PESHAWAR - Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Hasrul Sani Bin Mujtabar called on Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti on Thursday and discussed matters pertaining to the collective regional situation.

They also brought under consideration the development priorities of the government, hydel power, oil and gas, tourism and agriculture sectors capacity of the province, bilateral relations and other issues during the meeting.

The CM welcomed the guest and said that the government was following comprehensive development strategy for countering challenges of generalising education at all level, unemployment and poverty. He said that certain projects under provincial action plan for controlling energy crisis and stability of provincial economy have commenced. He said that a total of 2100 MW electricity costing Rs 331 billion will be generated under 24 different projects and these projects will be accomplished through public-private partnership, public sector and private sector. He said that these projects would bring pleasant change in living standard of people of concerned areas. He said that due to specific circumstances of the province and importance of education sector, huge resources would be allocated to education that included priority to girls education. He said that donors were assisting the government in these projects.

The Malaysian High Commissioner lauded government’s development priorities and said that his country was interested in investment in tourism and agriculture sector. The CM assured him to welcome investment in any sector for development of the province and provincial government will extend full support and cooperation in this connection.

Meanwhile, KPK Chief Minister, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has approved a one-time grant worth Rs 300 million for historical institute Edwards College Peshawar for its upgradation to a degree awarding institution.

It is worth mentioning here that Edwards College was established in 1900 and was the only institute in the province that offered education at graduation level. Earlier, its degrees were issued from Punjab University but after 1952, its degrees were issued under Peshawar University. Currently, 2700 students were enrolled to the College that included students from FATA, Afghanistan and Balochistan. BCS programme was introduced in 1998 and H & D Program was launched in 2003 in the College. The college teaching staff stood at 95 including 17 female teachers. The suggestion of degree-awarding status for the college was endorsed by Board of Governors of the College. In order to materialize this recommendation, the CM approved on-time grant worth Rs.300 million for the college. Upgradation of the college will help bringing improvement in faculty, library, laboratories, furniture and transport.