PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Sikandar Sherpao has urged teachers to build an anti-narrative for projecting soft image of Pashtun society.

He said the writers and intellectuals in universities should come forward to battle the wrong perceptions regarding Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in general and Pashtun society in particular.

He was talking to the newly elected PUTA Executive body members under the leadership of Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) President Dr Jamil Chitrali and flanked by Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) office-bearers Kifayat Ali Advocate, Muhammad Nisar and Asad Afridi.

The minister reaffirmed his commitment and attached the eternal bond with the University of Peshawar through his uncle Hayat Khan Sherpao martyrdom at the campus. The PUTA president welcomed and reaffirmed his association unflinching commitment to cooperate and get along with the provincial government on proposed amendments in universities act.

The minister to a query regarding the establishment of provincial Higher Education Commission responded positively and said that they will try their level best to follow Sind and Balochistan in establishing provincial HEC before the budget.

Earlier, Dr Jamil Chitrali, President PUTA gave a detailed presentation on the history and role of Peshawar University Teachers’ Association (PUTA). Meanwhile, the PUTA Executive Committee put forward their suggestions for the improvement of academic uplift and developmental issues. Sikandar Sherpao pointed that students should be motivated towards community service in order to inculcate spirit of service towards society.