CM KP chairing a high level meeting on law and order (April 22, 2014)
KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak shown apprehension that third unseen power can take wrong benefit of the suspension of peace negotiations and end of ceasefire between government and Taliban and attributed the recent terror incidents to the same signals.
He was presiding over a high level meeting regarding law and order situation here in CM Secretariat on Tuesday. Those who attended included Advisor to CM on Economic Affairs, Rafaqatullah Babar MPA Javed Nasim, Additional Chief Secretary, Khalid Pervaiz, Secretary Home, Syed Akhtar Ali Shah, IG Police, Nasir Khan Durrani, IG FC, CCPO, president, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI), Zahidullah Shinwari, Sharafat Ali Mubarak, Malik Niaz, Vice Chairman, KP BoIT, Mohsin Aziz, Haji Mohammad Afzal, Nauman Wazir, Commissioner Peshawar and Additional IG Special Branch.
On this occasion, the delegation of the trading and industrialist community briefed the chief minister regarding problems and demands relating to lawlessness and extortion. The chief minister assured the redressal of their problems on priority basis. He while taking notice of the growing incidents of kidnapping for ransom and particularly extortion stressed need for taking effective measures by the Department of Home, Police, civil and political administrations. For this purpose, he also directed taking of result-oriented steps under an organized strategy. On the longstanding demand of trade and industrialist communities, the chief minister approved the establishment of modern police station in Hayatabad Industrial Estate and deployment of additional platoons of police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) in the whole area.
Terming the decade long lawlessness as basic reason of these crimes, he stressed need for collective efforts for guaranteeing security in the province and said that durable peace is the only way forward towards economic uplift. He said that they not only wanted peace in Pakistan, but also in the brotherly Islamic neighbor Afghanistan and whole region. He said that the provincial government for abolition of lawlessness and prevention of terrorism in the province is not only utilizing administrative, but also political and diplomatic means. However, he said that all concerned federal and provincial departments should have to exhibit positive response for ensuring law and order in the country. He said that for this purpose, departments are being provided all required resources and powers.
Pervaiz Khattak said that Safe City Project based on latest technology was being launched that would turn the entire Peshawar district including city, cantonment and industrial estate into cradle of peace and tranquility. He asserted that even a minor crime would then become impossible what to think about abduction and extortion bids. He directed for accelerating work on this important project. Secretary Home told that consultant has been hired who has started work on the security program and soon visible progress could be seen on it.
Chief Minister deplored that linkage of the long borders of our province with FATA and adjoining war turn neighbouring country Afghanistan has become a negative aspect for us but we had to combat challenges through foolproof security arrangements all over the province. He while agreeing with the proposal of a joint meeting of provincial govt and traders community with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for solving important issues of banishing Afghan Sims, bringing Indian cellular companies involved in such business to obey certain rules and limitations and contacting Afghan govt for this purpose as well as resolving the fuel adjustment case, directed to contact the federal govt for the purpose. He further assured that completion of Safe City Project, installation of CCTV camera in the city under central command, establishment of forensic science laboratories, cyber crime section, computerization of police and home department and restricting the movements of Afghan refugees would help a great deal in improving the law & order situation in the province specially in the provincial metropolis.
Pervaiz Khattak regretted that the rampant trends of corruption and inability in govt departments especially in police, special branch and intelligence agencies during the past regimes, paved way for terrorist and criminal elements to infuse in the folds of the people besides causing other evils. However he said that the era of bad governance was over then. “Now all the govt departments including police have started work on a new dimension of showing performance”, he added. He said that his govt has guaranteed the heads of police and all other public sector organizations that there would no political interference with a simple condition of delivering to the masses. He assured the traders community that our police force would come up to the expectation of the people and would control all the crimes and unrests issues in the province. He said that we all have to live here and we have to make this province a heaven for coming generations whereas we have to work hard for trade, commerce and industrial growth and economic prosperity over here.
CM KP condemns blasts at Charsadda and Badhber; announces compensations (April 22, 2014)
KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has announced compensation for police and civilian martyrs and injured victims in the Charsadda and Badhber terrorism incidents under Shuhadas Package and directed concerned district administrations for its immediate payment to the heirs of vicitims. He prayed for the eternal peace of the martyrs and early recovery of the injured. Expressing heartiest sympathies with the affected families, he assured that innocent civilians will not be left at the mercy of terrorists. He said that Police force has been activated for combating terrorism and now anti-human elements will not find opportunity anymore to play with the lives of the people and they would be brought into justice.
The chief minister said that the resurfacing of the incidents of terrorism is a matter of high concern, which doubles the preventive responsibility of the federal government as well. However, he said now the real test of police force and civil administrations have also started to prevent terror incidents effectively. He said that under martyrs package the heirs of the each civilian dead victim will be paid Rs 0.5 million while injured will get Rs.0.2 million respectively. The heirs of the each martyred policeman besides a cash amount of Rs.3 million will also receive the facilities of salary till 60 years, free health & education facilities for their children, pension, residential plot and recruitment of one family person in police force. Similarly, each injured police personnel besides free treatment will be paid a cash compensation of Rs.0.1 million.
