PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan has said that justice is imperative for the establishment of a balanced and successful society.
A society without justice cannot survive. It is hoped that people from legal fraternity will support the downtrodden segment. Positive criticism is the right of every citizen but the steps taken by the government for the public welfare should not be politicized and unnecessarily criticized.
Development and prosperity of the whole province is a priority of incumbent government. The economy has lost billions of rupees due to the Corona epidemic, but is now recovering.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is concerned about vulnerable segment of society. Our smart lock down policy is being appreciated all over the world. The government is moving in the right direction. All sections of society, including the legal community, must cooperate so that Pakistan can stand on its own feet.
He expressed these views while addressing the oath taking ceremony of the newly elected Cabinet of the High Court Bar Association Swat (Mingora Bench) as a chief guest during his one-day visit to Swat District. The Chief Minister said that some political opponents were propagating that the funds of Dir-Chitral Road were diverted to Swat Motorway. In fact, they have nothing to say, they are just trying to mislead the people.
The fact is that the funds for any development project have never been transferred to another project, especially in the CPEC projects. Mahmood Khan clarified that the money for the purchase of land for Swat Motorway Phase II is to be paid by the federal government. The project has been approved by ECNEC. The rest will be done by the provincial government itself.
The Chief Minister said that positive criticism is everyone’s right but false propaganda should be avoided. He belongs to Swat but wants equal development of the whole province. He said that the biggest challenge to the present government was the integration of the former FATA into the province. The expansion of all institutions, including judiciary, to new districts, the integration of 28,000 levies into the police and the holding of provincial assembly elections are undoubtedly a historic achievement. Referring to development strategies and projects, the Chief Minister said that the Corona pandemic had cost the economy billions of rupees but now it was moving towards recovery.
The provincial government has prepared a Rs 29 billion economic recovery plan “Azm-e-Naw”. The goal is to revive the economy and solve the problems facing the people. Referring to the ongoing development schemes for Swat district in the law and justice department, he said that under the annual development program for the financial year 2020-21, 16 different projects have been taken in hand in Swat district at an estimated cost of Rs. 1071.609 million. Five projects have been completed, eight projects are in progress while three schemes are in the process of approval.
So far Rs. 325.029 million has been spent on these projects. Additional funds were provided for the purchase of land in connection with the establishment of Khawaza Khel Judicial Complex. Additional funds have been released for acquisition of land for setting up of Matta Judicial Complex. The Judicial Complex Bahrain project has been completed. The land purchase scheme for Judicial Lodges in Malam Jabba is also part of the current annual development program.
Construction of a bachelor hostel for judicial officers has been completed for Swat in June 2020. He said that the plan to build rooms for the High Court Bar Swat was also part of the current ADP adding that the cost of the project is Rs. 12.243 million. A new scheme for construction of courtroom in Gulkada Swat has also been approved which will cost Rs. 21.500 million, the chief minister informed.
Similarly he elaborated that work is underway on the tender for the project.
Two schemes for construction of various tehsil complexes in Swat are part of ADP with a total cost of Rs. 210 million and work has been started on the preparation of PC One of the schemes, Mahmood Khan added.
The plan of Directorate of Human Rights and Resource Center for Public Prosecutors in Swat has been completed. Referring to other initiatives in the province under law and justice department, the Chief Minister said that Rs 36.322 million has been released for the purchase of vehicles for senior civil judges. Mobile courts have been set up in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Courts are ready on behalf of the provincial government.
Child Protection Courts have been set up in seven divisional headquarters of the province. 907 posts of various categories have been created for the establishment of Sessions Courts and Courts of Senior Civil Judges in the merged districts. District and Sessions Judges, Additional District Sessions Judges and Senior Civil Judges have been appointed in all the merged districts. During the last two years, a total of about Rs. 12 million has been released in the form of grant-in-aid to the High Court Bar Association, Mingora Bench, Swat and various Tehsil Bar Associations of Swat.
The Chief Minister said that a scheme at a cost of Rs. 8 billion would be inaugurated soon to solve the water problem in Mingora city while work was underway to solve the gas problem. Work on the Kabul and Matta grid stations will begin this year. We will give our produced power to the power industries so that employment opportunities can be created. We want to make this province a hub of industry and trade.
He said that work on feasibility study of DI Khan Motorway from Peshawar has started. The Khyber Pass Economic Corridor is also included in the development plan which will be a source of development and prosperity. On this occasion, the Chief Minister announced the provision of grant for the High Court Mingora Bench and the feasibility study for the conference hall and said that a portion of Swat Jail would be completed by December. Earlier, the Chief Minister formally administered oath to the newly elected cabinet.
Provincial Minister Mohibullah Khan, Member Provincial Assembly and Chairman DDAC Fazal Hakeem, MPA Mian Sharafat Ali, MPA Azizullah Gran, Commissioner Malakand, Deputy Commissioner Swat, former Mingora High Court Bar Cabinet officials and members of the newly elected Cabinet besides lawyers attended the ceremony.