Uproar in KP PA over appointment of 481 nurses

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly proceedings adjourned on Friday amid uproar by tribal MPAs in the House over the issue of 70 per cent appointments of male and female nurses from the Malakand division in the Health directorate.

The issue raised by Balochistan Awami Party’s (BAP) Bilal Afridi on an adjournment motion resulted in an exchange of harsh words between treasury benches and tribal MPAs. Despite repeated ruling and warnings by Speaker Mushtaq Ghani the tribal MPAs continued the ruckus.

The speaker even warned Nisar Mohmand that he would ban his entry in the House but to no use followed by adjournment of the proceedings of the House without taking most of the agenda items.

Earlier, Bilal Afridi on his adjournment motion pointed out that Directorate General of Health Services floated an advertisement on October 24 inviting applications for appointment of 481 male and female nurses but appointed 70 per cent staff from Swat, Chitral and Dir districts and recruited only 29 persons from the merged districts which he said was discrimination with the merged districts.

Responding to the adjournment motion, Minister for Labour Shaukat Yousafzai said that the advertisement was not for the merged districts only rather for the whole province, adding that most of the candidates applied from Chitral, Swat and Dir districts.

He further said that 50 people were recruited from Shangla district and all were appointed on merit. – APP