LAKKI MARWAT - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Lakki Marwat chapter, has warned that the local residents would come to roads if higher authorities of Peshawar Electric Supply Company did not take any solid measure to stop unscheduled power outages.

In a meeting held in Naurang Town on Thursday with a senior PTI leader Salim Nawaz Khan in the chair, the participants said that prolonged electricity loadshedding became intolerable, as it made the lives of people miserable. They said the residents of the urban and rural localities were hard hit by electricity outages. “The long power breakdowns have brought the life to a standstill, besides affecting the business activities,” they maintained.

They said that severity of power outages could be judged from the fact that there was an acute shortage of drinking water in the urban and rural localities of the district, as tube wells could not run. The PTI leaders condemned the govt and said that rulers had failed to overcome energy crises.

“During the last over four years, the PPP-led government did not take any step for power generation rather it focused on RPPs (rented power plants) to get kickbacks,” they said. They said that people had no option other than to hold protest demonstrations to press the government for overcoming the menace of loadshedding. Among others Salim Nawaz, Ahmad Nawaz, Ghulam Dastageer, Yousaf Hayat, Iqbal Khan and Ishfaq Ahmad also spoke.

Meanwhile, refuting the allegations of irregularities in recruitments, the Executive District Officer, Health, Dr Abdul Ghaffar Wazir has said that the District Health Department has not made any fresh recruitment in the last couple of months.

Talking to this correspondent on Thursday, he said that some political elements wanted to blackmail him and other officials of the health department for the sake of their vested interests. He said the health department did not float any advertisement in newspapers seeking applications for filling vacant posts nor he made any appointments since he took over charge of office in the district. “No one can prove irregularities or violation of merit in the district health department as no appointments have been made so far”, he maintained.

Meanwhile, the representatives of civil society working for children rights have expressed concern over the increasing cases of violence against children in different parts of KPK and called for proper legislation to end the growing corporal punishment in education institutions. 

Addressing at a press conference here at press club, Programme Manager, Society for the Protection of the Rights of Children (SPARC), Imran Takkar said that government as cosignatory of the UN-Covenant had bonded to take steps for the protection child rights and to stop violence against them. He said that the UN-convention on children rights has clearly defined in its relevant clauses that children basic rights should be protected under the Geneva accord.

However, he regretted that the number of violence cases against children were growing in the country, due to the non-implementation of binding laws and its proper enforcement. Flanked by Abkar Ali Shah, he referred the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly legislation made in 2010, under which it was clearly stated that imposition of at least six month penalty and Rs50,000 fine for corporal punishment. But despite that, he said more than eight children were committed suicide, hailing from district Timergara, Nowshera, Chitral and Charssada, due to fear of corporal punishment. He demanded of the government to make proper legislation to end the growing ratio of corporal punishment in education institutions.