Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that his govt is also concerned over the suspension of peace negotiations, saying the process should go forward. He said that the issue will not be resolved without dialogue. He said that centre is authorized; therefore we appeal it for immediate restoration of the talks.
He expressed these views while addressing function of the newly elected District Bar Nowshera. The function was attended by Provincial Minister for Excise & Taxation Mian Jamshiduddin, MPA Idrees Khattak, Deputy Commissioner Zakaullah Khattak, DPO RabNawaz Khan and large number of lawyers’ community while provincial president Insaf Lawyers’ Forum (ISF) Qazi Mohammad Anwar, president District Bar Association Ejaz Mohammad Advocate and general secretary Haji Mohammad Riaz advocate also addressed the function.
The chief minister said that the continuous useless war is severely affecting our province. He said that the protest of the PTI is not for the overthrowing of federal government, but for bringing reforms in the Election Commission, whose purpose is to abolish the chances of rigging in polls.
He said that Accountability Commission (EC) Act has already been passed from the provincial assembly and process for the establishment of commission and appointment of officials was in progress. He said that in next 20 to 25 days an independent and autonomous EC will formally start work.
Pervez Khattak said that the PTI-led coalition government besides quality education will also promote technical education to make youth capable for finding the employment of their choice. He said that a technical university is being established at Azakhel, Nowshera, which will be first-ever technical university of the country.
He said that due to its good standard it instead of job seeker will be the job giver. Similarly, he said, the establishment of Air University will open the new doors of technical and higher education in the area.
He said that the PTI government from its first day in office wanted the resolution of problems through negotiations. He said we are facing economic problems while the issues of price hike and unemployment are also soaring and perturbing our people. He said that the Ehtesab Commission will conduct indiscriminate accountability of all and sundry even chief minister will be answerable to it.
He revealed that the provincial government has received several applications of corruption along with proofs, but they were not handed over to National Accountability Bureau (NAB), as how an Accountability Bureau, whose DG is posted in consultation between the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition will conduct free accountability.
He said that was the reason that till today no clean and fair accountability was held and corruption increased with each passing day. He said that the accountability commission is being established under a specified procedure and there is no interference of the chief minister or any bureaucrat in it. Therefore, it will conduct across the board accountability.
Chief Minister said that largest change is the reformation of the system, saying situation in the province was deteriorated and corruption was at peak in past. Therefore, he said, the people in general and youth in particular gave a clear mandate to PTI to abolish the outdated system and put full-stop to corruption, commission and injustices. He said that soon-after assuming the reign of power he introduced basic reforms and worked day and night for the restoration of institutions and elimination of corruption.
He said today clear change is witnessed in this regard. He said that the government has also given legal cover to its reforms and record legislation has been made in the province and further is in the offing. He said that they have given the date of April 30 for holding local bodies’ polls in the province, but the verdict of Supreme Court that the delimitations will be made by Election Commission delayed it.
He said that they had passed an Act from provincial assembly and now National Assembly will also pass an Act and then Election Commission will carry delimitations and elections will be held by November this year.
He said that they are making efforts for holding local bodies’ polls before the month of November. He said the provincial government wanted to hold the elections under biometric system to pave way for holding allegation-free fair and transparent polls.
Pervez Khattak said that his govt has transferred all powers to gross-root level and a provincial developmental budget of Rs.30 billion to Rs.35 billion will be spent through village councils and people will utilize funds on the basis of their sweet will. He announced the acceptance of all demands made in the welcome address, which spread a wave of joy among the lawyers.
He said he considers himself as the servant of the people and never believed in any protocol and security and that is the reason that he considers himself as part of the people. He said the PTI-led coalition government is making all out efforts for coming up-to the expectations of the people, saying their utmost effort is for the restoration of institutions and confidence of people.
He said that the standard of development projects would be maintained at every cost and now instead of two-room and two-teacher, the primary schools will have six rooms and six teachers. He said that they under Tameer-e-School Program are collecting donations for construction of 13000 rooms, 9000 boundary walls and 8000 bathrooms in schools and in this connection they had received a donation of Rs.30 million only in three hours of inauguration of this programme by PTI head Imran Khan.