Talks best option to rein in terrorism: Khattak
17 September, 2013
DI KHAN: Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said on Monday negotiations were the best option to find a permanent solution to the scourge of militancy and terrorism.
Addressing a press conference after visiting DHQ Hospital DI Khan, he said that his government wanted peace, interfaith harmony and tolerance in society and would play a positive role during negotiations with the stakeholders concerned.
The chief minister said the provincial government has decided to introduce its own intelligence system to pre-empt terrorist activities. He said the stance of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf's government on the issue of war against terror was "very clear".
"Our province has been badly affected by militancy and terrorism in the last 10 years, which has hampered economic growth. To address the menace of militancy and terrorism, we need to show unity and support the government," he said.
Khattak said the political leadership should be taken into confidence for the future line of action in case of failure of peace talks with the Taliban. He said that without peace, the dream of progress and development could not be achieved.
He said his government would not compromise on the law and order situation and peace, adding that a team of highly motivated officials are being assigned duties to ensure establishment of peace in KP.
He said the local government (LG) system of PTI would be different from the one introduced by dictators in their respective regimes. He said the PTI's LG system would address problems of people at their doorsteps and common man would soon feel a positive change in their lives.
Earlier, the chief minister visited District Headquarters Hospital Dera Ismail Khan and inspected its various wards, laboratories and inquired after patients.
He also inspected the hospital's store and was informed about various matters pertaining to distribution of medicines. He made it clear that the PTI's government in KP had come to power with a slogan of bringing change in social delivery system.
He viewed that corruption would not be tolerated and any official found guilty of corrupt practices would be brought to book. The chief minister also paid a surprise visit to Cantt Police Station DI Khan and checked the attendance register.
Khattak directed police high ups to adopt a friendly behaviour while dealing with the public. "Our LG system and Accountability Commission would ensure quick resolution of people's problems and bring transparency in the system."
He said people would be made "masters of their own destiny" after the launch of local govt system and they could file complaints against corrupt officials before the Accountability Commission.
Khattak said the PTI was striving hard for the establishment of a corruption-free society and complaint cells in all the departments have been set up to ensure good governance and improve efficiency of the staff.