CHITRAL: The members of zilla council were in complete
accord in criticizing the authorities of European Union funded
program named as Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) for
favoritism in approving the development projects which had
frustrated the people across the district who had pinned hopes on
the program since long.
In the monthly session headed by its convener Maulana Abdul Shakoor,
almost all the members of the house including the district nazim
alleged that the genuine requests for development projects were
turned down by the officers of planning and finance department who
run the CDLD and they selected the schemes in disregard of the set
The European Union is providing Euros 64 million to the provincial
government for carrying out development projects through community
development initiatives in all the six districts of Malakand
Division for a period of four years for which applications were
invited from the communities every year by the district
The district nazim Maghfirat Shah and the members of the house
including Maulana Jamshed Ahmed, Rahmat Ilahi, Ghulam Mustafa
advocate, Sher Muhammad, Muhammad Yaqub, Mufti Mahmoodul Hassan,
Rahmat Wali, Sher Aziz Baig, Maulana Javed Hussain, Muhammad
Hussain and others said that the selection process of the projects
was totally an eye-wash.
They alleged that those in the planning and finance department and
district administration dealing with the selection process did
hoodwink the applicants by feigning that their applications were
technically not sound to make a room for the applications of their
near and dear ones for acceptance.
They said that guiding the community and their mobilization was
also the duty of the CDLD management which they did not fulfill
deliberately to reject the applications on the basis of faults in
filling the form.
They said that the elected representatives of the local bodies
including the members of district and tehsil councils were bypassed
and neglected in the process to demean their image and position in
One of the members, Ghulam Mustafa advocate from Kosht, said that
seventy five applications including that of women were filed from
his constituency of the district council but none of them was
selected despite the fact that 15 percent of the total budget was
meant for women specific projects in the district.
They said that the program was a ray of hope for the resource
starved communities in Chitral who had suffered badly in the year
2015 and lost their infrastructures and agricultural fields to the
flood that devastated the whole valley while the earthquake the
same year was yet another blow for them.
The situation arising out of the Shahi Masjid incident of blasphemy
was also discussed and through a unanimous resolution, judicial
inquiry was demanded to probe into the torturing of protesters by
the police after the incident.
The district health officer Dr. Noorul Islam briefed the house
about the poor state of healthcare system in the district and
elaborated in detail the issues.
The district nazim Maghfirat Shah said that the provincial
government had disparaged the local bodies by divesting the elected
representatives of their powers and authorities as originally given
in the local government act passed in 2013.
He said that the recent amendment in the Act had further crippled
the district government in which communication and works (C&W) and
public health engineering departments had been taken back by the
Pointing towards the empty gallery of the officers of the devolved
department, the district nazim expressed his wrath and warned that
the officers willfully absent from the session of the house will be
dealt with stringently in future.