Change is visible in KP: Khattak

PESHAWAR/Dawn report: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that the change promised by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) during the general election campaign is taking place in the stipulated 90-day period in the province.

“Ninety days are not a long period to cleanse and reform the entire system, but coalition government is on the right track and the 90-day benchmark set by PTI to bring about changes in the system is becoming visible,” he said while highlighting the three-month achievements of his government at a press briefing here on Sunday.

“Not a single corruption case or scandal has been unearthed against my cabinet colleagues including advisors during the first three months of the government, which is a real change,” he claimed, adding that the government was determined to rid the society of this corrupt system.

He admitted that large scale corruption existed in the nation building departments including works and services departments.

He said that campaign against corruption would be started after formation of accountability commission in the province. He alleged that almost every official was involved in corruption that was why thieves did not like him.

About reforms in police department, he said that special intelligence units at the district level were being established in the police to address militancy and recruitment would be started very soon.

He said that online FIR had already been introduced across the province.

He said that working groups on police reforms had recommended reorganisation of police stations, elite force, introduction of traffic warden system for Peshawar and other district headquarters to improve traffic management, bifurcation of Hazara and Malakand ranges to bring administrative efficiency and introduction of policing in Malakand region.

He said plan had been chalked out to install CCTV system in police stations to improve surveillance and security. He informed that new police lines would be established in 12 districts.

One of the achievements of the PTI government in the honeymoon period, he said was that 14 online FIRs had been registered across the province so far.

When asked about inquiry committee report on Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak, the chief minister said that he had received the report on Saturday and would comment after going through the document.

“Let me clarify that nobody would be exonerated if the committee fixes responsibility against any person,” he said, adding that he would not accept the report without fixing responsibility and send it back to the committee. He stated that neither chief secretary nor home secretary and police chief had shared intelligence agencies’ report about the jail break.

“Certainly I would have called army and paramilitary forces for the security of the jail to thwart the militants’ attempt if intelligence report was brought to my knowledge,” he said and added that he should not be blamed for others’ wrongdoings.

When asked about media reports on talks between federal government and Taliban, Pervez Khattak said that these were rumours and formal talks with Taliban would begin once the federal government formed national policy on terrorism. He said militancy and general law and order in the province would improve when normalcy returned to tribal areas.

“PTI is already in favour of talks with the Taliban and tribal elders should also be engaged in negotiations,” he opined.

Regarding Kalabagh Dam project, he said that it should be constructed with consensus of the four provinces.

He said government would soon unveil health policy, education policy, new local government system and drastic reforms in police, revenue and other sectors. He said that the government was going for a record legislation in near future.

Giving details about reforms in health sector he said that a comprehensive policy was ready that would be announced in the next few days and one of the major steps was revision of medical and health institutions act 2002. He said that 100 per cent presence of doctors and other staff would be ensured in public sector health facilities.

About reforms in education sector, Pervez Khattak said that school based recruitment system was in the implementation stage and non-transferable teachers placement policy was also devised.

He said that crash course in English language would be started while textbook board was also restructured. Biometric system for attendance in schools and school adoption policy were also on card.

PTI very much on track of fulfilling its promises with the masses in KP: Farman

Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: The Minister for Information and Public Health Engineering, Shah Farman has said that the promulgating of the Right to Information Ordinance will be soon followed
by the enactment of such other legislations spade work on which has been completed.
Presiding over a meeting regarding media management of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and the PTI at the Pakhtunkhwa House Saturday, he said that the RTIO in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has on the one hand empowered the general masses in the province who can any time any where ask for the details of any government functioning while on the other hand transparency in the overall governance has been legally and statutorily protected and made binding on each and every government organization and functionary.
He assured that legislations like the establishment of an independent Ihtisab (Accountability) Commission, a model local government system in which power and authority is being devolved to even the village and tehsil level, Conflict of Interest Law, The Right to Service Law, E-Governance and E-Businesses Laws, The Public Private Partnership Law and The Vassal Law are in final stages and would soon be promulgated.
He said that during the past three months the PTI led coalition government has worked round the clock on these reforms and it is giving fruit to the general masses.
The main example of the efforts of the PTI led coalition government, he pointed out is that corruption has been totally eradicated and now everything is done on merit and the proposed laws will encourage transparency, merit and the rule of law in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said that some self interested elements who were enjoying the benefits of the previous disorder and corruption may try to create suspicions among the workers of PTI but the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are overwhelmingly supporting the provincial government and its policies as they knew it better than anybody else.
With regard to keeping the people informed about the working and achievements of PTI government at the national and international level, Shah Farman pointed out that the media and media persons from all over the country and the world Friday appreciated the RTIO but still there is a need of revitalization of the media outlets.
Therefore, the Minister Information and PR, on this occasion directed the concerned authorities to strengthen the Provincial Regional Information Office in Islamabad by providing it the required supporting staff and modern equipments.
He also directed that the said office be strengthened in a way to make it into a good resource centre by providing factual information with facts and figures to everybody and every media person wherever and whenever needed or asked for.
He directed that these requirements should be fulfilled not in months and weeks but days.
Besides others PTI leaders Fayaz ul Hassan Chohan, Chaudhary Rizwan, Ihsan Danish, Adnan Haider Randhawa advocate and Regional Director Information Liaqat Amin participated in the meeting.

