Peshawar: European Union (EU) Ambassador Lars Gunner Wigenmark has highly appreciated the change and transparency agenda of KP govt and paid rich tributes to the leadership of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in consistently and successfully pursuing this reforms agenda.“I would like to commend your vision and leadership, the collective momentum and team work that have led, less than one year after the elections, to positive changes being already visible: one of them, and not the least, is indeed the SDPF and the emergence of an Integrated Development Strategy.
In normal circumstances, reaching these objectives would already be quite a challenge. We all know that, in addition, you are facing other difficulties brought not only by the security paradigm but also by conducting the political change in your province and the necessity to adjust to the needs created by the 18th amendment”.
He was addressing the dinner hosted by him in honour of KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak at his Embassy residence in Islamabad. Senior Minister for Finance Siraj-ul-Haq, Senior Minister for Health & Agriculture Shahram Khan Tarakai, Education Minister Muhammad Atif Khan, Advisor to CM on Economic Affairs Rafaqatullah Babar, Parliamentary Secretary Mian Khaliqur Rehman, Chief Secretary Muhammad Shehzad Arbab, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez and other administrative Secretaries and authorities also attended.
“In face of so many challenges, you know Honourable Chief Minister, that you are not alone. The donor community stands by your side. I know all too well that a hungry man is also an angry man. If you allow me, I would like to salute our colleagues and friends who are at the same time you’re and our development partners for the good team spirit and commitment to joining force for the betterment of the people of your province, especially the most vulnerable of them: the women and the children”, Mr. Lars added.
EU Ambassador continued to say that we pay an equal attention to the 4 provinces of Pakistan, we acknowledge the specific challenges that some of them are facing.
This is obviously the case of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that over the past 10 years has suffered more than any other from the consequence of violent extremism. It is therefore legitimate that the KP Province receives a special attention.
This will be the case all along the new EU 7-year development program where each of the 3 focal areas that we have agreed upon will give room to specific projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Education, Rural Development and Democracy/Human Rights. “The GSP Plus market access regime that has been granted by the EU to Pakistan is very much an illustration of this reality since it is also a way to provide aid through trade. We hope it will benefit your province”, he added while looking to KP Chief Minister.
Pervez Khattak in his vote of thanks said that the idea of aid through trade would not only benefit the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but it would also promote global fraternity and our cordial relations with IC would flourish with passage of time.