PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Thursday said that he was too busy in resolving provincial issues and knows nothing about Panama Papers’ leaks.

Moreover, the CM surprised many when he replied to a question about ‘rodent killing drive in Peshawar’, and said, “Why do you ask me this, go after rats and kill them.”

“You people are making fun of anti-rodents campaign launched by the Peshawar district government. So, why do you ask me this question, go and kill the rats,” he replied when a journalist asked him that district administration had been unable to kill the rodents. 

He was addressing as chief guest at induction ceremony of specialized vehicles to the fleet of Water and Sanitation Service Peshawar (WSSP).

Special Assistant to CM for Information, Mushtaq Ahmad, adviser Arif Yousaf, MPAs Shaukat Yousafzai, Javed Nasim,  District Nazim Mohammad Asim, Chairman Board of the Directors of WSSP. Khalid Masood, Chief Executive WSSP, Mohammad Naeem Khan, General Manager WSSP, Nasir Ghafoor and others were also present on the occasion.

Emphasizing on the importance of sanitation for community health, the CM KP said that cleanliness is an integral part of the faith, adding that spending on maintenance of sanitation is the best instrument for controlling diseases in the society.

He announced that next year construction of the roads in the interior city would be handed over to FWO to maintain high standard of work.

The chief minister informed that in the light of the manifesto of PTI, steps were being initiated to reform all departments to provide improved basic services and justice to the masses.

He urged the people to pay taxes and utility bills for strengthening of the institutions and ensuring provision of quality services.

Khattak informed that bringing a change was a real challenge for the government and that is why apart from legislation, steps were also being taken for streamlining the institutions.

He termed the provision and the sophisticated equipments and specialized vehicle for WSSP as great achievement.

He said that the sanitation situation has improved up to 75 per cent due to the efforts of the institution but still there was need to improve it.

The chief minister elaborated that village councils and tehsil councils had been directed to spend 20 per cent of their budget for improvement of sanitation to keep villages neat and clean. Taking notice of the poor condition of Kohat Road, he directed for its improvement immediately.

The CM said that construction of Kohat Bypass road had been planned to improve traffic flow in the area. He further said that an overhead bridge would be constructed near Pir Zakori flyover to overcome traffic impediments at the Ring road.

The chief minister elaborated that steps for beautification of the provincial metropolis were underway while construction of roads at Hayatabad and University Town was in progress.

He further said that government was giving full intention to maintain quality of developmental works and that is why there was no room for corrupt elements in this province.

Earlier, Chairman Board of WSSP, Khalid Masood said that WSSP had succeeded in improving sanitation situation up to 75 per cent while steps were underway to make Peshawar as international city.

Chief Executive WSSP, Muhammad Naeem Khan said that the organization has devised a sustainable mechanism for cleanliness and provision of clean drinking supply.

He informed that tracking system was devised for the vehicle of WSSP to check its misuse while monitoring of the staff was also started.

He further said that testing facility had been introduced to maintain quality of the drinking water.