KP Governor spends busy day after assuming charge

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali, after formally assuming constitutional position on Thursday, spent a busy day at the office and expressed resolve to deal with all issues under the constitution.

The governor was greeted by Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani and PPP Leader Yusuf Raza Gilani on telephone and expressed good wishes for him to fulfill his new responsibilities with dedication.

Awami National Party (ANP) MPA Khushdil Khan Advocate also called on the Governor here at the Governor House, while leaders of both political parties also congratulated the Governor on assuming new responsibilities.

A delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry under the chairmanship of President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh also visited the Governor House and conveyed their best wished to the Governor.

It should be noted that the newly appointed Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Haji Ghulam Ali, has been associated with Jamiat Ulema Islam (F) for the past 39 years. During 1983-90, he was the councilor of Municipal Corporation Peshawar and from 2006 to 2009 he remained Nazim-e- Alla of Peshawar.

He was a senator from 2009-15 and from 2009 to 2012 he was also the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting.

In 2011, he was elected as the President of the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, while from 2012 to 2017, he was also the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of 58 Islamic Countries, which is a part of the Organization of Islamic Countries.

Similarly, he has been the founder of Tribal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, while he has been the Advisor of China/South Asia Business Forum and the director of Federal Board of Investment.

Apart from this, he was also member of Board of Directors of LUMS Lahore IBA Karachi. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Think Tank of the National Vocational and Training Commission of Pakistan.

APP adds: Senior Vice President (SVP) Pakistan Businesses Forum (PBF), Muhammad Riaz Khattak and Executive Committee of PBF KP Chapter called upon the Governor Haji Ghulam Ali on Thursday and congratulated him on taking oath as 35th Governor of Khyber Pakthunkhawa.

Talking to the new Governor KP Riaz Khattak said they are hopeful that the new Governor will help resolve the longstanding problems of the business community in the province.

He has said that the new Governor, who also have a business ground will surely become a bridge between the federal government and KPK business community.
Riaz Khattak said the people of KP had rendered matchless sacrifices and the government should compensate them by providing incentives and launching new projects, especially for horticulture sector exports.

He said that KP deserves special treatment because of losses it had suffered due to militancy and terrorism. He urged the KP Governor to set up a tribal bank for the business community of the tribal area, so that they explore more reserves through new technology, which would also help increase exports.

KP Governor Ghulam Ali assured the delegation that the government would address grievances of business community and he would seek the proposals and demands in the shape of a formal draft.

The governor said that the prolonged war against terrorism had inflicted adverse impact on economic, social and traditions of this region. He, however, said the spiraling economic instability and de-industrialisation would soon come to end with restoration of sustainable peace. “Revival of business and industrial activities was imperative for overcome with growing employment and economic development of the country,” he added.

Ghulam Ali also said the situation has been improving after successful military operations in FATA.

He said sustainable peace could only be restored with restoration of full stability and calm in the tribal region. “People, particularly law enforcement agencies and the business community of KP are resilient, which remained on forefront despite the prevailing circumstances,” he said, appreciating the Pakistan Army and entire nation for their bravery, courage and zeal. (INP)