KP govt to move Supreme Court to halt Peshawar BRT probe

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar BRT project’s inquiry is once again in danger as the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has to approach the Supreme Court to halt the investigation by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The government has taken the stand that the Supreme Court of Pakistan 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 BRT

Advocate-General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that a case has been prepared to lodge it in the Supreme Court, which will be submitted next week. It may be recalled that the Peshawar High Court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe Peshawar’s under construction rapid bus transit system.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, passed judgment after hearing several of petitions against the project by residents of the city. They argued that the bus project was creating nuisance on the roads and its concrete structures were affecting the privacy of their homes. The court in its judgment instructed the FIA to submit its findings within 45 days, and to also take action against officers involved.

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).

The Peshawar high court has, last year, directed the national accountability bureau to conduct a probe into the BRT project and submit a report to the court. Though the NAB has completed the investigation and submitted a report to the court, the KP government filed an appeal in the supreme court of Pakistan asking for the suspension of PHC order. The SCP approved the appeal and issued a stay order on PHC order which is still intact.