BOONI, Dec 25: For unknown reasons, people of Booni showed a lack of interest in attending an open forum (katchery) held by MNA Shahzada Iftikhar Uddin here on Thursday.
Before the start of the gathering at the PTDC, the MNA along with former MPA Ghulam Muhammad was seen asking people in the Booni bazaar to come to the PTDC and inform him about their public issues.
Due to the lackluster public response, some government officials managed to gather about 30 people whom the MNA addressed at the PTDC. About 20 of them were government employees as identified by this reporter. But thing seemed to be getting out of control when Ghulam Muhammad while addressing the gathering criticized the PPP and accused it of corruption.
Five of the participants of the gathering turned out to be hardcore PPP activists and they encircled the former MPA and asked him to take his words back against their party. Sensing the critical situation, the MNA came to the rescue of Ghulam Muhammad and cooled down the PPP supporters who later left the venue.
Addressing the gathering the MNA said we should forgive all those who were involved in corruption irrespective of their party affiliations whether they were from the PPP, JUI, PML-N or the APML because corruption cases registered against politicians never led to any result rather cost the nation even more money for litigation.
He said nobody bothered to to talk about even billions of rupees corruption in other parts of the country and we should also not go to courts or make a fuss over small corruption cases. He was of the opinion that when a case is registered against any politician or contractor for corruption it only delayed the project at the cost of the people.
He even said that those who approached the courts against any corruption case were the enemies of the people. Because of such people, work on the Torkhow and Booni-Mastuj road projects have stopped, he added.
The MNA said that he had not been given even a single penny during the over one and a half year in the assembly to launch any work. He, however, said the SRSP had Rs.60 million of funds in hands through which many of Chitral’s issues can be resolved. He asked the people to collaborate with the SRSP to utilize the funds for their welfare.
The MNA said that all the old projects in Chitral upper such as the mobile service, wheat sale points, the upgradation of the hospital in Booni etc were initiated by his father former MNA Shahzada Mohiuddin. The MNA acknowledged that his popularity among the public was declining and expressed his inability to do anything for the development of Chitral, saying that being a lone member of the APML in the National Assembly, nobody was even ready to listen to his issues in Islamabad.
“What can I do, I cannot use the language which is used by Sheikh Rashid in the assembly,” he said. He said he had also been unable to meet the workers of the APML but now a convention of the party was being held in Chitral on December 27 for which he was visiting different parts of Chitral to mobilize the workers.