KPK Lawmakers Unite Against ‘Unconstitutional’ Caretaker Government’s Actions

 KPK Lawmakers Unite Against ‘Unconstitutional’ Caretaker Government’s Actions

In an unusual display of unity, both treasury and opposition members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday voiced their concerns over the actions of the ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional’ caretaker government in the province. During a general debate on the annual budget for 2023-24, lawmakers from both sides questioned the legitimacy of the caretaker government, which had been extended beyond the typical 90 days.

The assembly members argued that the provincial assembly should reject expenditures, development projects, and agreements made by the caretaker administration. They criticized the caretaker chief minister, ministers, advisers, and special assistants for allegedly misusing development and non-development funds outside their constitutional mandate.

The present government, led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Sunni Ittehad Council, came to power following the February 8 elections and subsequently presented the annual budget with a total volume of Rs1,456 billion for the current financial year.

Lawmakers from both sides criticized the budget, noting that the caretaker government had already spent funds for about eight months, leaving the revenue for the remaining four months to be managed by the newly elected government. This imbalance, they argued, undermines the credibility of the financial planning and allocation for the province.

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