With the compliment of Press Secretary to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
24th October, 2018
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has said the people of entire Malakand division especially of Swat passed through a difficult phase of history facing both man-made and natural calamities. It was the worst hit terrorism area.
The security forces and the government policies brought back peace and now trade and commercial activity restored in the areas. However, the security forces and the people sacrificed heavily in their struggle to defeat terrorism and restore peace, he added.
The merger of new districts of erstwhile FATA is a challenging task because of no infrastructure and lack of social services in these districts. It is our priority to give relief to the people of new districts, lay down the infrastructure on emergency basis and we need help from the international community to facilitate the merger in letter and spirit.
He said that two different task forces both at federal and provincial levels were working on the merger of new districts into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He was talking to US Ambassador H.E Paul Jones accompanied by US Consul General Jonathan Shrier at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Additional Chief Secretary Shehzad Bangash, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Israr and head of strategic Support Unit Sahibzada Saeed was also present on the occasion.
Discussing the issues of mutual interest and cooperation, the US Ambassador showed his keenness to help out the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with special focus on newly merged districts in different sectors that included local government, health, education and social sectors.
He also took interest in tourism, agriculture and industrialization and appreciated the potentiality of tourism in Swat and the Chief Minister said that his government has already formed a task force to develop the already identified sites on tourism lines and also discover new sites having the potentiality to be explored on tourism lines in Swat, Chitral, Malakand, Hazara etc.
Pakistan is basically an agrarian country and his government wanted to promote the diversified crops multiplication approach for enhancing productivity in agriculture sector. New technology was being used and different methods adopted for the productive sectors in the province, he added.
The Chief Minister also highlighted his government steps for giving relief and mainstreaming the people of new districts adding that the facility of Sehat Insaf Card will be extended to the hundred percent poor population of the newly merged districts and the laying down of infrastructure in the new districts was not an easy task to do therefore we need support from all directions.
Referring to the investment and industrialization in the province Mr. Mahmood Khan enumerated the steps taken for attracting the investors and industrialists under the provincial industrial policy. Work on the investment policy was going on while the mineral policy and youth policy have already been framed.
There was a board of investment and a special economic zone development and management body for the establishment of industrial zones throughout the province adding that his government was working on removing the irritants making the whole system transparent and easy. He assured to work hard on resolving all issues in this regard.
The Chief Minister also dwelt at length over the issue of stay of Afghan refugees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the services and facilities being extended to them on humanitarian ground.
The US ambassador appreciated the reforms and different policies for industrialization, tourism and social services and specially the good governance in the province. He also appreciated the provincial government efforts for removing the problems in the grant of NoC to the foreign dignitaries and assured all out support for the newly merged districts of the erstwhile FATA.