Peshawar: The European Union (EU) Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, accompanied by a two-member delegation, called on the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak at CM House here on Wednesday.
The provincial Minister for Finance Muzaffar Said, Minister for Local Government Inayatullah and Secretary to CM, Dr. Shahzad Bangash were also present on this occasion.
The EU Ambassador discussed various issues with the Chief Minister particularly those relating to the governance reforms, Afghan relations, terrorism and extremism, IDPs, electoral reforms, local government, power generation, education, and offered EU cooperation in certain sectors especially in security and surveillance system.
Apprising EU Ambassador of present Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s policies, reforms and initiatives, Pervez Khattak said that all activities to combat terrorists were being carried out jointly adding that Pakistan Army, the civil government, police, and intelligence institutions are on the same page and working as one team for maintaining law and order as well as writ of the government. He said that the Apex Committee of the province has proved quite effective for implementing the National Action Plan that was devised by all political parties of the country to deal with terrorism elimination strategy.
He said that encouraging results of such a plan are obvious from the fact that repatriation of IDPs of South Waziristan Agency has started adding that the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa spent one billion rupees on rent, medical supplies and security etc. for IDPs. He said that consensus evolved at political level for war on terror paved the way for do or die approach to achieve entire goals of this strategy.
Referring to police reforms in the province Pervez Khattak told that KP police system has been equipped with fool proof online complaint filling mechanism and latest operational techniques.
He said that police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been totally depoliticized and now there is zero tolerance with regard to any complaint about police performance.
He said that all these steps resulted in at least 50% reduction in crimes and terrorists activities. The chief Minister told the Ambassador that unlike previous governments the present PTI coalition government in the province was concentrating on changing the system instead of raising buildings and bridges.
“we are making considerable progress under PTI agenda for transformation, as we had no public service system in real terms in the past”, he added. He said, we are spending money on feasible and beneficial projects only as we are accountable to our people.
Regarding electoral reforms the Chief Minister said that we were stressing on our principle stance that the constitutional provisions for free, fair and impartial elections must be fulfilled.
He said we are striving for upholding the recognized parliamentary ethics and following our firm commitment to this phenomenon we have just saved the decorum of our provincial assembly by rejecting and impeding all illicit practices of horse trading in the recent senate elections which also frustrated many smugglers and business tycoons whose money was luring MPAs to get indulge in menace of horse trading. To a question Pervez Khattak said that he can guarantee that his government shall not cheat the forthcoming local bodies’ elections.
He was of the view that due to active and heavy participation of people at gross-root level in local elections, likelihood of rigging in such elections becomes rather impossible. He said women are being given enormous representation in local bodies which will enjoy huge powers and funding for uplift of their constituencies.
The Chief Minister also referred to his reforms in education and energy sectors and said that the typical madrassa system was being transformed by incorporating formal education into their curriculum and madrassas were ready to implement such arrangements.
He told that owing to acute shortage of electricity in the country the provincial government has decided to produce its own electricity by exploiting the abundant water resources.
In this connection 350 community based small hydro power projects have been initiated to produce 35 megawatt electricity at much cheaper price. He told that these projects would be completed in one and a half year. He said that PTI was fully following its manifesto and trying to honour its commitments to the people.
He made it clear that Imran Khan was not interfering in the affairs of the provincial government and he kept himself confined to policy formation for which he enjoys support of his loyal, highly professional and competent associates.