PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Wednesday confessed that he could not give Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) required attention and time due to sit-ins and protests.

However, Imran said he was making amends and now focussing with full attention on the issues of the province.

Talking to media persons after attending a prayers ceremony held in memory of the martyrs of Army Public School (APS) here at Chief Minister House, the PTI chief said the KP had become a model for other provinces after having the Right to Information (RTI) Law and an autonomous Ehtesaab Commission.

Senior PTI leader Jehangir Tareen, Speaker KP Assembly Asad Qaiser, provincial ministers Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Shah Farman, MPAs and parents of the APS martyrs at large attended the ceremony. One-minute silence was also observed in the ceremony to remember the APS victims.

Addressing the ceremony, Imran said the sacrifices rendered by the children of Army Public School on December 16, 2014 could not be forgotten by the nation and attributed the prevailing peaceful environment in the whole country to their sacrifices.

He said due to the sacrifices of these martyrs, he had joined hands with Nawaz Sharif and changed his stance. He said he was not addressing them in the capacity of a politician and neither had reached to them due to any political fear. “I am in middle of the parents of martyrs in the capacity of a father and fully aware of your feelings and grievances.”

Imran said the sacrifices of the martyred children had secured the future of many children. In response to the demands raised by the parents of the martyrs of APS, the PTI chief constituted a committee headed by KP Assembly speaker to review progress on the implementation of their demands and ordered to present a report to him.

Regarding the demand of the constitution of Judicial Commission on APS incident, Imran said that such commission could not be constituted without the consent of the federal government. However, he said he would recommend to both Pakistan Army and federal government for conferring Nishan-e-Haider or Nishan-e-Pakistan on the children.

On the demand of the establishment of University, he proposed that provincial government should construct university in memory of the martyred children while the parents should be included in its Board of Governors. He said instead of declaring public holiday on December 16, it would be better to observe a silence of one minute in all schools to commemorate the day with solemnity.

Later talking to media persons, Imran said the crime rate had significantly decreased in the province after PTI came in power. He said the Ehtesab Commission in KP was free from political interference and calling it a "Pervez Khattak Commission" was wrong. “For the first time in the history of the country a sitting minister has been arrested. When the commission was set up, I had assured the Ehtesaab Commission's chief that there would be no political interference like the KP police department.”

The PTI chief said he was called pro-Taliban and Taliban Khan when he expressed views on peace dialogue but now peace talks had been started with Afghan Taliban. He said that peace in tribal areas was very much linked to peace in Afghanistan.

Highlighting the dangers being faced by Muslim countries from groups such as Daesh or the self-styled Islamic State (IS) and Boko Haram, Imran said that these organisations had emerged because there was no democracy in Muslim countries. “It is a reaction or form of anarchy in a cruel and unjust society. The governance systems in Muslim countries ruled by dictators need reform.”

He said Kalabagh Dam had become controversial so it should not be constructed unless there was a consensus on it and construction of small dams was the solution of many problems like floods and water shortage in the country. Regarding Reham Khan's Degree issue, he said that anybody could find out that his wife Reham holds a degree from University of Peshawar.

Earlier, on behalf of the parents of APS martyrs, Abid Bangash and Khawaja Khan Advocate highlighted the problems faced by them and presented several proposals for their resolution. Khatmul Qur'an was also held and collective prayers were offered for the eternal peace of the martyrs of APS. Later Imran along with his party leadership left for flood affected district Chitral to review rescue and relief activities there.