PESHAWAR - Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that nations are not develop with the construction of buildings, metros and orange trains rather it is the investment on human capital which provides an opportunity to the nations to be developed.

He said this while speaking as chief guest to the inaugural session of two-day national conference on Advances in Cancer and Hematology and to the foundation stone lying ceremony of Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Sciences here at Khyber Medical University (KMU).

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Parvez Khattak, PTI General Secretary Jehangir Tarin, vice-chancelor KMU Prof Dr Hafizullah , Director IBMS Prof Dr Jawad Ahmad, vice chancellors of the University of Peshawar and of the University of Engineering and Technology, deans, faculties, researchers and a large number of students were also presented  at the occasion.

Imran said “If we want to meet the challenges of 21st century we should not only give top priority to health and education but to invest more on human resource development.”

Whenever PTI comes into power the looted black money of corrupt politicians and other beneficiaries from the corrupt practices will not only be recovered but it would be invested for the well being of the nation, he added.

PTI Chief said he is very pleased to know that KMU in a short span of time had developed eight constituent institutes in various disciplines of health.

He added that the physical infrastructure of Germany and Japan was totally destroyed in the World War II but with the clear vision and with investment on human capital within 10 to 15 years they became the most developed countries of the world.

He elaborated, “Metros, motorways and orange trains were just money making projects, we being poor nation should focus on human resource development and it is the real investment.”

He also said that due to rising ratio of cancer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he decided to establish a state-of the-art cancer hospital in Peshawar, and “By the grace of Almighty Allah and with the generous support and trust of Pakistani people we able not only to construct that hospital but to start it within the stipulated time limit, he added.

He emphasized on the KMU administration to focus on preventive, diagnostic and research aspects of all the major diseases.

He explained that provincial government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Parvez Khattak is working keenly on the reform agenda in health and education sectors and the nation will witness a visible change in these sectors within the six months’ time. He ensured that all financial as well as technical support will be provided to KMU according to their needs on priority basis.

While talking to the ceremony KP CM Parvez Khattak appreciated the KMU progress and hoped that the recommendations of the Advances in Cancer Conference and research done in the KMU would be utilizes in the larger public interest of the province.

Earlier VC KMU Prof Dr Hafiz Ullah made a detailed presentation about the progress and achievement of the university.

Later on Imran Khan, CM Parvez Khattak, Jahangir Tareen and Prof Hafiz Ullah laid the foundation stone of Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Sciences and planted trees in connection to inaugurate billion Tsunami tree plantation campaign at KMU.

Meanwhile, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak announced that art council and cultural hall will be established at each district.

While endowment fund of Rs 500 million will be established for the welfare of the artists’ community in the next financial budget adding that writer, poets and artists were custodian for culture heritage of the province, promoting message of peace, tolerance and projecting a soft and real image of the country at international level.

He said this while addressing Living Human Treasure Award ceremony held at CM House Saturday afternoon.

On this occasion Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf handed over 500 cheques of monthly stipends each worth 30 thousand to artists and intellectuals of the province.

The ceremony was attended by Zahid Durrani, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, ACS Azam Khan, writers, poets and artists from all over the province.

Those who spoke on the occasion included Basit Director Culture, Dr Salahuddin, Dr Salma Shaheen and Abaseen Yousafzai.

Addressing the ceremony the chief minister said that the province was having unique cultural values and distinguished life style which was providing identity to the province.

He said that intellectual and artists of the province despite difficulties were promoting the distinguish culture of the province very boldly.

He went on to say that the present government was well aware of the importance of the culture heritage of this province and would leave no stone unturned for the promotion of cultural preservation of the province.

He said that the worst situation of law and order prevailing in the province for the last couple of years had adversely affected the artist community. “A number of artists were directly affected by these conditions while some of them had to leave this province”, he maintained.

The CM vowed that government would never ignore the sacrifices rendered by the artist community and would initiate steps for their welfare and prosperity. 

He elaborated that the provincial government was striving for bringing positive changes in every walk of life and that is why steps were also being taken to make the lives of artists’ community comfortable.

The CM announced establishment of endowment fund of Rs 500 million for the welfare of artists and intellectual in a next financial budget.

He also declared establishment of art council and culture hall at each district.

He said that in the first phase such center would be established in each divisional headquarter.

The CM added that the province was changing as a result of the positive steps of the present government while people were feeling these visible changes. Referring to the changing scenario he said that once again social and cultural activities had been started in the province due to positive strategy of the government.

The CM said that Living Human Treasure Award was a glaring example of the claim of this government. The CM said that provincial government was custodian of the cultural values, literature and art of the province and would take all possible steps for its preservation.