PESHAWAR - Joint opposition in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday walked out from the proceedings of the House in protest against registration of FIRs against the JUI-F workers in Karak and Kohat.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly met with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair. Leader of the opposition Maulana Lutfur Rehman took the floor first on a point of order and said that staging peaceful protests is the democratic right of citizens but when his party workers staged a peaceful protest the chief minister and provincial ministers used a derogatory language against them. He said that cases under Anti-Terrorism Act were registered against the JUI-F workers in Karak and Kohat which is a highly condemnable act. After this, the opposition members staged a walk out of the assembly session.

In response to the furious speech, Provincial Minister for Information Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said that since August 14, 2014, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has held no meeting with Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali. Reports surfaced in media in this regard have no truth. He expressed deep grief and sorrow over the killing of two PTI workers in Faisalabad and said that they never indulged in terrorism. He said that one political party for creating hurdles in the public meeting of PTI brought out their workers and blocked their way, which resulted in the loss of precious lives. He said that on Nov 30 during the protest of JUI-F they neither used any force against the protestors nor brought their workers to confront them.  Rather, he said the chief minister and his cabinet members changed their routes and reached Islamabad through different roads.

Provincial Minister for Education Mohammad Atif Khan said that the provincial government during the protest of November 30 had directed the police for avoiding firing in any circumstances but in Faisalabad their workers were shot dead. Earlier, during the Question-Hour, Provincial Minister for Education Mohammad Atif Khan in response to the question of Mufti Fazal Ghafoor of JUI-F said that the political-based transfers in the Education Department have been closed.

On the point of order of Syed Jaffar Shah of ANP, Provincial Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE) Shah Farman said that several officers of the Workers Welfare Board (WWB) have been sent to jail on illegal recruitments and several more have to face the same situation. The proceedings adjourned till January 2, 2015.