PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet Wednesday decided to abolish the provincial Ehtesab Commission and strengthen the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The provincial government argues that it has abolished its own accountability body as it was working parallel to the NAB. After the cabinet’s maiden meeting, KP government spokesman Shaukat Yousafzai and Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra told media persons that the previous PTI government had to establish the Ehtesab Commission owing to lack of cooperation from then PML-N government in the Centre in fighting corruption cases. However, they argued that now the institution wasn’t necessary as the PTI has government in the Centre and it will cooperate with the KP government in dealing corruption cases.

They said all the projects initiated during previous tenure of the PTI government, including Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Peshawar, will be completed.

Shaukat Yousafzai said the KP government will follow decisions and policy of the federal government regarding austerity measures.