PESHAWAR - Residents of various union councils of district Nowshera demanded the authorities concerned to probe into the massive corruption in various small-scale developmental schemes in the area and take stern action against the responsible people.

Speaking at a news conference here at press club on Thursday, Kaseem Khanzada, a social worker along with elders from several union councils of the area, said that millions of rupees developmental funds were misused, allocated for different small-scale development schemes in PK-13 constituency. Due to massive corruption, he said a number of developmental schemes were still uncompleted or either non-functional in the area.

He said that no mega development project was launched during the last five years in PK-13, Nowshera. He also alleged that former MPA and PTI Provincial Leader Pervez Khattak had made huge corruptions in various small-scale developmental projects. He alleged that the former minister had also awarded contracts of development schemes to his favorite people, openly violating the rules and regulations.

Flanked by the Irfan Ghafoor, Abrarul Haq, Shah Bacha and others notable from different villages, he said the people were facing acute shortage of water due non-functional and uncompleted various water supply schemes in the area.

He alleged that big cracks had been developed in the recently constructed roads due to using substandard material. During five years, he maintained that primary school wasn’t upgraded to middle and higher to secondary level in the areas. He said the people were being faced enormous difficulties due to absence of adequate health facilities in the area.

The dwellers demanded the Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, high officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Anti-corruption court to probe the huge corruption in developmental funds.

They also demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan to thoroughly check the assets of former provincial minister Pervez Khattak, who accumulated via illegal means. They urged to disqualify him to contest the next general elections. They also warned that if their demands were not fulfilled within 10 days, they would compel to launch a protest campaign against it.