By Muhammad Daud Khan
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the coalition government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e- Islami (JI) Pakistan broke all previous records of legislation. Since May 31, 2013 till January 2018, total 160 new acts and amendments were passed by the provincial assembly.
In order to to compare the current assembly business with previous two assemblies, this scribe while using the right to information (RTI) law obtained the record of legislation done during the past 15 years.
The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), the right wing religious parties alliance, which lasted from November 30, 2002 till October 11, 2007 could manage introduction of only 14 laws during its five years term.
On the other hand, the left wing nationalist political party, the Awami National Party (ANP) which came into power in KP On March 31, 2008 passed a total of 49 acts in its tenure.
Since May 31, 2013, the coalition government of PTI and JI passed the first law, KP Finance Act, 2013, on June 26, 2013. In the same year, 8 other acts were passed, including a few landmark laws, the KP Local Government Act, and the KP Right to Information Act, 2013.
With an aim to end corruption in the province, the PTI government passed KP Ehtesab Commission Act 2014 on January 07, 2014 . It was the most talked-about law among the rival political parties and the masses. The law was amended in the same year, though.
In terms of legislation, 2014 was the most effective year for PTI as a total of 44 new laws and amendments were passed during this year. This is almost equal to the number of legislation done by ANP in five years.
In 2015, total 41 acts were passed, including KP Heath Commission, KP Delimitation of Local Councils, KP Bonded Labour Shstem Abolition Act, KP Police Order Amendment Act among the prominent laws. According to records of the KP parliamentary department in 2016, a total of 31 and in 2017, a total of 36 laws were passed.
In 2002, no law was passed by MMA government. In 2003, they managed to pass two acts only, The KP Shariah Act, and the KP Sports Foundation Act. In 2004, the MMA passed three acts, KP Medical Relief, Endowment Fund was the prominent law. In 2005, they passed five, In 2006, two, and in the last year, 2007, the MMA government only passed two laws. In the terms of legislation, MMA expressed less interest in the house business.
In 2008, the assembly passed only one law. In 2009, it passed 10 laws. The Defense Housing Authority, Peshawar Act, 2009, The KP Establishment of Commission on the Status of Women, The Paraplegic Center taking over and Re-Establishment, The Shariah Nizam-e-Adle Regulation, 2009, were among the most prominent laws.
In 2010 total seven laws were passed, in 2011, nine laws, in 2012, 12 laws and in 2013, ten laws were passed by the provincial assembly. The most prominent laws were KP Child Protection and Welfare Act, 2010, KP Industrial Relations, University of Swat Regulation, 2010, KP Supervision of Curricula, Text Board and Maintenance of Standards of Education Act, 2011, KP Promotion of Regional Languages Authority Act 2012, KP Enforcement of Women Ownership Rights, KP Publication of the Holy Quran (Elimination of printing and recording errors), KP University Act, 2012, KP Sacked Employees Appointment Act, and Provincially-Administered Tribal Areas Levies Force Regulation, 2012.
During the last year, KP assembly passed, KP elimination of Custom of Ghag Act, 2013, and KP Press, Newspaper, News Agency and Books Registration Act, 2013.
Check out documents obtained through RTI law here.