PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has expressed annoyance over failure of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to present notification about new tehsils of merged tribal districts.

The KP government was supposed to present the notification of new tehsils of tribal districts in the ECP on Tuesday, but it sought more time. The electoral body took exception to the inordinate delay and said it was disappointing that the provincial government has not completed the task.

A two-member bench of the Election Commission headed by Acting Chief Election Commissioner Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi conducted the hearing.

During the hearing, KP Additional Advocate General Malik Akhtar Hussain said the existing progress on the task also happened due to the intervention of the ECP. He said the report of five districts out of 12 districts of Malakand Division has been sent to the Board of Revenue. He said the KP government is facing budgetary constraints and infrastructure problems.

When the additional advocate general sought more time, the acting CEC asked how much time the KP government would consume for this task. Malik Akhrtar Hussain said three-week time will be enough to accomplish the task. The Election Commission accepted the request of the additional advocate general and adjourned the hearing till February 03.

Meanwhile, a sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told on Tuesday that LNG was being sold to domestic consumers in KP at higher rates.

The sub-committee chaired by its convener Noor Alam Khan directed action against petrol pumps selling petrol at higher rates. It also directed for providing gas connections to all the consumers who submitted their applicants.

Noor Alam Khan said imported LNG was being sold at higher rates to consumers, which is a violation of basic human rights because Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is surplus in natural gas.

On the other hand, LPG sellers are also taking undue advantage of the situation and selling gas at exorbitant rates. The official rate of LPG is Rs151.82 per kg, but it is sold at up to Rs180 per kg in cities and Rs200/kg in villages owing to increased demand during winter. Domestic consumers are facing a lot of problems due to gas outages.