PESHAWAR— The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday decided to approach Supreme Court (SC) against the decision of Peshawar High Court (PHC) that directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to hold inquiry into BRT project.

The Peshawar High Court a day earlier had directed FIA to hold inquiry int multi billion rupees project and submit its report within 45 days.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Advocate General will file the case in the apex court in coming week.

Justifying its move, the KP said that Supreme Court has already stopped the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate the project so the case cannot be opened again by the Peshawar high court.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already obtained stay order on NAB’s investigative report on multi billion rupees’ project.

On Thursday, Peshawar High Court in its detailed judgement had said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government launched the BRT project without vision and planning. “Why was the CEO of TransPeshawar removed from his post?” it read.

The court remarked that project suffered a lot in shape of cost escalation and delays due to government announcements based on politics. It said the even attractive packages were proposed for such staff of BRT in the PC-1 which was not too relevant to the project.

It further stated that the BRT contract was given to a blacklisted company in Punjab, adding, “What was the need for such a large loan for the project?”

The High Court in its ruling said that attractive salaries were made for staff in PC One. Payment was also made to the Principal Secretary of the chief minister and ACS. Plans for Peshawar residents cause trouble, added verdict.

A meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary on November 23 was informed that only six per cent work has been completed during the last six months overt BRT project that is also not up to the standard, after which the KP government decided to conduct a forensic audit of the project from Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Sajjad Ali
Sajjad Ali is the founder of Peshawar Today. He is a journalist by profession and working in field for the last ten years. Previously he worked for national media organizations including ‘The Nation’ Daily Pakistan Today, Khyber News. He also worked in media development sector. He can be reached at sajjad.sovereign@gmail.com

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