Pervaiz Khattak while paying tributes to police force for rendering the sacrifice of their own lives to protect the lives of the people expressed the hope that our brave force will come up to the expectations of the people even in the prevailing difficult situation.
Earlier, the chief minister expressed deep grief over remote-controlled bomb explosion near a police van and loss of human lives at Farooq Azam Chowk, Charsadda and strongly condemned this cowardice act of terrorism. He while directing police and high ups of the police and civil administration for participating in relief operation directed the proclamation of emergency in the hospitals of Peshawar and Charsadda and full attention on the treatment of injured. He while terming last night firing incident on police van and the killing of police personnel and civilians as tragedy, expressed deep concern over the consecutive incidents of terrorism. While keeping in view the possibility of terror incidents and more terrorism in different areas of the province, he directed the police and civil administration for bringing immediate changes in security strategy and put all security agencies on red alert.
CM KP inaugurates IMU for Schools Monitoring (April 16, 2014)
KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has said that the introduction of a comprehensive monitoring system for pinpointing ghost schools, ghost and proxy teachers and attendance of both students and children is the need of the hour to bring positive changes in education sector and improve the standard of education in the province.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the establishment of Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) for schools on different matters including educational needs and attendance of staff and students in schools as chief guest here Wednesday. He said that today the coalition government of PTI has achieved this target, which was never paid any attention in past and education system was deteriorated in the province. However, he said now it will not happen now and situation would be changed totally.
Provincial Minister for Education, Mohammad Atif Khan and Project Director, IMU, Ikramullah Khan also addressed while besides provincial ministers, administrative secretaries and other higher authorities, inspectors of monitoring unit and prominent citizens attended the ceremony.
On this occasion, the Provincial Minister for Education told that out of 1,00,000 candidates 475 monitors have been recruited in a transparent manner through NTS, who during the short period of last three months after conducting survey of more than 25,000 schools of the province have collected comprehensive data regarding schools requirements including attendance of students and teachers, furniture, toilets and water. He said that this monitoring process will continue and besides needs of schools and teachers’ attendance measures for bringing improvement in standard of education will be taken in light of that survey.
The chief minister while appreciating the joint efforts of the Department of Education and British donor agency DFID for establishment of fool-proof system for monitoring of schools in such a period of time expressed the hope that it will result in bringing effective improvement. He said that it will not only simplify action against corrupt and incompetent elements in department of education, but will also bring the destination of the improvement in standard of education more closer. He said that before the establishment of PTI government, corruption was rampant in all departments of the provincial government and all public sectors organization were brought on the verge of destruction. However, he said we first gave priority to education and health and imposed proclaimed emergency in both sectors. He said that steps taken by them had started bearing fruits.
Pervaiz Khattak said that Sehat Ka Insaf has proved a success and adopted by other provinces as well. He said our police force has also been widely acknowledged as role model after freeing it from political interference. He said police department was turned into turret of corruption due to self interest policies of the past rulers despite the fact that a society was always reformed or deteriorated by the way police acted. He said today PTI led coalition govt took another basic step for improving quality of education with establishment of the independent monitoring unit in elementary education department. “We abolished the class based colonial system of education that was introduced by English rulers as symbol of slavery in subcontinent and started unified educational system of international standard from this academic year to erase difference between the children of rich and poor and enable them all to compete in all fronts equally”, he said adding that it would prove milestone for bringing about educational and economic revolution the next decade.
Chief Minister said that his govt has stopped interference in all public sector departments. He said all appointments including teachers were being made purely on merit. He said a process of recruiting 14 thousand teachers have been started out of which 8 thousand have been employed while remaining 6 thousand were also been appointed through NTS to make it transparent exercise and ensure supremacy of merit. He said 5 districts have been selected to post teachers in schools of their choice whereafter their transfers would be banished for good till their retirement. He said such a policy would be adopted all over the province with legislation cover so that teachers were also made bound to show good results and they found no excuse for saving their skins. He said the past policy of establishing primary schools in two rooms and two teachers has also been ended and in future there would be at least 6 rooms in every primary school with sufficient teachers under the ratio of one teacher for 40 students.
Pervaiz Khattak said that it would be a great achievement if we got rid of the posting/transfers of teachers and political interference in education department and if we did so then quality of even tot (jute mat) schools would become better than private schools. However he said that his govt would give proper attention on fulfilling all needs of schools. He said though we faced financial constrains against deficiencies of thousands of schools in the province however after consultation with our party Chairman Imran Khan we have found a way out. He said provincial govt was soon introducing “construct school” program wherein overseas Pakistanis were being appealed to donate for construction of a school or class rooms or toilets in a school of their choice that would be spent transparently through school committees. He said next was an era of revolution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wherein standard of education in public sector institutions would be so much improved that even rich people would prefer to admit their wards in it than private schools and that would be the day of his (CM) satisfaction as well, he concluded.
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