Honest leadership, depoliticized institutions imperative for good governance: Pervez Khattak

PESHAWAR: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has Tuesday said history reveals that an honest leadership and depoliticized institutions always open way for an autonomous and transparent system of governance.

Addressing the participants of 19th National Security Workshop at Chief Minister House here, he said PTI is only political party of the country which is implementing its manifesto and showing commitment for transparent governance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Chief Minister said his government was working on revival of institutions and workable system, asserting that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was better off today than its past and this made a big difference.

He briefed the participants about reforms process that his government initiated, the performance of his government in four years and the challenges surfaced during the process of implementation adding that his government was committed to the change right from the first day.

He talked about the construction of additional rooms in schools, introduction of English right from the beginning and covering the missing facilities and recruitment of 40 thousands teachers on merit.

Pervez Khattak said due to reforms in police department, the force is now free from political interference while establishment of intelligence, CTD and training schools enhanced overall performance of the force. The province had an intelligence sharing mechanism that had improved the overall law and order situation in the province.

To a question he said unmanned border of KP was the root cause of lawlessness in the province and economy and industrial sector. However, the efficient border management and the operations such as Zarb e Azb and Radul Fasad improved the security situation in the province, he added.

He referred to Right to Information (RTI) law, Right to Services,

Conflict of interest and whistleblower act adding that these served as a deterrence against corruption and malpractices in the province.

Lauding the performance of Chief Minister’s Complaints Cell, he said it

recovered Rs 500 million looted money and handed over to the genuine complainants. Thousands of government land was also recovered from the land mafia.

The PTI government would produce 100 megawatt of electricity in the

national grid through 356 micro hydro power projects out of which 250 were complete and would be handed over to the relevant communities.

To a question, the Chief Minister said that his government introduced a

unique local government system in the province which was given 30 percent of the budget so that the elected representatives of this system could work out their own development at local level.

Senior Provincial Minister Inayatullah, Minister for Information Shah

Farman, Minister for Education Mohammad Atif Khan, MPA Shaukat Yousafzai, administrative secretaries of concerned departments and high officials attended the workshop.