 

ANP chief dissolves all party’s committees

May 11 poll debacle
ANP backs dialogue with Taliban, military intervention in Karachi
WALI BAGH: President of Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Wali Khan Saturday announced dissolution of the party organisations at all levels across the country in the light of a report of the fact finding committee.
Addressing a press conference in Wali Bagh, Charsadda, Asfandyar said the party would go through a massive reorganisation in the light of a fact-finding report on the May 11 elections in which ANP suffered a massive defeat.
The ANP chief announced that an interim committee has been formed until intra-party elections were held in February 2014. He added that new office bearers would be elected through secret ballots.
The ANP chief said his party had accepted the results of the general elections despite rigging allegations for the sake of democracy. Wali further said that the ANP's election campaign was hampered by terrorism.
Asfandyar constituted an 11-member committee under the chairmanship of Senator Haji Adeel and announced to hold new intra-party elections early next year. The ANP chief announced the dissolution of the party organisations at national and provincial levels in the entire country after chairing a marathon meeting of the think tank of the party at his Wali Bagh residence.
The committee members are Senator Baz Muhammad Khan, Bushra Gohar, Rana Mubarik, Haji Shafique, Major Masroor Baig, Dr. Muhammad Akram Khan, Farooq Bangash, Sultan Mandokhel, Daud Khan advocate and  Abdul Malik Panizai.
The ANP chief also announced the party election commission for the four provinces. The election process would start in a democratic manner from September 16 by holding first the elections at union council levels and as such all the district, provincial and national levels election process would be completed by March 2014.
He said that the fact finding committee led by Bashir Khan Matta after day and night struggle ascertained point of views of the party workers amd presented a detailed report leading to the party failure in the May 11 elections. 
He said that committee criticised the membership drive and organisational matters within the party whereas the security concerns created sense of deprivations among the party workers as there was lack of coordination between the party leadership and their government.
The ANP chief maintained that the party achieved the big goals of the manifesto and completed record uplift projects but it could not be properly publicised and as such the party could not cash it on in the elections.
The opponents successfully ran their negative campaign against the ANP government to which the party leaders could not respond in effective manner. 
The lack of self accountability system and women membership drive within the party and the government also remained a fact of the party's dismal performance in the May elections.
He said that well coordinated terrorist activities also hampered the election process of their party candidates.
The ANP chief alleged that the attitude of election staff was partial in the entire electoral process and acted against the ANP candidates. Despite rigging charges we accept the results of the May elections, he told the media-men.
Asfandyar said his party supported dialogue with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). 
"We were the first ones to hold talks with the Taliban in Swat and Buner. If the solution lies in talks we will support it," he said, adding "We will extend support to the government if needed in this regard".
Asfandyar announced that his party supported military intervention in Karachi.
Khan said he did not support an army operation in Karachi, but he did favour army intervention because de-weaponising the city without help from the soldiers would be difficult.
He said that neither did all ethnic Pukhtuns of Karachi belong to ANP nor did all Muhajir favour the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), and his party did not support anyone involved in militant activity in the metropolis.
The meeting of the think tank was attended among others by central leaders MNA Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, former Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti, MPA Sardar Hussain Babak, Syed Aqil Shah, Nawabzada Mohsin Ali Khan,  Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Jamila Gilani, Shagufta Malik and Bushra Gohar. - APP/NNI/Statesman

‘Lawlessness reflects non-serious attitude of PTI’

PESHAWAR: Parliamentary Leader of ANP in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and former Provincial Minister Sardar Hussain Babak has raised grave concern over growing chaos and growing incidents of target killings, kidnapping for ransom in the province.
In a press statement issued from Bacha Khan Markez on Wednesday, former education minister said that the non-serious attitude of the provincial government and the increasing lawlessness in the province have left deep scars on the minds of the people and their woes have increased manifold. Sardar Hussain Babak said that the tall claims of revolution and the actual performance of the PTI led provincial government have stunned the people. He said that given the bed start of the provincial government people have rectified their mistake and voted for ANP in the by-elections. - APP

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