The rumpus in the KP Assembly
The boisterousness in the session of the provincial assembly on September 10 was partly justified. The enraged MPAs from the merged tribal districts gathered in front of the Speaker’s dais. They raised full-throated slogans. The alleged anomalies in the recent recruitment of nurses was the issue which led to the hullabaloo. Foul language and expletives were exchanged between the Special Assistant to the Chief Minister (SACM) Kamran Khan Bangash and Nisar Khan, who got elected from Momand District on the ticket of the Awami National Party (ANP). Curse words were used and attempts were made to physically attack each other. The background of the controversy came from Bilawal Afridi. He was the parliamentary leader in KP Assembly of PTI’s coalition partner, the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). Bilawal Afridi said that on October 24, 2020, the Director-General of Health Services, advertised as many as 481 vacant posts of male and female nurses in the merged tribal districts. Out of these, only 29 persons were taken from the merged tribal districts. The remaining vacant posts were filled by recruiting candidates from Swat, Dir and Chitral. Bilawal Afridi described it as sheer injustice to the unemployed people of the merged tribal districts. Provincial Minister Shaukat Yusufzai tried to clarify the government’s position. He said that the recruitment of nurses was not meant to be made from the merged districts. It was made to recruit nurses, who were to be appointed in the merged districts. Therefore, candidates from Dir, Chitral and even his own district of Shangla (Swat) could also apply. At this clarification, the minister was shouted upon and ridiculed by the angry MPAs. The point was that the people of the merged districts deserved to be recruited. The reason was their being poor by constantly living in the militancy-hit regions.