No Utility Store employee being sacked, says Khattak

  • Minister confirms appointment of a ‘brilliant person’ from aboard at Peshawar’s main hospital

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak on Tuesday informed the National Assembly that no employees of the Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan (USCP) would be sacked and rumours spread by some elements have no reality.

Responding to various points raised by the opposition during the debate on the supplementary budget, he said that no employees of the corporation would be sacked, no teachers of the information technology in Pakhtunkhwa would be terminated.

He dispelled the impression that contracts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been awarded to Jahangir Khan Tareen, a disqualified leader of the ruling party. “If anyone proves that contracts had been awarded to Jahangir Tareen, I am ready to give a fine, but if the allegations are proved false, they have to pay the fine,” he added.

The minister urged the lawmakers not to level false allegations. He denied allegations of appointing Imran Khan’s relative to the Board of Directors of the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) and said that one of the best and brilliant person from aboard had been given the post and he was working without any salary and facility.

He said that the board member comes to Pakistan to attend the meeting on his own expense. “We are not paying even a single penny to him, we have hired the services of one of the best people for the province,” he said. “We got the majority in the general elections due to our performance; we have delivered to the common man and not to rich,” he said.

Sharing performance of his government in the province, the minister said that improvement has been witnessed in health as well as education sectors while the image of the police was elevated through good performance. “Due to our performance, people had elected PTI and rejected you (opposition) in recently-held general elections,” he said.

Khattak said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would also win the next elections after completing five-year constitutional terms due to its performance.