KP CM asks Iranian government to renegotiate MoUs


PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan on Monday offered the Iranian government to renegotiate the MoUs signed between the KP government and Iranian public and private sectors in order to push these projects into the implementation phase.

He was talking to the councillor general of the Islamic Republic of Iran who had called on him at his office here in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. Advisor to CM on Merged Districts Ajmal Khan Wazir, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Israr, Peshawar Commissioner Shahab Ali Shah and other officials were present on the occasion.

“The change in this province is visible as pledged by the prime minister of Pakistan and he has assured to open up energy, oil and gas, hydel power generation and tourism-related projects here as well. The government would facilitate visas to ease doing bossiness in the province,” CM Mahmood said.

Welcoming the Iranian offer for investment in different sectors, exchange of trade and commerce, culture, tourism and student and media delegations, the chief minister said that his government would go all out for enhanced engagement with the Iranian government.

He said that a high-level delegation of the government of Pakistan would soon visit Iran which would further cement the already existed brotherly relations between the two countries.

The chief minister said that the province has a lot of potential in a number of sectors that could become the base for rapid development of the province.

The PTI government wanted to put this province on expeditiously development and prosperity and the foreign and brotherly countries investment in different sectors would enhance the level of cooperation.

He assured to cooperate with the Iranian investors and looked to the different events both in culture and another sector by the Iranian consulate Peshawar.

He also congratulated the Iranian government and the people for their 40th-year revolutionary day celebrations. He also agreed to facilitate the exchange of visits of heads of travelling agencies for the promotion of tourism, adding that this province is going to be the best tourism destination in the foreseeable future.

The chief minister further said that the merger of erstwhile FATA into KP had opened the entire region for development.

The Iranian councillor general assured to further process on the projects for which MoUs have been signed and assured all sort of facilitation and investment in different sectors.

He talked about the exchange of trade, commerce, business, travelling agents, students and journalist’s delegation and was especially interested in the investment of different merged districts adding that despite a difficult time, the Iranian government was given scholarships for students by the province.

Later the KP CM and Iranian councillor general exchanged shields.