Imran vows to make KP model province

Source: Published in Current Affairs on Monday, May 23, 2016

MINGORA: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has said that they will make Khyber Pakhtunkhwa a model province of the country.

Addressing a public meeting at Grassy Ground here on Sunday, he said that 25 million children were out of schools in the country but prime minister had no concern for them.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Mushtaq Ghani, MNAs and MPAs of PTI were also present on the occasion.

Mr Khan said that Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif had been visiting different places in the country to announce projects since the issue of Panama Paper leaks surfaced.

“Wherever Mian Sahib visits, his speech starts with motorways. History shows that motorways cannot make nations. Being a prime minister he must construct schools for the out of school children if he wants real change in the country,” said Mr Khan.

The PTI chief said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was changing with the implementation of PTI policies as new schools and universities were being built in the province. “We will show to the whole Pakistan that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a model province,” he said.

Mr Khan said that prime minister was not sincere with the people of Swat as National Highway Authority didn’t reconstruct Kalam Road in three years. He said that PTI introduced reward and punishment system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police to make it the best one in the country. “Similarly, change is being made in the health and education departments. Soon the entire country will see a visible change as PTI is continuously working for the betterment of institutions,” he said.

“During the previous 30 years, Nawaz Sharif could not change a single institution in Punjab. He could not even make a single hospital of international standard. He goes abroad for treatment while I underwent medical treatment twice in Shaukat Khanam Memorial Hospital,” said the PTI chief.

He said that PTI policies were focused on the future of the country, targeting youth. “We will complete plantation of one billion trees till 2018. It will tackle the issue of global warming,” he added.

Mr Khan said that PTI introduced local government system to devolve powers. “Initially we have some problems but we are working o those. Soon people will see the best local government system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said, adding that 30 per cent of development funds would be allocated to village councils.

The PTI chief said that in the past Khyber Pakhtunkhwa topped the list of corruption but then it became the less corrupt province of the country.

He said that PTI would soon launch a campaign of accountability of the corrupt leadership, which looted the country during the last three decades. “PTI would go to any extent against corruption and Panama leaks to bring back the $200 billion from Swiss banks and Rs700 billion from Dubai,” he vowed.

Mr Khan said that neither Fazlur Rehman nor Amir Muqam could save prime minister from the Panama leaks scandal.

Earlier, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak announced several projects for Swat including Swat Expressway which he claimed to be completed by December 2017.

He announced upgradation of Matta, Kabal, Khwazakhela and Barikot hospitals and construction of a flyover on Kanju-Mingora Road.

Mr Khattak also announced to form a committee to divide Swat into two districts -- Lower Swat and Upper Swat. He also announced withdrawal of tax on the sands of the Swat River.

The chief minister said that the federal government ignored Khyber Pakhtunkwa in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project but western route was included in the corridor as result of struggle of provincial government.rnment ignored Khyber Pakhtunkwa in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project but western route was included in the corridor as result of struggle of provincial government.

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