PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak while dispelling the wrong impression of insecurity said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the most secure province of the country where huge investment opportunities and incentives are waiting for the investors.

He said this while responding to the questions asked by the 53-member delegation of Pakistan Air Force Air War College led by Air Vice Marshal Peerzad Kamaluddin who called on the Chief Minister at Peshawar on Friday morning. 

Provincial Minister for Local Government, Inayatullah, Minister for Mineral Development and labour Dr Aneesa Zeb and MPA Shaukat Yousafzai were also present. 

Earlier Secretary P&D Zafar Ali Shah briefed the delegation about the reform initiatives being carried out by the present government in the province. 

Responding to question about CPEC the Chief Minister said the western route was the shortest route as compared to the eastern route by 600 km. 

He said that western route passing through under developed area would help in uplift of those areas. 

He informed that federal government had promised to start work on this route in July this year.

Referring to a question regarding transparency and monitory in the province, the chief minister said that reforms initiatives were being implemented in all sectors and monitoring mechanism was evolved at different level to bring transparency. 

He explained that KP was the sole province which had devolved all departments to the district level and allocated 30 per cent of the developmental funds to the local government. 

The chief minister elaborated that autonomy had been given to hospitals and technical education institutions.

Answering a question about steps for women development, the chief minister said that government was giving extra attention on female literacy in province and even stipends were arranged for girls’ students to attract them towards literacy.

Referring to initiatives for flood control in KP, the chief minister informed that Monda Dam project had been approved which would help in controlling 50 per cent flood damages while protection walls were been constructed on Kabul River at a cost of Rs 7 billion to safeguard Nowshera and Charsadda districts from flood. 

The chief minister went on to say the provincial government had effectively stopped deforestation and timber smuggling. 

He informed the delegates that in order to promote aforestation, planting of billions trees had been planned in next ten years to avoid flood and erosion problems. 

He hoped that KP will be soon greenest province of the country and billion three project apart from controlling flood would give economics benefit to the province also. 

The chief minister said the provincial government had also asked the Federal government to chalk out a comprehensive plan for controlling flood in the KP.  

The chief minister said the 800 megawatt hydel projects were ready for investment but regretted that investors could not invest in the province with issuing NOC by the federal government. 

He said the province was quite secure and conditions were highly conducive for investment. 

The chief minister informed the delegates that PILDAT report had placed KP at the top regarding law reforms in country.

The delegates lauded the reform initiatives and commitment of the government for development of the province.

MOU SIGNED TO DISPLAY GHANDARA OBJECTS IN KOREAN EXHIBITIONS

A MoU was formally signed between Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Korea Cultural Association for provision of Gandhara Objects on loan to be displayed in the exhibition to be held in two different cities of Korea starting in September, 2016 for a period of one year.

The MOU was signed in the presence of the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Islamabad, Song Jong-hwan. Minister for Archaeology & Museums Mahmood Khan and Secretary Archaeology and Museums, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azam Khan and Eether Park, Secretary General Ganhara Art & Culture Association Korea were present on the occasion.

Dr Abdul Samad, Director, Archaeology & Museums, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Yang Soo Kim, President Korea Cultural Association, duly signed the MOU.

The Korea Cultural Association will display the Gandhara objects to project the rich archaeological heritage of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. 

The exact dates and venues of the exhibition will be notified later on.

The exhibition will start from September 2016 and continue till September 2017.