Troops to stay in Malakand till normalcy: Khattak
20 September, 2013
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak said on Thursday that the Pakistan Army troops would stay in the Malakand Division till normalcy returned to the area.
Talking to a delegation of the Peshawar Press Club, the chief minister said a decision to call back the army from Malakand had not been taken yet. He said the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) led coalition government was strictly pursuing its agenda of change and the reforms had started yielding results.
"There was a complete mess everywhere when we took over power. Improvement can be seen now and people will notice a visible change in the days to come. It is a big change that no one can prove corruption of a single penny against any minister of the provincial government. We have completely changed the trend of taking commission," he said.
Pervaiz Khattak said the provincial government had introduced major reforms in almost all the sectors. "You can see Peshawar cleaner than it was. We made special allocations and generated funds for cleanliness and greenery in Peshawar. We are also trying to revive the historical shape of the city," he added.
He said drastic changes were underway in the education sector. "It is our mission and commitment to provide uniform education to every child of the province irrespective of his family background and financial status," he remarked.
"The health delivery system is also being improved," he said, adding the government was going to separate the management cadre from service providers in hospitals. "It is strange that the head of the hospital is also the head of his ward. And this I think is the basic issue which has hampered reforms in the health delivery system. Now the management will be fully responsible for the administration and doctors serving in wards and OPDs will be responsible for their respective areas. Special checks would be maintained on them," he said.
Similarly, he said, bureaucracy and police would be put on the right track. "I have categorically told everyone to show efficiency or leave. I want to have feedback from the masses, a positive feedback," the chief minister stressed.
He was of the opinion that in the beginning of his rule, he would receive 100 percent critical messages on his mobile from the people. "But now the trend is changing fast as 10 percent of the messages are positive, which would improve further," he said.
The law and order situation, according to him, had also improved to a great extent. He ridiculed the statement of the Awami National Party (ANP) head Asfandyar Wali Khan that Taliban were roaming on the roads of the provincial capital, saying that he should come and show the government who was roaming where.
"It was during the rule of his own party that Asfandyar couldn't dare to come to the province. And now it is in our government's tenure that he could make a comeback to his native town," he argued.