PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan has said that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has the vision and the ability to successfully bring the country out of the present economic quagmire.
“The prime minister is accustomed to handling crises. The Saudi crown prince’s visit to Pakistan would bring foreign investment to the country.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the newly constructed general bus stand at the Malakand bypass. Tehsil Nazim Babuzai Akram Khan, Communication and Works Department Secretary Jamil Ahmad and Excise Engineer Shahab Khan briefed the chief minister. District Development and Advisory Committee (DDAC) MPA Fazle Hakim Khan, Azizullah Garan, Swat District Nazim Muhammad Ali Khan, Malakand Commissioner Syed Zaheeul Islam, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Saeed Wazir and others were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister lamented the negative posturing of the political elite, adding that they played ducks and drakes with the national exchequer when they ruled the province and the country and did nothing for the people.
“These elements had never been sincere to the people and the country but now the situation has changed and the people knew their enemies and their friends,” the KP CM said.
CM Mahmood said that the government’s opponents have been taken aback by the successful march to the revival of the country’s economy, adding that such opponents only worked against the interest of the country and played havoc with the resources and future of the country during their rules.
Speaking about the project at hand, the CM assured the people of the area that they were on the path to progress.
“Malakand Division is fast becoming a tourist destination and the centre of economic and trade activities where swat will have the central role because of the revolution in the communication network and economic development,” he said.
The new bus stand, spread on 40 kanals of land and having three times more capacity than the old adda, would play a key role to settle down the traffic congestion and would give more relief and facilities to the passengers. It would also save Rs40 million annually.
Further, the chief minister announced that after the inauguration of Swat Motorway in May would be extended to Mingora in the first phase and Bagh Dehri in the second phase.
He appreciated the performance of Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) and ordered the release of Rs80 million for developmental activities and said that the people of Swat were true in penning expectations in him as he himself was from Malakand.
CM Mahmood assured to resolve the problems of Swat gradually, adding that Saidu Group Hospital would be developed on modern lines, the Kanju Airport would be opened whereas, the road network, education and health sectors would also be fully developed.
“The highway right from Chakdara to Kalam would be developed of international standard and Mahudand and Gabin Jabba would be linked to Kumrat and other tourism potential spots through road in order to attract mass scale tourists and boost tourism as an industry which would generate jobs and would bring about prosperity to the whole region. These activities would bring economic stability in the region,” he said.
“Most of the problems of the people would stand resolved within the coming three years,” he assured.
He said that accountability of the corrupt and powerful will continue and only professional people would get given respect.
“We would promote creative and innovative methods in order to bring dynamism in all sectors. He assured the rule of law and upholding of merit where justice will be given to all and the country would be run as welfare state as per vision of prime minister Imran Khan,” he concluded.