Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that maintenance of friendly relations and cooperation with neighbouring countries is the top priorities of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), saying the coalition provincial government of his party is strictly following the same principles.
He expressed these views while talking to the Consul General of Iran Hassan Darveshvand here in CM Secretariat. Those present on the occasion included Special Assistant to CM Mohibullah Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez and Secretary Energy and Power Sahibzada Mohammad Saeed.
During the meeting the chief minister and the Consul General of Iran discussed matters of bilateral interest and agreed on enhancement of cooperation and exchange of delegations in different sectors including solar and hydel energy, exploration of oil and gas, education, health, agriculture, livestock and tourism.
The chief minister said that they are keen for promotion of cordial relations with all neighbours to turn the region that is victim of poverty and backwardness into the cradle of peace and development.
He said that Islamic Republic of Iran is our brotherly Islamic state and both countries are enjoying durable friendly relations, which will be further strengthened and stable with the passage of time. He said that Iran is the principles loving state and the pace of its development despite international sanctions is a precedent for the Ummah.
Hinting at the invitation of visit to Iran for reviewing the cooperation in various sectors and witnessing progress and development in Iran, he explained that he is not in favour of foreign visits for the sake of entertainment and health.
Therefore, he said first the experts of Iran and government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will sit together to review the possibilities of cooperation in different sectors and later if necessary, he will visit Iran in first spare time, which he said is best mean for cementing government to government and public level relations.
He however acknowledged that bilateral cooperation in different sectors for development will bear positive and far reaching impacts and will help in bringing the people of both countries closer to each other.
Pervez Khattak said that instead of merely paper work and idol sitting he believed in practical work, saying that is the reason that after coming into power he besides making comprehensive legislation in all sectors, also fixed clear targets and now they are working for the achievement of these goals. He said that we are ready in joint work with Iran in any sector of mutual interest.
He said that it is requirement of the region to go forward jointly. Highlighting the priorities of PTI government, he said that for first time in the history of the province, a govt came at the helm of affairs which believed in public approach and is quite sincere in the welfare of the people.
Unfortunately, he said, despite tall claims in the past regimes, no practical measures were taken for providing relief to the masses especially the poor. He said that his PTI led govt has come to power with the slogan of change and will fulfill all its commitments for sure. He said that for establishment of corruption free society in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, his government has taken several steps.
The chief minister said that durable peace is the largest need of the region. Therefore, he said, we are concentrating all attentions on these peace related issues. He said that without peace no development could take place.
Similarly, he said, measures and arrangements for the elimination of the cancer of corruption and better utilization of resources were also continued. He said that all doors of corruption are closed for good and fair and judicious distribution of resources is being guaranteed.
Talking about proposed reforms in health and education sector, he said that the shortage of medical staff, equipment and other facilities in all government hospitals have been removed while provision of quality medical facilities to patients has been started.
From the current academic year, he said, unified education system has been enforced across the province to provide equal opportunities to the children of both rich and poor. The government, he said, had come into power with the manifesto of giving pleasant change, provision of relief and establishment of corruption free environment.
He said these commitments would be achieved at all costs and in any circumstances. He said that for the achievement of the set targets of development the cooperation of friendly states is need of the hour.
The chief minister also informed the Iranian diplomat of the measures taken for progress and development in other social sectors and for promotion of cooperation in this regard he announced taking benefit from the offer and expertise of Iran. He said that after mutual consultations and identification they will convene departmental meetings in this regard to promote bilateral cooperation and relations in real senses.
He also expressed satisfaction that with the passage of time relations between Pakistan and Iran are strengthened. He stressed the need for making the resources, development, experience and manpower more beneficial for each other. Later, gifts were also exchanged.