Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said the objective of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) struggle was not to topple the Nawaz government or harm democracy, but to bring an end to rigging at polls and to reform the Election Commission of Pakistan.
According to an official handout, Khattak was talking to various delegations from his constituency Nowshera at the CM’s Secretariat. “The party wants transparent elections to restore the confidence of the people and ensure 100% voter turnout at the next polls.”
Khattak said the PTI-led government was introducing a uniform system of education and reforming primary and higher education sectors. He added it was also focusing on technical education so the youth are equipped with enough skills to choose a career path.
The statement quoted the CM as saying considerable progress has been made with the establishment of the Technical and Air universities at Azakhel. Khattak said more land would be allocated for both institutes after the decision to allocate the Botanical Garden of the University of Peshawar (UoP).
According to earlier news reports, this decision of the government raised concerns amongst teachers as they said the garden was the property of UoP and meant for academic purposes. In June, the high court reserved its judgment in a case challenging the government’s decision.
In the handout, the chief minister assured delegations new avenues of employment will be explored as his government takes drastic steps to ensure peace, cheap electricity for domestic and industrial purposes, a positive environment for local and foreign investment and cordial relations with neighbouring countries.
Khattak said dishonesty was a massive problem and the reason people voted for the PTI was to rid themselves of corrupt rulers. The chief minister added embezzled funds to the tune of billions of rupees will be recovered by the Ehtesab Commission that had been just established through recent legislation.
The Nowshera DC and other officials present on the occasion acknowledged there had been a marked improvement in the performance of the police, schools and hospitals in their areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2014.