Peshawar: The Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that energy is need not only of Pakistan but of the whole world while the present government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has chalked out a comprehensive policy to utilize the hydel, gas and oil resources of the province for power generation in order to overcome the energy crisis in the province and the country, adding that his government needs foreign investment and technical assistance of developed countries to implement its power policy.
He recalled that this province is replete with enormous natural reservoirs that need exploration. He assured that the provincial government would not only encourage the foreign investors desiring to invest in power and mineral exploration sectors in the province but would extend them all the required facilities and security as well.
He expressed these views while talking to the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to Pakistan Dr. Cyrill Nunn who made a call on meeting with him at CM Secretariat Peshawar and discussed various matters of mutual interest. German counsellor in Peshawar Mr. Nandy Zeekra, CM Advisor on Investment Rafaqatullah Babar, Chief Minister Complaint Cell Chairman Dilroz Khan and principal secretary to CM Ishfaq Khan were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that the security situation in the province was not that bad as it was being projected abroad and the actual situation is totally different from the scenario painted by media adding that if the foreigners could carry out their activities in other parts of the country then they could also do investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because security situation in all parts of the country is very much the same.
The German Ambassador while lauding the reform agenda of the provincial government and its measures against corruption and nepotism said that progress and implementation status of the development partnership indicators given by the provincial government for foreign investment is satisfactory and that is why the German government and investors are taking keen interest in making investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Referring tourist attraction and its world fame, he assured that subject to better security in the province, over 20,000 tourists from Germany and EU countries will visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa next year. He further said that there were immense potentials for investment in hydel power sector in the province and the German investors intend to invest in the same.
Talking to the German Ambassador the Chief Minister was of the review that the people of the province were very hardworking and hospitable and the young lot of the province wanted not only to be on jobs but to play their role in the development and prosperity of the province; and as such the people of the province will personally provide security to the foreign investors.
About the measures taken by his government to improve law and order, the Chief Minister said that besides other basic reforms in police, it had been totally depoliticized in order to improve its performance, an anti-terrorist force had been setup and for the first time in the history of the province an effective system of intelligence gathering had been put in place. “In addition, the provincial government is extending all out support to the federal government for restoration of peace in the country and the provincial government had even included its representative in dialogue process between the federal government and the militants”, Mr. Khattak continued.
He maintained that the economy of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had constantly been affected by the influx of Afghan refugees and the internally displaced persons of the adjacent tribal areas as it had to cater for the health, food, education, housing and other needs of millions of extra population.
“In this perspective the world community is supposed to help out the provincial government in reviving and stabilizing its economy in the form of trade and investment because PTI led coalition government believed in trade and not in aid”, he added.
The Chief Minister said that the main reason of deteriorating law and order situation in the province was the long lasted unrest in the neighbouring Afghanistan and adjacent tribal areas as the province shared over one thousand kilometres porous border with Afghanistan and on the other hand the police of the province had no access in FATA as it was directly been administered by the federal government; and added that as such there lied a great responsibility on the federal govt to make serious efforts for bringing peace in the resistive tribal belts and the provincial govt was ready all out support to the federal govt in this regard.
The Chief Minister apprised the German Ambassador of the reforms brought about in education, health, local government and other sectors by his govt and measures taken by it for purging the govt machinery of all sorts of corrupt practices. He specially referred focus of provincial govt on technical education to produce a force of skilled youth so that our people are not employed just labourers and chowkidar but their demand go on rise as skilled work force, he concluded.