiser adjourned the proceedings till Friday.