Provincial Minister criticized for remarks about NGO

Gul Hammad Farooqi

CHITRAL: Residents of Oveer area in upper Chitral have strongly criticized statement of Provincial Minster for population welfare Saleem Khan who charged “false allegations” on Norway backed Chitral Integrated Area Development Program (CIADP) working for uplifting of Chitral, especially neglected areas like Oveer.

Talking to local journalists former Nazim union council Nasir Ali Shah, Anwarul Haq, Yakhya Ali Khan and other said that during a meeting with members of Chitral Development Network (CDN) Provincial Minster Saleem Khan at his office Peshawar accused CIADP for by-passing elected representatives and working in Chitral without proper counseling of elected members.

Residents of Oveer and members of CDN condemned statement and allegation of Saleem Khan and termed it false, baseless and completely biased. They accused Saleem Khan of trying to pressurize Thrive and CIADP to work on his gesture only for his near and dears one to gain his political benefit and to support his colleagues and blue eyed persons. They said that CIADP working in those neglected areas where there no elected representative have kicked developmental network like Oveer and residents of those area are still living below poverty line and totally deprived from all basic amenities and human facilities.

They said that politicians also using Non Governmental Organizations for their personal interest and wants to gain some benefits as a result poverty not alleviated despite spending a huge fund in Chitral. They alleged that Provincial Minister Saleem Khan always violating merit policy in recruitments at different government departments but now he claims merit policy. Principally he should not have any interference in NGOs fund. They said that Saleem Khan wasted 4 years in provincial assembly but he did nothing for people of Chitral except of his increasing personal property and now he causing strain in the way of development because of his personal benefit. They said that Saleem Khan should to confess of his failure and withdraw his statement about nepotism in CIADP.

They said that so many developmental projects are under process by CIADP financially supporting by Norway as a result a developmental network will be kicked in the area and if these developmental projects were affected by this false and baseless allegations of Provincial Minster Saleem Khan so residents of the area will be compel to protest on a large scale against Saleem Khan Chitrali. They said that Saleem Khan should to appreciated these foreign funded organizations who supporting neglected areas of Chitral if he sincere to his nation.

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