PESHAWAR: Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak has said that the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was advocated by all political forces with the exception of a few who had their own interest to the existing system in FATA.
It will be injustice if the merger was delayed; he was addressing different Jirgas and delegations at Chief Minister House Peshawar Wednesday.
Pervez Khattak said that the past rulers pushed the country to the quagmire because they had nothing to do with the problems of poor. In view of the growing popularity of PTI, the traditional political forces on the basis of their poor performance in the past were struggling for their survival in the political arena.
Chief Minister was against the three layers of education that included English medium, Urdu medium and Madrasa education advocating uniformity upgrading the Urdu system of education and mainstreaming the madrasa education so that all should have an equal playing field in the future scheme of things.
His government was about to start stipend to Paish Imam of mosques making them independent to look after their families and they could not be exploited by religio-political forces on one pretext or other. The KP government introduced Nazira Quran, right from primary level to the 6th class and translation of Quran compulsory up to 12th class. He enumerated a number of steps for the promotion of Islamic values that included banishing Jahez, and other un-Islamic traditions.
He had already appealed to the Ulema to guide his government in the promotion of Islamic values and introduction of Islamic teachings.
Pervez Khattak assured that rapid bus transit Peshawar would be completed within the stipulated period. The government machinery had already been sensitized.
The reforms of his government sent a streak of lightening to all the opposition forces and now they are fighting to misguide the people. Now there was no room for corruption and irregularities in the province. The merit based decision making would bring absolute transparency adding that his government introduced E tendering and E bidding for all public sector projects.
Pervez Khattak enumerated about his government mega projects said the billion tree tsunami would bring greenery as previously this province suffered mass scale deforestation by the timber mafia.
Swat Motorway which was the first ever motorway being constructed by a province would open up the entire Malakand to tourists and different mega road communication projects would integrate the whole of the province. However, his government mega projects were reforms in public sector institutions, improved services in health, education and other social sectors, domesticating Thana and Patwar system and mitigating the sufferings of the poor, he added.
He said his government set up universities on need driven, spent Rs. 24 billion on school improvements and another matching spending on higher secondary education. Sehat Insaf Card was another mega project giving 70% population of the province free medical cover.
Chief Minister compared his governance with others adding that when he took over, there were problems everywhere in the province which his government identified and then resolved them. He talked about his efforts against the unnecessary political intervention in public sector institutions that started delivery in consonance with the people’s aspirations.
Pervez Khattak said that it was Imran Khan who gave vision for the facilitation of agenda of change and those who were the real beneficiaries and the poor segment of the society are seeing the change.